Personal Favorite Linux Applications
I decided that I should probably list some of my favorite Linux applications. I will try and include ones that you don’t by default, but some of them will be in many Linux distributions no matter what.
Web Browser – Firefox
I love Firefox. As soon as I found it I immediately switched from Internet Explorer, but those were back when I used Windows. I love how it has themes and many of the plug-ins are very useful. The newer Firefox Personas feature is very nice. It may not always be the fastest browser, but it renders things nicely and has many usable features. You can also find plenty of help for it when you need it. It is cross-platform and runs most operating systems.
IM Client – Pidgin
Pidgin is the client I switched to after using Trillian in Windows. It serves me well most of the time, though it can throw fits every now and again. Again it has plug-ins, which is nice though I don’t use them as much. It supports more IM services than I know to use. Some of them I have never heard of. If you have aspell installed then it will also let you correct your spelling. It is cross-platform and will run on most operating systems.
Music & Video – VLC
I love VLC, and I don’t plan to use anything else for a very long time. It plays tons of formats, it is light-weight, and doesn’t have much extra junk to hold you down. VLC also runs on most operating systems. Oh and apparently VLC is also skinnable, but I don’t bother with that.
Music Editing – Audacity
I don’t do a lot of music editing, but when I do it I love audacity. I still don’t have a handle on the whole thing but I know it well enough to cut and splice clips together. It is fairly simple and again, available for many operating systems, though I don’t think this one has themes or skins.
Image Editing – GIMP
GIMP takes a little getting used to when you come from Photoshop or Painshop Pro, but once you get used to it you don’t mind so much. And I don’t suggest complaining that it isn’t like Photoshop to the people that make it. They know it isn’t and that is on purpose. To be honest it is nice to see something that isn’t a Photoshop clone. There are a few things that are done differently, but you can do just about anything you can in Photoshop with GIMP. GIMP will open just about any image type you find, so it is very useful for converting. And again, it runs on multiple operating systems.
Office Suite – OpenOffice
OpenOffice is a very nice set of programs. It runs well, especially once you get to OpenOffice 3. It is basically a Microsoft Office clone, with enough changed to avoid copyright problems. Oh and …