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Kubuntu Preferred Apps
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Prepared by M. Mikowski, co-author of https://manning.com/books/single-page-web-applications | Last updated 2017-11-06
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Good system administrators of Debian-based distros like Kubuntu keep a clean list of repositories. See note [AA] for guidance on this issue.
If you would like to see a change, addition, or correction, please leave a comment!
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Software
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Source key: repo = standard repo; crepo = custom (added) repo, custom = custom installation (non-repo)
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RoleNameSourceNotesTagsUpdate
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Clean custom reposppa-purgerepo[Q]Useful for removing repos and reverting to stock packages. For example, xorg-edgers can be trouble.ppa,purge,repository,remove
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Audio controlpavucontrolrepo [YB]EXTREMELY useful for audio control and editingaudio, volume, mix, gstreamer, pulse audio
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Android Fileskio-mtp, mtp-toolsrepoDolphin access to MTP devices like Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7mtp, android
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Audio EditingaudacityrepoExcellent audio editoraudio, wav, mp3, ogg
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BenchmarksysbenchrepoBenchmark CPU, Disk, MySQLbenchmark
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Browsergoogle chromecrepo[H]Best web app debugger, android integraction chrome://inspectbrowser, v8, html, javascript, css, web
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Browserfirefox, firefox-locale-enrepoGood alternate browserbrowser, tracemonkey, html, javascript, css, web
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ClikpboardklipperrepoEnhanced clipboard capabilityclipboard
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Codecskubuntu-restricted-extrasrepoGet flash, codecs, etcflash, codec, movies, mp3
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CompressionrarrepoUseful compression utilities
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Compressionshrinkpdfscript[ZE]I used this to reduce a 5.2MB pdf to .18MB. Amazing. pdf, compression, script
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Dev - Standardbuild-essential
openssh-server wajig
repo[YC]Install these for app dev env. Rember ssh -X does X11 forwarding (very, very handy!). Make sure this is enabled by the openssh server first though. See this guide: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/12755tool chain, ssh
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Dev - Webwebstormcustom[G]Web application developmentjavascript,css,html
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Disk benchbonnie++repoBenchmark disk performance. benchmark, disk, performance, read, write
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Disk benchhdparmrepoA simpler test: hdparm -t /dev/<disk> and hdparm -T /dev/<disk>benchmark, disk, performance, read, write
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Disk identitysdparmrepoReport disk identity. Also see hdparm -I /dev/sdadisk, model, id, identity
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Doc ConversionpandocrepoUseful to convert markdown -> pdf or other formats. One must install pandoc pandoc-citeproc texlive haskell-platformpdf, html, ODT, RTF, Textile, text, AsciiDoc, Epub
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Dockerdocker-cecrepo[YF]
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Dropboxdropboxcrepo[B]Fastest shared file solutiondropbox, share, shared, files
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DVD Rip (1)handbrakecrepo[N]DVD ripper, better at backing up encrypted contentdvd, rip
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DVD Rip (2)k3brepoCD and DVD ripper and burnerdvd, cd, burn, rip
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EBookscalibrerepoCompatible with Android tabletsepub, ereader
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EncodeffmpegrepoEncoding to mp3, video codecs. Was formerly replaced with a fork of ffmpeg called 'lib-avtools'. Use 'avconv' and 'avplay'mp3, mp4, ffmpeg, avconv, avplay
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Expensesexpensify--expense report chrome web appexpenses, receipts
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Fontsttf-mscorefonts-installerrepo
[A][YE]
Install to get Arial, Courier new, and other standard MS "free" fonts. fonts, truetype
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Google Driveinsynccrepo[L]Google drivedrive, google
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Google Earthgoogle-earthcustom[ZC]Google earth applicationearth, google
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Google Nowgoogle-chromeconfig[V]Enable google now in Chromegoogle now, now, chrome
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Hardware Infohwinfo, lshw, lspci, lsusb, dmidecoderepoList motherboard, peripherials, etc. Also try 'cat /proc/cpuinfo'hardware, peripherals, usb, pci
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HipChathipchatcrepo[P]Atlassian group chat routineAtlassian, chat, hipchat
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Image Editgimp, gimp-data-extras,gimp-help-enrepoVery photoshop like and quite compatible with adobe toolsgraphics, photoshop, red eye. CMYK plugin is here: http://cue.yellowmagic.info/softwares/separate-plus/index.html2017-07-03
