What Can I Do If Something Goes Wrong?

Let’s say that one day your amazing distro fails to… well… do something. That failure is not too uncommon, but thankfully there are a few easy things to try out first.

If A Program Is Not Working:

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  1. Open up your system monitor and look for the name of your offending program in the list of running ones. Once you have found it, simply right click on it and select Kill. By doing this, you will have stopped it in it’s tracks and closed it down. Now, just restart it and you should be good to go.
  2. If the last step was unsuccessful, you could try the easiest one of all. Rebooting. That’s right, often problems or glitches seem to go away by simply rebooting your computer!
  3. If the last steps failed to work for you, then you could ask about it on your distro’s Forum. Just head to the website where you found your distro and look for a Forum or Community Discussion somewhere on it. Once found, open a new topic there and let other users help you. This is basically Linux’s version of tech support, so the help you receive is generally pretty good.

If Everything Is Just Too Slow And Laggy

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  1. This can happen sometimes if you have not shut down your computer for awhile. To fix this, simply reboot it! After that, everything should be back up to speed.
  2. If this did not work, then I would recommend running Bleachbit and letting it clean up any loose ends for you.
  3. If the last steps failed to work for you, then you could ask about it on your distro’s Forum. Just head to the website where you found your distro and look for a Forum or Community Discussion somewhere on it. Once found, open a new topic there and let other users help you. This is basically Linux’s version of tech support, so the help you receive is generally pretty good.

If You Can’t Even Boot Into Your Distro

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  1. This is when a program like Timeshift can come in handy. If you had it installed before this problem occurred, then you could boot into something else (a live ISO perhaps) and install it there. It will recognize that your other installation of Timeshift has already stored some backups of your system, and it will allow you to recover them. This will bring your system back to the state it was in before the problems started occurring.
  2. If the last step failed to work for you, then you could ask about it on your distro’s Forum. Just head to the website where you found your distro and look for a Forum or Community Discussion somewhere on it. Once found, open a new topic there and let other users help you. This is basically Linux’s version of tech support, so the help you receive is generally pretty good.

Virtual Desktops

Ever been overwhelmed by all your open windows on your desktop? Perhaps you wanted to separate your open windows into groups or something in order to easily find the right one in your plethora of open ones? Linux has you covered with it’s virtual desktop feature. This allows you to place (or group) your windows into multiple “desktops” on your computer. This way, you can keep your usual one uncluttered. Below are instructions for doing just that.

Gnome:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. Just click and hold on the desired window you wish to move and drag it onto one of the screenshots of your desktop shown on the far right.
  3. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!
  4. To go to that virtual desktop, just repeat the first step and click on that screenshot you recently moved the window to and press the Super key once again (or the Escape key, it really doesn’t matter as they do the same thing). Now you have entered the virtual desktop of your choice!

KDE:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. Start typing Screen Edges and then press Enter.
  3. When the window pops up, just click on one of the little cubes shown in the picture of your computer.virtual-desktops-kde-2.png
  4. In the menu of choices that shows up, select Desktop Grid.
  5. Click Apply in the bottom right of the window and close it.
  6. Now simply slide your mouse over to the same location on your desktop as the little cube that you selected from step 3 and continue pushing your mouse into that location.
  7. A number of desktops should now be visible.
  8. Just click and hold on the desired window you wish to move and drag it onto one of the screenshots of your desktop.
  9. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!
  10. To go to that virtual desktop, just repeat step 6 and click on that screenshot you recently moved the window to. Now you have entered the virtual desktop of your choice!

Cinnamon:

  1. Slide your mouse cursor towards the top right corner of your screen where the infinity sign is shown. Remember to continue sliding even after you have reached the corner.
  2. A screen showing all your open windows should appear. On the right side of this. there should be a large ‘+’ sign.
  3. Click the ‘+‘ sign to add as many virtual desktops as you would like.
  4. Now, simply click and hold on the desired window you wish to move and drag it onto one of the virtual desktops you added.
  5. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!
  6. To go to that virtual desktop, just repeat the first step and click on the virtual desktop you placed the application in. Now you have entered the virtual desktop of your choice!

