Best programs for Linux of 2022 (Repositories)

Personal list of the best repository apps

Today ends the last full business month of 2022 and we were given The lists We have already reviewed open source applications for Android and Apple and now it is the turn of Linux. Remember that this selection is absolutely arbitrary and debatable, so I would love to read your lists in the comments form.

Linux has many ways to install programs. In this article we are going to review the applications that I like the most that can be installed from the repositories. Although for a matter of convenience I am basing myself on the Debian and derivative repositories, almost all distributions include the same applications, so it is only a matter of searching.

The best programs for Linux from the repositories

Within the arbitrariness of this list is that of, as far as possible, not repeating programs that have been commented on in previous articles.. The objective of this type of article is not so much to highlight merits as to broaden knowledge about the wide range of free and open source software.


You can also find it in repositories like Drawing. The name of This application is descriptive enough, but if you want to know something else we can describe it as a Microsoft Paint for Linux.

It is compatible with all desktop environments for computers and can work with Linux versions developed for smartphones.

It has the usual drawing, selection and transformation tools in this type of application, although it only works with JPEG, PNG and BMP formats.


One of the unfulfilled promises of the XNUMXst century is the disappearance of paper documents. A large part of our life records is still on that support and having to find something means a tedious search. This application ttry to solve the problem for us.

The program scans the documents and performs the necessary optical recognition to convert them to the pdf format with the ability to search. Scanned and recognized documents can be edited and tagged for easy searching later. The new labels will be available for documents that are entered later.


I recognize that el collection manager of music from the GNOME project is nothing new.  But, in these times when most of us switch to streaming, there are probably few people who keep it in mind, even though some of the main distributions continue to install it by default.

The program's forte is organizing and playing locally stored music, although it also works with some streaming services, downloads podcasts, plays online radios, and can connect to mobile devices.


I will reiterate the warnings from the beginning. This list is completely arbitrary and I am trying not to repeat recommendations. I repeat it because the recommendation of video editors is a topic that often generates controversy.

Shotcut is an editor of video that supports most of the most popular formats. It allows capture from the webcam and audio input and supports 4k. It also plays online content available under different protocols.

The program has several audio and video filters in addition to the usual multitrack editing tools in this type of application.

BasKet Notepad

I was frankly surprised that This application keep it in the repositories as it is a long discontinued project. However, I include it in the list because It might be the best note-taking app I've tried on Linux.

BasKet is so called because it groups notes into baskets. The notes inside the baskets are organized in a hierarchical way and it is possible to assign them labels to facilitate the search.

As for the content of the notes themselves, it can be text and/or graphics. It is also possible to subdivide them into columns.


The year is coming to an end and with 2023 getting closer and closer, plans for next year begin. If you don't like online tools you can take a look at OSMO.  This personal organizer includes a task manager, a calendar, and an address book.  The interface is very simple and configurable

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  1.   Agustin said

    My apps of the year:
    Obsidian (multiplatform): to take notes, relate them, with markdown and creation of links to other notes and images (existing or not) on the fly. Graphs of relationships between notes. And plugins. A lots of.
    PlayOnMac (and playOnLinux) to run those essential Windows apps like Notepad++ or 7zip on macOS or Linux
    RunJS: for development, a JavaScript console that runs as we write. Multi platform.
    VSCode: IDE for development, no need to explain much.
    GIMP: the free photoshop alternative that always saves you from a fire.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Thank you.