What is your favorite desktop Linux application?

What is your favorite desktop Linux application?

Summary: Today, rather than reporting on licenses or distributions or Microsoft, I wanted to encourage a little bragging among fans of the Linux open source operating system.So.


Today, rather than reporting on licenses or distributions or Microsoft, I wanted to encourage a little bragging among fans of the Linux open source operating system.


What is your favorite desktop Linux application? Which provides the most value to you? Which do you use most often? Which would be hardest for you to do without?

I am asking specifically about applications, things outside the operating system. It's in applications that I think you find the value of an operating system, when you answer the question "well, what can you do with it?"

Have fun.

Topic: Linux

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  • Cadence

    In particular, the ICFB (integrated circuit front-to-back) design suite with Analog Workbench. Spend a good third of my time with it some weeks.

    Oh, not just another commercial *nix tech tool?

    Necessarily, then, it has to be [u]OpenOffice.org[/u] because I use [b]it[/b] to write the specs and management presentations that get authorization to do the Cadence stuff, plus the spreadsheets we typically use to track action items, defects, etc.

    However, for sheer [b]Kewl![/b] factor it has to be [u]KOctave[/u], because I can use it without having to compete for the MatLab licenses and it does a much nicer job of cranking serious math than [u]oocalc[/u] even if it's not directly compatible with all of the MatLab toolkits.

    I wish I could find more excuses to use [u]LyX[/u] -- it's really very nice but doesn't fit well into the document flow here. For now I just use it for letters.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Hmmm...

    >What is your favorite desktop Linux application?
    I normally have several on anytime I'm on the comp...
    - amaroK, for lots of music play
    - Mozilla (yep, not Firefox) for browsing
    - Kate text editor for writing CGI scripts
    - Konqueror cuz I'm constantly moving files around for some reason.
    - Kontakt groupware - mostly for e-mail and RSS, though the newsreader and calendar get used as well

    ...and honorable mention to (g)mplayer for watching DVDs when I'm not using the above.

    >Which provides the most value to you?
    - I guess Kate, since it makes working with multiple CGI scripts quick and painless.

    Which do you use most often?
    - Mozilla, I'd imagine.

    Which would be hardest for you to do without?
    - amaroK - I couldn't bear going back to XMMS.
  • Gee, I have so many

    #!Bash is one I can't live without. I can script and automate all kinds of tasks (webmin too). Open office for document exchange. Vi,K word,K mail, and Opera. Fun stuff, K3b and Xmms. Superkaramba for my eye candy! See I have soooo many lol....
  • Never found one I cared for.

    At least on the desktop... All of them seem to be poor imitations of proprietary applications.
  • Vim, nmh, and more

    The "applications" that are the most valuable to me are console (text-mode) tools:

    Vim, screen, nmh (the new version of Rand Message Handler, a command line mail "client"), slrn, irssi, sc, ssh

    I also find things like procmail, exim4, spamassassin, mailscanner, cron, amanda and to forth to be invaluable.

    As for graphical tools, which are probably what most people think of as "desktop applications", I don't use much:

    Firefox, xcalc
    Seething Ganglia
    • sed, awk and RCS

      I omitted sed, awk, and RCS from my list of "other invaluable tools"
      Seething Ganglia
  • It's Emacs!

    It's Emacs text editor. Otherwise I don't see any value using Linux. Emacs is such damn good. So I tried Windows version in the hope to ditch cranky Linux. But I found that the critial features I like in Emacs are not supported in Windows version. So I am stuck with Linux simply to use Emacs.
  • Good question...

    Well I like K-Mail for the threading as well as filtering capacity. Plus it's just cleaner than Outlook or Outlook Express on Windows and Evolution on Linux, although I do use Evolution on my laptop at the office so I can plug into our exchange server and use the threading capabilities of Evolution.

    Moneydance for my finance manager.
    Open Office for my word processing
    KDevelop for C++ and Eclipse for Java
    I am trying out J Graph Pad now for diagrams...

    What else... well Linux and the apps I have suit my needs at a price I like!
    Linux User 147560
  • GIMP

    All the way... No question.

    Here's my story... Some years ago, I wanted to buy a Photoshop license. At mid-to-high three figures, it was prohibitively expensive.

    For the same amount of dough, I bought a then-speedy 750MHz Athlon-based PC. I loaded it with Mandrake 9.2.

    For the same amount as a Photoshop license, I had me a DEDICATED GRAPHICS WORKSTATION!

    My job requires that I run Windows, but that'll change soon. I'm actively developing my desktop migration strategy now. I anticipate that GIMP will continue to be a favorite.
  • OpenOffice Is the Key to Desktop Dominance

    OpenOffice is, by far, the most valuable LINUX product becuase it is the primary reason why desktop GNU/LINUX is possible today. I'm an operating system fanatic and love everything about GNU/LINUX - the technology, the freedom, the platform ubiquity.

    I believe that in the day to day business world, you need:

    * A highly capable word processor
    * A highly capable spreadsheet
    * A presentation program

    Thanks to Star Division, Sun Microsystems, and the OpenOffice.org development community desktop GNU/LINUX users have a suite of products that can help them manage their day to day business activities as flawlessly as their systems run.

    I firmy believe that it is the business user that will be the key to GNU/LINUX success on the desktop. All of the people that I know who are not technologists, prefer to use the same software products they use at home as they do at the office. There is no functionality included in Microsoft Office that I use which is not available in the OpenOffice products.

    Everyone behind the GIMP project deserves some serious credit as well. That is an amazingly capable graphics tool that seems to be able to do almost anything you would want to do with Photoshop. If it weren't for the fact that virtually every serious graphic design firm has standardized on Photoshop, Adobe would be in some trouble!

