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Programs for Ubuntu: After reading my guide on how to install Ubuntu , you took the big step and, well satisfied with the result, you started looking for information on Google about the most useful programs to have on your computer and, for this reason, you happened on my website.

If things are this way, then know that you are in the right place, at the right time! In the following chapters of this tutorial, in fact, I will list you the best  Ubuntu programs suitable for carrying out a large number of operations, ranging from web browsing to manipulating images and videos. Before going on, I want to clarify that, in most cases, the mentioned software can be installed easily, through the software center accessible from the sidebar (the shopping bag) or through the Terminal (which you can call from the Applications grid of Ubuntu), giving the command sudo apt install [nomeprogramma]in the latter.

So, without waiting a moment longer, proceed with reading my guide: I am sure that, at the end of it, you will have a clear idea of ​​the software to install, immediately, on your brand new distribution. Having said that, I have nothing else to do, except to wish you happy reading and … happy downloading!

Ubuntu programs for the Internet

Programs for Ubuntu

Nowadays, it is extremely rare to find a PC not connected to the Net, and for this reason I want to start my list of programs for Ubuntu right from the Internet category  : below I list a series of browsers, e-mail clients and messaging systems compatible with Canonical’s operating system (and with other Linux distributions).

  • Mozilla Firefox – the Mozilla browser, of which you have surely heard, is present as standard in the park of pre-installed programs on Ubuntu. To learn more about how it works, take a look at the section of this site dedicated to it: I’m sure you won’t regret it!
  • Chromium – is the open source browser from which the well-known Google Chrome derives. Both browsers share part of the code and functionality, however they are different for the license and for some aspects dedicated to the management of closed source components. This does not mean, however, that Chromium and Google Chrome look very much alike. To install Chromium on Ubuntu, you need to use the commandsudo apt install chromium-browser.
  • Google Chrome – the Google browser, which I have told you about several times on this site, can also be installed on Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions.
  • Opera – is another cross-platform browser based on the Chromium code. Among the features that Opera has, a free VPN, a bar dedicated to instant messaging and a large margin of personalization deserve mention. In addition to using .deb package, Opera is also available on Snapcraft, the alternative package manager to Software: To install it, simply type, the Terminalsudo snap install opera.
  • Vivaldi – once again, it is an open source browser based on Chromium, which puts user privacy at the center of everything, minimizing the possibility of tracking by websites. Furthermore, its interface is essential and practically without aesthetic details.
  • Thunderbird – is an e-mail client, previously managed by the Mozilla Foundation, complete and very simple to use. Thunderbird is installed “standard” on Ubuntu.
  • Telegram – the messaging application, which I told you about in depth in this guide , is also available as a client for Linux, which can be used completely independently of the app for smartphones and tablets. The program can be installed on Ubuntu with the commandsudo apt install telegram-desktop.
  • Wickr – is an instant messaging program that allows two or more contacts to chat in peer-to-per mode, applying an advanced encryption algorithm and without involving any server in communications.
  • Franz – is an instant messaging client that integrates support for a large number of chat protocols, such as Skype, Telegram and WhatsApp. Starting from version 5, Franz has become, in fact, an open source program.

Ubuntu programs for productivity

Programs for Ubuntu

Are you going to take advantage of Ubuntu to work, to study or, in general, to perform other operations strictly related to productivity? In that case, you can evaluate the use of the productivity programs listed below.

  • LibreOffice – is the office suite included “standard” in Ubuntu, which includes a word processing program (Write), the management of spreadsheets (Calc), the creation of graphic material (Draw) and the creation of presentations (Impress). It must be said that LibreOffice Draw is also an excellent Ubuntu program to edit PDF .
  • OpenOffice – is the office suite from which LibreOffice would later be born. Unlike the latter, however, OpenOffice generally receives a decidedly low number of updates.
  • Atom – it is a customizable text editor, which can be used to create texts of various types or, with the help of some plugins, to write source code with some commonly used programming languages.
  • Bluefish – is another extremely flexible text editor, widely used by programmers and Web developers to create scripts, various codes and HTML pages. To install the program, together with its most important plugins, simply type the commandsudo apt install bluefish bluefish-plugins.
  • Scribus – is a powerful desktop publishing-oriented software that, using a wide range of tools, allows you to create graphics of various types. It is considered a valid free alternative to InDesign. Scribus can be installed on Ubuntu via the commandsudo apt install scribus.
  • Krita – is an open source program, very similar to the classic Paint for Windows, dedicated to freehand digital drawing. It can be installed on Ubuntu via the commandsudo apt install krita.

Ubuntu programs to edit photos

Ubuntu programs to edit photos

If the computer on which you installed Ubuntu is dedicated to image editing , then know that there are some programs that can do exactly for you: below you will find the best ones.