XFCE:

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  1. Right click on your panel anwhere and wait for a menu to pop up.
  2. Once it has, select Panel and then Add New Items…
  3. After clicking on Add New Items… just add Workplace Switcher from the list of items.
  4. Once done, you should see four little boxes displayed on your panel. To switch virtual desktops, simply click on one of the boxes. Each box represents a different desktop.
  5. To move an application to a specific desktop, just right click the top bar of the application.
  6. Now you will see an option labeled Move to Another Workspace. Select this one and pick the workspace to move your application to.

Mate:

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  1. In the bottom right hand corner of your bottom panel, you should see the four boxes pictured above. To switch virtual desktops, simply click on one of the boxes. Each box represents a different desktop.
  2. To move an application to a specific desktop, just right click the top bar of the application.
  3. Now you will see an option labeled Move to Another Workspace. Select this one and pick the workspace to move your application to.

LXDE:

virtual desktops LXDE

  1. In the bottom right hand corner of your bottom panel, you should see the four boxes pictured above. To switch virtual desktops, simply click on one of the boxes. Each box represents a different desktop.
  2. If you wish to move an application to another virtual desktop, just open it up and click on it’s icon in it’s upper left corner.
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    In this case, you would click on the folder icon

    3. The first option available in the menu that shows up should be Send to Desktop… 

4. From here, just select the virtual desktop you would like the application to be                  moved to.

Budgie:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key) and your A key down at the same time to open the panel on the right.
  2. Click the cog icon in the top right corner of the panel.virtual desktops budgie 2.png
  3. At the top of the panel there should now be two new options in place of Applets and Notifications, namely, General and Panel.Select the Panel option.
  4. Scroll down to where it says Applets. Just click the ‘+‘ sign sitting to the  right of it.
  5. Find the applet named Workspace Switcher, select it, and then click the ‘+’ at the top right of the panel to add it.
  6. Now you are done! Each box shown represents a different desktop to move to. If you simply click on any of these little boxes that have appeared in the center of your top panel, you will be moved to that desktop.virtual desktops budgie 3
  7. To move an application to a specific desktop, just right click the top bar of the application.
  8. Now you will see an option labeled Move to Another Workspace. Select this one and pick the workspace to move your application to.

Deepin:

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  1. On your dock, just click the Multitasking View icon.
  2. You should now see a screen much like the one pictured above. To switch virtual desktop, simply click on one of them in the row shown above the large screenshot and press Enter on your keyboard.
  3. To move applications to another desktop, just re-enter the Multitasking View and click and hold on the desired window you wish to move .Then, drag it onto one of the screenshots of your desktop shown on above.
  4. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!

Set Programs To Run At Startup

Do you always open up your browser immediately after booting up your computer? Is there an application of yours that you wish would just start by itself when you turned your computer on? Thankfully, there is a way to do all of this, although it differs slightly depending on what Desktop Environment you are using.

Gnome:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Tweak Tool. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. On the side of the Tweak Tool, you will notice there are many categories listed on the side. Simply look for the one titled Startup Applications.
  4. Once there, click on the bar with the ‘+‘ sign. From here, you can simply pick your program.

KDE:

KDE startup settings

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Autostart. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. At the bottom of the window that pops up, you will see a button that says Add Program. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  4. From here, you will see that the programs are organized into categories. The same categories from your menu in fact. Just double click them to see what is inside and find your program.
  5. Once you have found your desired program, double click it one again. This will open up yet another window that allows you to customize it’s settings upon startup.
  6. After you have configured the settings to what you would desire, (if they confuse you, just leave them how they are by default) you can click on the OK button in the bottom left corner.

Cinnamon:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Startup Applications. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. At the bottom of the window that pops up, you will see a button that says Add. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  4. Once you do, two choices are presented. Just select Choose Application.
  5. All available applications are now presented in a list. From here, you can simply pick your program.

