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LINUX : The must 10 free and open source softwares

Have you ever wondered what are some cool Linux softwares or tools that you must try?? Well I thought that when i was new to this world i.e. what new can i try that would ease my work?

So,here is a list of all the packages without which your system is incomplete. Many of you might be using many of them but for those who have not started using them TRY THEM NOW!!!

1.YAKUAKE (A terminal emulator)

Yakuake is a KDE drop down terminal emulator i.e it slides down from the top of the screen when a key is pressed, and slide back up when the key is pressed again.It is a feature-rich terminal application that supports skinning, split-viewing, profiles and which runs in the background without you even being aware of its presence.


2. VIM ( The text editor )

Everyone has his own pick of a text editor 😀 i personally got many suggestions from emacs to nano to sublime 😀 but i chose VIM. So why VIM??  VIM has a function on almost every key in its Normal mode. When used regularly the keys become more valuable for editing and gives a potential for better productivity.Also you can create your own vimrc file and configure the shortcuts as you want .It is super portable and works on virtually any operating-system / architecture and most servers will be able to handle your own vimrc so you can have a seamless experience on both desktop and servers.


3. GIMP ( Photoshop alternative 🙂 )

GIMP for me personally is a good alternative that i found for photoshop in linux.It can help you create your website graphics like banners , buttons and patterns from scratch. It is a great tool to enhance and retouch your digital photoes.Also GIMP has a strong community over the internet so you can always find someone to help you when you are stuck. “Well thats the real advantage of open source community 🙂

GIMP_Photoshop alternative

4. Libre office ( The free and open source office suite )

Most probably libre office comes preinstalled but for in case it does’nt you may always do it.From documents to spreadsheets to presentations and more, LibreOffice has all the tools you need to get things done.


5. Sprunge (The command line pastebin )

Pastebin is a must when we get stuck to paste our code and ask up in the community.Bored of going to the pastebin then doing the copy and paste??.Sprunge is a good alternative as a command line pastebin.After installation

To share a file, just do :

$ cat FILE | curl -F ‘sprunge==<-‘ http://sprunge.us

To pipe the output of any command execute :

$ COMMAND | curl -F ‘sprunge==<-‘ http://sprunge.us

6.Pidgin(The instant messenger)

Pidgin is the favorite instant messenger of many Linux users, and for a good reason. With support for all the popular chat protocols – Gtalk, IRC, Yahoo, ICQ, XMPP – and others (like Facebook) available via official and third-party plugins, who wouldn’t love Pidgin? It also works on Windows, and has many cool features, like custom emoticons, “Now Playing” status messages, different types of notification and buddy grouping and filtering.


7. TOR

We might pretend we don’t care or console ourselves by thinking we’ve got “nothing to hide”, but the fact is that privacy and security are extremely important, and that it’s a wise practice to be mindful of them on the Internet. Tor helps you in that mission by providing a browser and communication tools that block trackers and enable anonymized surfing.


8. Youtube-dl (The youtube downloader)

Its a pretty good command line downloader for youtube videos.You can download any video and even the whole playlists in a zippy 😀.

9.Amarok (The music player)

Amarok serves many functions that can be used to organize a library of music into folders according to genre, artist, and album, can edit tags attached to most music formats, associate album art, attach lyrics, and automatically “score” music by keeping play count statistics.Also from version 1.4.4, Amarok introduced the integration of magnatune, a non-drm digital music store, enabling users to purchase music in Ogg, flac, wav, and mp3 formats



Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you! Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings.




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