Ranking: the 10 best Linux apps of 2017

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Whenever they are done rankings or comparatives Controversies arise because each user has their own opinion of which project is better or they like the most and it is totally logical and legal. Whenever I write an article of this type I say so, the best software, distribution or whatever is not the one they tell you on the webs, but the one you feel most comfortable with and know how to handle better. After all, productivity is important and it is useless to have the best software if we don't know how to take advantage of it ...

In this article I will try to select NO apps one of the most interesting for this 2017 that works on GNU / Linux. As I say, it is not a question of discrediting or detracting from the rest of the projects, and you have total freedom to leave your comments with your opinions. They will always be welcome. That said, let's get down to business and try to discover the titles behind the 10 positions:

  1. Synaptic: it is a simple package manager in which we can install an infinite number of apps just by searching for them and making a few clicks. This makes life much easier for all those who are new to GNU / Linux and who do not want to use the terminal. For all of them, Synaptic comes with a simple graphical interface for installing packages on Debian-based distros.
  2. VLC- This is one of the most popular all-terrain media players on both Windows and Linux. It allows support for an infinite number of codecs and what other players cannot open or reproduce with problems, surely VLC can.
  3. Mozilla FirefoxAlthough surely many will like Chrome or other web browsers more, Firefox has become one of the most popular and best browsers for Linux and other operating systems.
  4. GIMP: It is the equivalent to PhotoShop, without a doubt this project is great and offers professional tools to work with the designs of our images, becoming the preferred option of many.
  5. Deluge: It is not as well known as the previous ones, but it is a lightweight program to manage our downloads (BitTorrent) that is gaining followers every time.
  6. ThunderbirdIt is the other great program from Mozilla, and one of the most complete and powerful email clients out there.
  7. LibreOffice: Of course, a good office suite cannot be missing on every computer, and this is the biggest rival to Microsoft Office.
  8. Pidgin: never forget communication, and with Pidgin we have a versatile program to always be in communication, capable of supporting AIM, Bonjour, IRC, Gooogle Talk, etc.
  9. Audacity: This is a good audio editing and recording program with a multitude of functions.
  10. Caliber: our ebook library always tidy thanks to him.

Anything to add? Surely yes… Do not forget to comment.


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  1.   Ernesto said

    Missing OPENSHOT, video editor and the magnificent GIMP for editing images

  2.   Williams said

    Screenshot: Kazam
    2D editing: Synfig studio
    Video Editors: Openshot and Kdenlive
    3D Edition: Blender

  3.   Claudia Segovia said

    I would add qBittorrent, Akregator, BleachBit, K3b, and Rambox, which I use a lot. Oh, and if I want to sync subtitles and other work with videos, Aegisub.

  4.   Pedro Sanchez Mezquino said

    the shit always, come on, in 10 years you will answer me with the pidgin, the gimp and the firefox of always

  5.   Gregory ros said

    I like Qbittorrent, very practical.

  6.   k_mirror said

    Both the number of applications and their quality within the Linux world is growing by leaps and bounds. Summarizing it all in 10 applications is impossible, it would take a ranking of more than 100.
    For example, the ones I see the best are Kicad, for the design of electronic circuits. It has been with us for many years, but in recent times it has achieved a very good operation as well as integrating all the functionality that can be asked of a professional software of this type.
    On the other hand, freeCAD has also had a very good evolution and it is fantastic.
    Of course there is a lot of good to choose from, but I would add these two.

  7.   leper said

    Very good selection.
    I would add: Krusader, Mpv and CherryTree.

  8.   jordeath said

    Sacrilege not having included Blender, Inkscape, Qgis and Ardor, and also mentioning K3b, Dolphin, Kdenlive

  9.   Josed said

    But please, those of you who add Aps names, complete it with a minimal description. It would be worth something. And surely some of us would appreciate it :-)