Must-have Linux software

July 12, 2009 at 9:31 am 1 comment

The beauty of today’s Linux is the ease of obtaining software you need, as long as you are connected to the Internet. Unlike Windows, almost anything can be easily downloaded and installed with just a little line of text in the command prompt, or if you are graphically oriented, from Synaptic.

To install any of these simply open up the “Terminal” and type
sudo apt-get install nameofthesoftware

“nameofthesoftware” is the standard UNIX name for the software programs, as listed below.

Graphic design tools
* scribus = desktop publishing and layout
* gimp = photo and image editing (often comes preinstalled)
* inkscape = drawing
* xaralx = easier drawing, nice effects, has difficulty saving as a vector file; excellent if you are only making PNG files for websites.

Internet tools
* drivel = write in your blogs even if you are offline
* FireFTP (an Add-On inside Firefox) = file transfer protocol, install from Firefox tools > add-ons
* webhttrack = copies contents of websites for offline archiving and viewing, including all images and media; great if you travel and need ready access to certain online resources

Productivity/Office
* abiword = fast word processing alternative to OpenOffice Writer
* evolution = calendar, addressbook, task list and offline email reader in one (I like this better than Thunderbird)

Media
* songbird = kind of like iTunes, except for iTunes Store function

Other neat stuff I found

*stardict = an amazing multilingual dictionary that supports many languages. While it is on, you can highlight on any word and dictionary definitions/translations will pop up. Dictionary data files are available at http://stardict.sourceforge.net/ .

* aiksaurus = this is a text-line based thesaurus. To use simply enter “aiksaurus wordofyourchoice” in the terminal prompt.
* display-dhammapada = a saying of Sakyamuni Buddha. To use simply enter “display-dhammapada” in the terminal prompt.
* pyching = throw coins and read I Ching.
* bibletime = not just bible but also comes with e-book versions of classics like John Calvin’s Institute and St. Augustine’s Confession. The Bible in many languages and versions of your choice.

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  • 1. bloodcorpse  |  July 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Disagree with songbird. Yes, it looks nice but it’s too heavy.
    For music I use xmmp, for video – mplayer. I think they are more suitable.

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