Can you use Ubuntu Linux for daily use?

Ubuntu Desktop

You may have heard that Ubuntu is secure, fast, stable, open-source and a lot of other good things, but if you can’t find the right software for your needs, at the end of the day, you still need to use Windows or MacOSX.

Default Software

A default installation of Ubuntu contains a wide range of software that includes LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Transmission, and several lightweight games such as sudoku and chess. Many additional software packages are accessible from the built in Ubuntu Software, as well as any other APT-based package management tools. Cross-distribution snap packages and flatpaks are also available, that both allow installing software, with a just a few clicks.

Browsers & Email Clients:

You have Firefox, Chrome and even Microsoft edge, thanks to its new chromium engine! So, no worries about the web browser at all.

Productivity:

OnlyOffice is a free, open source set of productivity apps for Windows, macOS and Linux. This open source Microsoft Office lookalike resembles Microsoft Office and works very well with files made for it.

Messaging:

You can use Skype, Viber, Slack, Telegram, Cawbird Twitter Client and also Discord.

Image Editor:

GIMP is a free and powerful alternative to adobe Photoshop that is available in Linux and also Windows and Mac. It does not have all the fancy Photoshop features, but being a free alternative for a pricey software like Photoshop, it offers amazing features.

Video Editor:

Kdenlive is one of the best open-source video editing software for Linux. If you need to edit a video, it has all basic and also advanced features like keying, rotoscoping, keyframe editing, cool transitions, and useful export profiles.

Audio Editor:

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application, available for Windows, MacOS and Linux. You can also use Waveform Free which is a digital audio workstation and band editing software.

Players:

The versatile VLC media player needs no introduction. VLC will play almost any media format you throw at it, video, audio or something in between! As well as playing DVDs, VLC can access DLNA shares and online streams, and even transcode video from one format to another.

Ebook Reader:

To read eBooks with ePub format on Ubuntu, you will need to install a dedicated eBook reader app. There are options like Bookworm, Easy eBook Viewer, Buka and Calibre Ebook, but Foliate ePub Reader is one of the top choices.

Image writer:

Etcher is a free, open source USB image writer for Windows, macOS and Linux. You can create a bootable flash memory or SD card from an ‘iso’ or ‘img’ file.

Programming:

Ubuntu needs no introduction for programmers. A lot of programmers migrate to Ubuntu each and every day.

Virtualization:

You can install VMWare, VirtualBox and Gnome Boxes for virtualizing another operating system in your Ubuntu Desktop or manage things directly from the terminal using qemu or kvm.

3D Graphics:

Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset that is being used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality and computer games.

CAD:

You can use FreeCAD, LibreCAD, Bricscad and QCAD for designing, modeling and rendering.

Screenshot and recording:

If you want to take screenshots on Ubuntu and add text, icons and callouts, you can use Flameshot. You can use Simple Screen Recorder to capture your screen.

Remote Desktop:

If you want to connect to a computer or smartphone remotely, you can use Anydesk, TeamViewer, KDE Connect, Remmina or VNC Connect.

Gaming:

Gaming on Linux is often termed as a distant possibility. At least, by some hardcore gamers using another platform to play games. Well you can play games on Ubuntu, but you cannot play ‘all the games’ in Linux.

Security

Canonical puts security at the heart of Ubuntu. It offers fast fixes, automatic updates, live patching the kernel without rebooting, 5 years of support for LTS versions, protected VMs, secured Snap packages and also imposes access control via AppArmor. It is trusted by various Government entities and big firms, thanks to its enterprise-grade and industry leading security practices.

Hardware Requirements:

If you want to install Ubuntu on your machine, the version 20 requires a PC with at least a 2 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM and 25 GB of free disk space. For less powerful computers, there are other Ubuntu distributions such as Lubuntu and Xubuntu. Ubuntu also supports the ARM architecture.

Conclusion

The experience of using Ubuntu Desktop is a lot better now with the new user interface and the apps and games available, but still, some users have difficulties executing commands in the terminal to do certain tasks.

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