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January 31st, 2006, 02:14 PM
I am still somewhat new to linux/opensouse and it has been blowing my mind! I absolutly love the availability of software that is out there. Realizing the amount of programs out there I began to worry that I was missing out on something really good. So I was just wondering what programs you guys use on a daily basis. Recently I found out about F-Spot and I think its great, I have also been using the gimp some, Gaim, Evolution, OpenOffice, and Fire fox.

Anyway, let me know what you guys love!

January 31st, 2006, 02:38 PM
Well, I have a few basics I start first when I boot my computer:

Evolution - for mail, contacts and calender
Firefox - my favorite browser
Liferea - a great feedreader. Can't live without RSS anymore... ;-)
GAIM - I use it for my ICQ and Jabber account

If I like to chat I start my X-Chat.

For graphics: GIMP and Inkscape

Hear my music with Amarok oder Beep-Media-Player

Put MP3s on my iPod nano: GTKPod

For uploading things via ftp: gFTP

Make HTML-Pages: bluefish

That's my basics. Certainly I use many more like OpenOffice, gedit, TVTime... and, and...

January 31st, 2006, 02:57 PM
I would second the message above and add K3B for burning DVD/CD's and Grip for ripping MP3's. Also Easytag is pretty cool for cleaning up the filename/tags in your MP3 folder

January 31st, 2006, 03:06 PM
Oh yes! I forgot GRIP and Easytag! Very cool programs indeed!

And camorama for my webcam.

January 31st, 2006, 03:11 PM
for music, I prefer XMMS. its not a memory hog like amarok and it doesnt require a database to manage music. What I do is I tell it to play any music in such directory and it does just that.

as a windows manager, fluxbox. Again, not a memory hog like gnome or kde.
word processing-abiword. same reason as others.

can I change music from mp3 to a normal cd format with grip? there some jpop songs I have as mp3 but my g/f would like to listen to them on her cd player..

January 31st, 2006, 03:14 PM
I use all the programs already mentioned: I would add to the list just a few a bit more specific:
Gkrellm, to monitor the system,
Beagle, to find out data among files of every kind,
Serpentine to burn audio CD
and Anjuta if you are interested in C programming (it's an IDE).

January 31st, 2006, 03:15 PM
Web browser - firefox
MSN - aMSN and gaim
Music - rhythmbox and xmms

and so on ...

January 31st, 2006, 03:32 PM
I`ve just stumbled across
streamtuner- for shoutcast radio and other live streams.
Acidrip- for backing up my dvd collection an case the discs get damaged (stores as AVI!)
Opera web browser- so clean and pretty to look at :D
aMSN- supports webcams
Kopete- another good messenger prog
Amarok- lovely music player with good dynamic functions (got plenty of memory u see)
Skype- to talk to my girlfriend in spain!
gDesklets- makes me workspace look pretty
and K3b for being absolutely brilliant....


January 31st, 2006, 03:37 PM
Gimp - photoeditor
Blender - 3D applecation
Firefox - Fav web browser
Gaim - instant mssanger

Ubuntu - :p

January 31st, 2006, 03:53 PM
Firefox - porn browser
Xine - porn player

January 31st, 2006, 04:14 PM
Firefox (with a ton of plug-ins)
Thunderbird with Calendar plug-in
Open Office (with MS Fonts, KDE icons, no splash screen, all of MS's templates)
VLC and Totem
GAIM w/ guifications

January 31st, 2006, 04:18 PM
Since everyone seems to abuse it verbally:

I love you metacity. <3

I also love Epiphany, Abiword, GNUmeric, xchat-gnome, totem, rhythmbox, sound-juicer and finally FreeCiv without which I would have to much sparetime.

January 31st, 2006, 04:20 PM
dillo is my favorite browser. it's obviously faster than anything else (with the possible exception of the more finicky links2). it doesn't have the features of firefox or opera, but it is way faster.

xmms does everything i want an audio player to do and i like changing the skins for it.

gimp is fantastic. inkscape is also great, but i don't use it all that often.

i like GQview for viewing images.

i'm always using different window managers. i have xfce on here, but my current favorite is 9wm. it's very fast and very different.

just started using sylpheed-claws for mail. with the plugins, it's very useable and it opens instantly.

hard to believe all this stuff is free.

January 31st, 2006, 08:00 PM
I know the subject is sort of a dupe, but I can't resist. :-)

Openbox - I use Openbox with GNOME. Amazing.

Firefox - Okay, so it's very nearly standard equipment these days, but I still love it.

Thunderbird - I just want mail, and I want client-side filtering, and I don't want to fuss around with bogofilter or spamassassin or anything else okplsthx. Thunderbird does this for me.

Kino - Baby in the house, video camera with Firewire, and a wife who wants home videos on DVD. The interface seems to come from the "Let's leave options out 'coz options hurt usability" school of GNOMe interface design, but since I'm editing home movies, it's not an issue at all.

