Linux Applications

Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a web browser. It is immune to most spyware and blocks viruses from downloading automatically. It has build in filtering for cookies, scripts, and popups. It has a built in download manager, an automatic updater, supports tabbed browsing, supports program extensions, and many more features. It even has a Google Toolbar. I definitely recommend that you try it out.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is an online backup / synchronization utility that synchronizes any files inside the Dropbox folder to Dropbox's servers and any other computer linked to your account. It uses SSL and encryption when it transfers your files to protect against interception. It keeps revisions of changed files for 30 days which allows you to easily restore a previous version or undelete a file. You can also access your files from the Dropbox website, allowing you to access files on a computer connected to the Internet without needing to install Dropbox on that computer. You can put files into a public folder which allows you to share them over the Internet, allow only certain users (collaborators) to edit files, and create photo galleries. For a better overview of how Dropbox works, take the tour on their website. Dropbox has clients for Windows, Macs, Linux, and more. Sign up using my referral link and we will each get an extra 250 MB.

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Pidgin

Pidgin is an instant messaging chat client that can log you in to multiple accounts at the same time, such as Google Talk, AOL instant messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, IRC, and more. It supports tons of smiley faces, WYSIWYG editing, away messages, buddy icons, a spell-checker, plug-in support, and file transfer capability. The only feature I wish it had is profiles, where different people could use Pidgin on the same computer.

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VLC Media Player

The VLC Media Player is an excellent multimedia player that is capable of playing most types of audio and video files without the need to install separate codecs (like DivX, QuickTime, and Windows Media). It has the ability to stream media files and convert files to different types. It has a huge number of features, like full support for DVD and VCD menus and colored ASCII art video output. Woohoo!

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OpenOffice

OpenOffice is a direct competitor of Microsoft Office. It is even mostly compatible with Microsoft Office. It has a word processor, a spreadsheet, a drawing program, a database program, and a presentation program. It has many advanced features, like wizards to guide you, spellchecker, autocorrect, and it can save documents as PDF files. And it's free.

How to switch from Microsoft Office to Open Office
Sharing files between OO.o and MS Office
Also try LanguageTool, an open source grammar checker for OpenOffice.org

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Google Earth

Google Earth takes satellite imagery and combines it with the ability to tilt, zoom, search, create driving directions, measure distances, and show some buildings in 3D with textures to create a realistic 3D model of the earth. They also allow you to load in sophisticated overlays like terrain, roads, borders, airports, etc. Google Earth also allows you to insert content from other sources, allowing other people like Wikimapia to insert their data into Google Earth.

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Wine

Wine is an open source project that allows you to run Windows executables in Linux. Wine allows you to use Microsoft Office (although you should be using Open Office), some games, and a wide selection of applications in linux.

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Azureus

Azureus is a BitTorrent client written in Java. It is perhaps the most advanced BitTorrent client in the world and is an excellent example of how open source can be extremely powerful and configurable and yet remain usable by novice computer users. It allows multiple downloads at once, uses only one port, has an internal tracker, and supports transport encryption to avoid ISP bandwidth throttling.

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KeePassX

KeePassX is a free open source program stores your passwords securely (it uses two different encryption algorithms: AES or Twofish). KeePassX allows you to set expiration dates on passwords, generate random strong passwords, organize passwords into groups, as well as keep notes and website links stored under each password.

KeePassX can be used with Dropbox to synchronize passwords between several computers. KeePassX also runs on Mac OS X and is compatible with the Windows, iPhone, and Android versions.

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Tomboy

Tomboy is a sticky-notes program that allows you to link related notes together. This comes in very handy if you use it like a to-do list, as you can explain each item in further detail if you want to. Tomboy allows you to create links to other sticky notes, webpages, and emails. It has an inline spell checker, a few font options, and multiple undo/redo. I never thought that a sticky note program would ever replace the convenience and ease of the paper ones, but I am very impressed by Tomboy.

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XBMC Media Center

XBMC Media Center turns your PC into a media center capable of playing all types of videos and music. It can retrieve thumbnails and info for movies, album info and cover art for CDs, and play slideshows of pictures. It is fully skinnable, can run plugins and addons, and can even get the weather from Weather.com. It supports the ProjectM visualization, which is a based on my favorite visualization Milkdrop for Winamp.

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Evolution

Evolution is an office productivity pack, including an email client, an address book, a calendar (that supports the open iCal standard), a to-do list, and Palm Pilot support. While it is mostly developed by Novell, it remains open source. Evolution supports Microsoft Exchange servers and Groupwise. They are working to bring more integration with the Gnome desktop.

Or if you only need an email client, try Claws Mail.

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StreamTuner

StreamTuner is a streaming audio browser that pulls station information from Shoutcast.com, Xiph.org, Live365.com, Google, and other sites. When you find a station that you want to listen to, just click on it and it will pop up in XMMS. It has a clean and intuitive interface and allows you to bookmark your favorite stations. You are able to sort by genre, bitrate, and more.

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Qalculate

Qalculate is perhaps the most advanced calculator I have ever seen. It has separate GTK and QT interfaces, so it will integrate well with whichever desktop you use. It may take you a while to figure out how to do what you want, but be assured that it will do what you want. Qalculate can solve most equations and inequalities, has several hundred built-in functions, has a RPN mode, shows if the result is approximate or exact, and keeps a history of calculations.

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Gambas

Gambas is an IDE for the Basic programming language. It has a visual form designer, and so it is the closest thing to Microsoft's Visual Basic that exists for Linux. I will leave it up to you to decide it that is good or not.

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