    To round out the list of applications I use on a daily basis, I need to give kudos as well to the folks at Ximian for GNOME and Evolution. My thanks to the people behind the Mozilla project (Firefox rocks!) as well. And while it isn't open source, I have to thank the folks at VMWare! There are still two programs that I need to use in order to earn a living and VMWare lets me run them flawlessly - and that's the extent of my use of the OS from Redmond.
  • My favorites are the ones that aren't there ...

    spyware, virues, adware, etc. All the things that cause nightmares when you are trying to be productive. Actually, I have a lot of programs I like, OOo, KWrite, KWord, AbiWord, Firefox, Opera, gFTP, k3b, LinCity, PMFax, Railroad Tycoon II, Thunderbird, WordPerfect, Cinelerra, Kino, Scribus, Glabels, XMMS, Totem, MPlayer, XMovie, Gimp, Quanta ... the list is endless. Thats the beauty of free software. I have and use and endless number of applications that I would never be able to have access to without free software. That's what the elitist rich folk don't understand. They think nothing of going out and paying hundreds of dollars for applications. Thats fine for them. They can afford to pay for the convenience. Others can't afford to pay, so they steal it. Me, I prefer to use free software. That way, have all the applications I need for my business AND my personal use and have a clear concience as well. And when I talk to other businessmen in my area who are having their XP systems acting wackier than an old Win9x system (Of course MS says Longhorn will fix all that ... Didn't they used to say that XP would fix all the problems people were having with 98? ;-) ) I feel pretty good about Linux and all its applications.
    George Mitchell
  • K3B is the best!

    Great for burning CDs...
  • konqueror, knotes, gimp...

    Konqueror (like windows explorer on steroids), can connect to anything! It can connect using fish:// (ssh/scp/sftp), and have ultra secure filesharing between systems connected directly to the internet. I click on one icon on my desktop, which opens a directory on my in-laws computer in Kansas, another opens a directory on servers 50 miles away from me, another opens a directory on a friends computer in the Ukraine. I can drag and drop files between them... very cool. I also use it to connect to ftp servers, windows fileshares, etc. Simply amazing. Makes being an admin on a network with 5 or 6 different OS's bearable.

    Knotes is program I would never have thought I would use so much, next to Elog, that is. It's basically little postit notes you can drop on the desktop, then email, send to another workstation's desktop, etc. Even after finding klipper, I use knotes to paste sytax for various things I'm using in my programs or shell scripts. To jot down ideas in case I get interrupted, or the grocery list of things my wife wants me to pick up on the way home.

    I really enjoy linux. There is far more software easily available than there is for any other platform. I think debian (ubuntu for example) linux to be the easiest (with speed being a factor) system imaginable for installing software. There are issues, but the convenience of massive amounts of software just an apt-get away makes it my favorite.

    FYI, I'm at home where I have 2 desktops and one living room laptop with different debian based distros, one FreeBSD server, my work laptop that boots into 4 different operating systems, and the OpenBSD kitchen laptop I'm typing this on. Windows does exist on a couple of partitions for playing games, as that is as much as I can stand of it while not at work.

    Just a little background so you won't think I'm another Windows hating linux freak. I don't hate Windows, I'm afraid of it... It gives me nightmares.
  • konqurer

    just love it
  • Favs

    GnomeBaker, F-Spot, GIMP, Inkscape, Gaim, Firefox, PyMusique, Thunderbird, Nvu, Muine, Goobox...
  • My favorites

    The Gimp for graphics
    K3B for cd burning
    Amarok for Music
    Kaffeine for video
    OpenOffice for office style work
    Celestia for its beauty (astonomy)
    Konqueror for connectivity browsing etc
    Xchat for IRC
    Superkaramba (liquidweather) for weather app
    Azuureus for Bittorrenting
    Qtopia Desktop for PIM Zaurus integration
    AlbumShaper for photo album and photo correction
    There are more...
    Back to work.....
  • My favourite Linux apps

    My favourite ones are:
    K3b - CD/DVD burning - I like it even more then Nero (for Windows, not to mention for Linux which uses un ugly and old toolkit for interface)
    amaroK - music player
    Kaffeine - movie player
    GIMP - image editing - not as powerfull as Photoshop but it does all I need
    OpenOffice.org - office suite
    Akregator - RSS/Atom feed reader - the best there is
    Quanta+ - web development
    KDevelop - programming
    GCC - compiler collection - you can't live without it :)
  • love the new Mono based apps

  • Linux and why it is not my favorite

    After buying eight books with CDs on learning Linux not one CD could be installed. I bought Test Driving Linux and Linux for non-geeks to name two. I have a new computer withWidows xp I did just what the Cd said in the beginning and never got past the beginning, i even formatted my whole hard drive and wasted my time.
    I tried to e-mail for help and got not responce so I learned that the computer community is a hard lot with a screw you tuff sh-t on you atttitud. I can live with that because i am still better that that.
    • Why you couldn't install Test Driving Linux


      I'm the author of Test Driving Linux. I'm sorry that your experience with the book and software wasn't all you were looking for. I'm not certain if you contacted O'Reilly with any support questions. The book's Preface mentions bookquestions@oreilly.com as a source for information. I know I never received any queries from that address concerning how to install Move on your hard drive.

      If I had received a query, my response would have been:
      Regretfully, you cannot install Move on your hard drive. There is no installation program, and Move was never designed to be installed on your hard drive. This is why the CD bears the following not, visible through the CD window so you can see it before you buy the book: Move is a Live CD distribution for PCs. It runs entirely from CD, and does not require or allow installation to your hard drive.

      I would have thought this text, plus the fact there is no installation chapter or section in the book (nor is it in the index) would have made it clear that Move could not be installed. I realize now that I should have done more to inform a new Linux user to this fact.