List of Apps that fit and function well [Post them here.]

Still, it is many years.

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There has been a new Debian release. But to use it you need to switch to Byzantium AFAIK.

Actually, there has not been one YET. Amber is based on the current stable release. Bullseye which byzantium is based upon is still not
released, hut hopefully will be soon.

Buster has 17.12.2-2.2 and bullseye has 20.12.3-1

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GNOME Disks:

Perfect fit, resizable divider, all the usual functions.


Wordbook (flatpak):

Choose British or American pronunciation:

Correctly identified different British/American pronunciations for “laboratory”; voice sample is computer-generated, from espeak:

Some British/American differences may not be accurate; I believe the Brits pronounce this word with first-syllable stress, not second:

Lists common usages, colloquialisms, synonyms; this is a random word search:

Built-in dark mode. Look up a single word or a phrase.
Useful app for students of English.


GNOME Characters (flatpak):

All kinds of useful and fun stuff:

Select an image and the “Copy” dialog pops up. Then just paste it in a document, message (once MMS is working), email, etc. (And in Terminal, where applicable.)

Pages and pages of punctuation symbols:

Various currencies:

International diacritics:

You can also filter by specific fonts:

I can imagine this app will be a must-have for many users; it maybe fills in some gaps and is ultra-easy to use. If you don’t have the L5 or Pinephone yet, you can check it out in Debian-based repos on your computer.
Note: This GNOME Characters flatpak works great on the L5 as is, whereas the older GNOME Character Map (Debian) just isn’t very usable, due to scale.

P.S. The search box, which would normally pull up an item, e.g. “pizza,” just by searching for its name, doesn’t appear to be working.
And the copy dialog doesn’t have a closing method (e.g. “X” in the corner), so you have to minimize, then dismiss it…which is true of many apps I’ve tested on the L5.


GNOME Video Downloader (flatpak):

Input a URL and choose a resolution:

A video:

Video playing in VLC (my default):

Edit: For demo only. Video deleted afterward. :wink:


I’ve got one in development here:

I’m a total n00b at GTK/Application development, so I’d love some feedback on how to make it better.
I am making it with the L5 in mind, though I hope to add in the adaptive scaling so that it can be used on like Pinephone or a future Linux tablet and look better.

I have run it on my L5, and it worked, but it ran really slowly. I think this was just because my L5 was hot, but I’ll try to keep chipping away at it when I get time.


That looks nice, and also a very useful tool. Post it here when it’s finished.
I’ve also been looking for a “Ruler” app, that would display an accurate inch and centimeter scale on the L5’s screen. I use one on my Android (from F-Droid), but haven’t found any in the Linux desktop repos that would work, probably because they’re meant to display as a floating graphic on the Desktop screen…which doesn’t work on the L5’s inaccessible “Desktop.”


Ask and you shall receive (though again, still a WIP)


Sweet! You the man!
I would suggest moving one side of the ruler right up against the edge of the screen, and make it possible to flip it, so that you can have either inches or centimeters next to the measured object. (I wish I had the mad skills…)


By the way, if I am not mistaken, nautilus in Amber should be adaptive now

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Files (Nautilus, 3.38.2-1pureos2-amber1):
With slide-in directory navigator and drop-down menu:


Pictures directory, list view:

Home, grid view:


Long pressing a file icon:

Unfortunately, the context menu disappears when I lift my finger, so I couldn’t make use of the available actions. Also, dragging my finger without lifting didn’t actually allow me to choose an option, either.
Overall, Nautilus is good, but I actually find Nemo easier to use (maybe because I’ve been using Nemo for months, but Nautilus for minutes).


Here is Files (Nemo, pureos-amber-main), for comparison:

Navigation by familiar menus:

Slide at bottom right adjusts size of icons; options for different displays at bottom left.

Inside Pictures directory:

Drop-down menus:

However, the Preferences sub-menu does not fit the screen at all; you have to reduce scale all the way down to see all the options. (Advantage goes to Nautilus here.) If you don’t need to adjust Preferences very often, then it works great, and the editing options are easy to use.


Fragments (flatpak; BitTorrent Client):

Settings from the hamburger menu (scrolls further down for Notifications options, too):

The app fits really well, except for this screen:

But that can be fixed with a little downsizing:

I didn’t actually torrent anything. Some reviewers say it’s slow, others think it’s good. It’s a little slow to launch, also.


currently the only GTK based front-end for MPV is named ‘Celluloid’. when installed on the Desktop version of PureOS it can auto-download and install youtube-dl. i wonder if future versions will include ‘Video-Downloader’ or is that only a mobile thing (Librem5) ? since the back-end is ‘youtube-dl’ i don’t expect there to be much difference … any thoughs ?

Both Celluloid and Video-Downloader are available for desktop (although V-D appears to be flatpak only, maybe…?) They seem to have different purposes, don’t they? V-D being more limited than Celluloid, from what I can see, i.e. strictly for downloading video, not for playing your stored videos. At least, that’s what I observe superficially.

I just installed the Celluloid flatpak and it looks pretty good. I’ll post some screenshots.

Edit: I remembered that I tried Celluloid months ago:

I’ll test it again now.

i know you did. thanks for putting in the work !

yes they are separate programs that do different things but celluloid when installed the normal way (NOT flatpak) pulls everything needed for CLI use anyway … GUI is more clunky on the desktop but NOT on the mobile since that uses the mobile-Desktop-Environment (DE) from the PureOS side … if only we’ll have a universal mobile/desktop CPU/GPU architecture (RISCV) sooner …

VLC has a more mature GUI but MPV seems too Chad-dy to pass up :wink: :sweat_smile:

Celluloid (flatpak):

Needs scaling down here:

Runs into problems here… Video playback is jerky, as if frames are missing. (That could be a nice special/artistic effect, though.)

But the color is off, too. Compare with the same video in VLC - this color is accurate:

Just to be sure the jerkiness wasn’t due to the fact that I was playing the video from my connected USB drive, I copied the file over to the L5’s hard drive…but it was still jerky.


you might want to post an issue on the MPV page because it doesn’t do that on the desktop side … or maybe try to reproduce it on the desktop if you CAN …

MPV plays audio files (.mp3, .flac, .opus) just as okay. it’s not only for video content. VLC is just as nice for audio imo.

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