Best Linux apps for people switching from Windows

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So I’ve been using and writing on Ubuntu for a while now.

And there were many applications that I didn’t know existed and no I’m not talking about the popular ones like LibreOffice, Mozilla Thunderbird Firefox which comes built-in.

And also the popular ones like VLC game audacity da Vinci is all that those are always there you know it I know it rather some little-known gems and open source app.

Here is the list of Best Linux apps for people switching from Windows.

Best Linux apps for people switching from Windows

#1 Automathemely

Back in Windows, I used to schedule the dark mode way our task scheduler but for Linux, there is a small utility called Automathemely.

So, Automathemely different themes based on the time of the day that is sunrise and sunset.

So I have it on my gnome desktop environment to be Adwaita for the day time.

And other ways are Adwaita dark for the night.

Yeah at the data instead of Yahoo that might trigger some people.

But hey now it can get your sunrise and sunset times automatically based on your location but that didn’t seem to work for me.

So I manually entered the values the best thing is it works silently in the background without bugging you.


Natively one-two doesn’t let you start hotspot and Wi-Fi at the same time.

So this app called GNIREHTET called reverse tethering.

Back in Windows 10 you can share your Wi-Fi by a hotspot and even in Mac OS there is a workaround with the help of a VPN and hotspot app.

But for Ubuntu, I use USB tethering this lets you share your mobile internet to your laptop via USB.

In Reverse tethering the app lets you share your laptop internet on mobile.

Reverse tethering is an old technique and it uses the ADB reverse command to access the webserver why I a laptop.

This app still comes in handy in hotels or places where you get limited internet access based on device count.


Finally, 8x launch for Windows but I had already made the move to Linux so for text ESPANSO needs I started using ESPANSO and the best thing is it’s command-line only.

Like every configuration everything I can do through the command line.

So I just hit Espanso edit I key in the trigger word.

And the phrase that has to be replaced.

Restart the expand so the app and it’s done Spencer works seamlessly everywhere as it works on the terminal WordPress, Google Docs, Gmail.

The only downside I felt is the initial configuration is a bit tedious if you are not accustomed to the command line.

Next after adding triggers I have to frequently restart response so for the changes to take effect.


Now Google Drive doesn’t have an official app for Linux and there are several client apps like drive – we drive.

But I use duplicati to back my important local Ubuntu folders straight to Google Drive.

The set up is a tad bit complex and there are a few issues.

But the important thing is your backup is encrypted and you set the key phrase.

Just don’t forget to backup the key phrase – the only problem with duplicati is you cannot choose a custom Drive folder where you want to backup your bun two files.

Duplicati will automatically create one for you and it will do that for every single backup job that you configure.

I tried giving a custom Drive folder location but it didn’t work.


Okay I enjoyed using your phone app on Windows I could pick up calls reply to notifications download my photos etc.

Straight on my laptop and on Ubuntu I kind of found an alternative in KDE connect.

First of all you received all third-party app notifications on your laptop.

Similar to your phone app you can even reply to notifications which is quite handy.

But it didn’t seem to consistently work for me on Ubuntu 19.10.

However you do get call notifications but you cannot take your calls on the laptop, unlike your phone app.

One smart feature is I can choose to receive laptop notifications on my Android phone.

Which is missing in the Microsoft your phone app another thing I like is in case I have a YouTube video or song playing on my laptop.

It displays the control directly on my Android and I can choose to play pause skip from the phone itself.

So if I’m in a different room I can still control the song playing on my laptop and I do seldom use the file transfer and I would have liked an option to send multiple files.

Apart from all of these there are other options such as the remote keyboard remote Mouse remote commands presentation controls but I rarely use those.


I have been using the station for about a year now.

I used it a lot on Windows and in case you don’t know it’s an all-in-one messaging app that lets you use slack WhatsApp, Gmail, Google Drive, Trello, etc under one window.

The best thing about the station is that it’s free and it won’t even nudge you to upgrade to the premium variant, unlike friends.

