Linux software apps - What's hot and what's not?

Linux software apps - What's hot and what's not?

Summary: You've got your favorite Linux distro installed - what next? What's are the "must have" software apps for Linux?

TOPICS: Software

OK, there has been such an excellent response to previous posts where I've asked for feedback that I think that it's time for another "have your say" post.

LinuxI'm getting ready to begin my Linux experience.  There was excellent feedback to the post I made asking for your thoughts on the best distro for the desktop PC.  Now I'm going to ask for more thoughts and feedback.  This time I was to know what software Linux users have installed on their PCs.  I know I could hit Google and do a lot of searching, but this isn't going to tell me what's popular and what's not.

I'm particularly interested in the following categories of software:

  • Office apps (word processors, spreadsheets ...)
  • Email
  • Image editing/drawing package
  • CD/DVD software (players and disc burning tools)
  • Messaging
  • RSS
  • Utilities (ZIP tools and so on)
  • Other stuff!

Topic: Software

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  • The apps I use

    Office:, as it's pretty much the standard on Linux desktops.

    Email: I have Evolution set up for my Yahoo mail.

    Image editing/drawing: For most editing, I use the GIMP, but for advanced stuff I'd recommend Blender or Inkscape for SVG.

    CD/DVD burning software: A lot of people swear by K3B, but for data burning I use Gnome's built-in disc writing tool, and for music I use Serpentine.

    Messaging: GAIM.

    RSS: Other than using Firefox's Live bookmarks feature, I'm not much into RSS.

    Utilities: Gnome's File-Roller program is the default on my machine, and can handle any compressed file I have a command-line tool for.

    Other stuff: Second Life. Yes, they have a native Linux client for it, and there's an in-world Linux User Group(I'm a member, btw).
    Tony Agudo
  • What I use

    Generally, I find a lot depends on whether you use a KDE or a Gnome oriented distribution- for KDE, I use mostly KDE based applications- simply because things like the "save" dialogs are consistent (look and feel), but I don't let that keep me from using Gnome orientd apps.

    So.. Office apps:
    Openoffice (or its big brother Startoffice, which has a bit more ability to deal with MS Office files)
    Abiword and Kwrite- if I just need to whack out a quick note, they're much faster than OOo.
    Email- Evolution is probably the "big" player- it will talk to an Exchange server, but I use Kmail (as part of Kontact PIM)- along with Spamassassin it deals well with Spam- though a lot of people use Mailwasher.

    I use Xsane for scanning a *lot*- it is easy to scan multipage documents directly to pdf files.

    Glabels for printing labels.

    Gnucash for accounting.

    I don't do IM (c;

    Pan for usenet reading.

    Webmin is a great application for overall system work.

    I use k3b for burning, though my distribution (Xandros) has burning and utilities (tar, zip, etc.) built in to the file manager (if you click on an .iso file it asks if you want to burn it to disc, all files have the option to add to disc burning project).
  • Stuff we use

    Thunderbird (nice spam filtering)
    Firefox with a dozen extensions
    Gimp for image editing
    K3B for burning
    gFtp for file transfers

    [b]Development (internal servers)[/b]
    Apache 2.0
    PHP 4 & 5
    MySQL 4 & 5

    All of the above come on the SuSE 10.2 install discs
  • Apps i use frequently

    Office: Openoffice and in some cases google

    Messaging: Gaim & Skype or Ekiga for teleconferencing (depending on who is @ the other side

    Image editing: Gimp or Pixel (paid software)
    Drawing: XaraLx, Inkscape
    Process modeling: Business Process Visual Architect (paid)
    UML modeling: Visual Paradigm (paid), Eclipse
    Development: Eclipse, Netbeans, VI and Gedit

    CD/DVD: what's available for burning
    Watching and listening: Gstreamer with Xine backend

    Email: Work-related: evolution, private

    RSS: just use google reader, but there are some available but I'm not using these

