6 Great Programs for Ubuntu Users


After our recent article comparing a few different Linux distros, I decided we should present some good software you should try to make your Linux life better ;)

Please note that while the title specifies Ubuntu, these programs probably work fine in most other distros too…


I’ve found this browser to work better on Ubuntu than Firefox, especially with the new Unity interface. And yes I’m slowly losing faith in Firefox… Just a note, Chromium is basically Google Chrome but it’s more of a cutting-edge development release for Linux.


This great FTP client that Windows users are probably familiar with also exists for Ubuntu. It’s efficient and easy to use!


If you simply can’t live without Photoshop, but you don’t know how to make photoshop work with Linux, or you don’t want to pay for it, try GIMP! The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a robust and feature-laden alternative.


If you want to run Windows games and applications within Linux, use Wine. The great thing is that it allows you to use the full computing power of your computer system without dealing with virtual systems or multiple operating system installations.


If you need to create text documents on your computer, but you want something that isn’t as slow or bloated as OpenOffice/LibreOffice, then AbiWord is a perfect choice. It opens quickly and it’s easy to use.


It doesn’t really provide much extra in the way of functionality, but it does add some cool graphics effects like the 3D desktop cube (for multiple desktops), wobbly windows, and Windows Vista-like 3D window switching.


If you’ve got any suggestions or want to share what programs you like most go ahead and post them here!