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Image SVGinkscapecrepo[S]The ultimate SVG editorgraphics, SVG
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Java 8java jdkcrepo[F]Java 8 the very easy wayjava, java 8, jdk, jre, oracle
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JSON prettyprintpython--$ python -m json.tool my_json.json
For convenience you can do this in ~/.bashrc: alias prettyjson='python -m json.tool'
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Minecraftminecraftcrepo[Y]Kids gotta have itminecraft, digging
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MongoDBmongocrepo[M]MongoDB from 10genmongo,mongodb,10gen
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Music PlayeramarokrepoVery good mp3 playermp3, music, album
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Network Filesnfs-commonrepo[T]NFSv4 Network files system. See note on setup.nfs, nfsv4, filesystem
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NodeJSnodejscrepo[K]The ultimate event-based web servernodejs, node.js, npm2017-06-03
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Nvidia Overclocknvidia-settingsrepo,
source[R]
Overclock your NVidia card for best performance. You may need to use drivers direct from Nvidia, as System76 and other OEM package repositories may block overclocking.gpu, Nvidia2017-04-28
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Office SuiteLibreOfficerepoStock 5.3.x works fineWord, Excel, Access, Base, Sheets, Presents, Keynote, Powerpoint2017-06-03
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Office CommKontactrepoWhen setting up Yahoo SMTP : Settings -> Accounts -> Sending (tab) -> Advanced (tab) -> [ x ] Use custom sender address and provide your yahoo email address (by default, kmail sends your localhost address, which Yahoo does not like). As of June 2016, gmail requires authorization to allow IMAP access. Please visit https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureappsemail, mail, contacts, addresses, address book. Make sure to add akonadi-kde-resource-googledata and read https://userbase.kde.org/Kontact#Using_Kontact_with_GMail_and_Google_Data. I found knotes doesn't always migrate well. Try knotes-migrator --interactive instead.
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Package mgmtapt-hold
muon
muon-updater
wajig
repo [W]Sometimes package updates will break existing software. Around 2017-06-12 the latest install of Inysnc was broken for a day. This is how I adjusted to hold an ealier version of the package. https://askubuntu.com/questions/138284/how-to-downgrade-a-package-via-apt-getapt-cache, apt-get, wajig, hold, pin2017-06-13
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PDF annotateokularrepoBest PDF view/annotator for linuxview, annotate, PDF
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PDF diffdiffpdfrepoCompare PDF content or visualsdiff, compare, PDF
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PDF EditpdfshufflerrepoSee all pdf tools, type pdf<tab>concatenate, rearrange, delete, PDF
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Power ControlupowerrepoUse 'upower -e' to show devices and upower -i 'device' to inspect. Should be installed by default. See http://askubuntu.com/questions/69556power,laptop,battery,command line,cli
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Project Mgmtcalligra planrepoCalligra planproject management
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Project MgmtprojectlibrecustomJava project management, see http://www.projectlibre.org/project management
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RootKit HunterrkhunterrepoUtility to check for rootkits. See http://opensource.com/business/15/9/keeping-your-linux-system-safe
sudo rkhunter --checkall
The SSH config 'PermitRootLogin : without-password' should be acceptable (disables root access via passwd, but public key may still be used)
rootkit, root-kit, root kit
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Screen recordingsimplescreen\
recorder,
obs-studio
repoThe first (simplescreenrecorder) is easiest to use, the last (obs-studio) is more powerful, complex, and not as stable.screencast, recorder, audio, video, capture2017-11-06
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SteamsteamcrepoMiddle-earth: Shadows of Modor: Rendering need this fix: Library -> RMB click on Middle-earth: Shadow of Modor -> Properties -> SET LAUNCH OPTIONS and add '__GL_ShaderPortabilityWarnings=0 %command%' See this post: https://steamcommunity.com/app/241930/discussions/0/451850468366263604/
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Source Controlgit, subversion, gitoliterepoUse GitoLite as a git repository. Setup is 5 minutes. See https://help.ubuntu.com/lts/serverguide/git.html and http://blog.aplikacja.info/2010/08/switch-origin-of-your-git-repository/scms,git,svn,subersion
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TelegramtelegramcustomEmerson Pardo recommended Telegram found here: https://desktop.telegram.org/. I haven't tried it yet but it looks interesting.telegram, messaging, whatsapp
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Text editorneovimrepo[AA]Finally adoped full-time over vim after discovering the glaring productivity sapping X copy behavior was fixed by this vimrc setting: set mouse=cvim, neovim
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Virtual terminal resolution grubrepo[U]See notesgrub, grub2, vbeinfo,vga
