5 Promising Linux Apps Worth Trying

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Linux is the free and open source kernel that powers numerous operating systems (or distributions) that users can freely download, install, remix, share, and even sell. Linux is all about freedom, but it also has the benefit of often being free of charge as well.

Because of its free nature, there are thousands of free and open source applications for Linux. Some of them come and go quite quickly, while others are stable and even among the most widely used software applications in the world (such as Mozilla Firefox). The following are five Linux apps that are still relatively young but that show the signs of being tools Linux users will love and continue to use for some time.

1. KChildlock

Children are attracted to computers like bees to flowers. This is especially true for those computers connected to the web and its endless kids videos and online games. Part of a parents’ responsibility is to keep children safe while they are using computers, but that is only one of their duties. Parents must also put time limits on access, or children may never unplug.

KChildlock screenshot in System Settings

KChildlock is designed to give some structure to computer use. Young children tend to have distorted views of time, which means it is up to adults to remind them. KChildlock is a less imposing and more structure way to limit access. With it, you can restrict by day, for a specified period of time, or even place restrictions on specific programs. With the program restriction, kids can continue to use the computer for homework, for example, but may be restricted from their games until homework is finished. You can apply restrictions to specific users or entire groups.

2. Converseen

There are a plethora of desktop and web tools that allow users to easily manipulate images, but most require you to edit each one individually. If all you need to do is convert image formats, resize images, or rename them, individual editing hardly seems worth it, especially if you have a lot of images.

Converseen batch image conversion

Converseen is a cross-platform image conversion system. It supports just about every image format you can imagine. You can select all the images in a folder or pick and choose different ones. You can then resize them, convert file formats, rename, and more. Once you start the process, Converseen handles the conversions in a single batch process, allowing you to focus your attention elsewhere.

3. Hotot

Good Twitter clients are hard to come by, and the number of Linux Twitter clients seems to be dwindling rather than growing. Most users only need the basic Twitter features: tweet, retweet, reply, direct message, and the basic feeds. The trick is finding a client that does those necessary things well before branching out to other features.

Hotot on Twitter

Hotot is a new Twitter client that has the basics covered. It also has important features like font family and size customization, content filter, extension support, geo information, threaded conversations, and more. It is currently still in the early development stage, but it is still quite functional and provides a bit of eye candy as well.

4. qBittorrent

The BitTorrent protocol is a great way to share large files to a lot of people without taking a large bandwidth hit. One of the most famous windows clients is called uTorrent, a client created by BitTorrent Inc. itself. qBittorrent is a free, cross-platform alternative to uTorrent that supports a number of key features. According to dedicated hosting company 34SP.com, BitTorrent is used for everything from the distribution of free software to fast file retrieval by open content delivery networks (CDN).

Qbittorrent file sharing

For example, qBittorrent has a complete searching interface, which allows you to search various torrent sides for content. It also has complete support for security measures like encryption, proxies, and IP filtering.

5. Plank

Linux distributions come in all varieties, and there are a ton of ways to launch or manage programs. One common preference for Linux users is a dock, similar to Mac OS X. One of the most popular and polished docks for Linux is called Docky.

Plank dock

Plank is the core of the next generation Docky, which has not yet been released. Plank is extremely lightweight, simple, and lightning fast. Nevertheless, it has all of the common features a dock needs, such as the ability to pin any app to the dock, task management, and window dodging. Although it is still in early development, the creators of elementary OS like it so much that they are planning to include it in the next release of their Linux distribution.

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