10 Handy Productivity Tools in Linux

10 Handy Productivity Tools in Linux

For productivity, Linux can compete with Windows and Mac as Linux has a great set of productivity applications. While some applications run on all platforms, there are others just available exclusively on Linux. Here is a list of 10 apps that are focused on getting things done quickly and effectively.

1. Conduit -Synchronization App

Conduit is an awesome syncing application for GNOME. It can help you synchronize your personal information like files, photos, notes, emails, contacts, calendar data among many other things. You can also use Conduit to synchronize that data with another computer, an online service, or even another electronic gadget. Conduit even manages the conversion of data into other formats.

2. Freemind – Mind Mapping


Freemind, a productivity tool written in Java can help you keep track of projects and their status. If you want to keep track of your research that involves internet, you can quickly map your links with Freemind for reference. If you are into writing essays or just brainstorming for ideas, it can keep track of your thoughts in a lucid way. You can collapse and expand the nodes quickly and even color them or make them small or large for easy remembrance.

3. Tilda – Terminal Emulator

If you love to work through command line in Linux or have to access the terminal frequently, then Tilda can make your job simple and easy. Tilda, inspired by terminals found in shooter games like Quake, Half-Life, once installed activated remains hidden. A special hot key has to be pressed to bring it to up. Tilda has tabbed terminals and border-less appearance.

4. Launchy – Application Launcher


As the name speaks for itself, Launchy is an application launcher. All you have to do is, type a few keystrokes to run whatever applications you use frequently. Now you don’t need to access the application menu from the taskbar or even icons on the desktop. A few keystrokes to start your favorite applications, fast and simple.

5. StarDict – Dictionary

You can find meanings of words and even look up thesauruses using StarDict. It pulls up its search from various dictionaries available online as well as the ones you install offline. It can be run in scan mode which monitors your highlighted words and displays its meaning in a tooltip.

6. Recoll – Search Tool

Recoll is a search tool that can help you quickly find your files by content instead of remembering their location or filenames. Type in a few keywords to get the results displayed as a list of documents. The matching documents are listed with the most relevant being at the top. It is based on Xapian backend and uses the indexing technique for its functioning.

Pidgin7. Pidgin – Instant Messenger

Pidgin is a chat client that was formerly known as GAIM. Pidgin is multi-protocol instant messenger that you can use to talk with others.

Pidgin 2.0 supports a huge range of IM networks: AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr to name a few among many others. You can log into multiple accounts across all supported IM networks simultaneously.

Pidgin has a great appeal. Its uncluttered GUI and simplicity to use make it the best IM tool available. This is your one stop for all your messaging needs.

8. Osmo – Personal Information Manager

Osmo is a light weight, GTK+ based productivity tool that you can use to keep track of your tasks and appointments. You can even store and manage your contacts with its address book. The user interface is simple and uncluttered to let you use the application quickly. Just with a click you can have access to a full years calender. If you require differences between two dates, it has a handy date calculator to do that.

9. Zim – Desktop Wiki

Zim, a simple and easy to use desktop wiki, can help you take notes and keep track of information in a wiki styled format. You can use its markups to highlight and distinguish the content you create. It stores the data in text files and saves the pages automatically.

10. Basket – Notes Manager

Basket is a cool notes manager which you can use to take notes and mark stuff to refer later. It can handle images, webpage snippets, store URLs and anything you might come across, can be saved for easy centralized access. It truly is a basket. Just keep gathering information. Basket will help you organize and share it quickly. It has got so many features that you have to install it and experience it for yourself.

And a bonus one.

11. GImageView – Image Viewer

You can use a light weight image view like GImageview to quickly display a lot of images and scan through them to search for the ones you want. It opens new folders containing images in tabs. It has an inbuilt slide-show viewer and supports many layouts to view your album folders.

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