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    Top 100 Open-Source Linux Apps

    Top 100 Open-Source Linux Apps


    Currently at 92/100 apps


    Once it hits 100, only apps much better than others listed will be put on the list and the least popular will be removed.

    I made this list because I realized how long it took, for me, to discover even a small portion of these apps when I first started using Linux. Hopefully someone new to Linux or looking for programs they have never used finds this helpful.

    The "Installation" part of this list is currently incomplete. All of the application names lead to its project site. Posting how to install one of these programs, another program you think should be on this list, a revision I should make to the organization of the list, or notifying me of any mistake/broken link on the list would help me a lot. I will be constantly updating this. Enjoy!




    BitTorrent Clients



    Azureus
    Java-based BitTorrent client for both beginners and advanced users. There as features included, such as, multiple torrent downloads, advanced seeding rules, pausing a torrent, importing torrents, and much, much more.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "azureus". Mark the program named "azureus" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~


    Deluge
    A very lightweight, BitTorrent client using GTK and python. It is one of the most rapidly developing clients and is very comparable to µTorrent. Integrates well with the GNOME desktop environment.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "deluge-torrent". Mark the program named "deluge-torrent" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~


    KTorrent
    A BitTorrent client for KDE. It is very lightweight and has many of the features that most BitTorrent clients include. Though it is still missing many key features, is under heavy development.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "ktorrent". Mark the program named "ktorrent" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~


    rTorrent





    EyeCandy



    Avant Window Navigator(AWN)
    A dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen tracking open windows. It requires a compositor to be running, or it will not display properly. Has stcks feature, like in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    INSTALLATION

    1. First, open terminal so you can edit your sources.list:
      Code:
      sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
      and add these two lines:
      Code:
      deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/ feisty avant-window-navigator
      deb-src http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/ feisty avant-window-navigator

    2. Now enter:
      Code:
      wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/8434D43A.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
      Code:
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get upgrade

    3. To install AWN, enter:
      Code:
      sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-bzr


    ~Visit Site~


    Compiz Fusion
    A compositing window managers for the X Window System that is able to take advantage of OpenGL acceleration. The integration allows it to perform compositing effects in window management, such as a minimization effect and a cube workspace. It was created from the remerging of Beryl into Compiz.

    INSTALLATION

    1. Enter this first:
      Code:
      sudo apt-get -y remove compiz-core desktop-effects
      This will remove any older/broken installs of Compiz Fusion.


    2. If you are using Gutsy, skip to step 4. Do this to edit your sources.list:
      Code:
      sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
      and add these two lines:
      Code:
      deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb feisty eyecandy
      deb-src http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb feisty eyecandy
      You can now close Gedit.


    3. Next, enter this:
      Code:
      wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb/DD800CD9.gpg
      Then this:
      Code:
      sudo apt-key add DD800CD9.gpg
      Code:
      sudo apt-get upgrade

    4. Now enter this to install to install Compiz Fusion:
      Code:
      sudo apt-get -y install compiz compiz-gnome compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra libcompizconfig-backend-gconf

    5. To start Compiz Fusion, enter this in Terminal or Run:
      Code:
      compiz --replace
      You can edit Compiz Fusion settings by going to System -- Preferences -- Compiz Config Settings Manager .


    ~Visit Site~


    Emerald
    A window decorator for Compiz Fusion and Beryl. A much more extensive decorator than Metacity.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "emerald". Mark the program named "emerald" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~


    gDesklets
    Tiny applets that sit on your desktop in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and usefulness. You can populate your desktop with status meters, icon bars,weather sensors, news tickers, and whatever else you can imagine. gDesklets does not require a compositor to work correctly.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "gdesklets". Mark the program named "gdesklets" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~


    Screenlets
    Screenlets are small, owner-drawn applications written in Python. They are a form of eyecandy that are easy to create and can be used as Widgets. They help create a Mac-Like Desktop Environment.

    INSTALLATION

    1. This application requires you to have a compositor, like Compiz Fusion or Beryl, for it to work properly.
      Download the latest screenlets source from the Screenlets Download Page. Extract the folder, in the archive, to your Desktop and rename it to screenlets.


    2. Open terminal and enter:
      Code:
      cd Desktop/screenlets

    3. Then enter:
      Code:
      sudo make install
      Screenlets is now installed.


    4. To install the menu items, using the same terminal window, enter:
      Code:
       sudo make menu
      The menu items are now installed and there should be a "Screenlets" directory in you Applications Menu now.
      You must start each screenlet individually. There are 3rd-party screenlets located at the Screenlets Download Page.

    ~Visit Site~






    File Browser/Search



    Affinity


    Appfinder
    An application finder for the GNOME or Xfce4 Desktop Environment. It will search for installed applications on your system.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "xfce4-appfinder". Mark the program named "xfce4-appfinder" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~


    Beagle
    A desktop search utility for indexing and searching user's data. At the moment, it can index filesystems, Pidgin logs, Evolution data, RSS and many more.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "beagle". Mark the program named "beagle" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~


    Nautilus
    The official file manager for the GNOME desktop. It allows to browse directories, preview files and launch applications associated with them. It is also responsible for handling the icons on the GNOME desktop. It works on local and remote filesystems.

    INSTALLATION

    Installed by default on Ubuntu. The source can be found here.

    ~Visit Site~


    Thunar
    The file manager designed to be the default file manager of Xfce 4.4 It has been designed to be fast and easy to use.

