Must Have Linux Apps 2015

Hello reader,

My list of essential Linux applications for anyone doing anything online.

KDENLIVE: This video editing software features overlay compositing and lossless compression as an export feature. The learning curve is very slight compared to many of the commercial video editors, and the multitrack layout makes most editing jobs a breeze.

Audacity: Audio mixer is the simplest way to describe this swiss army knife which allows multitrack mixing, sampling, and a whole studio of effects with a steep learning curve. With the right plugins and codecs you could realistically handle any recording and mixing project in a day.

Cheese: The photo booth and video recorder app which on my system never loads on the first shot. However when it loads it works exceptionally well, and when it doesn’t it’s mostly due to my usb camera… mostly.

Skype: I know it’s almost sacriledge, but it works and it’s practically mandatory if your clients use skype as well. Even after Microsoft purchased this company the app seems to work without much difficulty on most Linux systems. (Though some users do need a few helpful command line codes to enable it on their system.)

Codeblocks & Or Eclipse: Development environments for multiple languages from c to java.

Virtualbox: Sure you can multiboot alongside another operating system, you can use wine emulation as well. But you still might like the sleek functional desktop on desktop tech dream for a whole plethora of other reasons. Like running Tails from inside of Archbang?

Linux Mint 17.2: Cinnamon Desktop because it not only works like a charm with no awkward screen blanking issues, but because it’s smooth presentation and amazing stability make it second to none.

VLC: Because I want it to play especially if I have no idea what the extension is. Seriously an mp27oggrawwavfile can’t stop this player from delivering 100% just try to memorize the hotkeys for fullscreen or you might have a minor freakout trying to exit on some systems.

Kodi: Formerly xbmc… (Which actually sounded way cooler I thought.) Think of it as a media center and you kinda miss the point. It’s more appropriate to think of it as a build your own internet media gallery. From music to youtube to every single imaginable other video resource has a plugin for Kodi. Skinnable interface and remote sensitive browsing make sites like amazon and netflix much quicker to browse.

Wine: Windows on Linux because I guess some people want to run Windows things on Linux things… It’s awesome that it works as often as it does but make no mistake you need to know exactly what you need to get many games up and running which is why front ends like PlayOnLinux exist to take out much of the guesswork. *FunFact you can actually use apple’s safari via wine, which on ElementaryOS (Linux) almost sells it as a Mac to confuse your friends.

Sauerbraten: Because even after you configure wine, and the windows version of steam, and download and install unturned, and get eaten by Zombies… You might feel like building a city and going on a multiplayer fragfest for 11-12 hours.

You can easily get a lan party going by installing the server (sudo apt-get install sauerbraten-server) and then in the terminal running this code (sauerbraten-server -nMY_DESCRIPTION -c5 -mmasterserver -y) just leave that terminal running and connect in game by hitting the tilde key (~) and typing (lanconnect). When you want to close the lan server just hit cntrl-c.

Vokoscreen: Ignore the language barrier, this is a flawless screencast recording tool which runs alongside games or other resource heavy software at blistering framerates. Perfect for tutorials, especially in conjunction with the first half of this list as well as Gimp of course.

Gimp & LibreOffice: I’ve recently mentioned these in an article for Windows users, chances are if you are using Linux many of these apps are well known to you already. None should be as well known as these two, listed in conjunction for their hand in hand necessity. Photo Manipulation and Office Software merely scratch the surface of these marvels which can do everything from building websites to building cartoon movies at varying framerates… (Gimp plugins rock!)

Happy Holidays!

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