XFCE:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Session and Startup. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. In the window that pops up, there are five tabs. Click the one titled Application Autostart.
  4. At the bottom of the window, you will now see a button that says Add. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  5. Now, a window that looks similar to this one will pop up:xfce startup  XFCE however, instead of the above order Command, Name, and Comment, it will be Name, Description, and Command. Comment and description are really the same thing, just worded differently. Thus, you can see that the two are very similar.
  6. For Name, just type whatever you would like your application to be called. It’s your system, so if you want Google Chrome to be called “My Favorite Browser”, then go right ahead!
  7. For Description, just type a short description about your new startup application.
  8. Lastly, for Command, just type the command used to start the application. To find out what this command is, you will unfortunately have to resort to opening up a Terminal.
  9. Once you have done this, simply type which and then your application name. For instance, to find the command for Google Chrome, you would type which google-chrome. NOTE: if, in the case of Google Chrome, the name is more than one word a dash is needed instead of a space between the words. Here is an example:which google-chrome                                                                             The line shown underneath after pressing Enter on your keyboard (/usr/bin/google-chrome in this case) is what you will want to copy and paste into the Command entry in your settings window from five steps earlier.
  10. Now all that is left to do is click on the OK button in the lower right corner in your settings window and you are done!

Mate:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Startup Applications. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. To the side of the window, you will now see a button that says Add. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  4. Now, a window that looks similar to this one will pop up:xfce startup     For Mate however, instead of the above order Command, Name, and Comment, it will be NameCommandComment.
  5. For Name, just type whatever you would like your application to be called. It’s your system, so if you want Google Chrome to be called “My Favorite Browser”, then go right ahead!
  6. For Comment, just type a short comment (or description) about your new startup application.
  7. Lastly, for Command, just type the command used to start the application. To find out what this command is, you will unfortunately have to resort to opening up a Terminal.
  8. Once you have done this, simply type which and then your application name. For instance, to find the command for Google Chrome, you would type which google-chrome. NOTE: if, in the case of Google Chrome, the name is more than one word a dash is needed instead of a space between the words. Here is an example:which google-chrome                                                                                  The line shown underneath after pressing Enter on your keyboard (/usr/bin/google-chrome in this case) is what you will want to copy and paste into the Command entry in your settings window from five steps earlier.
  9. Now all that is left to do is click on the Add button in the lower right corner in your settings window and you are done!

LXDE:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. Click on Control Menu in the menu that pops up.
  3. Click on System Settings and select Default applications for LXSession.
  4. In the window that pops up look to the side of it and select Autostart.
  5. You will now see a button that says Add underneath the list of applications already set to autostart. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  6.  In the empty box the command used to start the application is needed. To find out what this command is, you will unfortunately have to resort to opening up a Terminal.
  7. Once you have done this, simply type which and then your application name. For instance, to find the command for Google Chrome, you would type which google-chrome. NOTE: if, in the case of Google Chrome, the name is more than one word a dash is needed instead of a space between the words. Here is an example:which google-chrome                                                                                  The line shown underneath after pressing Enter on your keyboard (/usr/bin/google-chrome in this case) is what you will want to copy and paste into the Command entry in your settings window from five steps earlier.
  8. Now all that is left to do is click on the Add button sitting directly left of your text box and you are done!

Budgie:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Software Center. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. Once the software center has opened up, just search for Tweak Tool. Once you find it, simply install it.
  4. After it is installed, close out of the software center and press the Super key again.
  5. From here, just start typing Tweak Tool. Once it pops up, simply click it.
  6. On the side of the Tweak Tool, you will notice there are many categories listed on the side. Simply look for the one titled Startup Applications.
  7. Once there, click on the bar with the ‘+‘ sign. From here, you can simply pick your program.

Deepin:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing the name of the application you wish to have starting up for you automatically. Once it pops up, just right click it.
  3. The last option in the right click menu should be Add to Startup. Just click this and your application will be added!

Browsers

The browsers that are available for Windows are basically available for Linux also. However, a list of applications for Linux would not be complete without a browser. Thus, to add completion to that list, here we go!

Chromium Based Browsers

Chrome

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Google Chrome is, well, you probably already know what it is. If you don’t, then all I can say is that you probably don’t know how you got to this website or why you are here. Anyways, Chrome is a very helpful web browser for Linux. It brings the Chrome Web Store with it and the ability to install some Android apps in Linux. Due to this, it is a very important feature of the Linux ecosystem.

Chromium

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Chromium is basically an open source version of Chrome. While only available for Linux, it is a replacement for Chrome without the Google tracking and services. However, it does not come with a few proprietary codecs. This means that come videos may not play, such as Amazon Video. Other than those differences, it is an exact replica  of Google Chrome.