    Utilities: Archive manager

    CRM: LAMP, Vtiger

    And lots of other stuff you probably won't need. But if you need something specific don't hesitate to ask, there's always someone who probably has a package you can use.
  • apps

    mail: Kontact(KDE PIM)
    File Managers: Konq, Krusader
    Media: Amarok, Kaffine, Xine, vlc, Kino
    IM: Kopete
    Image editing: Gimp, Krita
    Burning: k3b
    DVD: dvd::rip, K9Copy
    Office: OO.o, Kword
    Editors: vi, Kate
    TV: mythtv
    Development: Eclipse, nvu
    Browser: Firefox
    DB: MySQL
    Network: NFS, Samba
    Tim Patterson
    • Re: Kaffeine

      If you decide on Kaffeine for your video application, be sure to grab the mplayer "Essential Codec" pack. You can snag the All codec pack, but the essential gets you up and running with the most common file formats. This includes WMV, Quicktime, OGM, Matroska, good ol DiVX and a few others thrown in for a good mix.
  • My apps list

    o Firefox, Konqueror (web browsers)
    o Konqueror (Explorer equivalent and then some!)
    o Beagle (Desktop search engine--woof!)
    o Kopete, Gaim (IM multi-procotols)
    o Kooka (Scanner/OCR program)
    o (includes Novell patched update to read/write support for MS Office 2007 docx files)
    o VMware Server, (vm 'on demand' instance of Windows XP Pro)
    o Mplayer, RealPlayer (multimedia players including w32codec support)
    o NX Thin Client (Best Thin client ever!)
    o VNC (open source remote desktop management tool)
    o rdesktop (MS rdp protocol Terminal Service client, lean and mean!)
    o [url=]Picasa[/url] (me Picasa you Picasa)
    o [url=]Google Earth[/url] (what a trip!)
    o vim, kate, emacs (Text Editors of choice)
    o [url=]Gimp[/url] (Graphics/Photo editing tool)
    o [url=]Compiz/Xgl[/url] (3D Desktop)
    o [url=]Thunderbird [/url](Mozilla e-mail client)
    o KInternet (KDE Internet Dial-up, device eth0, wlan0, modem0 management)
    o [url=]Ekiga[/url], [url=]Skype[/url] (IP Telephony)
    o [url=]Perl[/url], [url=]Ruby[/url], [url=]Python[/url] (Dynamic scripting languages)
    o [url=]Eclipse IDE[/url] (Open Source Java Rich Client Platform)
    o [url=]SuperKaramba[/url] (Desktop Widgets, e.g. Liquid Weather)
    o [url=]KDE[/url] (K Desktop Environment GUI)
    o [url=]Azureus[/url] (Eclipse-based BitTorrent client)
    o [url=]Konsole[/url] (KDE Terminal program)
    o [url=]Bash[/url] (Bourne Again Shell, similar to Windows 'command line')
    o [url=]CUPS[/url] (Common Unix Printing System; open in your web browser)
    o [url=]OpenSSH[/url] (Secure Shell Tunnel encryption)
    o [url=]K3B[/url] (CD and DVD Burning)
    o [url=]ndiswrapper[/url] (open source driver wrapper)

    That covers my core applications.
    D T Schmitz
    • P.S.

      RSS: I have used Akregator, but switched to a browser-based one--Bloglines
      Zip Utilities: I use the default shell command line compression utilities--gzip and tar
      D T Schmitz
    • No Email Client?

      Although I am a Webmail Fanatic, not everyone is.

      You should probably consider Evolution. Novell was smart to buy Ximian before SuSE, and Evolution was probably why.
      • That is astute

        I've got no good reason for not using Evolution. Just went with Thunderbird (it's in my list) and mostly gmail.

        Good points!!
        D T Schmitz
  • Linux app favorites

    Desktop Publishing: Scribus
    Audio Editing: Audacity
    Web Editing: NVU

    (Oh, and you didn't offer a chance for us to vote for FreeSpire as the best desktop Linux!)
    • Freespire?

