Linux Mint 19.3 High-Performance Setup

Linux Mint comes with a pre-installed user-friendly universal set of packages. These packages are fine to try on a flash card, but a serious user needs a lot more than that. That's why I offer a full set of sophisticated tools that will provide business, communication and entertainment needs of an advanced user.

Often there are a few apps in each category - i.e. like editors - because each app does its job differently. Only you will know which app to use in any particular case.

Linux apps are usually minimalistic in design and descriptions - because they are intuitively understandable. This stems from the fact that they were created by developers for themselves, hence no need to bloat the apps with redundant features or descriptions. Minimalistic in design and description, but feature-rich and they do the job - that's their common feature.

Devices and technologies have become very complicated in our fast-paced life. Products often lack User Guides because product development goes faster than writing of User Guides for them. A User Guide may be written, but may be difficult for understanding. That's why I offer this practical Guide to a High-Performance Linux Setup.

Accessories

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Archive Manager

Archive Manager is a tool to compress/uncompress files and folders - i.e. to zip/unzip, tar/untar etc. using any technology - except rar, because rar is a proprietary and belongs to an owner. However Engrampa can unrar, so you are covered. And if you need to compress - you can use zip or 7zip, which has a very strong compression. However Linux users traditionally prefer to use tar/untar.
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Bluetooth Applet

Linux Mint has a Bluetooth Applet, which is very simple, because it is not bloated with anything not immediately needed for using bluetooth. However when it comes to things indeed needed for pairing, or extablishing a connection, or using it conveniently - it has all the features there exist. It has a standard icon in system tray and you can use it to pair/unpair, connect/disconnect and manage Sound Settings.
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Calculator

Calculator is a must-have tool for those ocassions when you need to do the math. However Linux Mint comes with 5 calculators preinstalled for all thinkable ocassions - basic for arithmetic, Advanced for whatever you may need in math, Financial, Keyboard for writing formulas and Programming!
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Character Map

The Character Map application allows you to insert special characters into a document or a text field. Character Map provides accented characters, mathematical symbols, special symbols, and punctuation marks. Use Character Map to access characters that are not available on your keyboard.
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Unit Converter

With ConvertAll, you can combine the units any way you want. If you want to convert from inches per decade, that's fine. Or from meter-pounds. Or from cubic nautical miles. The units don't have to make sense to anyone else.
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Caja File Manager

Caja lets you organize files and folders, both on your computer and online. The Caja file manager provides a simple and integrated way to manage your files and applications. You can use the file manager to Create folders and documents, Display your files and folders, Search and manage your files, Run scripts and launch applications, Customize the appearance of files and folders, Open special locations on your computer, Write data to a CD or DVD, Install and remove fonts.
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Disks manager

You can use Disks to view, modify and configure disks and media - Adjust the size of a filesystem, Shrink or grow a filesystem and its partition, Check how much disk space is left, Use Disk Usage Analyzer or System Monitor to check space and capacity.
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Xreader

Xreader is a document viewer capable of displaying multiple and single page document formats like PDF and Postscript. It starts when you click on a document such as a PDF or PostScript file. You can use it to open, adjust view, navigate, bookmark, print and save a document. Supported formats - Images, DVI Documents, epub Documents, XPS Documents, Comic Book, PostScript Documents, PDF Documents, Tiff Documents, DjVu Documents. Other formats are available through use of specific plugins.
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Font Viewer

Font Viewer lets you view a font before installing it.
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MATE Font Viewer

MATE Font Viewer lets you view fonts on your system and gain a better understanding of them.
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Image Viewer

The Image Viewer can display pictures in a wide range of image formats, including PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF and others. You can view any or all pictures in a folder by opening a picture and navigating to other pictures, enlarge the picture on the screen by clicking View - Zoom In or buy scrolling your mouse wheel, convert pictures from one image format to another.
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Leafpad

