Linux Programmes

A friend of mine has installed Linux, and asked me for my opinion on software that he should install. I figured I would share it here too, in case any of you have toyed with the idea of making the switch over to Linux.


Web Browser: FireFox
Email: Thunderbird
Instant Messaging: Pidgin (with Off the Record plugin)​
Off the Record Plugin: OTR
Office: LibreOffice
​Acrobat Reader: Evince
​CD Ripper: Asunder
DVD Ripper:  Handbrake
CD/DVD Creation: DeVeDe​
E-Book Reader: Calibre
Media Player: VLC
​Run Windows Programmes: WINE
Password Manager: KeePassX


Photoshop: GIMP
Illustrator: Inkscape
Dreamweaver: Kompozer
InDesign: Scribus
Flash: Synfig
Premiere: OpenMovieEdito
Premiere: Avidemux
Premiere: VirtualDub
Encore: DVDStyler
AfterEffects: CineFX
Soundbooth: Audacity
PDF Writer: CUPS PDF Writer
​Acrobat Pro: Master PDF Editor
Nero: Brasero
GarageBand: LMMS
Cakewalk: MuseScore



And as always, to maximize your experience, ALWAYS look into plugins. There is a plugin for EVERYTHING, so if you want to do it, all you need to do is find it. My most used plugins are for GIMP, and for that, I go to:

It is important to remember that just because you are using Linux now, does not automatically make you secure and safe from the snooping of government overlords or hackers extraordinaire. To ensure your privacy and security, I recommend you read the following two links HERE and HERE.

Have a few that you think should be on the list? Send me an email, and I’ll get them added!