You’ve probably heard of Ubuntu already. But if you haven’t, it’s a free upgrade for your PC or netbook’s operating system, that makes it faster and easier to use and basically immune to viruses. You can check it out at ubuntu.com, and if you can’t burn a CD (or don’t have a fast enough connection to download Ubuntu) you can have them mail you a free CD at shipit.ubuntu.com.
Anyway, Ubuntu comes with a ton of free apps and games, and lets you install more through the Ubuntu Software Centre — sort of like the iTunes App Store for your computer. But while there are thousands of free Ubuntu apps in the Software Centre, there are still a few that I wish someone would make. Here’s my wishlist … and once you’re done reading it, scroll down to the comments section and post yours as well!
An Ubuntu icon browser app
Who it’s for: People who like customizing their desktops (or think shiny icons are neat)
There are a ton of great icon themes for Ubuntu, like Elementary and Faenza. But while they cover most apps, they often don’t have a good icon for that one app I really love. Changing around icons manually is tedious, and I’d really love it if there was an easy way to do this.
Ideally it’d work like the Font Manager already in Ubuntu, and would let you “bookmark” your favorite icons and easily swap in replacements for icons you didn’t like.
An Ubuntu word processor app that’s made for writers
Who it’s for: Anyone who wishes they had Scrivener
If you actually write for a living, you know that OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Word are horrible ways to get writing done. They have too many distractions, and their features were designed to help businesspeople and academics fit their writing into bureaucracies, instead of to help writers put words on the screen.
My favorite word processor right now is AbiWord, and it works for Windows and Mac OS X as well as Ubuntu. It’s very lightweight, and has a distraction-free fullscreen mode that I love. If I want to keep notes for my writing projects, though, I need to have Tomboy Notes open in a separate window, plus pictures (if needed) in Firefox.
There’s a Mac app called Scrivener that puts writing, notetaking and outlining all in one app, and I’d love it if there was an Ubuntu app like that, especially for when I work on big projects.
A good Dreamwidth / LiveJournal app for Ubuntu
Who it’s for: Anyone who uses Dreamwidth or LiveJournal
I’ve used apps like Logjam and Drivel to post to my Dreamwidth journal, but they all have something I don’t like about them, and their development doesn’t keep pace with Dreamwidth’s. A more usable Dreamwidth app for Ubuntu would be welcome, with bonus points if I could access my Reading List from it.
To keep up with the latest and greatest Ubuntu apps, I stay subscribed to the OMG! Ubuntu! blog. It seems like every day they’ve got a new theme, icon set or app to play with. I haven’t seen anything like what I posted here about, though … so the Ubuntu programmers clearly have some work to do!
What Ubuntu apps would you like to see? Scroll down and leave a comment … and whatever they are, I hope you get to have fun with them!