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Poll: Which Default Apps Should Ship With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS?

Ubuntu 18.04 Default Apps
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Do you know for how long I have performed a clean installation of Ubuntu’s next flagship and wondered why many of the default apps are present? Forever!

I have never enjoyed using Firefox; I’ve never used the Amazon app; I always use a different IRC/Messaging Client from which ever one comes with any of the distros I have installed so far. You have probably felt one or more apps shouldn’t have shipped with Ubuntu because you never use it.

The good news is that Canonical is finally letting users select the group of default apps that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will run straight out of the box.

In a post on LinkedIn, Canonical’s Dustin Kirkland said,

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With the switch from Unity to GNOME, we’re also reviewing some of the desktop applications we package and ship in Ubuntu. We’re looking to crowdsource input on your favorite Linux applications across a broad set of classic desktop functionality.

This means that whether you would like Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to ship with a different terminal app, music player, browser, etc, now is the chance you have for your voice to be heard.

Afterall, Dustin went on to add in his post that “your feedback matters” especially because “there are hundreds of engineers and designers working for you to continue making Ubuntu amazing!

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How to Vote

It’s easy. All you need to do is copy and paste the list below in the comments and then add your preferred category-specific application:

  • Web Browser:
  • Email Client:
  • Terminal:
  • IDE:
  • File manager:
  • Basic Text Editor:
  • IRC/Messaging Client:
  • PDF Reader:
  • Office Suite:
  • Calendar: 
  • Video Player:
  • Music Player:
  • Photo Viewer:
  • Screen recording:

Guide to Vote

You are free to add multiple application entries as long as you list them in order of preference. For example,

File Manager: fman
Terminal: Terminus, Hyper

You are free to include paid and non-open source entries as long as you note it in your list. For example,

Video Player: VLC Media Player, non-free (VLC is free though)

You are free to add web apps as long as you don’t forget to indicate it as well. For example,

Email Client: Inbox-web

If you don’t have a category-specific preference then leave the field blank.

That’s all folks! I look forward to seeing the applications you suggest!

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • Sergey

    I prefer clear system without any programs. It will be better for me, i think

  • Firesh Bakhda

    Web Browser: Chrome
    Email Client: Inbox
    Terminal: Terninator
    IDE: Atom, Sublime, Notepad++, Eclipse
    File manager:
    Basic Text Editor: Sublime
    IRC/Messaging Client: Emulated WhatsApp, FbMessenger
    PDF Reader: FoxIt
    Office Suite: MsOffice, LibreOffice
    Calendar: GMail Calendar
    Video Player: VLC
    Music Player: VLC
    Photo Viewer:
    Screen recording: Lightshot

  • Vishal Khopkar

    Web Browser: Chrome
    Email Client: Gmail app for ubuntu
    Terminal: bash
    IDE: Eclipse
    File manager: default
    Basic Text Editor: sublime
    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader: Defualt
    Office Suite: Microsoft :p
    Calendar:
    Video Player:
    Music Player:
    Photo Viewer:
    Screen recording:

  • Jesper Handskemager

    Web Browser: Firefox

    Email Client: Thunderbird

    Terminal:

    IDE: Atom, Geany

    File manager: Nautilus

    Basic Text Editor: Gedit

    IRC/Messaging Client: Hexchat

    PDF Reader: Evince

    Office Suite: Libreoffice

    Calendar:

    Video Player: VLC, Totem

    Music Player: Clementine

    Photo Viewer: gthumb

    Screen recording: recordmydesktop

  • Web Browser: Chrome
    Email Client:
    Terminal: Gnome Terminal
    IDE: NetBeans
    File manager: Nautilus
    Basic Text Editor: GEdit
    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader: Document Viewer
    Office Suite: Libreoffice
    Calendar:
    Video Player: Videos
    Music Player: Rhythmbox
    Photo Viewer: Image Viewer
    Screen recording: Kazam

  • Lasitha

    Web Browser: Tor
    Email Client: Gmail (web)
    Terminal:
    IDE: Eclipse
    File manager:
    Basic Text Editor: gedit
    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader: Evince
    Office Suite: LibreOffice
    Calendar: Google Calendar (web)
    Video Player: VLC Player
    Music Player: VLC Player
    Photo Viewer: Image Viewer
    Screen recording:

  • Mircea Pop

    TV Player : TV-MAXE … and yours will have more users to install 😉

  • Shebin Sheikh

    Web Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Opera
    Email Client: Thunderbird
    Terminal: Konsole, Gnome-Terminal, Xterm
    IDE: Netbeans, Eclipse, Geany
    File manager: Nemo,Caja,Thunar
    Basic Text Editor: Atom, sublimeText, Pluma, Kate
    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader:
    Office Suite: LiberOffice
    Calendar:
    Video Player: VLC,KM player
    Music Player: VLC, Banshee
    Photo Viewer:
    Screen recording:

  • Arthur Diniz

    Web Browser: Google Chrome
    Email Client: Gmail
    Terminal: GNOME Terminal
    IDE: Atom
    File manager: Nautilus
    Basic Text Editor: gedit
    IRC/Messaging Client: none
    PDF Reader: Evince
    Office Suite: LibreOffice
    Calendar: GNOME Calendar
    Video Player: GNOME Videos (totem)
    Music Player: Rhythmbox
    Photo Viewer: GNOME Photos
    Screen recording: Kazam

  • markstinson

    Review what Mint Linux offers, then par it down to the bones – very similar to a Chrome OS. Most folks uninstall or never use lots of apps like Libre Office, Mono based apps, switch up Window Managers, etc.

