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


Joplin looks amazing but a bug in their WebDAV support (You can’t use a non default port) keeps me from using it.

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I have not used webdav sync, I have not used onedrive or dropbox sync, I have only used NextCloud.
as far as I know I use custom sync on nextcloud, it might be part of joplin webdav sync in future updates. You can always use port forwarding on your router, if you have OpenWRT I am 100% sure can be done.

Regards, Alex

I don’t use OpenWRT. I’m an immoral evil-doer and use an Apple Airport Extreme router and a Synology NAS :slight_smile:

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Sorry not interested in a discussion on what is better Linux or not, just sharing my opinion and experience. best part about tech is you can choose what ever is best for you (even non Linux).

Regards, Alex

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