10 Free Productivity Tools for Linux

Common wisdom says that Linux lacks applications. Fortunately, the common wisdom is dead wrong on this, especially when it comes to productivity applications. Finding the applications, though, can be a challenge — so I’ve put together a list of 10 great, and free, productivity apps for the Linux desktop.

Now, when I refer to “productivity tools,” I’m talking about tools that go with time management, calendaring, note-taking, task-management and office tools. If you haven’t been on Linux very long, you might not realize what a wide selection and variety of tools you have to choose from. This is by no means a fully exhaustive list, but a selection of tools for the Linux desktop that I’ve found useful over the years.

Most Linux users have already discovered basic office tools via OpenOffice.org, KOffice, Gnumeric, and/or AbiWord for producing basic office documents — so I won’t cover word processors and spreadsheets here. This is all about productivity utilities to fill out your personal toolbox. Let’s get started with one of my personal favorites, Tomboy.

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