Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was released recently and I did my usual and clean installed it instead of trying to upgrade from 18.04 LTS, realize that something's shagged and then clean install anyway.

The problem for me with clean installing is that I use several apps that are not included with a default Ubuntu install. This means that I get the opportunity to hand pick the exact apps that I need to make my Ubuntu system work for me.

All apps that I list below are either in the Ubuntu app store unless specified. I'll also include the relevant terminal installation command if that's what you prefer using. This is a short list, in no particular order, of my favorite apps for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is the go to app for the majority of streamers. It's free, highly customizable and not too difficult to use. I use it on my two-PC streaming setup and it works exactly the way I want it to. Only issue is that the version of OBS Studio that's available via the Ubuntu app store refuses to "see" the NDI plugin I use for my two-PC setup but the easy fix for this is detailed in another upcoming article.

OBS Studio
sudo snap install obs-studio

Discord

Reliable and clear voice communication is critical for team gaming and I use Discord for all the games that I play. It's free, very simple to install and setup and works on the majority of desktop and mobile platforms.

Discord
sudo snap install discord

Mailspring

I use Mailspring instead of the default Thunderbird email client on Ubuntu. It has a very clean design and does the basics well. The standard version is free but the Pro version is also available for a monthly fee. I don't need any of the pro features so the free version is perfect for me.

Mailspring
sudo snap install mailspring

Planner

A personal task manager is very important for me since I tend to be scatter brained and forgetful at the best of times. Planner is a free app that helps me plan my schedule despite my best efforts at being lazy. It's not available in the Ubuntu app store but is easily installed following the instructions on the Planner website.

Telegram

I use Telegram a lot instead of WhatsApp for a variety of reasons. I closed my Facebook account recently and would love to get rid of WhatsApp completely but that's easier said than done. Until that day, i'll continue enjoy having Telegram on my Windows desktop, iPhone, macOS, Ubuntu and even on my iPad when I still had it.

Telegram
sudo snap install telegram-desktop

Inkscape

Sometimes you want to design your own logo or maybe even make an overlay for OBS to make your stream look better. Inkscape is a vector graphics editor that is completely free and exceptionally powerful. I go into greater detail about Inkscape in an upcoming article but rest assured that this app is just about all you need for vector graphics design. The official site is full of tutorials and other info on how to quickly get up and running with Inkscape.

Inkscape
sudo snap install inkscape

Brackets

Brackets is a powerful HTML, CSS and JavaScript editor that I used to perform some of the edits to get this blog up and running. It's from the all conquering Adobe but unlike many other offerings from them, it's free.

Brackets
sudo snap install brackets --classic

Handbrake

When i'm done editing a video which is typically game play captured at a high bit rate, the final video tends to be quite large. If I want to upload it to Twitter or somewhere else on social media, I use Handbrake to crunch it down to a more manageable size that's still of a very good quality. Handbrake is free, contains many presets including ones for YouTube, Apple devices etc that will take a large MP4 and squash it the the required format with almost no effort from the user.

Handbrake
sudo snap install handbrake-jz

Steam

The game I play the most on Ubuntu is Counter-Strike Global Offensive and the only way to play it is via Steam. The good news though is that CS-GO isn't the only Ubuntu compatible game on Steam. There's hundreds of games that work perfectly fine on Ubuntu via Steam that vary from F1 2017, the Tomb Raider franchise, Dying Light, Half-Life: Alyx, Dota 2 etc.

Steam
sudo apt install steam

Conclusion

This is a short list of my favorite apps for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and hopefully includes something that you'd want to use. What's your favorite Ubuntu apps for Ubuntu and do you have some alternatives to my favorites?