Opera

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Opera is a fast browser that has many unique, built in features. By clicking on Menu for instance, you can enable Opera Turbo, a setting which essentially makes your connection to websites as quick as possible. It also comes with a built in ad-blocker, which not only blocks the ads perfectly, but also moves the content of the pages you visit to make it appear as if there never were any ads there! For example, if I were to use Ghostery to block ads in Chrome, it would leave blank boxes on the side of the webpage where ads used to be. However, when using Opera’s built in ad-blocker, those blank boxes are gone and the correct content is just moved into that vacant space for you. In addition, Opera also features a built in battery saver that lets you surf the web longer and a free VPN service all ready to go. Lastly, it also has access to extensions on the Chrome Web Store through the use of an available addon.

Vivaldi

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Vivaldi is literally a limitless browser for anyone. Probably the only limitless browser in fact. While Opera has everything set up for you right away, Vivaldi lets you set it up just the way you like, just for you. Thus, no two people using Vivaldi will have browsers that look identical. With Vivaldi, nearly everything can be customized to your liking. In addition, it has support for the Chrome Web Store in all of it’s glory! However, Vivaldi is not known for being the fastest browser out there. In order to speed it up to the likes of Opera, (which is possibly the fastest browser out there once Opera Turbo is enabled) just take a look at this  website. If you follow their simple instructions, then Vivaldi will be exponentially faster.

Firefox Based Browsers

Tor

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Tor is the browser for you if you want the utmost privacy online. While slow, it provides you with unmatched privacy as you browse the web. In addition, it looks and acts just like Firefox! So in addition to being safe and secure, you also have a stable browser!

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Firefox is another browser that you probably already know of. What you may not know however, is that FIrefox is actually 100% opensource and holds to the same ideals that Linux does! In addition, they have recently caught up to the browsing speed users now expect. They have made changes to their browser with the end result being one that makes it just as fast as Chrome!

Summary:

For Those That Want To Stick To Chrome:

Chrome

For Those That Want An Opensource Version Of Chrome:

Chromium

For Those That Want A Browser With Everything Already Set Up:

Opera

For Those That Want To Customize Their Experience (Power Users)

Vivaldi

For Those That Want As Much Privacy As Possible:

Tor

For Those That Want An Opensource Browser That Values Linux:

Firefox

 

 

Branching Out With Google Play

Do you remember how I said that Android is really just a Linux distro in my article What is Linux? Well, due to that, Linux has some pretty cool abilities that are just waiting to be tapped into by someone. Shall we?

What if I told  you that you could install your favorite apps from Google Play onto your Linux computer? Well, now you can. Sort of. The first thing to know is that there are a few caveats. One is that only smaller apps work, (80 MB and below) another is that the app cannot use Google services, and the last one is that to do this, you must be using Google Chrome as your web browser. With that out of the way, let’s get started!

  1. Install Arc Welder from the Chrome Web Store using Google Chrome.arc welder1
  2. Make a folder to store all of your Android apps. It can be located anywhere you like.
  3. Open up Arc Welder. The first screen will ask you to choose a location for your apps. You will want to pick the folder you just created.
  4. Arc Welder will proceed to then ask to Test Your Apk. Before we do so however, we need to download an app to test!arc welder2
  5. If you head over to the Google Play Store and try to install an app directly, you will notice that it will fail. To get around that, just head on over to one of these sites: APK Downloader or APK Mirror. Depending which one you choose to use, there are slightly different instructions.
  6. For APK Downloader:
    1. Find your app on the Google Play Store and copy and paste it’s link into the Google Play URL box at APK Downloader.apk downloader
    2. Now select Generate Download Link. Once it does so, just click Click here to downloadapk downloader2
    3. Once it completes it’s download, you are good to go!
  7. For APK Mirror:
    1. Find the Search Box and search for your app.apk mirror1
    2. Several results will often come up. When that happens, just try to pick out the most recent one.apk mirror2
    3. Lastly, simply scroll down and click Download APK.apk mirror3
  8. And now we are all ready to proceed to the next step with Arc Welder! Just click Test your APK and locate the one you downloaded.arc welder3
  9. Once that  is done, all that is left to do is click Test at the bottom of the screen and your app will launch!arc welder4Congratulations! You have just installed your first Android app! Here are some quick tips for you as you proceed:
    1. After installing one app, the next one you test will show a notice reading: Confirm Removal. Just click Cancel and you can continue on your merry way.arc welder5
    2. In order to delete an app, just open Google Chrome and click the Apps shortcut in the Bookmarks bar.chrome1Now, simply right click on the desired app and press Remove From Chromechrome2
    3. Most weather apps, calendar apps and some games work with Arc Welder. For instance, Candy Crush, Leps World (a free knock-off of Mario Bros) and  Pac-man all work. In addition, if you are looking for a good calendar, SolCalendar works great. Evernote even works flawlessly! Lastly, most social media apps are also functioning correctly. With Arc Welder, your options have expanded!
    4. NOTE: If you are looking for Google Play Music, there is already a free version of it for Linux. Check out this article on Music Players for Linux.

