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Best ubuntu apps

The following is a list of about the best ubuntu Applications.Ubuntu Tweak is a must have apps for Ubuntu and LinuxMint.Ubuntu comes packaged with all the open source apps that an average.

Ubuntu Tweaks:
Ubuntu Tweaks is probably the most widely known application out of all the other applications in this list. It gives you immense power and control over all the functionalities and settings of the system. It can be considered to an Ubuntu variant of Ultimate Windows Tweaker for Windows7.

AllTray :
Some apps, like gaim (to be renamed Pidgin in its new release), provide a minimizing feature. If you’re logged into gaim, you can click the “close” button and the app will disappear from the windows list and the icon will appear in the system tray. You then click the icon and the gaim window reappears. This feature provides users with a simplified workspace. Now you can dock any application without a native tray icon (like Ubuntu’s email app, Evolution) in the AllTray system tray. The tool lacks a “drag and drop” feature, so you need to capture an open application to dock it in the tray. In addition to GNOME, AllTray also works with KDE, recent versions of XFCE, and window managers such as Fluxbox and WindowMaker.

Best Ubuntu apps
Best Ubuntu apps

Being honest, I spent ages looking for a decent media player which could match it’s counterparts on Windows, and finally my search ended with Clementine. It is inspired by Amarok player for KDE, but loading KDE libraries on Gnome (which comes default with Ubuntu) can make your system clumsy and sometimes cause irritating bugs. Clementine has been on GTK libraries which is perfectly compatible with Gnome and takes about 15 mb of RAM. It has tabbed playlist, awesome context pane which displays informations from, premium users can play music directly from, can play internet radios and do a lot more.

I am sure anyone who are conscious PC users, are aware of operating systems gathering temporary files and thereby becoming slow and sluggish. For Windows there are some applications like CCleaner, TuneUp-Cleaner etc. Bleachbit does the same for Ubuntu. It cleans all the temporary files gathered by various browsers, installers, desktop environments etc.

amaroK :
amaroK is a music player that was built specifically for the Unix/Linux user, so its function and eye-candy interface makes this a must-have app for the music lover. A drag-and-drop playlist creation, 10-band equalizer, and automatic cover art download via Amazon all make Amarok a perfect application for album freaks as well as single-play aficionados. Ubuntu Feisty includes a new guided wizard for automatically installing multimedia codecs not shipped with Ubuntu, so you’re in good shape here.

I know of people complaining about the screenshot application for *nix. There are some nice applications for  Windows and Snag-it is one of them. Though this application is nowhere near to Snag-It, it definitely is one of the best available replacements in Ubuntu. It can capture screenshots, edit them and provides various other annotation options.

Windows 7′s start menu has a very handy option of searching the application and launching, rather than browsing each section and then finding the right application to start. Gnome-do, which is very similar to Launchy but much more advanced, does the same. It can be started with just a hit of a short-cut. It gives a lot more options which is dependent on the application, for instance triggering the bookmark for firefox or posting your status update on twitter.

Automatix2 :
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, Inc., runs Automatix2 on his home PC (he uses Ubuntu Feisty Fawn as well). So this tool allows you to emulate a famous millionaire as you create a way to install other apps like Skype, Picasa
and Google Earth with ease. Search the Web and you’ll find nothing but raves about Automatix2. You can even find an online tutorial that graphically illustrates how to install this app.

Beagle :
Beagle provides the Ubuntu user with a search tool that basically “ransacks” your personal information space to find what you have stored there. But that’s not the real power behind Beagle, as this tool silently indexes all your files as they’re created (emails are indexed upon arrival), modifies those files as you modify them, and deletes them from its database when you delete the actual file or email. This is a great tool for the person who gathers MP3 files like a squirrel gathers nuts for winter. Find those MP3 files by artist name, emails by author, and documents by keyword.

Beryl 0.2.1 :
As a habitual PC user, you might feel lost when faced with the clean Ubuntu desktop. One way to wean yourself from Windows XP or Vista is to use Beryl‘s open source desktop experience. Beryl provides the new user with an interface that can closely mimic the Vista interface. But, you also have options to choose several themes and each addition adds to your total desktop experience. You can spend a good hour browsing through screenshots, let alone reading through the Beryl blog and forum. The latter tool provides information on how to install this app.

CheckGmail 1.11 :
One loss you’ll experience in the migration from PC to Ubuntu is the use of your Gmail notifier. CheckGmail fills that void with its system tray application that checks a Gmail account for new mail. This new version of CheckGmail can now retrieve the full text of any message listed in the popup and display it inline. The Ubuntu Document Storage Facility offers great install instructions.

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