Best 60 Linux Applications For Year 2011 [Editor’s Pick]

At the beginning of each year, we at AddictiveTips compile a list of the best applications from numerous platforms, to deliver a summary of the most useful applications (of the previous year) for our readers. We have already brought you a compilation of the best Windows applications, Mac OS X applications, Windows Phone 7 applications, Android and iOS apps of 2011. Additionally, we also brought you a list of the best Cydia tweaks, as well as the best browser extensions and web apps of 2011. Last, but not least, it is now time to take a look back at the best Linux applications of last year. While there has been extensive development at the end of the aforementioned platforms, Linux has not lacked behind either. There have been numerous OS version coming out for numerous Linux flavors, and Ubuntu itself saw Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot in the same year. With the release of these new operating systems, came new applications and updates for old ones. Let’s take a look at some of the very best Linux applications that we covered in 2011.

1.  Desktop Flickr Organizer (Manage Flickr albums offline)

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2.  PDF Mod (Modify PDF documents)

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3. eSpeak Speech Synthesizer (Multi-lingual text to speech synthesizer)

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4. Arista Transcoder (Transcode files between various media formats)

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5. AcetoneISO (Mount, rip, extract, convert, burn, encrypt and decrypt DVD and CD images)

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6. Firestarter (Firewall for securing Linux computers)

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7. News-RSS Ticker (Feed ticker that brings the latest news to your Linux desktop)

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8. Ubuntu One (Dropbox like cloud storage service for Linux and other platforms)

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9. Giver (Transfer files easily on a Linux network)

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10. KTorrent (Lightweight Torrent client with advanced configuration options)

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11. Nanny Parental Control (Parental Control application, with restrictions to limit internet usage time for children)

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12. Deja Dup Backup (Backup and restore data)

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13. Steadyflow (Minimalist download manager)

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14. Comix (Comic book reader that supports CBZ, ZIP, RAR, TAR, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF, BMP, ICO, XBM and other formats)

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15. Liferea (Desktop RSS feed reader)

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16. Gnome Activity Journal (Keeps a log of all activities, opened files and folders)

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17. Blogilo (Blogging client for Linux)

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18. HomeBank (Finance management application)

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19. Starry Hope Uploader (Upload photos to Facebook)

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20. gPoddy (Subscribe and download podcasts)

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21. MyPaint (Application for making digital paintings)

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22. Parcellite (Lightweight clipboard manager)

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23. KTimer (Automate Commands in Linux)

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24. Hardware Lister (List hardware configurations)

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25. LibreCAD (Create computer aided designs)

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26. Cairo Dock (Mac style dock for Linux operating systems)

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27. Tea Time (Receive important reminders)

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28. Eve Installer (install multiple applications in batch)

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29. YeoWorks Ubuntu Solutions (Resolves commonly faced Ubuntu problems)

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30. Psensor (Monitor temperature of system components)

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31. Super Boot Manager (Boot manager for Plymouth, Burg and Grub)

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32. Sunflower (Dual pane file explorer)

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33. Boot Repair (Fix Ubuntu boot problems)


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34. Lookit (Screenshot taking application, with the option to upload it to FTP server, SSH, Imgur, Omploader and CloudApp).

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35. Slingshot (Mac OS X Launchpad style application launcher for Ubuntu)

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36. Cryptkeeper (Encrypt folders)

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37. Bleeding Edge (install software unavailable in Ubuntu repository)

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38. Y PPA Manager (Easily delete and purge Private Package Repositories)

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39. Synapse (Quickly Find applications, documents, videos, images, etc)

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40. DesktopNova (Wallpaper Rotator for Ubuntu)

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41. Hamster Indicator (Time Tracking Applet)

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42. gm-notify (Gmail email notifier)

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43. eMount (Create and mount encrypted disk images)

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44. Gnome Subtitles (Edit, split and marge subtitles)

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45. Scribes (Text editor with support for 70+ Programming Languages)

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46. PlexyDesk (Widget based desktop transformation application)

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47. Activity Log Manager Zeitgeist (Control Zeitgeist logging)

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48. Touchpad-indicator (Automatically disable touchpad when mouse is connected)

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49. LightDM Manager (Ubuntu Logon Screen Changer)

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50. Gnome-Pie (Hotkey based application launcher)

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51. Gnome Tweak Tool (Tweak Gnome settings)

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52. Remmina (GTK+ based Remote Desktop application)

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53. QMediaInfo (Get attribute information for media files)

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54. MyUnity (Comprehensive tweak for Ubuntu Unity)

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55. LiveUSBInstall (create live Linux USB, CD/DVD and download ISO images)

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56. Natural Scrolling (Get Mac OS X style natural scrolling in Ubuntu)

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57. Radio Tray (Minimalist internet radio player for Ubuntu)

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58. X Neural Switcher (Automatically switch keyboard layout & fix typos)

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59. Furius ISO Mount (Mount SO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NRG Images)

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60. Kazam Screencaster (Record screencasts and upload to YouTube)

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With the introduction of Precise Pangolin aka Ubuntu 12.04, and other Linux operating system versions in 2012, we are likely to see a rise in application development and update. Please note that these applications are not the ones released in 2011, but the ones reviewed by us. Also, this list is not exhaustive in any manner, and if you think you have a good application that we did not cover, leave us a tip in comments below.

