Handy Must Know Linux Applications

D3x

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Hey Gents,

I am a newly converted Linux user & I am enjoying Mint so far. I thought it would be a good idea to post a thread like this for me & other future noobs.

Either you can post the Linux app name & then post what it does:

Planet PDF: PDF Reader


or you could post the Linux app name & the Windows app that has similar functionality:

Openoffice: MS Office

Looking forward to reading some of the responses.
 

newklear

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Great Idea D3x
Here is my list of usable Linux applications:

File/Program Downloader-Manager:
- Synaptic Package Manager
- KGet

Download Accelerator
- axel

File Archiving:
- File Roller
- Ark

Mp3 Players:
- Amarok
- LXMusic Player

CD/DVD Writing Software:
- GnomeBaker

CD Ripper/Encoder -> .mp3, .ogg, .wav, .aac etc.
- Asunder CD Ripper

Media Player
-Xmms/Xmms2

Photo Editing:
- Gimp

Photo Viewer:
- GPicView

Digital Camera editing / Webcam:
- GTKam
- Cheese
- wxCam

DVD Player
- Dragon Player

Office Applications:
- Abiword: Basic Word Processor
Open Office
- Base : Database/Queries Management
- Calc : Spreadsheets
- Draw : Pictures, Flow-Charts and Logos editor
- Impress: Slide Shows, Presentations and Web editing
- Math: Formula's and Equations
- Writer: Edit/Create Documents, Reports, Pictures and Web

Web Browsers:
- Chromium Browser
- Konqueror
- Midori

RSS Feed Reader:
- Akregator

IRC Clients:
- irssi/wee-chat
- KvIRC
- Xchat

Online Storage:
- Dropbox

Mail Reader/Editor:
- Kmail

IM:
- Pidgin
- Kopete

Space/File Cleaner:
- Bleachbit

Cache Proxy:
- Squid

Web Editor:
- Aptana Studio
- Kompozer
- BlueFish

C / C# IDE's:
- Monodevelop
- Anjuta IDE

Java IDE:
- Netbeans

Equivelants:
MySQL -- MySQL
PHP -- PHP
Google Gadgets -- Google Gadgets
FireFox -- FireFox
Opera -- Opera
Google Earth -- Google Earth
Teamviewer -- Teamviewer
Pidgin -- Pidgin
 
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SpaceKadet

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Hey Gents,

I am a newly converted Linux user & I am enjoying Mint so far. I thought it would be a good idea to post a thread like this for me & other future noobs.
Good idea D3x. I am also a newly converted Linux user... on SLES 11 to be exact. Impressed so far. There does not seem to be a lot of "idiot friendly" help available on the web though. I need all the help I can get.
 

cbrunsdonza

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Welcome to your new addiction :) ... been an addict since 2007 and still going strong
 

Avenue

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programs I use all the time

Artha: thesaurus
Wine: windows emulator
font manager: name says it all
inkscape: vector graphics editor

for some reason those are the only ones I can think of right now. ill add as more come to mind.
 

Nod

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Network Usage Monitors:
vnstat
iptraf
mtrg

Text editors:
vim
kate
 

VonPickle

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VirtualBox, run XP in Seamless mode inside your Linux Machine :)

Evolution Mail, has added functions of Contacts and Calendar like MS Outlook.

Remmina Remote desktop, does RDP and VNC, can save profiles for quick connect.

Google Chrome is blazing fast inside Linux.

Terminator - Replacement terminal, allows horizontal and vertical splitting of terminal windows.

Compiz Fusion with CCSM - makes your desktop do cool things :)
 
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walter_l

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This page might be helpful: http://www.linuxalt.com/. Googling for "linux <appname> alternative" also usually gives a good result or two, if you're looking for a Linux replacement/equivalent of a particular Windows app.
 

wishblade

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My contribution - backing up of dvd's: k9copy

Nothing beats it, at least, nothing that I've tried yet (which is quite a bit)
 

DrJohnZoidberg

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My most frequently used apps:

Chrome
Pidgin
Skype
Banshee
VLC
VirtualBox and,
VMware player (better USB support)
Ubuntu Tweak
Eclipse
Docky!
Wine
Handbrake
Gimp
and soon Xbmc (97% complete)
 

D3x

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Some really cool apps guys, thanks for the contributions. :)
 

PaddyTM

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For now, Easystroke, mouse gestures (key bindings), very cool.

I think I must be the only person who doesn't like Amarok.
 

milomak

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for personal finance there can't be anything that beats kmymoney
 

milomak

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Nope, I don't like it either, at least not for Gnome.
amarok suffers from the general kde problems. you need to have the resources. other than that it is a fine piece of software. i find myself switching between rhythmbox and aamarok as i try to remember why i stopped using the other one.
 

PaddyTM

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New one that I'm playing with:

Talika panel applet, windows 7 style taskbar applet for running applications. Very useful.
 
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