Handy Must Know Linux Applications


Senior Member
Jan 31, 2011
Chrome works on my Zorin without hassle but not on any of my other Debian/Ubuntu distro's.
The current version of Chrome's working perfectly on Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS. Having installed it using "gdebi", updates are always checked for when doing a "sudo apt update" command.

Similarly, Opera checks for any updates, but it doesn't render imagery 100% of the time (eg. GIFs, fly-by vids. in Twitter), even though I have the flash plugin installed.

When I briefly tested Chrome in Debian Jessie about 6 - 8 months ago, it seemed to be fine there as well.
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The Magician
Feb 10, 2005
notepadqq -- similar to Notepad++ works great!
Atom works great for me when it comes to text editors. It also works on Linux, Windows and OSX so you can have the same editor on all OSs.


Executive Member
May 27, 2005
Atom works great for me when it comes to text editors. It also works on Linux, Windows and OSX so you can have the same editor on all OSs.

I switch OS's so thats always appreciated by me.

I've been challenged to use emacs more as an IDE - so i'm going to consider giving that a go...


Expert Member
Jun 27, 2007
KDE Connect - lets you connect Android device to Linux PC(KDE, Gnome, Unity, Elementary) and share clipboard, synch notifications, share files, use phone as media remote control, use phone as virtual touchpad, etc.
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Sep 13, 2007
Welcome. I have been using Ubuntu for many years.
Recently I changed from 32 bit to 64 bit. Manage to change over without loosing my data.
So now I am using Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 LTS and can now running Chrome again. I use Libre Office and Gimp a lot.
Now also learning kdenlive for video editing.


Executive Member
Jul 22, 2005

youtube-dl python script (https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/)

# pip install youtube-dl
Collecting youtube-dl
  Downloading youtube_dl-2017.7.15-py2.py3-none-any.whl (1.6MB)
    100% |████████████████████████████████| 1.6MB 467kB/s
Installing collected packages: youtube-dl
Successfully installed youtube-dl-2017.7.15
# youtube-dl --help
Usage: youtube-dl [OPTIONS] URL [URL...]

