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Giving 3 slightly different applications a try

A laptop

At least, different for me.

Variety. It is, as the saying goes, the spice of life. And where can you get more variety than with a Linux distribution?

When I test drive (or do more) with a new Linux distro, I’m usually exposed to some software that might not normally look at. And that’s what happened when I recently installed GalliumOS on my Chromebook in early 2017.

As you may or may not know, GalliumOS is based on Xubuntu. It’s been a while since I’ve used Xubuntu, but I’ve always been a fan of it. Since installing GalliumOS, I’ve started using three small applications that I probably wouldn’t have normally taken a look at otherwise.

Here’s a quick peek at them.


While I generally prefer using an editor like Gedit, there are time when I just need to quickly edit a text or configuration file in an environment without any frills. Leafpad lets me do just that.

It’s barebones and lacks features like syntax highlighting and spell checking. In fact, Leafpad is a lot like the much-maligned Windows Notepad. But it gets the job done.

As I said, when I need to do some quick and dirty text editing I find myself turning to Leafpad. It gets the job done. Simple as that.

LeafPad in action

Ristretto Photo Viewer

I do a lot of photo editing. Much of it is pretty simple. But there are times when I just want to view the photos on my hard drive. At one time, I used an application called feh to do that. Now I use Ristretto Photo Viewer.

It’s more or less a simple image viewer, that can you can also use to run a slide show. You can open individual photos or entire folders, and you can choose a photo to set as your background. Ristretto also lets you save copies of images and delete them.

As I said, nothing too special but what Ristretto does it does well.

Viewing an image with Ristretto


While VLC is my music player of choice, gmusicbrowser does a great job of organizing and playing auidio tracks.

It’s designed to be a desktop jukebox and to handle large collections of music files. According to the developer, it’s meant for collections fo 10,000 songs or more. I don’t have quite that much music on my laptop, but gmusicbrowser does its job. And does it well.

gmusic browser is fast and lean and easy to use. My only quibble is the way in which it catalogs songs. In the top-left portion of the application window, gmusicbrowser lists the artists. However, there are often multiple entries for the same songs but under a different artist’s name. It makes the list a bit longer than it needs to be.

Listening to music with gmusicbrowser

Anything else?

There are several other applications that I’ve been using with GalliumOS. Those include Orage Global Time (a world clock), and Geany (for when I need a more powerful text editor).

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