Top Linux Apps

I spent a couple of months using Linux as my secondary operating system. During that time, I came across some really useful Linux apps that satisfied my needs. So here’s my list of the top Linux Apps.

HTOP

To view the running tasks in Linux, all you need to do is open up a terminal window and type in the command top. This will give you a quick running view of all the active processes on your system. However, I find that this view is very boring. Therefore, I prefer to use an application called htop. Htop gives you a nice graphical view of all the active processes. It also throws in more colors and sorting options.

Installation:

apt-get install htop

Visual Studio Code

I spent a lot of time doing web development in Linux. So I was working with php files, javascript, html, etc. My go to editor for all of this was visual studio code. Visual studio code features everything that other programs such as brackets and notepad++ have. I really like the dark UI design of visual studio code along with its vast extension support. It was really useful when working with Jekyll because I was able to add HTML Liquid tag support.

Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter is my go to markdown editor on Linux. I love the distraction free writing and its overall simplicity. This was very useful when working with the markdown posts of Jekyll.

Redshift

It was really hard to find an application like flux. Sure, there is a flux for Linux, however, it didn’t support the proprietary Nvidia drivers. So I ended up settling on Redshift. The app works well enough for my use. I did not spend the time to setup the scripts to trigger it automatically, instead I just toggled it on and off whenever I needed it. The red was a little too red for my liking, but it still got the job done.

lm-sensors

So this is not really an app, but more of a package as part of the Linux operating system that you can install. Lm-sensors allows you to read your CPU temperature right from the terminal.

installation:

sudo apt-get install lm-sensors

Then in terminal type in sudo sensors-detect

Kazam

If you are looking to do any kind of screen recording on Linux, then I recommend that you install Kazam. Kazam is by far the best screen recording software on Linux. It just works without any extra configuration. Also, it keeps the file size really small.