New cool list of Linux must-have programs

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Dear all, hold your breath!!

    The best article of 2009 has just been posted! After many long hours of arduous work, I have compiled the new cool list of Linux must have programs. It contains approx. 50 of the best of the best applications available for Linux, across a range of categories. I personally use most of these applications daily. They are beautiful, robust, smart, efficient, and will revolutionize the way you work with your computers. To make things even more interesting, I have added screenshots for each listed item. What more, the entries also contain links to step-by-step, detailed tutorials explaining how to configure and use them. So there you go, enjoy the finest compilation of software you can have, starting with backup and imaging programs, via browsers, multimedia applications, office programs, virtualization, security tools, to emulators, forensics tools, peer-to-peer sharing clients, and more, more, so much more.

    So here you go:


    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/new-cool-list-linux.html


    The compilation has approx. 50 entries and no less than 75 images!

    It has taken me almost a week of my time to carefully prepare and write this article. I would truly appreciate a word of feedback, comments, suggestions, and typo and link fixes. And if you do find this list useful, spread the word.

    Thank you all and have fun!!!

    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. chronomatic

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    Nice list. However, I would add the following:

    Digital Cameras:


    digiKam

    Encryption:

    GnuPG

    dm-crypt/LUKS (pretty much the standard for encrypting hard disks in Linux, though I realize it isn't a desktop app).

    DVD conversion:

    K9Copy (by far the easiest to use DVD ripper/encoder I have seen on Linux)

    Office:

    KOffice

    Mail clients:

    KMail (it does everything Thunderbird does)

    Security:

    I would add Nessus to go along with Nmap. Together they are very powerful for auditing.

    I would also add a MAC to the list such as SELinux or AppArmor (AppArmor is much easier for newbs). A MAC is by far the most effective means for locking down a box.

    You could also probably put Bastille here too. It is a hardening script that has a GUI. Fedora also has "Sectool" which I think is fantastic (also has a GUI).
     
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    I have only had a quick skim, but it looks really good, only thing missing is no mention of Open Office or XBMC (the only 2 apps I use regularly that are not on your list) ?

    Cheers, Nick
     
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    vow !! nice tutorial mrk.i got to know some good apps through it like wink that i havent heard before.btw you could have added transmission for torrents and smplayer for watching movies.it really elevates the functionality of mplayer..
     
  6. Mrkvonic

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    Thanks all ... Keep them coming!
    Nick, I did list OpenOffice, but not XBMC ...

    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
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    So you did, thats what I get for skimming ;)

    Cheers, Nick.
     
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    You know what I think is lacking in Ubuntu, is a good Image Compression Application. I know that it's easy to batch compress using the CLI. The thing is that it's difficult to reduce say a 2.5 mb file to something that's maybe 100 kb without stripping out the colours.
    I don't fare much better when I use the Gimp.
    I know Image Magick is available but I haven't tried it as yet; maybe it does a better job.

    Does anyone know a good Image Compression Programme for Linux?
     
  9. phaedrus

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    When you say Image Compression do you mean an Image resizer?
    If so you can add a handy "Resize Images" option to the mouse right click menu in Ubuntu with:
    Does single or batch image resizing
    I think this uses Image Magic to do this? (so you may need to install that first)..


    edit to Mrkvonic. Cool list BTW. :) Thanks for taking the time to do it.
    We all have our personal favourites, I wonder if we should start a new thread or add them to this?
     
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    That's useful information; scaling images is something I need to do as well but I'm mainly concerned with reducing the "volume" of jpg's and such so as they'll load quickly on the internet.

    Maybe it's just me and I haven't got the hang of it but it's a lot easier to do on a Mac.
     
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    I don't use Wine, but if you are, there is the RIOT plugin for Irfanview for
    optimisation of jpg/gif/png images, specifically to reduce the size for web use.
    http://luci.criosweb.ro/riot/download/
    I don't know if there is something similar for Linux.
    Regards

    Found this: http://pornel.net/imageoptim/en "ImageOptim is a front-end (GUI) for set of tools for optimisation of PNG and JPEG images."
    (Oh ! it's for mac..sorry)
     
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    The article, and this thread
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    Can wine work on a live cd..?Thanks for the huge list.
     
  14. Mrkvonic

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    Sure why not. The only problem is, after you reboot out of live session, the changes get lost.

    Thanks for the apps, will see what goes where ...

    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  15. phaedrus

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    For Newsgroup/Usenet downloads I would recommend LottaNZB
    http://www.lottanzb.org/

    For Ubuntu users who add Kubuntu desktop, this sorts out and organizes the mixed menus:
    Gnome Menu Extended
    (there`s also K Menu Extended for the Gnome menus under Kubuntu)

    Not an app as such, but I also like to add "Open In Terminal" to the mouse Right Click menu in Nautilus:
    Also I wouldn`t be without a Desktop Sudo Launcher. Simply drag and drop any file or directory onto the launcher to open it with Sudo privileges.
    Right Click the desktop and Create a new Launcher, give a suitable name "Sudo" or whatever and choose an icon. In the Command field type:
     
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    As usual another outstanding addition to your web site. Keep up the great work!
     
  17. chronomatic

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    It would be nice if more distros would do what Gentoo does and utilize "slots." This allows various programs to be installed side by side without affecting the other. So, you can have Gnome and KDE on the same system and NOT have the menus get combined. It can also be used to install, say, KDE 3.5 and KDE 4.x on the same machine.
     
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