DVD Styler - This goes with the last entry. Who wants to edit an XML file just to build menus for a home-movies DVD?

AVI Demux - Damn near the GUI equivalent of Transcode. Yes, it has legitimate uses, too. ;-) For one thing, when I export DVD-compliant MPEG from Kino, I have it split the files on chapters to help keep things in sync. Before I pull the video into DVD Styler, I'll concatenate them in AVIDemux.

XFCE4 Terminal - Oh, quit whining about GNOME Baker not having a DVD Video mode and run growisofs from the command line already. Why XFCE4 Terminal instead of GNOME Terminal? It's less memory- and cpu-greedy than GNOME Terminal, and functionality is nearly identical.

wxMusik - It's like Rhythmbox, only much better. Think iTunes Party Shuffle with better library management. :-) Word of caution, though: You might want to avoid ALSA output and use OSS emulation instead.

PornView - It has an interface like gqView or gThumbs, but plays videos as well as viewing images -- now you know where the name comes from.

GIMPshop - GIMP's menu structure is weird.

January 31st, 2006, 08:35 PM
Ok these are my favorite apts. This list doesnt even have to do with linux. These are my top 5 favorite programs period!

-KOffice 1.4.2
-K3B, much more then just a media burner ;)

Other 4 I like but could be replaced by something of equal value:
-Xine/Totem (used as one, count as one)

I am starting to spend time with Krita. Maybe one day I will warm up to it.


January 31st, 2006, 08:36 PM
ratpoison - very simple, keyboard-driven wm
screen - like a window manager for your terminal
hellanzb - a usenet binary downloader and auto-processor
mutt - "All mail clients suck. This one just sucks less."
gnupg - because private mail should stay private.
mplayer - my preferred media player
vim - ridiculously powerful editor. I learn a new trick every day. :D
gqview - a great image viewer
firefox - I don't really love it, but it's the most bearable browser around atm.

To my shame I also must admit I really love using DVDShrink in wine. :oops:

January 31st, 2006, 08:57 PM
I do not have much to add, for me it's mainly:

Firefox + (really many) extensions
Thunderbird + (not so many) extensions
GAIM for instant messenging
QuodLibet for music
Totem (for DVD and some CDs with strange data layout)
EasyTag for keeping my Mp3 collection in order
BlueFish + gPhpEdit for Development
galculator, because everyone needs a calculator sometimes
OpenOffice for the daily word editing needs
Apache + Mysql + PHP for development
GIMP + gThumb for image viewing and editing
gFTP for filetransfers (it sucks, but I will have to wait for Filezilla 3 to become stable as there are no decent alternatives)

And my beloved terminal with some help of nautilus for the rest ;)

January 31st, 2006, 09:14 PM
Gedit with the tag-list plugin to make my tex files.
Adobe Reader
OpenOffice to handle the other Office's stuff I get.
XSane + gocr

Derek Djons
January 31st, 2006, 09:20 PM
Desktop: Gnome
Webbrowser: Mozilla Firefox
Email: Mozilla Thunderbird
Media: Totem & VLC
Office: OpenOffice.org2
Webdevelopment: Bluefish

January 31st, 2006, 09:41 PM
SuperTux - Great Mario-like game

January 31st, 2006, 09:53 PM
Vim = best text editor in the world IMO
Firefox/Galeon = Web browser
Rhythmbox = MP3 player
GAIM = multi-protocol IM program....don't really like this one but i have no choice
xCHM = useful to view CHM (Compiled HTML) documents such as help manuals
LimeWire = P2P
MPlayer = the best media player out there

January 31st, 2006, 10:07 PM
nvu - for webpages
Blender - 3D modelling
gedit - I'm always using it, beats notepad!
OpenOffice - mainly Calc and Writer

Loads of other stuff which I take for granted, which I guess shows how well they work.

January 31st, 2006, 10:10 PM
Dgen Baby Yeah!

January 31st, 2006, 10:12 PM
Here's my list (the order doesn't matter):

- Any virtual terminal or graphical console.
- Midnight Commander
- Mplayer
- Samba
- The Gimp
- GThumb
- K3b
- Gaim
- wget
- Vim
- Gnomebittorrent
- Firefox
- Gedit
- Openoffice

I just hope not to forget any app.

That's all.


January 31st, 2006, 11:17 PM
These are not all, but some:

+Screen in any terminal

January 31st, 2006, 11:24 PM
Rosegarden4 cant beat it for moosic making
(except maybe ardour, but couldnt get that to work!)

January 31st, 2006, 11:48 PM
all the usuals, and...


February 1st, 2006, 01:18 AM
vim for text editing.
SSH for remote connection.
XMMS for playing music.
VLC for playing video.

And most importantly, xkill if something goes wrong.

