10 Portable Apps Every Linux User Should Use

10 Portable Apps Every Linux User Should Use


Hi this is Phil from Make Tech Easier and
welcome to 11 Portable Apps Every Linux User Should Use. Not many people talk
about portable apps but they’re a fine invention. The ability to open any
program on any PC without the need to install it is extremely handy, especially
if you do a lot of traveling for work and find yourself bouncing from one
computer to another. In this video we’ll go over some of the best portable Linux
app to take with you from secure internet browsing, to e-books, graphic
editing and even voice chat. Note: a lot of the portable apps in this article are
traditional apps made portable thanks to AppImage technology. AppImage makes it
possible to run an app instantly from anywhere without the need to install.
Learn more in the link below. Mozilla Firefox. Linux and Firefox go
together like fire and . . . foxes. Mozilla’s excellent browser may have lost a lot of
ground to Chrome in recent years but it’s still one of the fastest browsers
out there supported by countless extensions and add-ons. Having it in your
portable repertoire is a must. The great thing is that even when you’re opening
the portable version you can sign in to your Firefox accounts and sync it with
all your existing bookmarks, extensions and so on. Telegram. Telegram is a
well-known secure messaging application for mobile and desktop operating systems.
Its main claim to fame is its ability to keep users messages pictures videos and
voice messages encrypted and secure. Additionally Telegram has the added
benefit of a built-in two-factor authentication, bot support, sticker
support etc. Features aside Telegram is well loved in the Linus community for
having a first-class desktop client. No web interfaces here. The best part is
when users download the Telegram client from
telegram.org they don’t get a DEB or a RPM file that needs to be installed to the system.
Instead they get two binaries: the client and the updater. These binaries can be
run entirely independant of the system, from anywhere, at any time.
This makes the Telegram client a perfect fit for a portable flash drive.
Wire. Like Telegram, Wire is an end-to-end encrypted messenger.
Unlike Telegram it supports voice calls, making it a great all-around secure
Skype replacement complete with messaging voice and multimedia support.
What’s even better is that this client is totally open-source and distributed
by AppImage. For those that don’t know, AppImage is a technology that takes
programs and makes them able to run anywhere much like an EXE on Windows.
This concept is perfect for an encrypted chat client. Having Wire on a flash drive,
completely portable, means that no matter which Linux PC you’re on you’ll be able
to send a secure instant message or voice call. Tor Browser Bundle. Privacy is
a big thing for Linux users as often times many come to the platform to avoid
having big companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple spy on what they do on
their operating systems. With Tor, privacy can be taken to another level. By using
this network you’ll be able to have an extra layer of security. This is because
the Tor browser goes through nodes and obfuscates traffic. The good news is that
the Tor browser bundle, all the software to access and browse .onion web sites,
is entirely portable and works great from a USB device. This is because
everything the browser needs to function is bundled with it; libraries binaries
and all. For those looking for security on-the-go the bundle is a great addition.
Calibre. Calibre is an e-book app that works on Linux as well as other
platforms. With it users can easily read multiple types of
eBook formats. Normally users will need to install this reader app via a
traditional package, repository or otherwise. Luckily there is a Linux portable version via an AppImage. Download it from the link below and
place the Calibre app on a flash drive along with the collection of ebook files
to easily read on the go. GIMP. When it comes to editing images on Linux,
there’s really only one choice, GIMP. For years GIMP has been readily available on
all Linux distributions directly from the repository. Still, what if you wanted
to run GIMP in an instant on any Linux distribution with its own settings? It’s
now possible to do just that with the power of AppImage the infamous image
editing program becomes portable. Download it from the link below and
place the file on your flash drive. Soon after no matter what PC you’re on
you’ll be able to easily run GIMP and manipulate images. Geany. There are many
different types of development IDEs on the Linux platform. There’s the
traditional text editors such as Gedit, Kate or Mousepad; alternatively there
are more advanced text editors like Vim and Emacs. All of these are great but the
ability to place it on a flash drive and make it portable is uncertain.
Fortunately there is Geany, a lightweight fully featured developer environment.
Features include autocomplete, collapsible lines, run-dialog etc.
Additionally unlike most IDEs it’s not dependent on any desktop environment.
This means no matter of Geany is on KDE or Gnome it’ll look like it belongs.
Download the AppImage below. Mumble. Mumble is a group voice client/server
tool for Linux, Mac and Windows. It’s primarily used for gaming as it makes it
very easy to set up rooms where friends can get together, chat and have fun
together. However many on Linux use it for general voice chat as well. For the most
part when using the Mumble client users will need to install it to Linux by the
package manager. This means that it can be very hard
take you with you on-the-go. Fortunately there is an AppImage of Mumble. This is
great news as it means accessing Mumble voice rooms on-the-go is easier than
ever and a great addition to anyone’s portable USB. Slack. In 2016 the market
for workplace instant messaging clients absolutely exploded. There’s There’s RocketChat, MatterMost, HipChat and others. All of these different chat clients make it
easy for employees and members of the team to collaborate. The most popular one
is a proprietary tool named Slack. By default Slack is only distributed by
either a Debian or Fedora package file. However like most of the
apps on this list it has a portable version. Now it’s possible to get
together with your team and get work done on the go regardless of the Linux
PC it runs from. Download it in the link below.
VLC. Need to play a video file on the go? Don’t have time to open the package
manager and install VLC? Why not download the portable version and use that
instead. Those who like to keep movies and other types of video files on flash
drive for portability should look into this version of the famous video player. Etcher.
Although it might sound kinda pointless to have a USB imaging tool on a portable
flash drive it’s a good idea, especially if you routinely use other computers.
When you need to quickly make a bootable USB stick, being able to get a bootable
USB / SD card without the need to install software is very handy.
Etcher is distributed by AppImage so all the user needs to do is download it and
double-click it to run. This makes it very portable and it can easily run from
a USB, SD card or from any folder on any Linux PC. If you routinely find yourself
making bootable USB sticks, Etcher is one to consider. Conclusion. Having apps that can
run anywhere means users are no longer tethered to the system and its package
management tools. Users are free to use their favorite applications how and
where they want. Additionally, because portable apps can run right away, getting a
new system up and running is way faster and much easier. As Linus gains more and
more portable apps the freedom to compute anywhere will
only gain more and more popularity. What’s your favorite portable apps? Tell us
below. Okay as always thanks for watching and please subscribe and add your
comments below. See you next time!

5 thoughts on “10 Portable Apps Every Linux User Should Use

  1. Little flaw in your title. Why should every Linux user use Geany? Are you saying that only coders should use Linux?

  2. "Slack" is an acronym for "Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge". Is it a secured log, or is it corporate spyware?

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