Top Linux Productivity Apps: Page 2

Linux apps for time-tracking, dual monitor, editing, storage syncing and more.


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Guake – As terminals go, if you've seen one you've seen them all. But their location, on the other hand, can make all the difference. With a drop-down terminal like Guake, I can click two keys and instantly I have access to my terminal without any surprises. Then when I'm finished executing the commands I needed, I simply click the hot keys again and the terminal slides back to its home at the top of my screen.

The best advantage I've found using Guake is that I can run commands in the background, then slide the terminal out of my view so I can finish working on other tasks.

Gparted – When it comes to the management of my partitions, I need to have a visual sense of where things are being moved to. Having had painful mistakes in the past, I rely on a visual partition editor to help me to avoid painfully obvious mistakes. To be clear, I've used text based partition editors for years and all too often I misread the obvious.

One of my most happy Gparted successes is being able to expand a home directory. Despite being risky, the GUI helped me to "visually" verify that I had the right partitions selected. From there, I shrank one partition and expanded the other. Took hours, but once it was completed it worked like a charm.

TeamViewer – The final application I wanted to share with you is called TeamViewer. In the past, I've had success with SplashTop, however recently non-Ubuntu support has become a thing of the past. This is where I found myself giving TeamViewer another try. Thus far, TeamViewer has been rock solid for me. Because it's using a self-contained WINE bottle, I've found that TeamViewer provides remote desktop support without the breakage between updates I've experienced with other applications in this space.

In addition to using TeamViewer to assist clients needing remote support, I also use TeamViewer to handle my mom's computer maintenance as well. It's been a great tool thus far.

Final thoughts

When looking for productivity applications to share for this article, my goal was to share the software titles that help make me a more productive person. Additionally, I also chose titles based on their speed, ease of access and dependability. Because, these features also contribute to how well an application will work for me.

What features do you look for in productivity software? Also, which software titles do you find help you to be at your best throughout the work day? Use the Comments section and share your top productivity titles below.

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