February 1st, 2006, 03:54 AM
Well I ended up getting Liferea and I love it... thats going to save me so much time when I want to check my news sites :D

February 1st, 2006, 04:02 AM
Apps I use on a daily basis are:

irssi - http://www.irssi.org/ - nice IRC client
screen - I use this with irssi so I don't have to disconnect from IRC just to restart X
GIMP - the best in image manipulation, IMHO
gkrellm - for system monitoring
xmms - for music
xine - for DVD's
firefox - for web surfing
Evolution - for email, calendar, general PIM
PmWiki - http://www.pmwiki.org/ - for a personal wiki

These are my favourite apps and I probably wouldn't enjoy my computer very much without them :)

purdy hate machine
February 1st, 2006, 10:14 AM
Just a few of my fave Linux apps.

Amarok In my opinion the best music player on any operating system.

Kopete Multi protocol instant messenger now with webcam

Opera For web browsing / RSS Feeds / Email / Making the tea ;)

Gimp One of the best examples off free software

Zinc Yahoo chat client. Great fun !

Abiword Lightweight word processor.

Xine DVD / Video player.

February 1st, 2006, 06:47 PM
well, I haven't been addicted to ubuntu for very long...but...

Programs that start up when I reboot: GAIM, Evolution, Rhythmbox

Daily use: Firefox, Nautilus

Often use: NVU, gFTP, Linux DC++, Totem, Gimp, OpenOffice2

Seldom use: GRAMPS, K3b, Skype, Bluefish

Occasionally use: oh my god, too many toys here, have to get sleep, no, just one more thing to try... GAH!!!!

February 2nd, 2006, 05:11 AM
I am still somewhat new to linux/opensouse and it has been blowing my mind! I absolutly love the availability of software that is out there. Realizing the amount of programs out there I began to worry that I was missing out on something really good. So I was just wondering what programs you guys use on a daily basis. Recently I found out about F-Spot and I think its great, I have also been using the gimp some, Gaim, Evolution, OpenOffice, and Fire fox.

Anyway, let me know what you guys love!

K3B!!! It kicks Roxio's sorry butt (I'd use stronger language, but I'm self-censoring) to hell! I have Kubuntu set to read all my files of music and movies from my windows FAT32 partition, and can burn away to my heart's content without the bugginess of Windows and Roxio (can't believe I paid $$ for Roxio...) If I'm in windows, and I need to burn a disc, I get out of there and load up Kubuntu. (I keep windows for the boyfriend, and for some of my windows games).

KShisen-Sho: Very addictive little mahjongg game. If you haven't played it, try it.

PlanetPenguin Racer: Fun fun fun, as is Supertux.

Amarok. Slowly, but surely, it won me away from Winamp's clone XMMS.


I'm sure the more I use Kubuntu, the more I'll love it and the more I'll find to love.

February 3rd, 2006, 07:57 AM
See prior thread:

My Top "10" (http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=698312&postcount=94)

August 25th, 2006, 03:35 AM
FVWM - Window Mananger
Rox - File Mananger
Aterm - ;)
Firefox - No nee tell mutch about it
XMMS - MP3 Player
Mplayer - All videos player =)
Vim - Edit all you want
gFTP - Need ftp?
BitTornado - Torrents
Gaim - (Almost) All messengers protocols
aMSN - MSN with Webcam in Linux
Liferea - RSS & Atom news reader (Dont live without it)
Imagemagick - Wanna edit images in command line?
Gimp - Nice Image editor
InkScape - Vector editor
Seahorse - Manage my GPG keys ;)
File-Roller - Extract all =)
XPDF - Read .pdf files
XCHM - Read .chm (windows files)
X CD-Roast - Burn Baby Burn ^__^
OpenOffice - Office
Conky - Stats of my CPU in my Desktop
QUAKE lll ARENA - The best FPS game EVER!!!

August 25th, 2006, 04:04 AM
1. Opera
2. Gnome Terminal
3. Frozen Bubble :mrgreen:
4. gVIM and several other text editors.
5. Azureus for torreting
6. VLC media player and M player
6. most of the pre-installed networking programs.

And much more...

August 25th, 2006, 04:24 AM
I alternate between GNOME and Fluxbox, therefore here's what I use in each DE (just the favourite stuff)

Evolution --> My virtual secretary as I usually call it, couldn't live without it now, as I work from home.
Opera --> The fastest non-text web browser there is (apart from dillo, obviously), plus it could handle my mail, as well as cater to my IRC needs (not many), and act as a bittorrent client. Kicks Firefox's ****... except for being proprietary.
amaroK --> Yeah, I know I'm running GNOME, but it's a great music player. Only beaten by foobar2000, in my view... but foobar is, unfortunately, Windows only...
OpenOffice.org --> Kicks MS Office's **** (especially in its price)
GAIM --> Simple and effective, my favourite IM program
K3b --> Another example of a great KDE app I use in GNOME. And I don't care, it's the best there is.
Torsmo --> Almost realtime non-invasive system monitoring. Yeah, I could use conky, but why would I, if I don't need the extra stuff?
Beaver --> Chews gedit's ****.
Stellarium --> Ooooohhh!, look at all those purrrty stars...

