Apps for doing Research in Linux

On the topic of research and apps that help document research and write research papers in Linux (Fedora Workstation 31) this is my experience and opinion:

LibreOffice is most compatible with the all formats for research conferences and journal paper publication, it even supports LaTex format.

Gnome Latex works great and is one of the best apps for Latex format.

Zotero is a great application for research for references and bibliographies organization, supports Open ID login by OpenID Foundation

Atom is one of the best text editors for code writing, you can “hack it” (legally and supported by FOSS licence) and make it your own to best suite you + post it on github

(I hope Microsoft will not change that and give priority to their VSCode text editor)

DataHub (Guthub for datasets) CLI tool works in Linux, website works fine, they should have a graphical tool soon (not sure if CLI works in other Operating Systems)

(Get Archive

unzip archive, make file executable “chmod +rwx data-linux” or “chmod 777 data linux” and start from terminal.)

Joplin is great note taking to do list app, supporting markdown format
syncing with NextCloud (other sync options supported).

Firefox one of the best browsers that respect privacy and is not chromium based.

My Recommended Linux Operating system is Fedora Workstation with software from or just use Fedora Labs from start.
My Recommendation based on experience for doing research in Linux (Fedora Workstation) is:
LibreOffice + Gnome Latex + Zotero + Atom (and github) + datahub CLI + Joplin + Firefox

Any comments or advice are welcome here, I am always happy to learn about new FOSS (free and open source software) applications that are used in research today.

Regards, Alex


If you need a To-Do, note taking application that is open source there’s &

The notes can be synchronised with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronising the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.

:blue_square: I’m hoping to put it in a Flatpak :blue_square:

1 Like

Thank you hamrheadcorvette, I actually forgot to put that since I consider Firefox and Joplin more of Business then reearch apps, Joplin, Firefox, Terminal and Atom are the only few apps I have open 99% of time on my PC and phone/tablet, Joplin even works on my custom mobile OS, I use the Next Cloud sync for Joplih, don’t have onedrive or dropbox but I am sure they work great. Flatpak version of Joplin would be great I can have it on my Fedora Silberblue TESTing PC. I have been using Joplin for about 1 year and some of my team mates want to join in and help out with Language translation since their was no hebrew as far as I remember. Joplin has a great GUI and rocking terminal console verison.

Regards, Alex

1 Like