Good luck!

Video Chatting and Communication

Video Chatting

Want to video chat with your friends and family? Then look no farther! Linux has you covered.

Skype

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I bet you didn’t expect to see this one on here! Even though it’s a Microsoft product, it is still available for Linux! It’s features are very similar to the Skype you are used to and familiar with, so there should be no new surprises. If you are unfamiliar with Skype, just click here for some information about it. Sadly, it is no longer available to install on Linux. There is an easy work around however. All you need is Chrome (or Chromium) installed. If you do, then simply go here and once the page loads, click the three dots (otherwise known as the menu), More Tools and then Add To Desktop…

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After that, just check the option to Open As Window and then Add Appskype2Once done, Skype should be available to you as a normal application, although with a few less features.

Google Hangouts

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Google Hangouts is a Google’s version of Skype. However, Unlike Skype, it is web based. This means that it does not require you to download anything, but to only open up either Google Chrome, Opera, or Vivaldi and go to your Apps within the browser. From there, you can launch Google Hangouts.

WhatsApp

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Whatsapp is now available for Linux! To install it on your computer, simply follow the instructions on the download page. If these instructions are a little difficult to follow, then there is another available option. All you need to do is head to the Chrome Web Store and install their Whatsapp app. After that, you will be good to go!

Chatting

Tox

tox

Tox is a free, encrypted messaging platform which centers around security. It will never collect any information about you or anyone else who uses it. If you are worried about your privacy, then this is the program for you.

Discord

discord

Discord is an alternative to Skype for Linux. It is highly customizable and is completely free! Since Discord is still young, only being a little over two years old, it does not have video chatting integrated with it yet like Skype does. However, for messaging friends and family, it is perfect! There’s even a web version available!

Summary:

For Those Who Just Want To Video Chat With Their Friends:

Skype

For Those Who Want To Video Chat With Their Friends Without Using Microsoft:

Google Hangouts

For Those Who Want To Video Chat With Their Friends Using Their Usual Mobile App:

WhatsApp

For Those Who Just Want To Message Their Friends, While Keeping Their Privacy Intact:

Tox

For Those Who Want To Message With Their Friends With A Skype-Like Interface And Plenty Of Customizability:

Discord

 

Cloud Storage

Want to back up your data online? Or just looking to free up space on your computer? Then this is article is just for you!

pCloud

pCloud

pCloud offers free storage and integration with your computer. All with 10 GB of free storage! Furthermore, if you spread the news about pCloud on your social networks, you can unlock up to 20 GB of free space in all! In addition, it offers an encryption service for all of your files to further ensure they are kept safe in the cloud. However, there is a catch to this. The encryption service requires a Premium account, which costs $3.99 per month. If you decide to go with Premium, then you will get a vastly enlarged amount of available storage. Up to 500 GB in fact! If you are looking for an easy way to safely store your files, then pCloud is for you.

 

Mega

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Mega is another service that offers free storage and integration with your computer. Instead of only receiving 10 GB of free space like pCloud does, all users are offered 50 GB of free space! In addition, Mega offers free encryption services without the need to upgrade to get them! Thus, it is a free way to get encryption services and available storage. However, unlike pCloud, you cannot expand your storage simply by fulfilling tasks like spreading the news about it on your social networks. If you put a high priority on security and just want a lot of available space, then Mega is for you!

Dropbox

dropbox

Dropbox is by far one of the most used cloud storage utilities. It is the last in our list of services that offer free storage and integration with your computer for Linux. While Dropbox will only give you 2 GB of free space to start off with, (a far cry from pCloud and Mega) it does offer availability across platforms. Not only is Dropbox available for Linux, it is also available for Android, Apple, and Windows products. By using Dropbox, you will be able to sync and access your files on any device you have! This means that you can sync your music on your computer to your playlists on your mobile device. If you are someone who is looking for something that offers integration across all of your devices, then Dropbox is for you!