  General Options:
    -h, --help                       Print this help text and exit
    --version                        Print program version and exit
    -U, --update                     Update this program to latest version. Make sure that you have sufficient permissions (run with sudo if needed)
    -i, --ignore-errors              Continue on download errors, for example to skip unavailable videos in a playlist
    --abort-on-error                 Abort downloading of further videos (in the playlist or the command line) if an error occurs
    --dump-user-agent                Display the current browser identification
    --list-extractors                List all supported extractors
 ... much more
Get download format from youtube URL:
# youtube-dl [B]-F[/B] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqz-KE-bpKQ
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Downloading webpage
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Downloading video info webpage
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Extracting video information
WARNING: unable to extract uploader nickname
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Downloading MPD manifest
[info] Available formats for aqz-KE-bpKQ:
format code  extension  resolution note
139          m4a        audio only DASH audio   49k , m4a_dash container, mp4a.40.5@ 48k (22050Hz), 3.60MiB
249          webm       audio only DASH audio   55k , opus @ 50k, 3.82MiB
250          webm       audio only DASH audio   77k , opus @ 70k, 5.04MiB
140          m4a        audio only DASH audio  128k , m4a_dash container, mp4a.40.2@128k (44100Hz), 9.61MiB
171          webm       audio only DASH audio  134k , vorbis@128k, 8.75MiB
251          webm       audio only DASH audio  146k , opus @160k, 9.89MiB
160          mp4        256x144    DASH video  114k , avc1.42c00c, 15fps, video only, 8.22MiB
278          webm       256x144    144p  124k , webm container, vp9, 30fps, video only, 6.77MiB
133          mp4        426x240    DASH video  268k , avc1.4d4015, 30fps, video only, 18.51MiB
242          webm       426x240    240p  273k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 14.61MiB
243          webm       640x360    360p  512k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 27.24MiB
134          mp4        640x360    DASH video  625k , avc1.4d401e, 30fps, video only, 27.46MiB
244          webm       854x480    480p  959k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 46.12MiB
135          mp4        854x480    DASH video 1124k , avc1.4d401f, 30fps, video only, 53.63MiB
247          webm       1280x720   720p 1908k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 87.16MiB
136          mp4        1280x720   720p 2217k , avc1.4d401f, 30fps, video only, 101.87MiB
302          webm       1280x720   720p60 3080k , vp9, 60fps, video only, 144.56MiB
298          mp4        1280x720   DASH video 3320k , avc1.4d4020, 60fps, video only, 173.10MiB
248          webm       1920x1080  1080p 3328k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 160.91MiB
137          mp4        1920x1080  1080p 4198k , avc1.640028, 30fps, video only, 180.27MiB
303          webm       1920x1080  1080p60 5290k , vp9, 60fps, video only, 240.92MiB
299          mp4        1920x1080  DASH video 5604k , avc1.64002a, 60fps, video only, 298.72MiB
271          webm       2560x1440  1440p 9764k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 438.84MiB
264          mp4        2560x1440  DASH video 9916k , avc1.640032, 30fps, video only, 433.34MiB
308          webm       2560x1440  1440p60 14626k , vp9, 60fps, video only, 630.61MiB
313          webm       3840x2160  2160p 20417k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 1.02GiB
[B]266          mp4        3840x2160  DASH video 22155k , avc1.640033, 30fps, video only, 833.50MiB[/B]
315          webm       3840x2160  2160p60 28830k , vp9, 60fps, video only, 1.60GiB
17           3gp        176x144    small , mp4v.20.3, mp4a.40.2@ 24k
36           3gp        320x180    small , mp4v.20.3, mp4a.40.2
43           webm       640x360    medium , vp8.0, vorbis@128k
18           mp4        640x360    medium , avc1.42001E, mp4a.40.2@ 96k
22           mp4        1280x720   hd720 , avc1.64001F, mp4a.40.2@192k (best)
Download the format you need
# youtube-dl [B]-f 266[/B] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqz-KE-bpKQ
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Downloading webpage
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Downloading video info webpage
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Extracting video information
[youtube] aqz-KE-bpKQ: Downloading MPD manifest
[download] Destination: Big Buck Bunny 60fps 4K - Official Blender Foundation Short Film-aqz-KE-bpKQ.mp4
[download] 100% of 833.50MiB in 03:52
Documentation at the link above.


Senior Member
Jan 25, 2004
I mainly use linux at work in a server environment, and I mainly use built in sys applications for eg:

grep - searching through large txt files for eg logs
zgrep - searching through txt files in a zip
tail - tailing log files
gzip - zipping files
ls - listing files / folders etc.
cp - copying files
mv - moving / renaming files

but also use the following:

handbreak - awesome, fast video converter (mkv,mp4 etc)
glassfish (free) - application server
oracle weblogic (not so free :p) - application server

But unlike some here, I cannot get away from Windows for the following reasons:

MS Office - and yes, nothing else compares to MS office (for me atleast) - we use Excel at work to its full potential and nothing comes close to Excel for us.


Well-Known Member
Dec 2, 2009
Guake - Dropdown thermal
I have it set to my hotkey F12.. anywhere anytime just press F12 and you got a terminal sliding out from the top :) Oh and you can tab it also


Well-Known Member
Sep 18, 2006
Today I tried to write USB to test Puppy Linux; neither UNETBootin nor DD could do the job; RUFUS only works on Windows (blech) and then I discovered Etcher - managed to write the ISO to USB and it worked the first time. Etcher is a portable app, here's the website: https://etcher.io/


Well-Known Member
Sep 18, 2006
Linux Remote Access -- X11 Forwarding can be useful again...

Discovered X2Go -- X11 Forwarding with the speed of remote access apps such as TeamViewer, NX, VNC - only better! To use X2Go like Teamviewer or Remote Desktop, also install x2godesktopsharing after installing X2Go server.

More info here: Visit X2Go