Linux Applications That I Like

Hello again, today I thought I would share some of the applications I like and will always install on my Linux PC.

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a Chromium-based web browser but much more configurable (you can even use CSS and Javascript to customise it to your liking) and, while I do typically use Firefox as my main browser, I do like to keep Vivaldi around for times when the notion to use it strikes (as it frequently does). I find it snappy to use, loads web pages quickly and has some lovely features like sync and a built-in note-taking feature. Also, since it is Chromium-based, all your Chrome extensions will work.

Lollypop

Lollypop is a music manager and a beautiful one at that. I use it to manage and play my large local music collection which it handles with ease. I love its “Suggestions” feature which is a great way to rediscover artists in your collection who you haven’t listened to in a while, as is the great random albums feature. It can also fetch artist and album art from the web, scrobble and you can search online sources to play music.

Standard Notes

Standard Notes is, as the name would suggest, a note-taking application with cross-platform sync capability so your notes are always with you. It is great for jotting down those ideas that pop into your head at random times and that you don’t want to forget. It is also, with extensions (subscription needed) a very useful markdown editor that I used to write this very post. I may do a future post going through the extensions I used to set it up as a markdown editor.

Cozy

So, I like audiobooks, and a wonderful little audiobook player on Linux is Cozy. Just point it to the folder you store your audiobooks and it will load your books into a well laid out library by the author or narrator. It won’t play DRM protected audiobooks from Audible or other sources but it is great for playing books from sites like Librivox.

Calibre

It may look like 1998 but there is no ebook reader/manager out there that matches Calibre for functionality. I only buy DRM free ebooks so out of the box, it will let me edit metadata, update cover art, convert to epub when I need to and transfer it to my Kobo ereader. It is extremely extensible as well, so the sky is the limit in how you want to use it.

Bitwarden

I have a lot of passwords and remembering them just isn’t going to happen, even if I did have a decent memory, so a way to manage them is essential. Bitwarden is an open-source service with apps on all platforms, as well as extensions, for all web browsers that I choose to do. It does the job of storing, syncing, and generating passwords to use brilliantly; I cannot recommend it highly enough.