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Inspired by this blog listing cool Mac apps that I found through digg, I am thinking why wouldn't we make a cool list with descriptions, images and small screenshots of some of the coolest, most useful, intuitive, good looking and *easy to use* free apps that are available for GNU/Linux and easy to install at least on Ubuntu, FC and SuSE as major GNU/Linux distros.

So before I am to compile such a list, I'd like anyone to suggest any such "killer apps" that you may be using.

They don't necessarily have to be very popular. In fact, the list would bear even more value if we'd manage to point out some less known yet awesome apps to use. For example, one app I use for email is sylpheed which is quite awesome email client, but not so well known. Smiling

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A few apps

Inkscape, GIMP, Eclipse, Scribus, DigiKam, Celestia, Gwenview, K3b, VLC, Audacity, GAIM, Amaya, Blender, Open Office, Gambas, Firefox, Thunderbird, xChat, XMMS, Konqueror, TVTime, Cinelerra, Kino...

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kode wrote: Inkscape, GIMP,
kode wrote:

Inkscape, GIMP, Eclipse, Scribus, DigiKam, Celestia, Gwenview, K3b, VLC, Audacity, GAIM, Amaya, Blender, Open Office, Gambas, Firefox, Thunderbird, xChat, XMMS, Konqueror, TVTime, Cinelerra, Kino...

scratch XMMS. it's neither powerful nor especially easy to use. Add amaroK and/or banshee for music
I haven't had too good and experience with Kino, but cinelerra is a briliiant tool for the job, probably the best free (in both senses) available. Blender is a similiar situation, whereas it has (AFAIK) a larger user base.

Synaptic and YaST are definately to mention. Along with GDebi and friends installing applications on systems like ubuntu and suse is exceptionally easy.

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XMMS is extremely easy to

XMMS is extremely easy to use... and the list doesn't have to be 'powerful' applications... for ex Windows users, XMMS is the closest thing to Winamp, so it should be mentioned.

You should not confuse XMMS with XMMS2 (which is a pain in the arse to setup).

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Actually, if you'd like a

Actually, if you'd like a modern looking XMMS (with GTK2 rather than GTK1 GUI) you can use beep-media-player which is also a true Winamp lookalike.

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BMPx is much better than any

BMPx is much better than any audio player, so... :-P

SciTE, the best thing since sliced bread.

Openbox is worth its weight in gold, an excellent window manager that doesn't guzzle up RAM.

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Kino
free-zombie wrote:

I haven't had too good and experience with Kino, but cinelerra is a briliiant tool for the job, probably the best free (in both senses) available.

So far I only had good experience with Kino. I always use it to copy and cut and export videos from my camera. Cinelerra on the other hand always seems to have some problems with Firewire on my box, although the rest (like loading and editing movies) really works great. But because of the Firewire-problem it's mostly unterinteresting since I usually don't edit movies after they're once exportet to MPEG.

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Cool stuff so far. I gotta

Cool stuff so far. I gotta try BMPx!

Btw, in case someone notices and asks, this is not the same as a thread about cool and exotic applications. This is for cool applications that are easy to use and GUI based, something the average Joe would want to use. Smiling

We'll have to pick out from all these apps already mentioned to make a useful list of apps to really recommend people to try, based per some of the most common tasks average Joe may want to do with his computer. For every task one application can be described (shortly) and we can offer one more as an alternative. Smiling

Thanks for posting your favorites so far. Of course, if anyone has any others feel free to post. The final article planned out of this may not contain all apps mentioned in this thread, but this thread will be linked as a nice resource. Smiling

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This said I have to add

This said I have to add some... New Gaim is quite awesome. Finally, you can know in which state you are online (away, invisible etc.) which made no difference before. They've changed some layouts slightly as well. It's definitely a top notch instant messaging tool.

Another quite obvious app that I think now actually deserves a mention is the all new Firefox 2.0. I am using it on Ubuntu Edgy now and it not only looks better, but has some additional little features which make things easier, including scrolling through loads of open tabs, being eble to close tabs without activating them, a special "tab menu" and something that will be very useful for me and my remaining usual spelling mistakes, the spell checker which checks everything I type in text area boxes. Smiling

Of course, kode mentioned Firefox already. I'm just specifically pointing to Firefox 2.0. Smiling

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I haven't had too good and experience with Kino, but cinelerra is a briliiant tool for the job, probably the best free (in both senses) available.