Leafpad is a small Text Editor with a basic functionality. It is worth having on your computer for certain tasks when you need to enter data precisely, avoiding tools with complex functionality that can e.g. add extra spaces or mess up your work in another way. Leafpad just does not have functionality that can mess up your work. You can trust it. That's why you need it.
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Parcellite

Parcellite is a lightweight clipboard manager. It keeps a clipboard history, has various view options to display items the way you like it, has a daemon mode, guards your clipboard contents when you close applications, has global hotkeys to display your items quickly, performs custom commands using clipboard contents.
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Redshift

Redshift changes Color Temperature of your monitor to 3500K during the night time.
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Search Tool

The Search for Files application enables you to search for files on your system. To perform a basic search, you can type a filename or a partial filename, with or without wildcards. To refine your search, you can apply additional search options. Search for Files uses the find, grep, and locate UNIX commands.
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Xed Text Editor

Xed enables you to create and edit text files. The aim of xed is to be a simple and easy to use text editor. More powerful features can be enabled with different plugins, allowing a variety of tasks related to text-editing. You can start xed by clicking on its icon or by clicking on the text file and choosing Xed to open it - or it will happen by default if you assigned Xed to open this type of files.
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Tomboy Notes

Tomboy is a note taking application. Tomboy is easy to use, and helps you organize the ideas and information you work with everyday.
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TreeLine

Do you have lots of sticky notes lying around with various useful information jotted down? Or many lists of books, movies, links, website logins, personal contacts, or things to do? Can you find them when you need them? Well, I often couldn't. So here's my answer - Some would call TreeLine an Outliner, others would call it a PIM. Basically, it just stores almost any kind of information.
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Pass Manager

Universal Password Manager (UPM) allows you to store usernames, passwords, URLs and generic notes in an encrypted database protected by one master password.
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USB Image Writer

USB Stick Formatter formats a USB drive and prepares it for writing Linux .iso file onto it. This is a small tool of vital importance!
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USB Formatter

USB Image Writer creates a bootable USB stick. It requires a formatted USB stick and a Linux .iso file. This is another small tool of vital importance!
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VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt is a software for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data is automatically encrypted right before it is saved and decrypted right after it is loaded, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc).
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FSlint Janitor

FSlint is a utility to find and clean various forms of lint on a filesystem. I.e. unwanted or problematic cruft in your files or file names. For example, it finds duplicate files. It has both GUI and command line modes.
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Shutter

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website - apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.
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Screenshooter

Screenshooter may be very useful and even indispensable when you need to take a screenshot of an object that can't be captured with just pressing Print Screen button.
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Onboard

Onboard is an onscreen keyboard. Its purpose is text entry with a touch screen or pointer.

Graphics

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GIMP

GIMP is a multi-platform photo manipulation tool. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction. GIMP has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
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ImageMagic

ImageMagick is a powerful image manipulation tool. Use ImageMagick to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images. It can read and write images in a variety of formats (over 200) including PNG, JPEG, GIF, HEIC, TIFF, DPX, EXR, WebP, Postscript, PDF, and SVG. Use ImageMagick to resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves.
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Darktable

Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
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Gpick

Gpick is an advanced color picker and palette editing tool. Magnification and mouse pointer control with keyboard, Automatic color name assignment. Export to following formats - Inkscape/Gimp Palette, Adobe Swatch Exchange, Alias/WaveFront Material, Cascaded Style Sheet, Hyper Text Markup Language, Customizeable text file. Import from following formats - Inkscape/Gimp Palette, Adobe Swatch Exchange, Customizeable text file.
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Color selector

Color Selector lets you choose color for your design needs. It has a palette with color presets, a sampling pipette, a color wheel and a color nameplate - all of which let you sample existing colors and develop a set of colors.
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gThumb

gThumb is an image viewer and browser written for the GNOME environment. It lets you browse your hard disk, showing you thumbnails of image files and view single images of many different formats. gThumb supports the most common graphics formats, including JPEG, GIF, TIF, and PNG. gThumb will also display other less common image types if the supporting libraries are installed, including TGA, ICO, BMP, XPM, and others. Some support for RAW image types is included, especially if the dcraw program is installed on your system.
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Gscan2pdf

