Software To Install Every Time With Lubuntu 16.04

Lubuntu 16.04, the LTS version of Ubuntu using LXDE, is quite a great operating system. While the default desktop environment for Ubuntu, Unity, is nice, LXDE is designed to be light and fast. This article will discuss the best software to install every time with Lubuntu 16.04 to give you the best experience using it.

Lenny, the official mascot of Lubuntu. Image via wikipedia.org

I have the following list unformatted so that there are no formatting errors. I have put comments next to many using ‘#’ to explain what the software does.

alarm-clock-applet #a very useful alarm clock and timer program
apache2 #web server
arandr #you need this software if you want to use multiple #monitors
bum #boot up manager. This is useful if you want to optimize #your #boot up time.
chromium-browser #the open source version of Google Chrome #browser
clamav #A 100% open-source anti-virus software. Mainly I use #this to #check for Windows viruses.
curl #software which can do all sorts of tests for web development
deluge #a great bitorrent software 
dillo #a very basic web browser that does not render #javascript. #This should be much much faster browser than more mainstream ones #due to its simplicity
elinks #a terminal-based browser
espeak #speech synthesizer. A text-to-voice software
fbreader #ebook reader
fdupes #software for finding duplicate files
filezilla #an FTP transfer software
freeplane #An excellent mindmapping software
gimp #a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop for professional level #graphics making/editing
git #software you need if you want to use Github or other git #repositories
gnome-screenshot #In my opinion, this is the best screenshot #program in Ubuntu
gparted #an excellent program that let’s you format drives like USB #drives
hunspell hunspell-en-us myspell-en-gb #spell-checking software #needed for Libreoffice.
ipython3 #interactive python3. My preferred terminal program to test #python. This #makes using python3 much easier.
keepassx #password manager and password generator
libreoffice #A great office suite
lynx #another terminal-based web browser
mariadb-server #a mysql fork. This is necessary if you want to #run #WordPress or software needing #mysql
mnemosyne #software to help you memorize things
nodejs #a great server-side software using Javascript
npm #package manager for nodejs
openvpn #Software you can use to connect to openvpn servers.
pavucontrol #important software for controlling sound on your computer
phatch #software for batch photo editing
php7.0 #software necessary for WordPress and is a great server-side programming language
pinta #A good graphics editor
pluma #a great text editor
pulseaudio #a great sound (volume etc) controlling software
pwgen #a terminal-based password generator
qemu #a libre virtual machine
qemu-kvm #a much faster version of qemu. Called kvm because it is a #kernel virtual machine.
shotwell #great program for seeing photos and doing slideshows of #them
simple-image-reducer #software I use all the time to quickly #and #easily reduce image file sizes
soundconverter #convert between wav, mp3, ogg and other file #types
spyder3 #an excellent python3 IDE
sshfs #software for transferring data to and from VPS. It uses SSH, so it is #much more secure than FTP.
stopwatch #a stopwatch program
sysinfo #tells information about hardware and software of computer
thunderbird #a great email client made by Mozilla
vim #an excellent terminal-based text editor
vinagre #software to control other computers via VNC
vlc #an excellent movie and sound player
whois #software to do whois searches on websites
wine #software to run Windows software in Linux
youtube-dl #software to download youtube videos and flash #videos #from #other sites from the terminal

You can install all of these pieces of software individually by typing

sudo apt-get install the_software_name

So, for example, if you wanted to install vlc, you would type:

sudo apt-get install vlc

If you prefer to install the list of software I have listed, all at once, here is a script I made to do just that (note that I removed the comments in that script.) First download the script. Then navigate to where you downloaded it in a terminal, then type:
sudo bash lubuntu_1604_software_to_install_every_time.sh

Is there any good software that you think I left out that you think I should include? Let’s discuss this in the comments below.

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