Every time I install a new OS, I find myself reinstalling those indispensable applications that transform my computer from a dumb box into a powerful tool. Upgrading to 14.04 LTS this week has been no different and, for what it's worth, here are the apps that got loaded first:
- Chromium Web browser - I just prefer this browser to Firefox. You'll need to install Flash Player to get the best out of this app, but that's pretty easy to achieve.
- Bluefish text editor - I've written a couple of websites and drafted pretty much every blog post on Karmic Odyssey using this editor.
- Shutter - the best screenshot tool available.
- KeepassX (Password Manager) - this really is indispensable, all of my passwords are random and I've no hope of remembering them! I also use KeePass Droid on my phone.
- Stellarium - this is a great application for identifying all of those stars and planets.
- Tellico (Collection Manager) - satisfies my need for control over my library!
- VLC Media Player - I'm sure that I don't need to justify this!
- Ubuntu Tweak (GUI Configuration Tool) - handy tool for personalising your OS
- Wine (Windows Emulator) - I need this to run Memory Map. It's pretty eccentric but it just about does the job (although I return to Vista if I need to print maps)
Of course, I'm still configuring my (beautiful) new OS. Here's a couple more applications on the install short list:
- OpenOffice - this will wait until this year's tax return is finished but it will certainly replace the bundled LibreOffice.
- GParted (Partition Manager) - just damn useful.
I'm sure that there are more that I've missed - perhaps I'll update this post from time-to-time.
Sources & Resources:
- Ubuntu Apps Directory - Home Page