    Give users just the basic OS, shortcuts to install their preferred Web Browser(s) – with an option of Links for Google/Yahoo/Microsoft and a “App/Software Store”. The “Store” could have recommendation sets for those wanting more (Student/Home user, Web Dev, Arduino, Android Dev, etc.). Wait a sec, that sounds like `tasksel` only more up-to-date on user usage habits.

    Web Browser: Firefox, Chromium
    Email Client: Gmail (Web shortcut)
    Terminal: Gnome Terminal (xfce4-terminal as I’ll be using the XFCE Spin)
    IDE: Geany
    File manager: Midnight Commander, Nautilus, Thunar (xfce4-terminal as I’ll be using the XFCE Spin)
    Basic Text Editor: Textadept, gedit, vim
    IRC/Messaging Client: irssi
    PDF Reader: Firefox, Chromium
    Office Suite: Google Doc (Web shortcut), none (Libre office is uninstalled)
    Calendar: Google Calendar (Web shortcut), Orage
    Video Player: VLC
    Music Player: VLC
    Photo Viewer:
    Screen recording:

    I’ll likely end up using Mint Linux (XFCE) anyway due to hardware necessity as my USB Monitors work out of the box without effort. Ubuntu might be successful with the USB Monitors after wrestling X11.conf

  • Web Browser: Google Chrome
    Email Client: Nylas N1
    Terminal: Terminator
    IDE: Sublime Text or Atom
    File manager: Nautilus
    Basic Text Editor: NeoVIM
    IRC/Messaging Client: Franz
    PDF Reader: Acrobat Reader
    Office Suite: LibreOffice
    Calendar:
    Video Player: VLC
    Music Player: VLC
    Photo Viewer:
    Screen recording:

  • Neulaender

    Shell: Fish, ZSH
    Web Browser: Firefox
    Email Client: Thunderbird
    Terminal: Termite, st
    IDE: Gnome, Xfce
    File manager: Nemo, Thunar
    Basic Text Editor: Gedit, Mousepad
    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader: Evince, apvlv
    Office Suite: Libreoffice
    Calendar: Thunderbird
    Video Player: VLC
    Music Player: Clementine
    Photo Viewer: Ristretto, Gnome Photos
    Screen recording: OBS, screenrecorder

    • Neulaender

      Especially “Fish” is a great shell for fresh linux users. I personally prefer ZSH > Bash > Fish, but I’m capable to replace the shell myself 😉

  • campbell s w

    Web Browser:Firefox, Vivaldi

    Email Client: Thunderbird,Zoho (web)

    Terminal:
    IDE:
    File manager:nautilis
    Basic Text Editor:
    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader:Firefox
    Office Suite:Libre Office,Zoho (web)

    Calendar:
    Video Player:VLC
    Music Player:VLC
    Photo Viewer:
    Screen recording:

  • Namae No Nai

    Web Browser: firefox
    Email Client: thunderbird
    Terminal: gnome terminal, terminus
    IDE:
    File manager: nautilus
    Basic Text Editor: sublime text
    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader:
    Office Suite: libreoffice
    Calendar:
    Video Player: mpv
    Music Player: clementine
    Photo Viewer:
    Screen recording:

  • Bill Cairns

    Web Browser: Firefox

    Email Client: Thunderbird

    Terminal: Terminal, XTerm

    IDE: Geany

    File manager: Nautilus is OK but is Gnome Terminal better?

    Basic Text Editor: Gedit

    IRC/Messaging Client:
    PDF Reader: We could do better!

    Office Suite:Libre Office

    Calendar: Google Calendar

    Video Player:
    Music Player:
    Photo Viewer: GThumb – although it is a bit buggy.

    Screen recording:

    I think that synaptic should be included by default.

  • Quido Hoekman

    Shell: ZSH
    Web Browser: Chromium
    Email Client: Thunderbird
    Terminal: Guake
    IDE: VS Code or Atom
    File manager: Nemo
    Basic Text Editor: xed
    IRC/Messaging Client: Pidgin
    PDF Reader: Evince
    Office Suite: WPS Office, Google Docs (Web links)
    Calendar: Thunderbird
    Video Player: VLC
    Music Player: Nuvola Player 3
    Photo Viewer: XViewer
    Screen recording: Green recorder

  • henrihenrynl

    i want to see a ubuntu clean edition without all the preinstalled bloatware. I know, you can use a netinstall versions to tweak the installation to the apps you need or use the server version and work you way up to a full desktop from there, but thats to much hassle.

    ubuntu, all you need is stable lightwight browser, and standard gnome, the rest ppl can install themselfs.

    – BROWSER: palemoon (those guys have done a absolute great job)

    but if you want to bloat up ubuntu w extras

    – IDE: atom, moba ssh (server and client optional),
    – TEXT: atom, simplenote
    – OFFICE: palemoon plugin or google docs
    – PDF: palemoon plugin or google docs
    – VIDEO/MUSIC: vlc
    Photo Viewer: vlc
    Screen recording: vlc

    you get the point 🙂

    • Lol I sure do get the point.

      I hadn’t heard about Palemoon before now so I’m looking it up right now.

      Save all the dependencies users will require to install applications without stress, Ubuntu should come clean with a few apps like VLC, Google Chrome, e.t.c.

      Moba ssh seems like a tool for bash pros.

      • henri Henry

        whoops my bad, moba is for the windows side, its a very easy to install and low in ram sshserver, based on openSSH. on the linux side i work w whats preinstalled or openssh.

        • Yes; for Windows. I looked it up.

          I’ve never needed to change Ubuntu’s default ssh tool. But then again, I’ve rarely needed to do any SSHing recently.

      • tomas ¿

        Palemoon isn’t in my list (above) just because not have ‘reader view’ option, the only one reason

        • Yes. I support your argument.

          Any browser that doesn’t natively support reader view doesn’t deserve to be on my list yet.

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