Ubuntu 17.10 was released towards the end of last year with the switch from the Unity desktop environment to the GNOME desktop environment being it's biggest new feature. We, however, believe that the Ubuntu operating system is more about what it can allow us to get done and less about which desktop environment is better.
Keeping that in mind, here are our top five apps that we use daily on Ubuntu 17.10:
Steam, the popular game distribution platform, is officially available on Ubuntu and allows us to play several of our favourite games not only in Windows and macOS but in Ubuntu as well. It can be installed via the Steam website as a native Ubuntu .deb and behaves exactly the same as it's Windows and Mac versions. We use it mainly for Counterstrike Global Offensive (CS GO). We switch between the Windows and Ubuntu versions of CS GO regularly depending which OS we are running at the time since buying CS GO on Windows automatically means that you own it on Ubuntu and macOS as well.
Discord, a voice communications service similar to Team Speak, is available on DiscordApp.com as a .deb installer for Ubuntu. We use it mainly for team voice comms while gaming in CS GO with some text chat, WhatsApp-style, now and then. It has a modern interface and best of all, it's free. Creating your own server and channels within that server is a breeze. The quality of voice chat as well as it's simplicity of setup was the clincher for us.
Telegram is our text messenger of choice. We prefer it over WhatsApp mainly because of it's availability on all the platforms that we use. iOS, Android, Windows, macOS,Ubuntu etc all have apps available officially whereas WhatsApp for example completely ignores the iPad and Ubuntu unless you are willing to use the browser-based version. Visit Telegram.org for more info and install it via the Ubuntu App Store.
We prefer Google’s Chrome browser on Windows and Ubuntu mainly because the user experience transfers nicely between platforms. Chrome also has fewer issues with plugins and that combined with having our music easily available on Ubuntu via Google Play Music makes it our first app to install on a fresh install of Ubuntu. Chrome can be installed [directly from Google] (Chrome for Desktop) and works so well on Ubuntu that we wish it would be the default browser.
A dedicated email is part of our workflow and a simple, clean interface is something we always appreciate in app design. Nylas N1 was one such app that we reviewed previously However, due to their sudden change in pricing structure and features, we chose to move to Mailspring, a fork of the Nylas N1 (Nylas Mail) open-source client .
It’s free on Ubuntu, Windows, and macOS and is available on mainspring.com
We enjoy using Ubuntu mainly for gaming, writing, listening to music and browsing the web. (Lots and lots of browsing the web.) There are other apps that we would love to have on Ubuntu like Affinity Photo, a stunning image editor that’s on par with Adobe’s Photoshop that’s available on Windows and Mac as well as Bear, a beautifully designed note-taking app that we do most of our writing on that’s only available for macOS.
However, the Ubuntu platform has moved forward by leaps and bounds in recent years when it comes to the official availability of popular apps and we are confident that this trend will continue.
What’s your favourite Ubuntu apps?