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In previous Ubuntu versions like 10.04, we used to have Evolution and its calendar/to-do options. Now we have Thunderbird and I am not sure whether I can have the same options on it.

Can anyone recommend me a good native application that offers calendar and to-do/organizing features? I am in a serious need of some organization here.


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You can just install Evolution and remove Thunderbird if you want. – Uri Herrera Aug 6 '12 at 17:29
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You can try using 'NitroTask'. It is a simple, nice, and very useful To do list management apps.

It has these features, I was looking for a long time:

  • Simple addition and deletion of task
  • Theme support, include 5 themes. (awesome feature).
  • Task synchronization with Dropbox and Ubuntu one (Cool!!)
  • Multi Language support
  • Sort by Title, Date or Priority. (very handy if you have a long list)
  • Custom default background image support. (Can be used for killing boredom)

To install it, use these command by opening a terminal using Ctrl + Alt + T shortcut.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cooperjona/nitrotasks
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nitrotasks

This is currently available for Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10

I think, you will enjoy this software.

Here is a screenshot below:

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worked fine for me i am using lubuntu13.10 – suhail Oct 13 '14 at 1:16
Tasks vanishing from application after shutdown, don't know whats the reason but its frustrating. – tiGer Oct 15 '15 at 5:37
@tiGer, might because of some bug? Not using this now. I currently use Trello. – Anwar Shah Oct 15 '15 at 5:40

The command line

Let's not forget the commandline for managing tasks

sudo apt-get install task
$ task add some very important task
$ task 

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You can also install vit if you want an alternative UI to this list. There are also some command line tools for managing your agenda.

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Just install Evolution:

Install via the software center

Or open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type sudo apt-get install evolution.

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Alright, I did install Evolution... However, I don't see the to-do thing on the calendar menu. Could you please point me to a way that I can do that? Thanks. – gustavokrm Aug 7 '12 at 1:50
Nevermind, it is there already. Thanks! – gustavokrm Aug 7 '12 at 2:04

Getting Things GNOME is very simple and quite nice.

Install via the software center

Or run this in the Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtg
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Wunderlist is awesome! I used these instructions to install it and it was easy and painless. The desktop app syncs with Android, iOS and the web. Can't as for much more than that!

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Since Wunderlist native linux client is not maintained anymore good alternative is Wunderlis Package app for Chrome/Chromium (it doesn't require Google Chrome to run to be able to use it).

  • The Wunderlist Packaged App also features voice input (you can dictate your to-dos) and has the ability to work offline.

  • It's simple and easy to use, supports timed reminders, recurring to-dos (although its recurring feature is definitely lacking), separate reminders from the due date of the task, notes and additional info associated with your to-dos, shared to-dos with others, multiple categories, and more. You can star important tasks (but that's as close to priority as you'll get), and customize the look of the app. It's broad platform support—and its webapp—mean you'll always have access to your to-dos. enter image description here

Another good alternative is Package app.

  • Breaking things down into "Today", "Tomorrow", "Upcoming", and "Someday" allows you to really make sense of just what needs to happen when.
  • Visual priority markings, and notes (which themselves act as sub task lists) makes the app even better. But the real cream of the crop aspects are the "Plan Your Day" daily review of the lists. enter image description here
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If you like Thunderbird, I would simply suggest that you give a try to Lightning, the calendar/task manager for Thunderbird. You will find it here:

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Good to-do application should be always available and visible. Something like Rainlendar:

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or Calendar indicator perhaps? It can synchronize with Google calendar.

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