Ubuntu: native apps and improvements

The new 15.10 with beta unit8 support is almost out there, real support is promised in next LTS 16.04. I've been using Ubuntu since five years and like it more and more.

Like all linux distributions, Ubuntu seems to be not so polished like for instance OSX, but the majority of problems you would have are hardware related and cause by many different types of it out there.

And like every linux distribution, Ubuntu has many different ways to improve it. I've tried to gather all my favorite stuff here.

Indicators

Indicators are a special type of applications, which stay in the system tray and show some kind of information or let you access some features quickly.

System load indicator

https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/precise/indicator-multiload/

Small thing makes it easy to find out the reason, why your computer is getting suddenly stupid

Psensor

https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/precise/psensor/

Sometimes your computer is getting hot without a reason, this indicator will let you know about it at the right moment

Variety

http://peterlevi.com/variety/how-to-install/

This indicator changes wallpaper dynamically and adds fancy looking clock to desktop and lock screen

Indicator sticky notes

http://linuxg.net/how-to-install-indicator-stickynotes-0-4-2-on-ubuntu-14-0413-1012-1012-04-linux-mint-161413-and-elementary-os-0-2/

Sticky notes indicator, self explaining :) Showing/hiding can be triggered from any screen from sys tray.

Shutter indicator

http://www.webupd8.org/2011/06/ubuntu-application-indicator-for.html

Shutter indicator, see below

Applications

Shutter

http://shutter-project.org/faq-help/ppa-installation-guide/

Advanced screenshot maker for ubuntu
Features:

  • Selection
  • Desktop
  • Window (select/under cursor)
  • UI section
  • Menu
  • Tooltip
  • Advanced editor tool - arrows, areas, text etc

Very useful thing for software devs and qa engineers

Telegram native client

Telegram is an instance messenger available on all major platforms and also on ubuntu!

https://telegram.org/

Ubuntu app: https://desktop.telegram.org/

Hangouts native client

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hangouts/nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon&hl=en

Chrome hangouts supports notifications and tray indicator

Slack native client

https://github.com/raelgc/scudcloud

There is one! Named scudcloud.

Spotify native client

https://www.spotify.com/de/download/linux/

Twitter native client

https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/ubuntu/corebird

Installation:
http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2014/07/install-corebird-ubuntu-ppa/

Facebook messenger native client

http://messengerfordesktop.com/#download

Github:
https://github.com/Aluxian/Facebook-Messenger-Desktop

Terminator

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/+source/terminator

Advanced terminal application with tmux like panels, which is very useful

Theme

http://www.noobslab.com/2014/12/libra-is-great-light-gtk-theme-for.html

Icons

http://www.noobslab.com/2014/04/install-numix-icon-packs-in-ubuntulinux.html


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