So far I only had good experience with Kino. I always use it to copy and cut and export videos from my camera. Cinelerra on the other hand always seems to have some problems with Firewire on my box, although the rest (like loading and editing movies) really works great. But because of the Firewire-problem it's mostly unterinteresting since I usually don't edit movies after they're once exportet to MPEG.

to tell you the truth, I didn't look into Kino a lot because I have higher expectations of a video editor and it crashed once or twice.
Cinelerra + FireWire doesn't work here either, but dvgrab does the job beautifully - I suppose Kino and Cinelerra are both good, but for different target users.

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For me Kino is just a tool

For me Kino is just a tool to get videos from my DV-cam to a DVD. Sometimes I like to cut out some parts and that's it. I don't want to add cool effects or stuff. For that I think Cinelerra might be the better choice (although Kino also offers a couple of effects, but I didn't play with these yet). But for it's purpose (recording from cam, cutting and exporting) it's absolutely fine and, as far as I'm concerned, really easy to handle.
In this context I also want to mention KMediaFactory, which I use to create the DVD-images from the movie-files. With the templates it's really easy to create a nice menu for the DVD. And it's also really easy to use.

Talking of useful applications: ClamAV and SpamAssassin. Here in the office ClamAV could even detect these new Stration-worms before Norton AntiVirus or our ServGate firewall. And SpamAssassin just is a great spam-filter.

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Blender is complex
kode wrote:

Inkscape, GIMP, Eclipse, Scribus, DigiKam, Celestia, Gwenview, K3b, VLC, Audacity, GAIM, Amaya, Blender, Open Office, Gambas, Firefox, Thunderbird, xChat, XMMS, Konqueror, TVTime, Cinelerra, Kino...

Blender is far from easy; it takes hours to learn.

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libervisco wrote: some of
libervisco wrote:

some of the coolest, most useful, intuitive, good looking and *easy to use* free apps that are available for GNU/Linux

Tux Paint?

Oh well, I suppose that is for a different type of newbies Smiling .

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Apps

Audacity- a very nifty app, but hardly simple or easy, but neither it is THAT difficult if you enjoy this kind of work with sound. When compared to programs costing hundreds of dollars, it is a bargin.

X-Chat- my personal favorite IRC client. While not everyone's choice, it is very mature.

FireFox, of course.

KwifiManager and wifi-radar are must have's for laptop users.

GTKpod and Amarok are also very useful.

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To libervisco

You know, *IMHO*, Swiftfox works faster. That's why I use it instead of Firefox. It's the same thing, only extremely optimized, and since >90% of my time I spend using a browser, it's a pretty big deal for me.

www.getswiftfox.com

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Ah I forgot about swiftfox

Ah I forgot about swiftfox although I was using it a bit back on Arch. Gotta get that again. Smiling

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Firefox 2.0 is much much

Firefox 2.0 is much much faster than previous firefox versions... only slightly slower than swiftfox on my machine...

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and what about these

Anjuta , mplayer (can play realmedia formats also)

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Ganesh wrote: (can play
Ganesh wrote:

(can play realmedia formats also)

be careful on this one. That's not at all mplayer specific and AFAIK only works with binary libraries from Windows, and is thus x86-only.

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MPlayer & Real

Actually free-zombie, regular MPlayer can play some Real files, with limitations (can't convert and can't seek).

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eJourn

I have to suggest it, self-advertising and whatnot: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~chris129/code/ejourn/Screenshots/

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Some I use: akregator (rss

Some I use:
akregator (rss reader).

Quote:

aKregator is a fast, lightweight, and intuitive feed reader program
for KDE. It allows you to quickly browse through hundreds of
thousands of internet feeds in a quick, efficient, and familiar way.

xcruise (love this Laughing out loud)

Quote:

Fly about a 3D-formed file system
Xcruiser (formerly known as XCruise) allows you to fly over the file
system in a 3D-view. Every file appears as a planet, directories
appear as galaxies, and symbolic links appear as worm-holes.

You can fly about this space world by moving and clicking your mouse,
or by using your keyboard.

Homepage: http://xcruiser.sourceforge.net/

spacechart

Quote:

Star map viewer and navigator
SpaceChart is a program to display 3d maps of stars and move freely
around it. It is capable of showing only a subset of the stars in a
given data file, and only those within a given distance of the
center of the display. Also, it shows lines between stars that are
closer than a given distance.

Homepage: http://www.gnu.org/software/spacechart/spacechart.html

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