Hey guys! It’s Top 10 Tuesday again, here at GeekBlogTV, and since Precise Pangolin 12.04 LTS just came out, I went ahead and got a hard drive going and took a few spins around the app store to bring you this article! Let me know what you think!
Since I am listing apps that are of all types of genres and pay-schemes, I will not list them in any particular order, but trust that this is my 10 must have apps for Ubuntu.
- Tickr – RSS Ticker App - I don’t have a screenshot for this one, but I use it to run at the top of my screen, and monitor about 5 different RSS feeds. With this app, it is always running and updating and showing me the headlines of the day. Every aspect is programmable so my setup is 50% transparency black background with 10px white text, no shadows, speed at 50 for a slow crawl, and update every 2 minutes. I monitor Techcrunch, Ars Technica, Torrentfreak, and two others that will remain nameless, as I am not certain if they are sites that wish to be named.
You can find Tickr here – https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
- Polly – Twitter Client- A while back, if you follow OMBUbuntu, you may notice that there was an app that had a bit of difficulty with the name. The crowd chose the name Polly, which I believe is quite fitting considering it is a common name for birds; birds -> twitter. Polly is awesome because you can tell the author really cares about the project and takes suggestions seriously. There is a nice two-pane view of the tweets and everything feels pretty intuitive.
You can find Polly here - https://launchpad.net/polly
- Compiz Fusion – Desktop Enhancement – Have you ever seen in the movies or on TV where there is a 3d desktop rotating around smoothly as a cube? You ever wanted something like that? Somehow with some kind of linux elf-magic all of this eye candy just runs smoother than just the plain old desktop. You can do all kinds of things with compiz like 3d windows that pop out in 3d space and add a ton of depth to your tasks, also you can turn your desktops into a cube or a ball and rotate it around like a bunch of windows orbitting a planet. I love it. One thing that always keeps me coming back is the ability to not only make my terminal windows transparent, but it allows me to see what is UNDER the terminal window, unlike the normal transparency which just shows me the desktop underneath. I could care less what is on my desktop, I just want to see behind the terminal window.
- GTK-Redshift – Reduce Eyestrain – If you are nocturnal like me, then this app is for you. What redshift does, is it uses your latitude and longitude coordinates to track the movement of the sun outside, and how it relates to the light levels around you assuming you are using natural light. As the sun sets, the screen gets more of a red tint, which is not noticeable, but really lessens the eye strain, and allows me to get right to sleep after using the computer. Just as red light in a dark room does not expose naked film, your pineal gland does not register red light as normal, waking light, and it, in turn, does not inhibit melatonin production.
You can get Redshift here http://jonls.dk/redshift/
- WINE – Run Windows Apps – This one does not really need a screenshot as it is self explanatory in what it does. I use it to run Ableton Live Studio in Ubuntu when I am on the road and not in reach of a Windows 7 computer. When inspiration strikes, you know?
You can get Wine by typing apt-get install wine -y
- Conky – Metrics/System Monitor – Conky is great because you can configure it in gedit to monitor whatever statistics you like. It can monitor RAM usage, CPU temp, running processes, anything really.
You can get Conky by typing apt-get install conky -y
- CairoDock – Dock bar – There are about a hundred apps that make a dock at the bottom of your screen, but most of them are terrible for some reason or another. Cairo works with openGL or without, and usually without error.
You can get Cairo here http://developer.berlios.de/project/showfiles.php?group_id=8724
- Clementine – Audio player/streamer – My favorite player, by far. So much so that I will spend days trying to get Fedora 16 not to crap itself with dependencies (seriously, fuck you gstreamer). The thing I like best about it is that it comes preconfigured with some cool streams and even some background noise like Raindrops, or the famous HypnoToad.
You can get Clementine by typing apt-get install clementine -y
- Minitube – Youtube Viewer/Downloader – When I am all bundled up on a rainy day and feel like getting spooky, I fire up Minitube and navigate to the UFOTVstudios channel on youtube, and check out some videos about how we are all going to be enslaved by reptilians. yep! With minitube you can just dial up a channel, or even a random term in the search and it will just start playing videos. It is a bit slow on the load time, but ‘meh’. You can also download the videos easily and switch between quality levels.
You can get Minitube by typing apt-get install minitube -y
- Ubuntu Tweak – Config Tool – This tool is the defacto standard as far as non-terminal Ubuntu mods go. It is a very simple GUI based program that enables you to change just about anything about your Ubuntu experience. I love it.