A GUI to produce PDFs or DjVus from scanned documents.
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Inkscape

Inkscape is an open source, SVG-based vector drawing program. It is useful for drawing - Illustrations for the Web, Graphics for mobile phones, Simple line drawings, Cartoons, Complex works of art, Figures for articles and books, Organization charts. The file format that Inkscape uses is compact and quickly transmittable over the Internet. Yet it is powerful and can describe complex drawings that are scalable to any size. As part of HTML5, all major browsers support direct rendering of SVG.
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Pix

Pix is an image viewer and browser. It lets you browse your hard disk, showing you thumbnails of image files and view single images of many different formats. Pix supports the most common graphics formats, including JPG, GIF, TIF, PNG and WEBP. Pix will also display other less common image types if the supporting libraries are installed, including TGA, ICO, BMP, XPM, and others.
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Bird Font

Birdfont is an Open-Source font editor which lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, OTF, EOT and SVG fonts.
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Font Manager

The font manager lets you search for, brouse, view and compare fonts in different sizes.

Internet

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Chromium

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. It is a fully functional browser on its own and supplies the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser. Google Chrome has the following modules added - Integrated Adobe Flash Player, API keys for some Google services, The Widevine digital rights management module, Licensed codecs for the popular H.264 video and AAC audio formats, Tracking mechanisms for usage and crash reports.
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Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is an open-source web browser developed by The Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. Its sibling, Firefox for Android, is also available. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards.
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Opera

Opera is a Chromium-based browser using the Blink layout engine. It differentiates itself with a distinct user interface and other features. Opera has originated features later adopted by other web browsers, including Speed Dial, pop-up blocking, re-opening recently closed pages, private browsing, and tabbed browsing. Opera includes a bookmarks bar and a download manager. Opera also has "Speed Dial", which allows the user to add an unlimited number of pages shown in thumbnail form in a page displayed when a new tab is opened.
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Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. Vivaldi is a browser that has the features you need, a style that fits and values you can stand by.
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Google Earth

Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse. The program can also be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, using a touch screen or stylus to navigate. Users may use the program to add their own data using Keyhole Markup Language and upload them through various sources, such as forums or blogs. Google Earth is able to show various kinds of images overlaid on the surface of the earth and is also a Web Map Service client.
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FileZilla

FileZilla is a free software, cross-platform FTP application, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Both server and client support FTP and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS), while the client can in addition connect to SFTP servers.
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Telegram Desktop

Fast and secure desktop app, perfectly synced with your mobile phone. Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct. Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices. Telegram delivers messages faster than any other application. Telegram servers are spread worldwide for security and speed. Telegram has an open API and protocol free for everyone. Telegram is free forever.
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HexChat

XChat is an Internet Relay Chat client. It has a choice of a tabbed document interface or tree interface, support for multiple servers, and numerous configuration options. Both command-line and graphical versions are available.
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Signal desktop

Signal is a Private Messenger for Windows, Mac and Linux.
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Skype

Skype is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet. Skype also provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit text, video, audio and images.
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Thunderbird Mail

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, news client, RSS and chat client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy was modeled after that of the Mozilla Firefox web browser. It is installed by default on Ubuntu desktop systems.
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Transmission

Transmission is a BitTorrent client which features a variety of user interfaces on top of a cross-platform back-end. Transmission is free software licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, with parts under the MIT License.
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tor

Tor is free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication. The name is derived from an acronym for the original software project name "The Onion Router". Tor Browser isolates each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can't follow you. Any cookies automatically clear when you're done browsing. So will your browsing history. Tor Browser prevents someone watching your connection from knowing what websites you visit. All anyone monitoring your browsing habits can see is that you're using Tor.
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Team Viewer

TeamViewer is the world’s No.1 brand for remote connectivity solutions. TeamViewer allows you to support remote users or receive support from remote supporters.

