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paul.maddox
May 3rd, 2006, 12:04 PM
I'd like to see a thread with loads of really useful linux apps that you couldn't do without!

I'll start with tilda (http://tilda.sourceforge.net).
It's a shell that drops down (similar to the quake console) when you press the tilde key.

hw-tph
May 3rd, 2006, 12:25 PM
In addition to the usual suspects the apps I always make sure are installed on my computers are lftp (excellent FTP client), (g)vim, and Quod Libet (http://www.sacredchao.net/quodlibet) to play and organize music.


Håkan

helpme
May 3rd, 2006, 12:48 PM
screen (http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/3/9/16838/14935)
Very useful small tool.

engla
May 3rd, 2006, 12:50 PM
I have some in my sig. The ones in bold are not that useful (not for me to judge) but those below, in small print:

PatrickMay16
May 3rd, 2006, 01:05 PM
Rosegarden. It's an incredibly good midi sequencer.
Unfortunately it's a Qt app so it doesn't look that good in the GNOME, but when you're using Rosegarden, you're fackin' like a master. So you won't notice it much.
I have attached a screenshot.

fuscia
May 3rd, 2006, 01:15 PM
mrxvt - lightweight, tabbed terminal. opens instantly

nano - lightweight editor. responds instantly

patched dillo - fast as any text browser. opens instantly

sylpheed-claws - email client. opens instantly

xmms - no fuss audio. opens instantly

regardless of the DE/wm, i always use these apps. as they are all so fast, an end user like me doesn't get bogged down when using kde and gnome.

(i love threads like this.)

kabus
May 3rd, 2006, 01:52 PM
epdfview - lightweight pdf viewer
http://www.emma-soft.com/projects/epdfview/
wyrd - textmode calendar
http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~pelzlpj/wyrd/

htinn
May 3rd, 2006, 02:17 PM
Worker.

http://www.boomerangsworld.de/worker/

Maybe not that pretty, but it gets the job done. :)

PatrickMay16
May 3rd, 2006, 02:49 PM
Another one just came to mind; Alsaplayer. A really nice lightweight audio player. I have attached a screenshot.

Sheinar
May 3rd, 2006, 03:28 PM
MPD with NCMPC - I hate having my music stop every time I exit my DE, so MPD is great for me.

ePDFView - Great lightweight PDF viewer without any of the nasty DE specific dependencies.

vim - Don't think I'd be comfortable using anything else.

Stormy Eyes
May 3rd, 2006, 03:36 PM
What, no love for bash? How about dict (dictionary in your terminal) or units (convert quantities from one measurement to another). Units is especially useful when you're an American and are married to somebody who's used to metric.

mcduck
May 3rd, 2006, 06:33 PM
what? no Imagemagick? How do you people edit your images? :confused:

mostwanted
May 3rd, 2006, 07:12 PM
what? no Imagemagick? How do you people edit your images? :confused:

GIMP?

oblio
May 3rd, 2006, 09:45 PM
mc = Midnight Commander

It's the first app I install in any distro if it's not provided out of the box.

Regards,

Randomskk
May 3rd, 2006, 11:05 PM
YaKuake is the KDE version of the drop-down shell the OP mentions. It's soooooooo useful.
So very very useful.

I also find BASH's autocompletion a godsend. Where would we be be without it?

TeeAhr1
May 4th, 2006, 09:03 PM
gmusicbrowser (http://squentin.free.fr/gmusicbrowser/gmusicbrowser.html)
I don't know if this meets everyone's definition of a "useful app," but it does for me. For people with thousands and thousands of songs in their music library, this is the player of choice. I have yet to see a more powerful music player/browser on any platform.

Conky (http://conky.sourceforge.net/)
Just imagine with me for a moment, a world where gdesklets doesn't suck up every available bit of RAM on your system (let's shorten that: imagine a world where gdesklets doesn't suck). Behold Conky. Runs on any desktop environment, easily configurable, great documentation.

ComplexNumber
May 4th, 2006, 09:35 PM
I also find BASH's autocompletion a godsend. Where would we be be without it? i definitely agree with this! this has come to the rescue so many times, i would be stuck when it comes to using the command line without it.


useful applications ? too many to mention. nautilus, solfege, alsaplayer, gtick, gqview, alacarte, gedit, gnome-system-monitor,.....

therunnyman
May 4th, 2006, 10:30 PM
Conky, conky, conky...

GKrellM is where it's at! It's got that ultraconvenient xmms plugin, which, all by itself, is plenty, but then add:

*One click mounting!
*A Moon Clock!
*Every single sensor readout your machine's got!
*User info!
*10,000,000,000 Skins to complement any desktop!
*Local and Remote mail checking!
*And so much more!

