Israel Hanukoglu, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Cell Biology
Ariel University
Ariel 40700, Israel

Software we use in the lab

Operating systems

Dual boot systems with Linux Mint and Microsoft Windows.

Linux-Mint is a great operating system that is based on Ubuntu. Linux Mint comes in several flavors. I have tested Cinnamon and XFCE and chose Cinnamon.

I migrated from Windows to Linux with the following steps:

There are a few Windows programs that I run on Linux using Wine.

Linux Mint tips

Internet Browser

Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Firefox tips

Office software

We have switched from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. Currently we are using the English version. LibreOffice works great in both English and Hebrew.

LibreOffice Problems and Solutions

PDF reader

For viewing PDF files we are using Foxit Reader for 64-bit Linux. This reader has a fast display of files and includes multi-tab interface.

Software for bibliography management

We are using Mendeley for generating reference lists for publications.


Bitmap image editing: Gimp

Vector graphics: Inkscape. See Inkscape tips.



SQLite Browser. New name: DB Browser for SQLite

Molecular biology software

Video editing

Kdenlive - Libre Video Editor

Windows utilities

File Manager: Freecommander

E-mail client: I switched from Outlook Express to Thunderbird.

Ubuntu utilities

List of software alternatives to replace Windows programs.