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Recommended good softwares for Linux Mint / Ubuntu

November 30th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Linux is a good and powerful operating system. If you are a non-MS developer or you can’t afford MS products (Windows, Office), you should consider using Linux. Though there are many Linux distros out there, I recommend Linux Mint for its elegance and cool customizations for home end-users. If you’ve been a Windows user, you will feel a similar environment with Linux Mint.

Here is a list of softwares (IMHO) in no order that I recommend for Linux Mint (applicable to Ubuntu too as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu).

arpon – Arp handler inspectiON

Protects your ARP cache.


A good download manager like Free Download Manager for Windows. It supports multi-thread per each download.


Expand diskspace of your OS, use this when you install Ubuntu/Linux Mint as a software under Windows.


A famous Windows compatibility layer. With Wine, you can install and run Windows softwares with no problem in Linux.


A lite video editor, good for average demand.


A super good web browser.


Yet another super good browser. It loads and displays Flash web pages faster than Firefox, but is very resource-consuming.


Similar to AllToTray software for Windows, it can hide chosen window and shows a corresponding icon on the system tray. Click that icon to open the window again.


A good screenshot tool compared to default ones. However it cannot capture long web page.


Lets you create as many operating systems as you want inside Linux. It performs excellently comparable to VMWare.


Similar to TortoiseSVN, it lets you do all svn-related tasks with a right click.

Java Decompiler – http://java.decompiler.free.fr/

A really good tool for Java developer, comparable to to DJ Java Decompiler for Windows.


Good SSH tool for developers for years ;). I like the way using GUI to store accounts, fonts, tunnels, etc.

Firewall graphical front-end: Firestarter, GUWF

Linux uses iptables as the actual firewall, so we just need a good and reliable GUI to iptables. Firestarter, GUFW are good candidates, but use one of them only.

Meld Diff Viewer

Similar to WinMerge for Windows, it is strong at comparing and merging files.

Google Picasa

This is a good software for managing image files on your computer.


Similar to Notepad++ for Windows, it is a lightweight superstar for editing files.

SCIM Unikey

A reliable tool for typing Vietnamese characters. This is good if you’re going to learn and use Vietnamese in your near future of course!


A tool used for editing the GConf configuration database. GConf is a configuration database system for storing application

Oracle VM VirtualBox

A good free software to create virtual machine of your choice.


A cool music player, integrating last.fm, podcast, radio and music stores (Jamendo, Magnatune).

Nautilus Image Converter

If you’ve ever known Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP, you will find this a similar useful tool for Linux. It integrates in right mouse menu context. It supports resizing and rotating images.

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