15 Power tools for Linux that you cant afford to miss.

By Pratik Shivarkar | Labels: , , , , ,

I'm talking about some tools, which comes in very handy while you are in trouble or save you from future trouble or even help you to do things fast. Note that I'm not listing all the tools, neither I'm ranking those.. I have just picked few tools which I use regularly, and have good experience with them.

Because this list is quite big, so I'm not going to add screen-shots and make the post bloated.


FSlint is a very good utility to find duplicate files, bad names, empty folders, all that trash that you don't want to be on you file system. Install using -

sudo apt-get install fslint


TestDisk is a powerful undelete or data recovery tool. However it does not support ext4 yet. but still many distributions are using ext3, If you have any important data on your disk, then you should have this installed. Install using -

sudo apt-get install testdisk


Everyone have important or valuable data, even if it is not too valuable for you. TrueCrypt is an extra bit to your basic file security. Download and Install the available package.


Linux system is nothing but a huge file system, where most of your things are files, and some are useless. BleachBit, the more I use it the more I love it. BleachBit is probably a lifesaver for Linux installations having small storage spaces. Download and Install (because Ubuntu repositories may have old versions)

PalimpSet Disk Utility

Now you can see this utility as default for Disk Management in Fedora, now also in Ubuntu. Its a really nice utility, not as partition editor, but as a front-end to S.M.A.R.T. Now you can simply monitor disk health very easily. This utility is developed by Redhat and don't any homepage. but you can install it using your debian package manager / apt-get

sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility


You won't have this installed on most of your distributions using Gnome, gconf-editor is nothing but a front-end to gconftool-2 command line utility. which is a gnome configuration tool. Using this tool on command line is a bit of a drag for newbies, because you can't remember all key paths. Gconf-Editor will give you a feel of Windows Registry editor, If you are a gnome user you will be able to make some big changes by changing a simple boolean or string values.

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor


Extra file permissions, always a problem for newbies on Linux system. ACLs are life savers when you need file permissions for files that are exceptions. However I'm very comfortable with setfacl and getfacl, but Eiciel is a very good ACL front-end for newbies who are not very good on CLI, or don't want to use CLI.

sudo apt-get install eiciel


This just a normal terminal, with different look and behavior, It adds a Quake or Unreal Tournament like console ( which you get after pressing ~ and where you type god ) to your linux desktop. But on Linux you can spawn it by pressing F12 not the ~. Guake is very nice tool if you are a frequent console user, It saves you from opening and closing and handling those gnome-terminal windows.

sudo apt-get install guake


If you are dealing with any kind of configuration files or program code, You always need a difference viewer and patcher. Meld is a visual diff and merge tool. You can compare two or three files and edit them in place. A powerful tool for CVS, SVN or Bazaar users.

sudo apt-get install meld


May be I don't need to tell about Wine, its already so famous.. However its one of the programs I never forget to install on a Linux system. Download and follow install instruction (default repositories don't keep latest version)


You will always need a clipboard - Read Why

sudo apt-get install glipper


Program your own system wide shortcuts or abbreviations to any kind of content like address, name or something that you need to type many times. Or assign shortcuts to operations or applications.

sudo apt-get install autokey

Conduit Synchronizer

Conduit Synchronizer is still in development, Its a part of gnome project. but its really useful. Conduit is a synchronization application for GNOME. It allows you to synchronize your files, photos, emails, contacts, notes, calendar data and any other type of personal information and synchronize that data with another computer, an online service, or even another electronic device.

sudo apt-get install conduit


If you are a regular Linux desktop user, Your configurations and stuff won't break the boundaries of your home folder. Back In Time is a back up and restore utility for those who love their data.

sudo apt-get install backintime-gnomeOrsudo apt-get install backintime-kde


Its tough to get your Linux infected by Virus, really tough. But its really not good to keep inactive windows viruses on Linux machine, however they do anything but you may spread the infection. Clam-Tk is a very good front-end to ClamAV. some people may like KlamAV, but Clam-TK is bit more simple and up-to common expectations. Download and Install (Ubuntu repositories hold old versions.)


Gnome do is powerful launcher tool, aspired from Mac OS X quick silver. gnome do can be used as dock or panel too. It can be used to launch almost anything with a few keystrokes. If you really don't like mouse or pointers. You should try gnome-do. Download and install (Ubuntu repositories hold old versions.)



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