11 Useful Utilities To Supercharge Your Ubuntu Experience

In spirit of Open Source week here @ the Technology community on Vingle, I would like to share with all of you 11 utilities for Ubunto, as mentioned in the OMG Ubuntu blog [1]. I recently tried out Ubuntu, thanks to@patrickballeux, so if any of you have personally tried any of these, I would enjoy hearing your feedback and thoughts. 1. Unity Tweak Tool This is the settings manager for the Unity desktop, making it one of the most important tools for you to customize your desktop. There are many toggles and switches that allow you to change settings and customize your Ubuntu experience. It is free and available in the Software Center Link: http://bit.ly/1xHFmlQ . 2. Unity Privacy Indicator The privacy indicator let's you know which files, folders, or services are being accessed, logged, and recce'd. Features include: * Toggle Online Search Results, Zeitgeist, HUD Logging & GeoIP * Quick access to clean Zeitgeist, F2, Recent Files, etc. * Options to show/hide desktop icons and name in the panel Link: http://bit.ly/1FrH8Oj 3. Unity Folders Unity folders let you organize your apps into folders in the Unity Launcher. Some features include * Create as many folders as you like * Choose custom or auto-generated folder icon * 3 folder layouts to choose from * Set custom icons for apps added to folders * Edit existing folders 4. Caffeine Caffeine allows you to stop your screensaver or lock-in screen quickly. You can check it out at: https://launchpad.net/caffeine/ 5. System Monitor Indicator The System Monitor Indicator (also known as indicator-multiload) is available at the Ubuntu Software Center. It allows you to see stats for apps, processes and hardware status, GPU temperature, network status, and more. 6. TLP (Power Saving Tool) TLP is a tool you can use to prolong your battery life when running Linux. You can adjust various settings such as system processes and harddrive, enabling Wi-Fi power saving mode, runtime power, and more. Link: http://bit.ly/1B1zURb 7. Laptop Mode Tools This tool is another battery saver that is less complicated than TLP. It is available in the Ubuntu Software Center. Note that you cannot have Laptop Mode Tools and TLP at the same time. Link: http://bit.ly/1vvMSDm 8. Intel Graphics Installer This is important for everyone who wants to install their Intel GPU drivers. Link: http://bit.ly/1z3dsmC 9. I-Nex - Hardware Stats I-Nex makes viewing your hardware stats much easier. This tool is extremely useful if you want to upgrade parts and check the status of your computer's performance. Link: http://bit.ly/1v3m3Xc 10. GNOME Disks - Disk Space Visualizer GNOME Disks lets you visualize your disk space and is already built in Ubuntu. Super helpful if you have a partitioned drive or if you have limited space that you want to manage. 11. BleachBit (Cruft Cleaner) If you are a Windows user, Bleachbit is comparable to CCleaner. This program allows you to scan, clean, empty out folders and bloated caches, etc. It's known to be quick and effortless. Link:http://bit.ly/1rF8kGO I hope you found these utilities useful. Being a recent Ubuntu convert, I'd love to hear some feedback from Ubuntu users. Do you use these tools? Are there tools that you use that are not on this list? [1] http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/11/useful-tools-for-ubuntu-do-you-use-them

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