  • GIMP – without a shadow of a doubt, this program – for which a dedicated section is availableon this site – is one of the best open source programs dedicated to photo retouching and, in general, to image manipulation. In the common imagination, GIMP is seen as the free Photoshop alternative. To install it on Ubuntu, simply issue the commandsudo apt install gimp.
  • DigiKam – is an organizer / photo editor based on KDE libraries, with support for facial recognition, localization, a large number of plugins for image manipulation, as well as for importing and exporting files in different formats. It can be downloaded and installed with the commandsudo apt install digikam.
  • RawTherapee – is a powerful open source graphic editor, particularly suitable for RAW images. To download it to Ubuntu, simply issue the commandsudo apt install rawtherapee.
  • Darktable – it is a software suitable for those who want a “virtual” darkroom, through which to organize and develop digitized negatives. It can be installed on Ubuntu with the commandsudo apt install darktable.

Ubuntu programs for video editing

Ubuntu programs for video editing

Do you usually use the computer for video editing, manipulation and conversion? If so, you can rely on the software listed below.

  • winff – is a “transcoder”, ie an Ubuntu program to convert videos from one format to another. It can be installed by issuing the commandsudo apt install winff.
  • OpenShot – it is a non-linear video editor that allows you to compose videos containing images, movies, music and animations, “embellishing” them with effects and transitions of various types, of which I have already told you in my guide to free programs to edit videos . To install it on Ubuntu, simply issue the commandsudo apt install openshot.
  • Pitivi – another non-linear video editor, with a simple but at the same time functional and attractive interface. To install it on Ubuntu, simply issue the commandsudo apt install pitivi.
  • LiVES – is a software designed for the manipulation (cropping, modification, mixing and so on) of various types of movies, thanks to the tools included in its simple – but complete – graphic interface. It can be installed on Ubuntu by issuing the commandsudo apt install lives.
  • Blender – this is an open source program focused on modeling, composing, editing and rendering images in two and three dimensions. It can be downloaded and installed on Ubuntu via the commandsudo apt install blender.
  • DaVinci Resolve – it is a very valid program dedicated to video manipulation which, slowly, is making its way among fans. The program, in its basic version, is free; the paid version, called Studio, offers several additional tools (DaVinci Neural Engine intelligence, stereoscopic 3D tools, multi-user collaboration, HDR color correction, blur and haze effects and much more).
  • Lightworks – is a professional program dedicated to digital editing, also used for content produced by some big names in the sector.

Ubuntu programs to download music

Ubuntu programs to download music

Are you short of new songs and, to make up for this “lack”, would you like to download some songs, performances or live freely distributed or no longer protected by copyright? In that case, you can refer to the programs listed below.

  • Transmission – is an  Ubuntu program to download music “standard” in the operating system, which allows you to obtain material from the BitTorrent network. It is also available in a Qt version (for Kubuntu and Plasma-based desktop environments).
  • qBittorrent – another excellent software dedicated to downloading files from the Torrent network. You can install it on Ubuntu by issuing the command from Terminalsudo apt install qbittorrent.
  • aMule – is an open source client that allows you to download materials from eMule’s file sharing networks, such as eD2K and Kad. It can be installed on Ubuntu by issuing the commandsudo apt install amule.
  • JDownloader – is a program that allows you to get music from a large number of websites, in a very short time, which I got to talk about in detail in this tutorial .

Remember that downloading copyrighted material is an illegal practice, punishable by law: it is not my intention to encourage illegal operations in any way, nor will I hold myself responsible for the incorrect use of the programs listed above.

Ubuntu programs to burn

Ubuntu programs to burn

If the computer on which you use Ubuntu is equipped with a burner, know that you can burn CDs and DVDs using multiple programs dedicated to the purpose: the most popular are listed below.

  • Brasero – was the Ubuntu program for a long time  to burn the default operating system CD . Given the gradual abandonment of optical media, today Brasero is no longer present “by default” in the distribution, but can be easily installed using the sudo commandapt install brasero.
  • k3b – another excellent complete and functional burning software, based on the Qt libraries and perfectly integrated in the Plasma / KDE desktop environments (therefore on Kubuntu). Its installation on Ubuntu, via the commandsudo apt install k3b, involves the entire download of the kubuntu-desktop package.
  • Xfburn – is a very simple but equally functional burning program, present “by default” on some versions of Xubuntu. It can also be installed on the “mother” distribution via the commandsudo apt install xfburn.
  • wodim – it is a command line based software that allows you to burn files of various types. It is pre-installed on Ubuntu.

Ubuntu partition programs

Ubuntu partition programs

If you use Ubuntu to perform “emergency” operations on disks and partitions , consider using one of the programs listed below.

  • Disks / GNOME Disk – is the  Ubuntu partition program installed “standard” in the operating system that, with the appropriate permissions, allows you to act on both internal disks, external disks, memory cards and other categories of storage media.
  • GParted – this is a software with a graphical interface that allows you to perform some emergency operations on disks and partitions, including the repair and complete elimination of the same. If needed, it can turn into an  Ubuntu program to format USB . It can be installed with the commandsudo apt install gparted.
  • fdisk / cfdisk  – are two disk and partition managers, whose operation is based on the command line. Given the almost complete lack of graphic feedback, they should be used with caution. They are both pre-installed on Ubuntu and accessible through the Terminal.