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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)

Addictive Tips

2.  PDF Mod (Modify PDF documents)

Right Click Context Menu

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

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

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

Burn CD

6. Firestarter (Firewall for securing Linux computers)

Step 2

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


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

Saved Content

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

Give file

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


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

Web browser

12. Deja Dup Backup (Backup and restore data)


13. Steadyflow (Minimalist download manager)


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


15. Liferea (Desktop RSS feed reader)


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


17. Blogilo (Blogging client for Linux)

Write Post

18. HomeBank (Finance management application)


19. Starry Hope Uploader (Upload photos to Facebook)

Drag And Drop Image

20. gPoddy (Subscribe and download podcasts)

Default Podcast Links

21. MyPaint (Application for making digital paintings)

My Paint

22. Parcellite (Lightweight clipboard manager)


23. KTimer (Automate Commands in Linux)

Multiple commands

24. Hardware Lister (List hardware configurations)

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25. LibreCAD (Create computer aided designs)

Main Interface

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

Cairo Dock

27. Tea Time (Receive important reminders)


28. Eve Installer (install multiple applications in batch)


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

30. Psensor (Monitor temperature of system components)

PSensor 2

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

Super Boot Manager

32. Sunflower (Dual pane file explorer)


33. Boot Repair (Fix Ubuntu boot problems)



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

System Tray

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

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36. Cryptkeeper (Encrypt folders)

Crypt Keeper

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


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

Ubuntu - VMware Workstation_2011-06-17_14-35-44

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


40. DesktopNova (Wallpaper Rotator for Ubuntu)


41. Hamster Indicator (Time Tracking Applet)


42. gm-notify (Gmail email notifier)


43. eMount (Create and mount encrypted disk images)

Create Disk image

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

Edit Subtitles

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


46. PlexyDesk (Widget based desktop transformation application)

Plexy Desk

47. Activity Log Manager Zeitgeist (Control Zeitgeist logging)


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

Screenshot at 2011-09-20 02^%05^%26

49. LightDM Manager (Ubuntu Logon Screen Changer)

Ubuntu 11 (2)

50. Gnome-Pie (Hotkey based application launcher)

Gnome Pie Shortcuts

51. Gnome Tweak Tool (Tweak Gnome settings)


52. Remmina (GTK+ based Remote Desktop application)


53. QMediaInfo (Get attribute information for media files)


54. MyUnity (Comprehensive tweak for Ubuntu Unity)


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


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


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

System Tray

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

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

Furius ISO Mount

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

youTube Video

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.


  1. thank you for the great article.

    YeoWorks Ubuntu Solutions has gone.

    Bleeding Edge is very useful.

  2. 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.

    • 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. 

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • Here is a reference link: 
      Take Care

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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