Canonical Looking for user input on software selection for Ubuntu

Mike Turcotte-McCusker
Jul 28, 2017

Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution is one of the, if not THE, most popular distributions of any GNU/Linux systems available; and now the company is looking for input from the masses on what software should be included in Ubuntu 18.04.

The next long-term support release of the popular GNU/Linux operating system from Canonical is scheduled for April 2018, and will feature a number of changes; most notable is the switch from the Unity desktop environment and the return to GNOME.

However, Dustin Kirkland, product manager for the Ubuntu Linux distribution wrote in a blog post,  (( "We’re looking to crowdsource input on your favorite Linux applications across a broad set of classic desktop functionality."

ubuntu default apps

Kirkland went on to say, "We invite you to contribute by listing the applications you find most useful in Linux in order of preference. To help us parse your input, please copy and paste the following bullets with your preferred apps in Linux desktop environments. You’re welcome to suggest multiple apps, please just order them prioritized (e.g. Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Chromium).

If some of your functionality has moved entirely to the web, please note that too (e.g. Email Client: Gmail web, Office Suite: Office360 web). If the software isn’t free/open source, please note that (e.g. Music Player: Spotify client non-free).

If I’ve missed a category, please add it in the same format. If your favorites aren’t packaged for Ubuntu yet, please let us know, as we’re creating hundreds of new snap packages for Ubuntu desktop applications, and we’re keen to learn what key snaps we’re missing."

The bullet list is as follows:

  • Web Browser:
  • Email Client:
  • Terminal:
  • IDE:
  • File manager:
  • Basic Text Editor:
  • IRC/Messaging Client:
  • PDF Reader:
  • Office Suite:
  • Calendar:
  • Video Player:
  • Music Player:
  • Photo Viewer:
  • Screen recording:

So, just as with the LibreOffice mascot design contest, the public once again has the chance to shape the face of a major product in the GNU/Linux world. If you have ever installed a GNU/Linux distribution and been unhappy about the standard applications chosen; this is your opportunity!

As well, there are many pieces of software out there that many people may not have heard of that could potentially serve better than their more popular counterparts, and this is a great opportunity for light to shine on these products.

Kirkland ended his post by saying, "In the interest of opening this survey as widely as possible, we’ve cross-posted this thread to HackerNews, Reddit, and Slashdot. We very much look forward to another friendly, energetic, collaborative discussion.

Or, you can fill out the survey here:"

So, to give your input you can either post a comment on the three above mentioned websites, or you can fill out the survey!

Now You: What applications / programs would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Supergirl said on August 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I wish they would install MUCH less stuff.

    I have never used IRC OFFICE-anything SUITE or desktop recorder.
    If I need a terminal Iwill DL one or use a better distro…LoL

    I have nearly 50 Prgs I did NOT download & ..DO NOT WANT.. on my laptop..

    I wish the ISOs were small enuff for a CD..with ONLY essential OS stuff included.

    All together now..

    ..DO NOT WANT..
    ..DO NOT WANT..
    ..DO NOT WANT.. LoL

  2. Penguinista said on July 29, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    >”GNU/Linux operating system”

    I’ve seen this in a couple of the pieces on Linux lately.

    See my line above “Linux.” NOT GNU anything!

    Linux, or Ubuntu Linux, or Red Hat Linux, or OpenSUSE Linux, or Linux Mint.

    There is NO GNU to it. If and when the FSF releases HURD or what ever it is, or they release a Linux THEN it would can be GNU/Linux.

    Please do not perpetuate these bad terms, see “free” above as well.

    1. Mike Turcotte said on July 30, 2017 at 12:47 am

      Linux is just the kernel. Linux is not the operating system.

      GNU, is the operating system.

      To quote Richard Stallman,

      ” Linux was not designed with the goal of liberating cyberspace, and the motives for Linux would not have given us the whole GNU/Linux system. Today tens of millions of users are using an operating system that was developed so they could have freedom, but they don’t know this, because they think the system is Linux and that it was developed by a student “just for fun’.”

      It’s a debate that will span on for years to come, but I prefer to refer when typing to the system as GNU/Linux because simply referring to it as “Linux” seems wrong to me, given that Linux is simply just the Kernel.

      1. Penguinista said on July 31, 2017 at 6:14 pm

        No, that is just a bunch of hogwash!

        Linux is not the kernel! Regardless of what Linus or any one else espouses!

        What is that kernel going to do for you? NOT MUCH!

        Linux is a OS which is comprised of many things, a bootloader that boots that kernel, when the BIOS tells it to go to 0,0,1. The MBR record tells the BIOS what to load. We can break that down to FSBL and SSBL, but, its not needed here. The boot process gets into a lot of minutiae quickly.

        Then to do much of anything after the loading of a kernel you will need a shell, that provides things like cp, mv, etc..

        IF Linux is on the kernel, what can that kernel do? Singularly? Not much, in the terms that a normal average PC user cares about.

        Now all those pretty GUI’s and things, that is part and parcel of some sort of DE and X. Be it KDE or what ever.

        LINUX = OS != kernel only.

        The kernel is a big part of Linux, but its not the WHOLE PACKAGE.

        When FSF releases their Linux or what ever it is HURD is supposed to be, then they can prefix it with GNU/ BS all they want.

        This debate like many others will continue, due to ad hoc corruption of norms. It is LINUX, period.

  3. DarkStar said on July 29, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Web Browser: Chromium
    Email Client:Thunderbird
    Terminal: Gnome-Terminal
    DE: Dont Care what one
    File manager: Nemo
    Basic Text Editor: Gedit
    IRC/Messaging Client: Hexchat
    PDF Reader: Dont Care What One
    Office Suite: LibbreOffice
    Calendar: Gnome Calenda
    Video Player: VLC
    Music Player: Audacious
    Photo Viewer: Dont Care What One
    Screen recording: Dont Care What One

  4. Mark Hazard said on July 28, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I had to remove Vivaldi from Ubuntu 16.04 since it was causing problems. The error message said it was non-free and not part of Ubuntu software.

  5. dmacleo said on July 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    evolution mail has come a LONG way lately and with ews plugin works pretty well against exchange mail servers.
    I just don’t care enough about ubuntu to bother mentioning it there.

  6. TianlanSha said on July 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    They should help promote Vivaldi and in turn help Vivaldi developers improve their browser and make it more tolerable. The second browser should be Chrome, it’s obvious that Chrome and blink-based browsers won The Browser War, like it or not and Chrome is the most web-compatible browser out there, also the fastest.

  7. Marcin said on July 28, 2017 at 10:46 am

    The example used for the introduction is wrong : Vivaldi is totally free, but not fully open-source.

    Good start from Ubuntu team…

    1. Sam said on July 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      ‘Free’ in that context is referring to freedom, rather than price. See for some info on this.

      1. Penguinista said on July 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

        >”‘Free’ in that context is referring to freedom, rather than price. See for some info on this.”

        Please do not perpetuate these problematic terms.

        Free = NO COST. Period. If you put this to the standard SCOTUS Man in a hurry test, then FREE = NO COST.

        And quite honestly 99.99999999999999% of PC users could care less about source code or any of that. They just want software and to get on with things. I use all kinds of free software, from Linux to VMWare to

        This along with the wrong GNU/ prefix on stuff is just causing more problems to LINUX, than needed.

      2. Marcin said on July 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm

        Wooops :/ Sorry.
        Next time I’ll keep silent, I think.
        Thank you for the link.

  8. Anonymous said on July 28, 2017 at 9:17 am

    “Please.. please.. please”.. “note that we do not use telemetry”.

    Photoshop as Graphic Editor.

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