Programming

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Bluefish Editor

Bluefish is an Open-Source software advanced text editor with a variety of tools for programming in general and the development of dynamic websites. Bluefish supports development in (among others) HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP, C, C++, JavaScript, Java, Google Go, Vala, Ada, D, SQL, Perl, ColdFusion, JSP, Python, Ruby and shell.
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Geany Editor

Geany is a powerful, stable and lightweight programmer's IDE/editor that provides tons of useful features without bogging down your workflow. Geany supports regex and has built-in support for more than 50 programming languages.
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Atom Editor

Atom is an open-source text and source code editor with support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies. Most of the extending packages have free software licenses and are community-built and maintained.
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XED Editor

The xed application enables you to create and edit text files. The aim of xed is to be a simple and easy to use text editor. More powerful features can be enabled with different plugins, allowing a variety of tasks related to text-editing.
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kdiff3

KDiff3 is a diff and merge program that compares or merges two or three text input files or directories, shows the differences line by line and character by character (!), provides an automatic merge-facility and an integrated editor for comfortable solving of merge-conflicts, supports Unicode, UTF-8 and other codecs, autodetection via byte-order-mark "BOM", supports KIO on KDE (allows accessing ftp, sftp, fish, smb etc.).
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PhpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a free and open source administration tool for MySQL and MariaDB. As a portable web application written primarily in PHP, it has become one of the most popular MySQL administration tools, especially for web hosting services.
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MC

Midnight Commander is an old and venerable file manager. Definitely, there are newer fancy GUI file managers, but MC remains very powerful and indispensable at times when you have a critical task at hand and you don't want to be distracted by fancy stuff.
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Vim

Vim is a highly configurable text editor for efficiently creating and changing any kind of text. It is included as "vi" with most UNIX systems and with Apple OS X.

Office

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Calibre

Calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. Users say it’s outstanding and a must-have. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.
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E-book Viewer

Calibre's ebook viewer allows you to view ebooks in all of the 22 input formats that calibre supports conversion from. These include CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ, and no, I did not make that up ;-) They are all existing ebook formats.
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E-book Editor

calibre has an integrated e-book editor that can be used to edit books in the EPUB and AZW3 (Kindle) formats. The editor shows you the HTML and CSS that is used internally inside the book files, with a live preview that updates as you make changes. It also contains various automated tools to perform common cleanup and fixing tasks.
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CherryTree

Cherrytree is an Open-Source hierarchical note-taking application - an outliner. It can store text, images, files, links, tables, and executable snippets of code. This application is under active development.
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Freeplane

Freeplane is a free, open source software application for creating CherryTreemind maps (diagrams of connections between ideas), and electronic outlines.
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Base

Libreoffice-Base is a full-featured desktop database front end (similar to MS Access), designed to meet the needs of a broad array of users. Base caters to power users and enterprise requirements, providing native-support drivers for some of the most widely employed multi-user database engines:- MySQL/MariaDB, Adabas D, MS Access and PostgreSQL.
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Calc

Libreoffice-Calc is the free spreadsheet program (similar to MS Excel) you've always needed. Newcomers find it intuitive and easy to learn, while professional data miners and number crunchers appreciate the comprehensive range of advanced functions.
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Draw

Libreoffice-Draw is a free and open source vector graphics editor (similar to MS Visio), that lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and diagrams.
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Impress

Libreoffice-Draw is the free presentation program (similar to MS PowerPoint), that lets you create and edit slides in a very versatile way thanks to different editing and view modes:-
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Math