Not to bash Conky, it rocks in its special way, but, for my money (that whopping $0 USD, an unheard of sum), GKrellM. Oh yeah.

therunnyman

Stormy Eyes
May 4th, 2006, 10:32 PM
Not to bash Conky, it rocks in its special way, but, for my money (that whopping $0 USD, an unheard of sum), GKrellM. Oh yeah.

If you want to see how your system's doing with or without X running, top is the top dog.

top - 17:31:03 up 4:49, 2 users, load average: 3.74, 3.11, 1.91
Tasks: 124 total, 4 running, 117 sleeping, 1 stopped, 2 zombie
Cpu(s): 13.6% us, 3.5% sy, 0.5% ni, 81.4% id, 0.8% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.1% si
Mem: 515940k total, 509916k used, 6024k free, 20424k buffers
Swap: 1012084k total, 19008k used, 993076k free, 103160k cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
8352 matthew 21 0 42848 13m 5972 S 47.6 2.7 2:10.52 mplayer
8332 matthew 22 0 42840 13m 5968 S 41.6 2.7 7:58.71 mplayer
5775 matthew 15 0 111m 48m 18m S 4.0 9.7 1:00.12 firefox-bin
8409 root 35 19 18672 2964 2352 R 4.0 0.6 0:00.12 ld-linux.so.2
4425 root 16 0 139m 118m 15m S 2.0 23.6 33:22.23 Xgl
1 root 16 0 1564 496 432 S 0.0 0.1 0:01.05 init
2 root 34 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.67 ksoftirqd/0
3 root RT 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 watchdog/0
4 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.06 events/0
5 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 khelper
6 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kthread
8 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.27 kblockd/0
9 root 20 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kacpid
130 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.22 pdflush
131 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.23 pdflush
133 root 11 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 aio/0
132 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.18 kswapd0

therunnyman
May 4th, 2006, 10:37 PM
Top, top, top...

I jest.

What went zombie on ya there stormy?

therunnyman

Stormy Eyes
May 4th, 2006, 11:00 PM
Top, top, top...

I jest.

What went zombie on ya there stormy?

Just the network properties dialog. I had used it to bring down eth0 and bring it back up, but it decided to zombie on me instead of being a good little process and terminating.

nalmeth
May 4th, 2006, 11:16 PM
I'm liking the command line tools
Stormy
How do I find my zombie in top?

top - 16:15:07 up 13:13, 1 user, load average: 1.78, 0.95, 0.56
Tasks: 93 total, 1 running, 91 sleeping, 0 stopped, 1 zombie
Cpu(s): 1.0% us, 1.7% sy, 0.0% ni, 92.7% id, 4.3% wa, 0.3% hi, 0.0%
Mem: 126388k total, 121572k used, 4816k free, 856k buffers
Swap: 361420k total, 115804k used, 245616k free, 34456k cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
4288 root 15 0 54232 11m 3312 S 1.3 9.7 79:15.75 Xorg
4935 sdcb 15 0 30480 2592 2216 S 0.7 2.1 1:16.42 xfce4-clipman-
7160 sdcb 16 0 2196 1040 824 R 0.7 0.8 0:02.33 top
4931 sdcb 15 0 30552 4828 3332 S 0.3 3.8 0:25.02 xfce4-panel
1 root 16 0 1568 252 228 S 0.0 0.2 0:01.89 init
2 root 34 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd/0
3 root RT 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 watchdog/0
4 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.14 events/0
5 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.01 khelper
6 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kthread
8 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.68 kblockd/0
9 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.60 kacpid
118 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.10 pdflush
119 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.48 pdflush
121 root 14 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 aio/0
120 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:02.84 kswapd0
708 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.01 kseriod
1787 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 khubd

unbuntu
May 4th, 2006, 11:28 PM
I found xpad is pretty useful. Wondering if there's an equivalent under Win...
Still in the process of discovering new cool tools...

yabbadabbadont
May 4th, 2006, 11:45 PM
Conky, conky, conky...

GKrellM is where it's at! It's got that ultraconvenient xmms plugin, which, all by itself, is plenty, but then add:

*One click mounting!
*A Moon Clock!
*Every single sensor readout your machine's got!
*User info!
*10,000,000,000 Skins to complement any desktop!
*Local and Remote mail checking!
*And so much more!

Not to bash Conky, it rocks in its special way, but, for my money (that whopping $0 USD, an unheard of sum), GKrellM. Oh yeah.

therunnyman

++

Stormy Eyes
May 5th, 2006, 12:01 AM
I'm liking the command line tools
Stormy
How do I find my zombie in top?