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "thunar". Mark the program named "thunar" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~






    Games



    Alien Arena 2007

    INSTALLATION

    Open Synaptic Package Manager and serach for "alien-arena". Mark the program named "alien-arena" for installation. Click apply.

    ~Visit Site~

    Battle for Wesnoth


    Frets On Fire


    Neverball


    Nexuiz


    Open Arena


    Sauerbraten


    Stepmania


    Scorched 3D


    Tremulous






    Graphics and Text Viewers/Editors









    Music and Video Players









    Network Programs









    Programming IDEs









    Sound/Video Editors and Disc Burning Utilities









    Web Browsers









    Other Programs









    I made this list because I realized how long it took, for me, to discover even a small portion of these apps when I first started using Linux. Hopefully someone new to Linux or looking for programs they have never used finds this helpful.

    The "Installation" part of this list is currently incomplete. All of the application names lead to its project site. Posting how to install one of these programs, another program you think should be on this list, a revision I should make to the organization of the list, or notifying me of any mistake/broken link on the list would help me a lot. I will be constantly updating this. Enjoy!
    Last edited by TheWiseNoob; August 26th, 2007 at 09:58 PM.

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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    K3B isn't a video editor, it is a disc burner. Also, I think audacious and Kolourpaint need to be added. Scribus isn't a very good replacement to InDesign (because it 1 cannot open an InDesign document and 2 cannot import very much).

    Edit: oops! I missed you including audacious.
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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    Awesome work bro People try adding things instead of accusing him Awesome again .. Keep it up I'll add soon

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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    Zim Desktop Wiki needs to be added.
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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    -Added Songbird
    -Added Zim Desktop Wiki
    -Added Kolourpaint
    -Added gmusicbrowser
    -Group "Sound and Video Editors" changed to "Sound/Video Editors and Disc Burning Utilities"
    -Added Audacious
    -Updated XMMS to XMMS2
    Last edited by TheWiseNoob; August 26th, 2007 at 06:16 PM.

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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    Sorry for double post.

    -Added Neverball, Scorched3D, and Stepmania to "Games and Emulators"
    -Group "Linux Games" changed to "Games and Emulators"
    -Added Alien Arena 2007 Installation Guide
    -Added Emerald Installation Guide
    -Added Avant Window Navigator Installation Guide
    -Added Screenlets Installation Guide

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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    I like the list.

    Will you add Programming IDEs/Editors.

    Eclipse,Kdevelop,Geany,Anjuta could all be added to that list.

    Also, personally this would be better in a webpage or a wiki with each app having a link to an installation howto, as the way it's going it seems that it's getting pretty large, but nice effort.

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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    Much better:
    KDE:
    HTML Code:
    BitTorrent Clients
        Azureus
        Qbittorrent
    
    EyeCandy
        Avant Window Navigator(AWN)
        Emerald
        Compiz Fusion
    
    File Browser/Search
    
    Games and Emulators
        Battle for Wesnoth
        Nexuiz
        Tremulous
    
    Graphics
        Blender
        Inkscape
        Krita
    
    Office
        OpenOffice.org
        Scribus
    
    Text editors
       Xemacs
       Microemacs
       Vim
    
    Other Programming tools
        CMake
        GNU Debugger
        GCC
        Netwide Assembler
    
    Music and Video
        Amarok
        Mplayer
        MythTV
    
    FTP Programs
        FileZilla
        gFTP
    
    Chat
        Kopete
        Mumble
        Pidgin
    
    Sound/Video Editors and Disc Burning Utilities
        Audacity
        K3B
    
    Web Browsers
        Firefox
        Konqueror
        Opera
    
    Other Programs
        GNASH
        Scilab
    Gnome:
    HTML Code:
    BitTorrent Clients
        Azureus
        Deluge
    
    EyeCandy
        Avant Window Navigator(AWN)
        Emerald
        Compiz Fusion
    
    File Browser/Search
        Beagle
    
    Games and Emulators
        Battle for Wesnoth
        Nexuiz
        Tremulous
    
    Graphics
        Blender
        The GIMP
        Inkscape
    
    Office
        Abiword
        Gnumeric Spreadsheet
        OpenOffice.org
        Scribus
    
    Text editors
       Xemacs
       Microemacs
       Vim
    
    Other Programming tools
        CMake
        GNU Debugger
        GCC
        Netwide Assembler
    
    Music and Video
        Mplayer
        MythTV
    
    FTP Programs
        FileZilla
        gFTP
    
    Chat
        Mumble
        Pidgin
    
    Sound/Video Editors and Disc Burning Utilities
        Audacity
    
    Web Browsers
        Firefox
        Opera
    
    Other Programs
        GNASH
        Scilab
    Terminal:
    HTML Code:
    BitTorrent Clients
        rTorrent
    File Browser/Search
    
    
    Games and Emulators
        Nethack
    
    Office
        
    
    Text editors
       Xemacs
       Microemacs
       Vim
    
    Other Programming tools
        CMake
        GNU Debugger
        GCC
        Netwide Assembler
    
    Music 
    
    FTP Programs
        
    
    Chat
        
    
    Sound/Video Editors and Disc Burning Utilities
        
    
    Web Browsers
      
        Links2
    
    Other Programs
           ZSH
    Last edited by Fbot1; August 26th, 2007 at 11:54 PM.

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    Re: Huge List of the Best Open-Source Apps

    Mind if I compile this in Zim? I may distribute it sometime, or may just use it for reference

    EDIT: Vim... ick, talk about an editor that shouldn't exist anymore.
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