11. Pithos – What's the use of trying to get anything done on the computer without music to help the time pass by more smoothly? This is where my favorite Pandora application known as Pithos comes in. Once installed, Pithos provides me with all of the functionality I would expect from running Pandora in a browser. Like, dislike, skip and all of the standard Pandora functionality is right there with Pithos and best of all, I get to avoid the ads found in Pandora.
12. Chromium – I used to rely on Firefox quite extensively. These days, however, I've found that Chromium tends to be a bit snappier, and just as importantly, the add-ons aren't rendered useless with each browser update. Bundle these with the speed of the browser, and I've found that I'm using Chromium almost exclusively these days.
13. Y PPA Manager – Unfortunately, the number of PPAs I run on any given Ubuntu installation can become a bit overwhelming rather quickly. Thankfully I have Y PPA Manager to help me keep the PPAs I've added to my system under control. If you add, remove or simply make a PPA backup, Y PPA Manager is a huge time saver for anyone such as myself who is constantly adding new software to their system.
14. OpenShot – I use a number of video editors on my Ubuntu installation. But the one I find myself using the most often is OpenShot. While its latest release offers a fantastic, stable experience, I must admit that it's the Blender integration that keeps bringing me back to this editor over the others. Being able to easily generate neat 3D titles via Blender, then using OpenShot to export them to the file format of my choice has made video creation a much-enjoyed task in my home office.
15. Kazam – Despite the issues I've found using it on Ubuntu 12.10, Kazam works really well on Ubuntu 12.04. It simply allows me to easily illustrate how to accomplish a variety of tasks when using Ubuntu, everything from tweaking existing software down to troubleshooting a bigger issue. Kazam allows me to generate a fantastic screencast presentation that can then be easily uploaded to YouTube for viewer consumption.
16. pavucontrol – The provided audio controls in the Ubuntu Unity environment leave a lot to be desired. If you never use USB audio devices and have no desire to switch from an application such as Skype to another recording device on the fly, then I guess the default options are tolerable. For myself however, I prefer to use pavucontrol instead. While in a Skype call, I can easily switch from a webcam microphone over to my USB headset without ever missing a beat. It's also a handy way to troubleshoot whether or not an Ubuntu installation is experiencing any audio bugs.
17. GIMP – I have been using GIMP longer than most people have been using Linux on the desktop. Today's GIMP release offers amazing options across all of the popular desktop platforms. Plus it's free and offers much of the same functionality as the commercial solution Photoshop. And best of all, it's available from the Ubuntu repositories. I use GIMP to make minor corrections to my own images and sometimes even have been known to create new images from scratch!
18. GUVCView – Whether you have a great UVC-based webcam or a lousy UVC webcam, GUVCView is the perfect tool to make sure your webcam settings are "just right." In addition, it also offers many of the same features found in the program known as Cheese. Record videos, capture still images and even throw in some crazy effects to make your webcam video look completely off the wall.
19. FileZilla – As someone who works with a number of WordPress installations on a variety of servers, I find that using a capable FTP client is critical to ensuring my websites are running at their top efficiency. The trusted FTP software I use for this job is known as Filezilla, and it's fantastic. Filezilla works well with sFTP and standard FTP connections, offers a great tool for managing multiple website FTP logins, plus it handles multiple FTP connections at once with great ease.
20. HPLIP – As a full time Ubuntu enthusiast, I have found over the years that using an HP brand all-in-one printer has saved me hours of frustration in that they just work out of the box. Utilizing the power of SANE and OpenPrinting, HP printers offer me tons of options thanks to a useful little utility called HPLIP. Unlike the default printer dialog provided by Ubuntu, HPLIP offers me options such as ink level information, simple controls for wifi enable printers, plus troubleshooting tools if the printer isn't working correctly. The really neat feature that makes HPLIP a winner for me is the granular control it gives me over photo cards, making copies and even scanning. It's a fantastic toolbox of options for HP brand printers.