You may be enjoying the free & open source operating system, but the programs are what you'll be working with the most. This article serves as a collection of strategies & resources for you to find your next favorite set of apps.
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1. Use The Application Store
The easiest way to find applications would be to use the built-in application store. For most operating systems you can simply press the Windows / Meta key and get a look at the featured programs in the OS specific repository.
Pop!_OS: Pop Shop
KDE Neon: Discover
Linux Mint: Software Manager
2. Search or Look At The Ubuntu Repository
The three operating systems we recommended (KDE Neon, Pop!_OS, and Linux Mint) are pre-configured to download from Ubuntu's software repository, which contains thousands of different programs that are optimized and tested for Ubuntu based systems.
Since we are using an operating system based on Ubuntu 21.04, we will have access to the entire package (program) archive.
Here's all the packages available in Ubuntu, grouped by sections
3. Search through the AppImage Hub
AppImages are a breeze to work with, and you can find up to a thousand AppImage applications on AppImageHub.
4. Search through Flathub
Flatpak applications are also incredibly easy to install, and you can find thousands of applications and install them with one command on Flathub, the official Flatpak repository.
5. Search For Your Favorite Applications Online
With the rising popularity of Linux, chances are the applications you use everyday are available on Linux. Although we recommend you stick to free & open-source applications, there is also plenty of proprietary applications available (Google Chrome, Spotify, Skype). The level of data collection cannot be verified for any of these proprietary applications.
You can start by searching your favorite application on a search engine and see if it is available for Linux.
Typically, the Linux installer would be on the downloads page for the application. Be sure to pay extra attention to the installation format (.AppImage, .deb). Read our article on installing applications for more information.
6. Search For Alternatives
If you're unable to find your favorite application on Linux, then you may be able to find an even better alternative.
AlternativeTo is a great resource, simply plug in the name of an application you want an alternative to, and then filter by the Linux Platform and an open-source license.
7. Application Catalogs
Here are some linsk to application catalogs, containing both proprietary and FOSS applications.
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