Press Shift+O, then press W, then press Enter. That will sort by process state in descending order, so that zombie processes will show up first.

Qrk
May 5th, 2006, 12:27 AM
Links2, a text based web browser.

Without I never could have got Xgl too work. I got Xgl running, lost X, browsed the web for help with links2, got X back. Then I decided to get the cvs version of Xgl working, lost X, browsed the web with links2, got X back. Then I decided to go back to the Xgl in the ubuntu repositories, but lost X. So I browsed the web for help with links2 and got X back.

Sense a pattern? I should really just quit when I'm ahead.

therunnyman
May 5th, 2006, 01:28 AM
Ooooh, Tilda...rockin'

Thanks paul!

therunnyman

krusbjorn
May 5th, 2006, 02:14 AM
Ooooh, Tilda...rockin'

Thanks paul!

therunnyman

Indeed! This is the kind of terminal I have been looking for all along. Thanks a million.

nalmeth
May 5th, 2006, 02:24 AM
Press Shift+O, then press W, then press Enter. That will sort by process state in descending order, so that zombie processes will show up first.
kewl

i like :)

racoq
May 5th, 2006, 11:24 AM
How about how usefull it is to have a net navigation browser, that is optimized to your processor arquitecture. Few applications exist that are as useful as SwitFox. :-({|= for networking comom use!

get it here:

http://getswiftfox.com/

mips
May 5th, 2006, 01:56 PM
YaKuake is the KDE version of the drop-down shell the OP mentions. It's soooooooo useful.
So very very useful.
?

After I did a fresh dapper install last night due to some errors and re-partitionng YaKuake was the first thing I installed. Dunno how I ever lived without out... Press F12 and down drops the terminal, gotto love it.

Stormy Eyes
May 5th, 2006, 02:20 PM
kewl

i like :)

You're welcome.

Ob1
May 5th, 2006, 02:55 PM
VLC media player, the best video player, ever.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

SeanTater
May 5th, 2006, 03:12 PM
Yakuake = Yakuake + 1

henriquemaia
May 5th, 2006, 03:25 PM
I'm really fond of Alltray (http://alltray.sourceforge.net/) and Checkinstall (http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/).

nalmeth
May 8th, 2006, 01:30 AM
wow, alltray is something i've been looking for forever!
just got to figure out how to use it!

ComplexNumber
May 8th, 2006, 04:04 AM
i'll add 1 more to the list of useful applications - leafpad. click (http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/). its the ultimate in minimalist editors. if you just want an editor to view simple text files quickly, there is non better.

TeeAhr1
May 11th, 2006, 02:17 PM
GKrellM is where it's at!
OMFG, you're so right! It's like someone read my mind about all the things that drove me away from gdesklets! I only messed with it for an hour or so last night, but I love it! Exclamation point!!!11!

ice60
May 12th, 2006, 01:12 AM
i like these...

TomBoy (http://www.beatniksoftware.com/tomboy/)


gtodo with gtodo-applet, you can put the applet on your panel, then when you hover your mouse over it the ToDo list appears :cool:


UserJS (http://userjs.org/) for Opera. lots of great scripts to improve Opera (like Firefox extensions) here's one which uses google suggest

http://img506.imageshack.us/img506/4316/userjs5dg.png


Baobab (http://www.marzocca.net/linux/baobab.html). Baobab is a C/gtk+ application to analyse disk usage in any Gnome environment.
screenshots (http://www.marzocca.net/linux/bbshots.html)


EtherApe (http://etherape.sourceforge.net/). a graphical network monitor.
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/kazuto-y/1831171.png

galternatives mentioned below
http://ubuntu.wordpress.com/2006/02/12/galternatives-gui-alternatives/


P0f (http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/p0f.shtml) a nice little CLI tool for passive OS fingerprinting. here's the readme
http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/p0f/README

Libsafe from apt.
Protection against buffer overflow vulnerabilities
Libsafe is a library that works with any pre-compiled executable and can be
used transparently. Libsafe intercepts calls to functions known to be
vulnerable...

EDIT i forgot this vvv
Nautilus Actions (http://www.grumz.net/index.php?q=node/8) adds stuff to your right-click in Nautilus. here's a screenshot

http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/4108/nautilusactions3un.png

The Toxic Mite
May 31st, 2009, 07:08 PM
bump!

I think that Wine is a useful application :P

overdrank
May 31st, 2009, 09:55 PM
http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/5451/necromancing.jpg