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Linux offers a vast collection of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It is the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out as a productive environment. A good utility cooperates with other applications, integrating seamlessly.
When referring to productivity tools, we do not mean the main applications that you use. Enhancing productivity is concerned with ways of helping an individual make more effective use of their office suite, web browser, email client, design tools, groupware applications, programming environments, etc.
Lean tools that focus on a single productivity enhancing activity can make an enormous difference to the way time is spent. Bloated, complex productivity tools tend to only slow you down, and complex solutions require too much maintenance.
The applications featured in this article genuinely make a real difference to boosting productivity, well at least in our experience. All of these tools are very small utilities. All have one outstanding attribute, they markedly improve getting the important things done in life and work. Change the way you work by experimenting with these indispensable open source utilities. Each of them saves time, energy, and boost productivity.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 productivity boosting utilities. We are confident that each of these tools can dramatically improve the way you use your Linux box.
Now, let’s explore the 7 utilities at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Utilities to Boost Productivity|
|Easystroke||Highly configurable gesture-recognition application|
|Nitro Tasks||Get stuff done with Nitro|
|Docky||Elegant, powerful, clean dock|
|Wakeup||Fully customizable and extensible talking alarm clock|
|Kazam||Screencast and screenshot application created with design in mind|
|Autokey||Desktop automation utility|
|Diodon||GTK+ Clipboard manager|
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There's tons of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle and Autodesk. There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.