2016 is over! Here's my list of the top 10 Ubuntu desktop apps of 2016. These apps are ones that just about everyone could benefit from using and might not have given a fair shot for their Ubuntu (or Linux) desktop experience.
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Top 10 apps of 2016:
- BleachBit - https://www.bleachbit.org/
With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.
- NeoFetch - https://github.com/dylanaraps/neofetch
neofetch - A fast, highly customizable system info script that supports Linux, MacOS, iOS, BSD, Solaris, Android, Haiku, GNU Hurd, MINIX and Windows.
- VLC - https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various other formats.
- Shutter - http://shutter-project.org/
Shutter Ubuntu / Linux app that allows you to take screenshots, edit them, apply various effects, upload them online and more.
- Caffeine - https://launchpad.net/caffeine
Caffeine is a simple indicator applet on Ubuntu panel that allows to temporarily prevent the activation of the screensaver, screen lock, and the “sleep” powersaving mode.
- Unity Tweak Tool - https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/unity-tweak-tool/
Configuration tool for the Unity desktop environment. unity-tweak-tool. Free. Unity Tweak Tool is a settings manager for the Unity desktop.
- Franz Messenger - http://meetfranz.com/
Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and many more. You can download Franz for Mac, Windows & Linux.
- GIMP - https://www.gimp.org/
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.
Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.
- Darktable - https://www.darktable.org/
darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
- Kdenlive - https://kdenlive.org/
A video editing GUI for KDE that provides dual video monitors, a multi-track timeline, clip list, customizable layout support, basic effects, and basic transitions.
These are in no particular order.
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