Math is LibreOffice's formula editor, and can be invoked in your text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings, enabling you to insert perfectly formatted mathematical and scientific formulas. Your formulas can include a wide range of elements, from fractions, terms with exponents and indices, integrals, and mathematical functions, to inequalities, systems of equations, and matrices.
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Writer

LibreOffice Writer is the free and open-source word processor (similar to MS Word). Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing and desktop publishing tool.
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Simple Scan

Simple scan is a document scanning tool. Simple Scan works by using the SANE API to capture images. It chooses the settings it thinks are appropriate for what you are trying to do. Drivers have many options and are of differring quality.
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gImageReader

gImageReader - which is a front-end to tesseract-ocr, which has to be installed first - is a simple OCR tool. It supports over 100 languages.
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GoldenDict

GoldenDict is an open-source dictionary program that gives translations of words and phrases for different languages. It allows the use of several popular dictionary file formats simultaneously and without conversion. The project aims to create a feature-rich dictionary search program. Available languages:- En, Ch, De, Es, Fr, Gr, It, Ka, La, Ru, Tr, Uk etc. Searches Wikipedia, wictionary and other online resources.
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PDF Shuffler

Pdf Shuffler is a GUI tool for rearranging and modifying PDF files. You can merge or split pdf documents and rotate, crop and rearrange their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface.
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Xournal

Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is an Open-Source software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions) and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal or to other alternatives such as Jarnal and Gournal. Xournal can be used to annotate PDF files.
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Taskwarrior

Taskwarrior is an open-source, cross platform time and task management tool. It has a command-line interface rather than a graphical user interface.

SOUND and VIDEO

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Audacious

Audacious is an open source audio player. A descendant of XMMS, Audacious plays your music how you want it, without stealing away your computer’s resources from other tasks. Drag and drop folders and individual song files, search for artists and albums in your entire music library, or create and edit your own custom playlists. Listen to CD’s or stream music from the Internet.
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Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder. The interface is translated into many languages. You can use Audacity to:- Record live audio, Record computer playback, Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files, AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries, Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
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Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox is a free and open-source audio player that plays and helps organize digital audio files.[1] Rhythmbox is designed to work well under the GNOME desktop using the GStreamer media framework, however it can function on desktop environments other than GNOME.
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Audio Recorder

Audio Recorder is a free audio-recorder for Linux. This amazing program allows you to record your favourite music and audio to a file. It can record audio from your system's sound card, microphones, browsers, webcams & more.
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Cheese

Cheese is a webcam application that lets you take photos and record videos using your webcam. You can take multiple photos in quick succession using the Burst mode and apply special Effects to add a personal touch to them.
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EasyTAG

EasyTAG is a comprehensive tag editor for FLAC, Monkey's Audio, MP2, MP3, MP4/AAC, MusePack, Ogg Opus, Ogg Speex, Ogg Vorbis and WavPack audio files.
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FF Multi Converter

FF Multi Converter is a simple graphical application for Linux which enables you to convert audio, video, image and document files between all popular formats, by utilizing other command-line tools. It uses FFmpeg for audio/video files, the ImageMagick software suite for image conversions and unoconv for document files.
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HandBrake

HandBrake is a GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder. HandBrake takes videos you already have and makes new ones that work on your mobile phone, tablet, TV media player, game console, computer, or web browser—nearly anything that supports modern video formats.
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Kazam

Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format.
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Media Player

The Media Player application is a movie player based on the GStreamer framework and xine library, and enables you to play movies or songs.
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Sound Converter

SoundConverter is the leading audio file converter for the GNOME Desktop. It reads anything GStreamer can read (Ogg Vorbis, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, AVI, MPEG, MOV, M4A, AC3, DTS, ALAC, MPC, Shorten, APE, SID, MOD, XM, S3M, etc...), and writes to Opus, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 files, or use any GNOME Audio Profile.
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OpenShot Editor