      I'm not going to go into the whole "proprietary software is bad" rant, but FreeSpire?

      It sucks. Even for closed source.
    • Linspire was offered and Debian wasn't

      Adrian was active in the feedback on that blog, and Freespire was mentioned a couple of times, so it was noted.

      Now...back to THIS topic.
  • Webmin, definitely

    Do this first.
    • Keep In Mind

      That as good as Webmin is that it's only a starting point that lets you change/edit the most common options of the wealth of services it can get at.

      For more intense work it's back to the command line and an editor as root! :-)

      Oh, more seriously, if possible use the version of Webmin that comes with your distro so it can find everything, even some of the odd ball stuff that shows up from one distro to the next.


  • My choice of applications

    Office-applications: I hardly ever use any office-applications, but when I do, it is OpenOffice.

    Email-client: Thunderbird

    Image editing/drawing package: Hardly ever use, but when I do: GIMP or Krita.

    CD/DVD software (players and disc burning tools): I don't play audio-CDs (I use cdparanoia to read them to disk though), I use xine or MPlayer to play DVDs, I use cdrecord, cdrdao, mkisofs and growisofs by hand when I write discs (or K3b, Graveman or Nautilus once in a while).

    Instant Messaging: I use irssi via BitlBee.

    RSS: Nothing (except for my browser).

    Archie Utilities: tar, gzip and bzip2 in the terminal (and also zip/unzip and rar/unrar when I come across such archives).

    Other stuff:

    editor: vim
    windowmanager: wmii
    X terminal emulator: rxvt-unicode
    mediaplayer (video): MPlayer (or xine)
    mediaplayer (audio): MPD (or Amarok)
  • App suggestoins

    * Office apps (word processors, spreadsheets ?)
    OPENOFFICE -- you'll never pay for MS OFFICE again
    * Email
    Evolution or thunderbird -- both are ecellent -- depends on how much access you need to an exchange server as to whether Evolution is a better choice or not
    * Image editing/drawing package
    GIMP, inkscape, blender
    * CD/DVD software (players and disc burning tools)
    * Messaging
    * RSS
    * Utilities (ZIP tools and so on)
    command line -- unzip,gzip/gunzip, bzip2/bunzip2
    most of the time I require these it's in in the form:
    tar xvfz somefile.tar.gz
    tar xvfj somefile.tar.bz2
    * Other stuff!
    audacious => audio
    streamtuner => audio
    tomboy =>note taking, 'post-it', etc
    Terminal server client (tsclient ) => rdp, vnc client
    beagle => desktop/email/file search
    Eterm/aterm/rxvt/gnome-terminal clients
    xchat or firefox's chatzilla for irc
    Enlightenment DR17
    RapidSVN => svn client => vpn
  • Maybe you should first

    Tell what you want to do with the computer running Linux. Will you be developing? Or just using it for work related stuff? Depending on what you want to do, I at least would install a whole lot of different packages.
    • He probably wants to see applications for all kinds of uses The variety of

      things you can do with GNU/Linux and all of the available open source apps is amazing . . . .
  • my most used apps


    Editor: Kate has nice syntax-highlighting, more than one open document

    Email: Thunderbird, because of the spam-filter and I use it on WinXP too

    Web: Firefox with some extensions

    Image editing/drawing: nothing (I do it in Win with CorelDraw), but I?ve tested Inkscape lately

    Photographs: Xnview

    CD/DVD burning software: K3b does all I need

    Messaging: Skype from time to time

    RSS: I'm not much into RSS.

    Utilities: Xsane for scanning
    lot of command-line tools

    other stuff: KDE
    Konqueror as a file-manager
    Konsole (KDE Terminal program)
    Quanta plus
    Kaffeine w. Xine
    VLC on Linux and Windows
    VMware Server and Workstation (on diff. Machines) to run WinXP

    Game: ShisenSho