Linux used to be the go-to operating system among the tech-savvy crowd. Because back in the day, it was a lot more demanding to use. Now Linux has modern, user-friendly distributions such as Ubuntu and Mint. The application repository they have in common has matured too. Customizing it to your heart’s desire is now easier than ever before. And this should be the end goal — to mold the OS into a tool that’s custom-tailored to your needs. So if you haven’t already, consider installing the following types of applications.

1. Image Editing Software

There’s no need to install expensive image editing suites such as Photoshop to get the job done. GIMP, as funny as the name sounds, is a powerful open-source alternative. And it’s more than enough for all but the most demanding of graphic designers. Like Photoshop, It has a myriad of third-party plugins, and you can also customize it to look like PS as well. There’s also the option of streamlining your workflow by setting the shortcuts that you’ll be using.

2. Cloud Storage Solutions

Making regular backups of your data goes far toward preserving your sanity if your device gets hacked, lost, or stolen. You can always buy a new device and reinstall the system. But what about the projects you’ve invested so much of your time in or the family photos that you hold so dear? Some, if not all, are irreplaceable. Thus, you should take the steps necessary to protect yourself in the unfortunate event of a disaster. Always back up your files to a hard drive or cloud. There are plenty of cloud storage providers to choose from. It’s also smart to use NordLocker or similar file encryption software before syncing your sensitive data. After all, you don’t want it to get into the wrong hands at any time.

3. Video Editing Software

By installing Openshot or Shotcut, you won’t be paying a dime to transform your device into a powerful video editing workstation. Compared to the old days, there’s no need to be a tech whiz either. The interface of both of these editors is intuitive, and you can learn everything in a matter of minutes. As a bonus, these video editing software solutions will help you export the video to a wide range of formats. You can produce a high-detailed version for storing on your device and another one for uploading to the web.

4. IDE

Using an IDE is a must for a serious programmer. Professional IDE solutions like Visual Studio Code will make any coding errors easy to spot and fix before deployment. Its features include Code editor, Debugger, Designer, and Extensibility. No matter what programming language you’ve chosen for the project you’re working on, you’ll be able to tap into its common function display functionality. And it works in real-time!

5. Antivirus Protection

The distribution of malware by the operating system makes it clear that Windows is still the #1 operating system hackers exploit. But you should always be aware of the cyber threats. The architecture of Linux is rather robust and hard to penetrate by hackers. But an infected file can still find itself on your hard drive, and you might spread it around without even knowing. Thus, antivirus programs like ClamAV deserve your consideration. By default, this is a command-line scanner. But you can also install a front-end for it if that’s what you’re more comfortable using.

6. Screen Recording Client

If you use Linux for gaming (especially if you’re a content creator or a streamer), a screen recording client is a must. Peek is a good one to use for the purpose. It also allows turning your recordings into GIF animations that you can post in chat apps or forums. It’s a lifesaver when it comes to creating online courses. Instead of filming yourself, you can record the action on the screen while you explain what’s going on.

7. Alternative Package Installer

A high number of Linux users indeed prefer to use the command line to install the apps. But some like things to be point-and-click. And there are different solutions available for different user bases. A package installer like GDebi makes installing .deb files a breeze. And sometimes it’s the only way to install certain applications.


Linux is reliable, secure, robust, and overflowing with applications that are ripe for picking up and putting to good use. While it’s impossible to cover every single one of them, this list should give you more than plenty of ideas to start.
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