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20 Excellent and Useful Desktop Linux Apps

A Plethora of Great Linux Apps

  • September 22, 2010
  • By Matt Hartley
Matt Hartley

For most of us, using our preferred desktop Linux distributions has become second nature. Yet remembering back to when I first made the switch, it seems that specific Linux apps made the OS change much easier.

In this article, I want to share some of the applications I use on a daily basis. Some of the applications are GNOME desktop specific, so whenever possible I have included their KDE counterparts to help even things out.

1. GNOME System Monitor or KDE System Guard ��� This is something that I know many users never bother with. If they want to see what is going on with their Linux box, they rely on "top" or other command line-based resource tools.

Speaking for myself, I would rather save the need for a terminal and simply keep GNOME's System Monitor applet running at the top of my screen. The advantage is that if I need it, the applet opens the Monitor application straight away. For KDE users, I'd look to KDE System Guard for much of the same functionality.

2. Jungle Disk ��� Yes, I know it's not a FOSS application. Despite this, it has been the single most reliable backup tool I've ever used on any platform, bar none.

Jungle Disk doesn't care what operating system I choose, plus I like the fact that I've never had a problem restoring my data for any reason whatsoever. Knowing that I have a simple means of backing up my data off-site provides me with immense security, thus allowing me to work through my day without undue concern over data loss. While there are a number of other solutions that do much the same thing for Linux users, this is the option I���ve found the easiest to implement without giving it a second thought.

3. Chrome ��� While most Linux distributions are bundled with other browsers such as Firefox, Konqueror or Epiphany, none of these options hold a candle to Google's Chrome. Like Firefox, Chrome has quite the selection of extensions to choose from. Unlike Firefox, Chrome doesn't run like maple syrup on a cold winter���s day. On lower power machines like netbooks, using Firefox is just out of the question as it hangs and often becomes too slow to use with any real benefit. Chrome by contrast...

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