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Posted by: Jim Jun 22 2004, 01:28 PM

One of the great things about open source is there is tons of good software out there for free, but that also makes it hard to sort through. I wanted to start a thread where people could recomend good linux software that doesn't usually come standard with distros.

I haven't really gotten outside the "stock" software, xmms, gaim, gkrellm, OpenOffice, Firefox, thunderbird, the gimp, those storts of basic stuff, but I know there is more out there. What sort of programs do you guys use and and what for?

Posted by: VBD Jun 27 2004, 05:59 PM

Being a former VB programmer, I use Gambas (http://www.gambas.sf.net). Its a great Visual Basic environment (not MS VB, but their on breed of Basic). Its great, with a form designer and everything. They've done some things even Mono hasn't (great Form Designer, awesome integrated IDE way beyond MonoDevelop), but then again, they don't have a standard they need to follow.

Posted by: wookmaster Jun 27 2004, 08:21 PM

Kdevelop is pretty good. Its a compiler that supports about 8 languages, including PHP, C++, C, PASCAL and fortran to name a few. I havnt really done any GUI work but it works pretty good for console stuff. Definately worth a try.

Posted by: Termina Jun 28 2004, 01:28 AM

kb3:
Great CD-Burning program, looks alot like Nero. My only beef is that with Redhat/Fedora, it doesn't come with MP3 support (and with FC2, you can't get MP3 support for it w/o rebuilding KDE).

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abode acrobat:
(imho) is the best PDF reader for linux. Most of the others don't let you scroll all the way, which is inconvient (when you want a new page, you have to click a button, and get sidetracked from the story). wink.gif Only bad thing about it is that it doesn't seem to work with a scroll wheel. *shrugs*

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Sound Juicer CD Ripper:
Best freeware cd-ripper I've ever seen. Fairly fast, and supports alot of formats (once again, with RH/FC it doesn't support MP3s unless you recompile KDE). Ogg, MP3, etc. Autodetects CDs (so no having to mount/umount shit every time), and has an eject option. Came with my KDE, which was pretty sweet. wink.gif

Posted by: NeilE Jul 16 2004, 11:59 AM

Opera.
Still argueably the best, and AFAIK have always had a free Linux version.

Pysol.
Have yet to see anything else as good and it is GPL'd.

Posted by: Jim Jul 16 2004, 12:07 PM

Here is a flame war waiting to happen.

Opera is not the best, better than some other things, but can't catch up with Firefox. Sorry about that, its pretty hands down on that one.

Posted by: NeilE Jul 16 2004, 12:47 PM

Good on ya. I left the door open. What would a fishing trip be without a bite or two?
I'm running FC1 with all the updates including Firefox.
I like it (Firefox), it is different and getting better.
I've been using Opera for about 5 years now and still like it.
Opera was great back then when the only other real choice was Netscape or those other command-line thingy's.

Have fun.

PS: Wot's this do'n it wif a penquin thingy?
I still find a good woman is all I need. LOL.

PPS: Have you had a look at Dillo?
http://www.dillo.org/

Posted by: lesio1974 Aug 7 2004, 02:58 AM

firefox: best web browser, period.
thunderbird: best e-mail client, period (at least for people who do not have to use "reply to list" feature)
apt-get and synaptic for Fedora: great tools for keeping your system up2date (pun intented) and finding new software (when you just browse categories and read desciriptions in synaptic)
perl-DVD-rip (well, it is actually a part of Core 2 now): free, fairly easy to use and works great

software wishlist: winamp (they have awsome internet TV and radio channels: Celtic folk, Radiohead videos;); would be great to have something similar to Adobe GoLive;

but day after day i find myself booting into Windows less and less :-)

g

Posted by: hughesjr Aug 7 2004, 04:16 AM

lesio1974,
I like thunderbird for e-mail ... except it doesn't have a reply to list feature to reply to newsgroups and mailing lists ... so I use evolution instead ... other than like I agree with your list.

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