OpenShot is an award-winning video editor that is easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful. You can use our powerful animation framework to fade, slide, bounce, and animate anything in your video project. Quickly trim down your videos, and find those perfect moments. OpenShot has many easy ways to cut your video. Add as many layers as you need for watermarks, background videos, audio tracks, and more.
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Sound Juicer

Sound Juicer is a GTK-based graphical front-end (GUI) for the cdparanoia CD ripping library. It allows the user to extract audio tracks from audio discs and convert them into audio files that a personal computer or digital audio player can play. It supports ripping to any audio codec supported by a GStreamer plugin, such as mp3 (via LAME), Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and uncompressed PCM formats. Versions after 2.12 implement CD playing capability. Last versions produce lossy formats with default gstreamer settings only (VBR 128kbit/s only for mp3).
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MOC

MOC - Music on Console - is a console audio player for LINUX/UNIX designed to be powerful and easy to use. You just need to select a file from some directory using the menu similar to Midnight Commander, and MOC will start playing all files in this directory beginning from the chosen file. However you can create a playlist, save it as an m3u file and load it whenever you want. Internet radio streams (Icecast, Shoutcast) are supported.
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VLC player

VLC media player is a FREE and Open Source Software Media Player. Features that make VLC the preferred media player for a lot of people are its excellent support for various Audio and Video codecs, the fact that it's cross platform and the open way of development.
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MPV player

MPV media player is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more. MPV has an OpenGL based video output that is capable of many features loved by videophiles, such as video scaling with popular high quality algorithms, color management, frame timing, interpolation, HDR, and more.

Administration

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Backup Tool

Backup tool enables you to bakcup your home directory and your installed packages. It saves all your files into a tar archive. When restoring a backup, files are restored in the exact same place they were before, with their original permissions and timestamps.
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Driver Manager

One of the first things to do after installing Linux Mint is to check for required and available third party hardware drivers. Most of the time you will not need that, because your hardware drivers will be loaded automatically. Driver Manager provides third party hardware drivers, such as Intel, nVidia, ATI, Broadcom etc.
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Login Window

Login Window enables a user to set background, theme, other graphical options, allow or disallow guest sessions or automatic login and determine other login parameters for different users.
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Network Tool

The Network Administration Tool allows you to specify the way your system connects to other computers and/or internet using wired and/or Wi-Fi connections.
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Printers

This is a graphical tool for CUPS (the standards-based, open source printing system) administration. It uses IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) to configure a CUPS server. Troubleshooting master is included.
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Software Manager

Software Manager is a GUI application for package management. It connects to its repositories and offers a few thousands of packages for download and installation. Each offering includes user ranking, app description and optionally some screenshots. There are about 60,000 applications available.
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Software Sources

Software Sources are various repositories, located in different countries. The Software Sources app ranks the sources by their download speed and enables a user to choose the fastest one.
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Synaptic

The Synaptic Package Manager enables you to install software onto your computer and to manage the software, that is already installed. The software is bundled in so called packages. A single application can even exist of several packages:= e.g. the Mozilla Internet Suite is packaged to mozilla-browser, that contains the actual browser, and mozilla-mail, that contains the mail client (this example refers to Debian GNU/Linux and can be different on your distribution)
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System Reports

System Reports' goal is to generate reports when software crashes occur, and to show information relevant to your computer and your environment. When a crash occurs, information is gathered and a crash report is generated.
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Time and Date

The Time Administration Tool allows you to set the time, date and timezone of your system, as well as setting any time server to synchronize your local time server.
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Update Manager

The Update Manager provides your operating system with software and security updates. Updates are important because they keep your computer safe, eliminate bugs and can even add new features to your operating system. Unfortunately they also sometimes introduce new issues called 'regressions', which can break things which worked well before.
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Users and Groups

The Users Administration Tool allows you add, delete and modify the existing users and groups in your system.

