Have I ever told you? Ya, of course I use Linux … pffff. That’s not what I mean. Linux is the Operating System, just like your Windows or MacOS. But what programs, or apps, as the younglings say nowadays, am I using on top of it? Let me show you my daily riders in no special order or sequence:
My most surprising choice right in the beginning is Ghostwriter. As I figured out a while ago I don’t really need a fully equiped office suite anymore, actually never needed one in the first place. All I need is the writer module, and from that just a simple texter. So Ghostwriter is ideal for my needs, fast and small like Orca herself.
But, just because 99% of users still want something Office-ish, here is a glimpse onto something very familiar to most of us. Libre Office (formerly Open Office) is like 99% compatible with MS Office and doesn’t need to hide. In fact I’m using free and open source office suites all my life and have never worked in MS Office if not ordered so:
Next up, since I just made a screenshots of other programs, I’m using whatever screenshot app comes with the Operating System. I just checked, it doesn’t even have a real name. But this is how it looks like in Manjaro MATE:
Don’t get me wrong when I tell you how important the Terminal is. It is only for me and most other older and more settled Linux users. For you starters there is no need to ever type a single command in the terminal, really not!
In the same category as the Terminal, system tools, falls Pluma, MATE’s very own text editor. It’s predominantly made to edit system files and misses some niceties of the kinda similar Ghostwriter.
GParted is another legendary system tool, probably the most famous of them all. Nobody needs it daily but it’s very important when you gotta partition your various hard drives and SSDs. So basically only once in your computer’s lifetime:
Another nifty little thing is Isousb, a USB stick creator that really works. With Isousb you can make a bootable installation medium in like 2 minutes. Reliable and fast. Isousb is at home in the Manjaro realm but other Linuxes have similar apps:
Speaking about small and nifty, Galculator is an integral part of any Linux distro, so you’re never without your trusty nerd symbol.
Of course is my Manjaro MATE installation much too mature and earnest to contain any games but silly Orca installed some by herself:
The GIMP is one of the traditionally strong pieces of multiplatform free and open source softwares. Orca used it already when she was still on Windows, and so can you. 😉
The most famous and almighty media player has to be VLC (Video Lan Converter). This Swiss Army Knife of media players plays every movie and music in every conceivable format and is of course Orca’s weapon of choice:
Most torrent freaks nowadays have switched to easier, more lightweight and primitive apps but Orca uses the old heavyweight pirate tool qBittorrent, which gives her all the conceivable options:
My most beloved music player, ha sstopped working. Dunno what happened, maye the dev has given up. Now I’m using the even more lightweight and functionless Pragha player.
Of course the modern SL resident needs at least two viewers, right? Mine are even both in the AUR, which is a great resource.
Last but in no way least, my two most often used softwares: Everybody needs a mailer, right? I chose the good old Thunderbird for that task, which it manages exemplary.
For all my browsing needs I never strayed off Firefox. And why should I? It’s fast, almost overequipped with a lot of shit and gives me all I need and want and more:
That were basically all my favourite programs. Noticed something? Yes, for the most part they are kinda identical clones of Windows programs … or mostly it’s the other way round. Many FOSS softwares wer first and foremost developed for the Unix and Linux world and only later were ported to the Windows system.
But best and most important fact about all these tool, apps, softwares, whatever you wanna call it, is that they are completely free!