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

Ubuntu 18.04 Default Apps
Written by Divine 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,


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!


About the author

Divine Okoi

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.