Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail was released a few days ago. It comes with many pre-installed applications for several purposes. However, these applications won’t be enough for some users to be able to effectively use Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. So, here’s a list of recommended applications for Ubuntu 13.04.
Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail Pre-installed Applications
Before we go any further with the recommended applications to install, here’s the main pre-installed applications, some of these application are quite good and others I recommend to replace them with applications mentioned in the list down below.
A simple instant messaging application supports audio/video calls, transferring files over many protocols such as Google talk, AIM, MSN, Facebook, Yahoo, …etc.
2. Ubuntu Software Center
Ubuntu software center allows you to install thousands of applications through currently active repositories. It has been improved a lot since the earlier releases. However, it still quite laggy to startup and install application. For me I prefer to use the terminal for installing packages, or installing application using terminal based package manager such as “Aptitude”.
We recommend replacing it. Check “2.0 Package managers” in the recommendation list down below.
LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite supports a various types of extensions for word processing, presentations, spreadsheet, databases and drawing. It even support Microsoft Office extensions. So, you have a problem modifying Microsoft Office files in LibreOffice.
4. Mozilla Firefox
Firefox is a free and open-source web browser. It’s considered as one of the best web browsers out there. However, you might consider installation additional web browser we will mention down there.
Is a free photo organizer developed by Yorba. It allows you to import images from your computer, Mobile phone, and camera, then you will be able edit these photos and share it to many image hosting services.
Necessary Applications for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail
1. Third Party Packages
After installing Ubuntu 13.04 you won’t be able to play only the free Audio/Video formats also you won’t be able to play Adobe Flash contents on your default web browser. So, you will need to install additional packages to be able to run a various types of restricted file formats supported by Gstreamer such as ” MP3, AVI, H.264, WMV, ..etc “.
Run Terminal, then type,
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
[note]Also you could replace the package name for other Ubuntu 13.04 derivatives such as “sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras, sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras, sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras”[/note]
2.0 Package Managers
2.1 Aptitude is a free and lightweight terminal based package manager allows you to manage installed packages and install new applications directly from the front-end user interface.
sudo apt-get install aptitude
After installing the applications simply run it from the terminal with administrator privileges using this command.
If you are not familiar with aptitude press “Shift + /” or “Ctrl+h” to display the help window.
2.2 Synaptic package manager is another package manager but it comes with a graphical user interface “GUI” that some user might prefer instead of using the terminal.
sudo apt-get install synaptic
After installing run the application with administrator privileges.
2.3 GDebi is a package installer for local DEB packages. This a quick alternative for Ubuntu software center. Simply Right-Click on the DEB package and select open with “Gdebi installer”.
sudo apt-get install gdebi
3. Web Browser
By default Ubuntu comes with the latest stable release of Mozilla Firefox which is a great web browser. But, if you would like to install another web browse such as “Chromium” free and open-source version of Google Chrome web browser, you can simply install it using this command.
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
4. Compiz Configuration Settings Manager “CCSM”
CCSM allows you to control your desktop effects, window decorations, application switcher methods, work spaces switcher, window adjustment, Ubuntu Unity plugin which allows you to customize unity launcher, unity switcher, HUD, menus, and many more.
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
5. Ubuntu Tweak
This applications is quite similar to CCSM, but it feels more easier to use and includes some more features such as integrated package manager, wallpaper changer, Janitor for clean unneeded packages and files.
You can download the latest stable version of Ubuntu Tweak from the official website.
Is my favorite disk cleaner application, it supports many cleaning methods for memory, temporary files, unneeded packages, free cache, web browsers history, system logs, …etc.
sudo apt-get install bleachbit
or you can Download Bleachbit from the official website.
7. Image Editing
There are many image editors out there and available on Ubuntu repositories such as “Gimp, Inkscape, Krita “KDE”, ..etc”. use this command to install gimp and inkscape.
sudo apt-get install gimp inkscape
8. Firewall Configuration
Gufw is a great and simple firewall configuration manager, allows you to set specific ports to p2p applications such “Transmission, Ktorrent, Skype, …etc”
sudo apt-get install gufw
9. Terminal Emulators
The default terminal emulator comes with Ubuntu comes with limited features. So, if you are a terminal fan you might consider using on of these terminal emulator such as ” Terminator, Guake, Yakuake “KDE”, Terra, …etc”.
For me I prefer using Terminator terminal emulator, because it’s a lightweight Gnome Terminal emulator supports multiple tabs, spitting the screen vertically and horizontally. For more information how to configure Terminal Emulator Please check the The Complete Guide To Configure Terminator Terminal Emulator Layouts.
To install Terminator Terminal Emulator
sudo apt-get install terminator
One of the most popular free and open-source FTP client for Linux, MAC OS X and Microsoft Windows.
sudo apt-get install filezilla
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More useful applications
If you have any recommendation feel free to add it as a comment down below.