Some weeks ago, a PhD student asked me what operating system was the best for doing his thesis. My response was that any operating system was good as we could find the required software to develop his doctoral thesis in MS Windows, MacOSX, ChromeOS, and Linux. After that, I decided to create several posts with a list of all the software that a PhD student needs to develop his/her research depending on the operating system. Today we’re starting with Linux.


Editors & Managers
  • Office Suite: LibreOffice and Calligra
  • Professional Text Editor: Abiword
  • Plain Text Editor: gedit and kate
  • Latex editor: Tex Live and Texmaker or TexStudio
  • Code Editor: Sublime
  • PDF Editor: Foxit Reader and Evince or Okular
  • Reference Manager: Mendeley
Editors of Images, sound and video
  • Image Editor: Gimp
  • Vectorial Images Editor: Inkscape and Skencil
  • Diagram Editor: DIA
  • Music Manager: Banshee (full) and Audacious (plain)
  • Video Player: VLC player
  • Music and Video Editor: Audicity and Avidemux & Dvd::rip and Openshot
  • Notebook: Everpad (Evernote)
  • Project Manager: Planner
  • Task Manager: Wunderlist
Internet and communication
  • Web Browser: Chrome
  • Email Manager: Thunderbird (with google extensions)
  • News Manager: Liferea and Akregator
  • FTP Manager: Filezilla
  • Downloads Manager: Transmission and Jdownloader
  • Communication: Skype (video), Pidgin (google talk), Hotot (Twitter)
  • Data Analysis: R and RStudio
Files Manager
  • Storing Files in the Cloud: Dropbox and GoogleDrive
  • Password Manager: Revelation and KeePassX
  • Backups: Back in time

With all this, you will have no problem to make your doctoral thesis. In following posts, we will discuss in more detail some of them.