Other features include the DND mode which lets me shutdown notifications for a while and concentrate on my work.

Plus you also get one password integration to keep all your passwords in one place.


Back in Windows I use the native Windows clipboard.

It has its flaws but did the job most of the time.

Ubuntu doesn’t have a built-in clipboard manager so I use the clipboard indicator.

Now clipboard indicator is a gnome extension rather than a standalone app.

But my favorite thing about it is the hotkey axis I just press Ctrl + f9 on any screen and the clipboard manager slides down.

Most of the things like clearing history or copying the last text are all hotkey operated.

Let me show you so while researching for an article I go through a lot of stuff and happen to copy a lot of things.

But accidentally at times I override my previously copied text.

So rather than opening the clipboard and clicking on the previous text I just hit ctrl + f11 to go to the previously copied text.

And then ctrl + F 12 again to go back to the recently copied text.

Even clipboard indicators have few flaws like it doesn’t retain text formatting doesn’t store images.

And you can’t edit hotkeys.

But my use case is pretty much satisfied to either stuck with.

It in case you’re a power user you can try it on or copy you.


Session is a newly launched private messaging service like WhatsApp.

But it doesn’t require your phone number.

Session is just a revamped version of the popular low-key messenger and works without a mobile number.

It works on session IDs which is a used set of alphanumeric numbers and you have to share it with anyone that wants to talk to you.

Or rather send this QR code.

Session is available for Linux, Mac OS, Windows Android and iOS you sign up on any one of the devices and you can log in on the other devices by scanning the QR code under link my device.

Now similar to WhatsApp session has end to end encryption.

But unlike most of the messaging apps session doesn’t back up your chart on the cloud.

The data is stored locally and you can choose to delete it with your account.

Similar to telegram you also get the option to block someone from taking screenshots of your chart.

The only downside with the session is that it doesn’t support voice or video call as of now.

Also there’s no real-time location sharing and all that stuff.


So one who already comes built-in with Thunderbird but with all the extensions and outlook celerity I find it slightly overkill.

Hence I use mail spring which looks pretty minimal we use g-suit and it’s pretty easy to configure the g-suite account in mail spring.

By the way the free variant allows for email accounts which to be fair is quite a lot and enough mostly.

But here’s what’s different with mail spring.

First of all you get this send later and snooze email option which is there in Gmail as well.

But what helps is this mail spring activity page.

So you see activities on your resend email where the receiver has either opened your email or even clicked on the link within it.

However in the free variant these activity options cannot be used all the time.

To use it on every single email you have to upgrade to the pro variant starting at $8.

Another thing just like most of the email clients you also get email rules.

Like I can filter Outsiders and make sure those emails go to a particular folder.

For example I’ve configured the email sent from tech wiser com domain name we’ll go to the tech wiser folder.

This ensures that all the internal tech wiser emails stay in a particular folder priority set right you know.


So I have been using edge chromium on Windows and sadly it’s not arrived yet for Linux.

However there are rumors that it would but meanwhile, I stuck with brave.

It is quite a popular browser and the biggest reason being the tracker and fingerprinting prevention.

And it is the only reason why I use brave and here have a look this thing is cool.

You can block embedded Facebook and Twitter posts from other sites like that school.

However the biggest bummer is that brave in Linux doesn’t provide an option to keep separate search engines for the incognito and normal mode.

This option is present in the brave version for Windows and Android.

But not on Linux strange another great browser option is Vivaldi which is a highly skinned version of chromium.

But you get a lot of Handy features like remote tap pip mode for every video side, etc.


Just to end all of this a small utility I use is caffeine.

So when you click on this icon it prevents your laptop from sleeping.

This helps me when I’m transferring data on the NASS overnight so I can just run the copy operation hit the caffeine button at the top shut the lid and leave it overnight.

So that’s it from my end and still exploring better apps for mirroring or casting Android encrypting files etc.

So let me know in the comments below if you know about any such apps of your favorite Linux apps and it’s frigging signing off see you soon.

These were Best Linux apps for people switching from Windows.

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