  • Mrsandvikww

    No pidgin? wtf. 

    • This is a round up of our editors’ picks for the best apps that we reviewed in 2011. Unfortunately, pidgin was too old by that time to require a review of any sorts, whatsoever.

  • Correciton, this should be “Best 60 Ubuntu Applications For Year 2011”

    • Just because we favor Ubuntu for our testing and evaluation, doesn’t mean these applications won’t work on other Linux variants.

      • Then there’s no reason to NOT entitle the post “Best 60 Ubuntu Applications For Year 2011”? Lots of these applications are exclusively made for Ubuntu. 

        • Anonymous

          Many of these applications have RPM packages
          as well, so saying that they are custom made for Ubuntu will be incorrect.
          While some of the above applications are exclusive for Ubuntu that is not the
          case for the majority of the applications (given above). Gnome based
          applications are one such example.

          • I was just saying that it is wrong to say “60 best LINUX” applications if even one of them was Ubuntu-specific (or any distro-specific for that matter). I am not going to have this pointless debate anymore, I simply won’t visit this website in the future and we’re all happy. 

            • LOL. WOW. You have the maturity of a seven year old. Chill out, guy; it’s semantics. The content’s all there, so you have no reason to freak out like that.

          • Mether

            Your predilection from ubuntu is evident from most of the posts you’ve made. For instance,you’ve given how to obtain via ubuntu through commands but haven’t with the other distros. I concur with Bo that the title must’ve been ‘Best 60 Ubuntu applications’.

      • Bo is pretty right in fact. Some of those apps are Ubuntu specific…
        I’m not trolling or hating or something like that, but you have to admit that Bo isn’t wrong about that.

        • Mike

          Last Time I checked, Ubuntu was Linux.

          • Correction : Ubuntu is one of the GNU/Linux distros.
            And some Ubuntu specific apps can’t serve on another distribution.

            I don’t understand where is the problem to tell that.

            • You’re right. Some of the apps mentioned here has “ubuntu” in their names, there’s nothing about apps owned by other distros/DE (very few Qt apps, for example), no CLI apps. GNU/Linux is much more than this.

            • Mike

              And according to you Debian isn’t Linux. A 20 year old childish debate whether one should call GNU/Linux as Linux, have you even checked the above applications with RPM packages?
              Home Bank also has Mac and Windows version and gPoddy has other packages for Fedora, Arch Linux and other operating systems.

              • Are you blind or just a fanboy to don’t see that Bo is right and there are some Ubuntu specific apps unavailable for other distros ? Please talk about what you know, drop the rest.

                You’re right, a true childish debate, but 6 years old. I can’t believe that. I’m wasting my time, have a good day anyway.

                • Mike

                  Didn’t mean to offend you Darth Wound, everyone has an opinion ours differ. About the debate, it started in the time of Debain in the nineties. I have extensive research on it. It might have been recognized more widely 6 years back. 
                  Have nice day as well

                • Mike
                  • We wasn’t talking about the GNU/Linux debate (I think) but about what Bo said.

                    You didn’t offend me don’t worry; and I didn’t want to offend you too, I’m just tanked and kinda upset sometimes when I see someone like Bo (and me after) telling something true and being considered as a troll or a hater or whatever.

                    Don’t know about the english-speaking community, but the french Ubuntu one is really really really childish and more offensive than Apple (or what you want) fanboys.

                    I don’t care if this website is mainly focused on Ubuntu, that’s not a problem that’s cool for Ubuntu users, but it is really disappointing to find a link “60 best linux apps”, because I thought that I can discover some cool stuff, and finding a few Ubuntu only apps.

                    I hope that everything is clear, english is not my mother tongue by the way.

                    And, admins, sorry for the mess in the comments, I just wanted to support Bo.

    • Anonymous

      These apply to all DEB based distros. Even though Ubuntu is used, I’m sure these would work on Mint, Pinguy, Zorin, Elementary, or maybe even Debian and its derivatives.

  • Krishna

    Please put all arguments on hold. This year and in the coming years Ubuntu and Mint will be at the top of Linux List. The speed with which Mint is zooming, it could be Mint, Ubuntu and others.

    • Ramesh

      Until doomed by Windows 8 secure boot!

  • cool

  • Van Long Pham Cong

    thank you for the great article.

    YeoWorks Ubuntu Solutions has gone.

    Bleeding Edge is very useful.

  • widmore

    i liked hm-notifier. thanks

    • widmore

      i mean gm-notifier

    • widmore

      i mean gm-notifier

  • Niels

    It says ubuntu-linux-tips at the top of your browser…. @deusdies:disqus

  • Sipan Roza

    thanks my friend good work

  • Ths. There is nice programs for me here. THS again.