System Tools

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Disk Analyzer

Disk Usage Analyzer is a graphical, menu-driven application to analyse disk usage in any Mate environment. Disk Usage Analyzer can easily scan either the whole filesystem tree, or a specific user-requested directory branch (local or remote).
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File Manager

The Caja file manager provides a simple and integrated way to manage your files and applications. You can use the file manager to do the following:= Create folders and documents, Display your files and folders, Search and manage your files, Run scripts and launch applications, Customize the appearance of files and folders, Open special locations on your computer, Write data to a CD or DVD, Install and remove fonts, The file manager lets you organize your files into folders. Folders can contain files and may also contain other folders. Using folders can help you find your files more easily.
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FSlint Janitor

Over time, a filesystem accumulates a lot of useless items. FSlint is a nifty little tool that helps you clean your filesystem by pointing out junk in the form of empty directories, corrupt symlinks, files with bad names, duplicate and temp files, and more.
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GParted

The gparted application is the GNOME Partition Editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions. A disk device can be subdivided into one or more partitions. The gparted application enables you to change the partition organization on a disk device while preserving the contents of the partition.
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Htop

htop is an interactive system-monitor process-viewer and process-manager. It shows a frequently updated list of the processes running on a computer, normally ordered by the amount of CPU usage. Unlike top, htop provides a full list of processes running, instead of the top resource-consuming processes. htop uses color and gives visual information about processor, swap and memory status. htop can also display the processes as a tree.
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Log File Viewer

System Log Viewer is a graphical, menu-driven viewer that you can use to view and monitor your system logs. System Log Viewer comes with a few functions that can help you manage your logs, including a log monitor and log statistics display.
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System Monitor

The System Monitor application enables you to display basic system information and monitor system processes, usage of system resources, and file systems. You can also use System Monitor to modify the behavior of your system.
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Hardware Sensors

Sensors Applet provides a convenient way to monitor the health of your computer in a simple display on your desktop.
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Hardinfo

HardInfo is a system profiler and benchmark for Linux systems. It is able to obtain information from both hardware and basic software, and organize them in a simple to use GUI. Generates report, synchronizes benchmark results, explores the information on remote computers.
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Terminal

Terminal is an application that you can use to access a UNIX shell in the MATE environment. A shell is a program that interprets and executes the commands that you type at a command line prompt. When you start MATE Terminal, the application starts the default shell that is specified in your system account. You can switch to a different shell at any time.
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VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. It installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers and extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time.
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Phoronix Test

The Phoronix Test Suite makes the process of carrying out automated tests incredibly simple. As long as you have PHP installed, in most instances it is just a matter of running a command like phoronix-test-suite benchmark unigine-valley, and the Phoronix Test Suite will take care of the rest from dependency management to test installation, execution, and result aggregation.
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Timeshift

Timeshift is the perfect companion to the Linux Mint Backup Tool - it makes system snapshots. System snapshots are backups of the operating system. You deleted system files by mistake? You can recover them. You upgraded to a newer release and something isn't working well anymore? You can go back in time.

Preferences

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About Me

About Me is a control center applet to set user information.
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Appearance

The Appearance preference tool lets you configure various aspects of how your desktop looks - Theme, Desktop Background, Fonts, User Interface, Theme Preferences, Desktop Background Preferences, Font Preferences, Interface Preferences
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Bluetooth

Linux Mint has a Bluetooth Applet, which is very simple, because it is not bloated with anything not immediately needed for using bluetooth. However when it comes to things indeed needed for pairing, or extablishing a connection, or using it conveniently - it has all the features there exist.
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Assistive Tech

Use the Assistive Technologies preference tool to enable assistive technologies in MATE Desktop. You can also use the Assistive Technology preference tool to open other preference tools which contain preferences related to assistive technologies.
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CompizConfig

Compiz Config Settings Manager is a configuration tool that lets you configure the backend, prifile and other internal settings of the operation system.
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Desktop Settings