Summary:

If You Are Just Looking For An Easy Way To Safely Store Your Files:

pCloud

If You Put A High Priority On Security And Just Want A Lot Of Available Space:

Mega

If You Are Looking For Something That Offers Free Integration Across All Of Your Devices:

Dropbox

 

Maintenance

Want a fresh system for years to come? Want to get as much life out of your computer as you can before spending money on another? Then this is just for you.

Bleachbit

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Bleachbit is a very effective method of keeping your computer fast and uncluttered for years to come. Just check whatever options you would like to clean, and it will do the rest. However, it is important to open this as Root. Otherwise, t will not have the necessary privileges to carry out it’s purpose. To do this, simply go into your menu and instead of just opening up Bleachbit, open up Bleachbit As Administrator.  After this, just get a cup of coffee and you should be good to go!

Timeshift

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Timeshift is an essential application for anyone. With this, you can back up your entire Operating System with just a few clicks! Simply install it, open it up, and go through the steps:

  1. For most users, when choosing Type, RSYNC is the one for you.timeshift2
  2. In the next step, Location, simply pick whatever choice has the largest size. This will most likely be the one you are looking for.timeshift3
  3. The Schedule is completely up to you, as the user. However, I would recommend you just keep it at their automatic settings for this one. The same goes for the step after this one, Filters. Just leave it the way it already is.timeshift4
  4. And now you are ready to begin! Simply click Create and let it do the rest for you.timeshift5And that’s it! You’re done! Now you have an entire snapshot of your Operating System to fall back on if something goes wrong with it in the future. So if anything does go wrong, you can just use Timeshift to recover your entire system as it was before you made the fatal mistake. Enjoy! (And I hope you never need it).

Gaming Platforms

Steam

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Steam is a gaming platform that is the main provider of games for Linux. It is known around the world as a top notch gaming service. By using Steam, hundreds of games become instantly at your disposal. While not every game is on Steam, the majority of them are. And the best part is that it is free! Just set up an account and you are good to go! After that, many games are free to play.

Portable Linux Games

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While Portable Linux Games is not an application per se, it is another way to get games for Linux. Portable Linux Games is a website that features many desktop games, most of which are made with Linux in mind. Simply scroll down to the game you are looking for and then click on it. After that, just select the Download icon, download it, and proceed to install it. After that, your desired game will be available.

Chrome Web store

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Wishing to play something simple like Pacman or Solitare? Then the Chrome Web Store is just the place for you. Here many simple games can be found, all of them free to play and install. However, users must be warned that in order to use anything from the Chrome Web Store, they must either have Google Chrome, Opera, or Vivaldi installed as their browser. If this fits your description, then this may be just for you.

Summary:

Gaming Option For Those Looking To Play Proprietary Games On Linux:

Steam

Gaming Option For Those Looking To Play Opensource Games On Linux:

Portable Linux Games

 

Gaming Option For Those Looking To Play Simple, Web Based Games On Linux:

Chrome Web Store

 

Video Players

VLC

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VLC is a full featured opensource media player for Linux. It can play any format of disc imaginable and can even be used for recording! While it’s aesthetics leave some to be desired, it is certainly the most capable video player around. Whether you just want to watch a movie or do something more involved, VLC is the media player for you.

Kodi

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Want to play something but don’t have a disc to do so? Wish to stream something online? Then Kodi is the media center for you. With hundreds of plugins to expand it’s capabilities, the sky is the limit. Kodi not only looks modern, but acts like it too. However, with so many options, Kodi can have a rather steep learning curve for the new user. If you can overcome this though, then you will be left with the most versatile media player you could ever wish for.

Gnome Videos

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Gnome Videos is a simple media player that will get the job done. It does not feature any fancy features or anything like that, but is perfect for you if you are just trying to watch a video. For simply watching something from a disc, this is the media player for you.

Summary:

For Those Who Are Not Looking For Any Fancy Features:

Gnome Videos

For Those Who Are Looking For Some Fancy Features:

VLC

For Those Who Are Looking For Really Fancy Features (And Internet Capabilities):

Kodi