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Video Accelerationvdpaurepo[YA]Provides hardware encoding and decodinggpu, Nvidia, vdpau, encode, decode, hardware
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Video Chat (1)google talkcrepo[I]Preferred to Skype as multi-user sharing is superiortalk, voice, voip
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Video Chat (2)skypecrepo[J]Linux version is quite goodtalk, voice, voip
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Video Editorkdenlivecrepo
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Video PlayervlcrepoVLC plays just about all formats. Handy to have aroundvideo, movie, playback
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Visual Diffkdiff3repoSimilar to SGI's xxdiffdiff, visual diff, meld
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WallpapersbackgroundsrepoVarious backgrounds are found in /usr/share/backgrounds and /usr/share/wallpapers. See ubuntu-wallpapers, ubuntu-wallpapers-<release>, plasma-workspace-wallpapers for lots of nice images. One of my favorites is ubuntu-wallpapers-vivid: /usr/share/backgrounds/Cedar_Wax_Wing_by_Raymond_Lavoie.jpgubuntu-wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-<release>
plasma-workspace-wallpapers
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Webcam controlguvcviewrepoGreat tools for tesing your webcamwebcam, cam
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WireframesBalsamiq Mockupscustom[D]An easy-to-use wireframe tool. Version 3 provides symbols so that engineering drawing change control is now feasible.wireframes, mockups
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XML editorOxygencustomXML editor, much better than XMLMind. $300-600.XML, docbook. I have v14.2; 15.2 is current. Download old versions at http://www.oxygenxml.com/software_archive_author.html
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X selectxselrepoX selection utility, useful for cut-n-paste for vimxsel, X select
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Software - Experimental
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RoleNameSourceNotesTags
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SSD Filesmkfs.f2fscustom[ZB]SSD optimized file system - need to test for production. IMPORTANT: f2fs must be compiled into kernel!SSD, filesystem
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Powerpwrstatcustom[ZA]Power manager interface for CyberPower UPSpower, management
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Projectscalligra planrepoCalligra planproject management
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Plymoth is the pre-login screen boot image loader. Search plymouth in the muon package manager to install or re-install alternate themes!
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Audio Equalizerqpaeqcustom[ZD]A system-wide pulse audio equalizer (buggy, but worth watching)equalizer
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Hardware
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RoleNameSourceNotesTags
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gpuTitan X (Pascal)nvidiaAwesome, reliable, amazing performance at 250 TDP. Really, really, really wants CLC solution as the card throttles hard due to cooling limitationsgpu, graphics, driver
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keyboardk310logitechWashable keyboard [$40], well worth itkeyboard, washable
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pointermarblemouselogitech[C]Logitech Marble mouse trackball configtrackball, config, marblemouse
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stylusWacom EMR technologywacomPen pressure sensing - See Gimp -> Edit -> Input Devicesstylus, pen2017-05-06
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$ sudo wajig install xinput-calibrator -y \
&& xinput_calibrator

Place results in /etc/x11/xorg.conf.d/99.wacom.conf and restart x:
$ sudo systemctl restart sddm
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system-desktop2015 Wild Dog ProSystem76Beautiful work horse with TitanXP and AIO (custom)Sytem76, Desktop
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system-laptop2016 Oryx ProSystem76Excellent 15" laptop with NV GXP 970m. Only 2hr battery.Sytem76, Laptop
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system-laptop2012 Galaga ProSystem76Very good i7 with mediocre Intel iGPU. Only 2hr battery.System76, Laptop
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system-tablet2017 Cube Mix PlusCubeVery good small tablet with dock, touch, stylus. Excellent performance https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/3308768 and 6-8 hr battery. Performed thermal mod with excellent resuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOd-ZI9YbMUCube, Tablet, Laptop
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touch screenxinput--Palm rejection: Turn off touch interface while retaining pen. Use xinput enable to turn screen back on. Results are excellent testing on The Gimp. IMPORTANT: use xinput-list to find touch device pattern (in this case FTSC) first!

_touch_id=$(xinput list |grep -i ftsc |sed -e 's?^.*id=\([0-9]\+\).*$?\1?g') && xinput disable "${_touch_id}"
touch, stylus, pen2017-05-06
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trackpadxinput--Use xinput to disable or enable trackpad similar to touch screen.2017-05-06
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webmcamHD Webcam C615logitechHD USB webcam, works out of the box with guvcview, Skype, and Hangouts - Audio and Video. webcam
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