Desktop Settings lets you choose a window manager. Window manager is responsible for:= Windows borders, Title bars and window buttons, Window events (moving, resizing, focusing windows), Compositing (shadows, animations, effects, GPU rendering)
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Disks manager

You can use Disks to view, modify and configure disks and media - Adjust the size of a filesystem, Shrink or grow a filesystem and its partition, Check how much disk space is left, Use Disk Usage Analyzer or System Monitor to check space and capacity.
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Displays

Displays box shows connected monitors and lets you set your Monitor Preferences - Primary Monitor, Resolution, Refresh rate, Orientation etc.
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File Management

You can specify a default view, behavior, display, list column, preview and media preferences for the File Manager.
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Firewall

Firewall Configuration box sets your preferences for Uncomplicated Firewall. Traffic into or out of a computer is filtered through \ports,\ which are relatively arbitrary designations appended to traffic packets destined for use by a particular application.
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Input method

Input methods are used to write symbols and characters which are not present on the keyboard. They are useful to write in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese etc.
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Keyboard

Keyboard Preferences box has tabs, in which it enables you to set your general preferences, add/remove layouts, set accessibility keys, mouse keys and typing breaks.
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Shortcuts

Use the Keyboard Shortcuts preference tool to customize the default keyboard shortcuts to your requirements. A keyboard shortcut is a combination of keys that provides an alternative to standard ways of performing an action.
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Languages

Languages box enables you to set Interface Language and System Locale - including Region, Country, City, Date and Time, Numbers, Currency, Measurement units etc.
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Menu Editor

You can modify the contents (submenus) of the following menus:= Applications, Internet, Accessories, Education, Games, Graphics, Office, Programming, Sound and Video, System Tools, Preferences, Administration etc.
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Mouse

With the Mouse preference tool you can configure your mouse for right- or left-hand use, specify the speed and sensitivity of mouse movement, configure mouse accessibility features.
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Network Proxy

The Network Proxy Preferences enables you to configure how your system connects to the Internet. You can configure the MATE Desktop to connect to a proxy server, and specify the details of the proxy server. A proxy server is a server that intercepts requests to another server, and fulfills the request itself, if it can. You can enter the domain name or the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the proxy server. A domain name is a unique alphabetic identifier for a computer on a network. An IP address is a unique numeric identifier for a computer on a network.
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Onboard Settings

Onboard Settings enables a user to set preferences for the onscreen keyboard. Preferences are divided into General - Window - Layout - Theme - Snippets - Keyboard - Auto-show - Typing Assistance - Universal Access tabs.
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Sound

Sound Settings tool enables a user to configure settings in System Sounds, Hardware, Input and Output tabs.
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Notifications

Popup Notifications lets a user to configure a theme and position of the Popup Notifications.
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Power Settings

The preferences window allows you to control:= The LCD brightness when on AC and battery power, The idle time for the screen power-down and suspend action, The actions to perform when the laptop lid is closed, The notification area icon policy
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Preferred Apps

Preferred Applications is a preference tool to specify the applications that you want the MATE Desktop to use when it starts a job for you.
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Screensaver

Screensaver displays moving images on your screen when your computer is not being used. Screensavers also help prevent older monitors being damaged by the same image being displayed for long periods of time. To stop the screensaver and return to the desktop, move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard.
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Shared Folders

Shared Folders box lets you configure which folders are available for your network neighborhood
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Startup Apps

The Startup Applications Preference tool allows you to define which programs are started automatically when you log in. It has two tabs, the Startup Programs tab and the Options tab.
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Welcome Screen

The Linux Mint Welcome Screen will meet you at your login and guide you through your first steps, show you how to find help and where to get more information about Linux Mint.
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Windows

Windows preference tool allows you to customize window behavior for the MATE Desktop, e.g. whether you want to Select windows when the mouse moves over them, Give focus to a window when you point to the window, Raise selected windows after an interval, etc.

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