And all the stuff I use for web development.

XAMPP, Bluefish, Amaya, NVU, good ol' Beaver chewing on the code, and so on.

PCManFM --> Great little file manager, with tabs and all.
dillo--> It's faaaaaaaaast! Plus, I compiled a version with tabs, antialiasing, ssl and frames support, which makes it even more usable.
Sylpheed-Claws --> I actually prefer it over Evolution as an email client, but it's no virtual secretary. The extra stuff is worth it (over simple Sylpheed).
idesk, idesktool --> I like having a few icons on the desktop.
X-Chat --> To cater to my (few) IRC needs.

August 25th, 2006, 04:56 AM
since the last time i answered this thread, i've gotten a new laptop that has much more juice (or, less weakness) than my old desktop. so, my preferences have changed, somewhat...

firefox - the only reason i ever stopped using it was because it was too slow on my old machine. firefox was my introduction to open source and i think it's beautiful.

thunderbird - it does everything i want, the way i want.

gimp - when it comes to putting your friends' heads on the bodies of trannies, nothing beats gimp.

gnome terminal - it's prettier than mrxvt.

kaffeine - better sound than xmms, my longtime favorite.

thunar - i love this thing. it's beautiful, it's clean and it does everything i want it to.

nano - i just do.

gqview - best image viewer EVA!!1

August 25th, 2006, 07:21 AM
Long live the command line.

mpd - I use the ncurses GUI ncmpc to control/browse my collection

mutt - The best light email client.

snownews - Simple text rss reader.

mc - Don't use a file manager much but this is light and gets the job done.

ogle - Command line DVD player. Supports menus.

rxvt-unicode - My favorite term.

wget-queue.pl - Thank you Craig Maloney.

wmii - The best window manager off all times. Can't live without it. =D>

August 25th, 2006, 12:49 PM
katapult- because laptop screen space is too precious to be filled with launcer icons

powersaved- because suspend to ram is handy

kontact- because it keeps me organized

amarok- best music player ever

xine- because I like being able to play media

xgl+compiz+cgwd- because I'm an eyecandy ***** :)

August 25th, 2006, 01:18 PM
Long live the command line.

mpd - I use the ncurses GUI ncmpc to control/browse my collection

mutt - The best light email client.

snownews - Simple text rss reader.

mc - Don't use a file manager much but this is light and gets the job done.

ogle - Command line DVD player. Supports menus.

rxvt-unicode - My favorite term.

wget-queue.pl - Thank you Craig Maloney.

wmii - The best window manager off all times. Can't live without it. =D>

instead of watching the DVDs, you should just read the scripts in the terminal. now that would be hardcore. btw, have you ever tried mrxvt? it has tabs.

August 25th, 2006, 04:59 PM
Ogle is nice though. Don't really need tabs when using wmii. I use stacks.

August 25th, 2006, 05:56 PM
Epiphany is I think slightly faster than FF I like dillo too but don't have enough experiance using it.
Gimp I just groove on it-ya dig?
Abiword Unbelivably quick to open yet very well featured
Gnomebaker Ease of use "baking"
VIM Because I learned to use it and now enjoy it's efficency

August 25th, 2006, 09:51 PM
First and foremost, Amarok makes my life worth living. It just plain kicks ***. Secondly, there's Gaim, which is also amazing. Also, there's Easytag, XGL/Compiz, Firefox, Google Earth, Skype, and Xchat to round out the assortment.

August 25th, 2006, 09:54 PM
just got hooked on pine.

August 26th, 2006, 12:33 AM
K3B - Burns everything
Ktorrent - Downloads everything
Amarok - Music everything
Streamtuner - Radio everything
Vlc - Video everything
Firefox - Net everything
Kmail - Mail everything
Google Earth - Our planet everything
Nano - Edit everything
Gimp - Image everything
Celestia and Stellarium - Universe everything
gFtp - Transfer everything
Nvu - Web design everything
KdeTv - Television everything

August 26th, 2006, 02:00 AM
I've been hooke on Listen for quite some time now...great music player/ organizer...

August 26th, 2006, 05:12 AM
Amarok for music, Kate for text editing, programming and scripting, Kopete as IM client, Konversation (at the moment) for IRC, TVtime for the TV-Tunner, KTorrent for torrents, Konsole as a terminal emulator.

August 27th, 2006, 12:16 AM
the nano n has me writing bad checks...


August 27th, 2006, 12:23 AM
the nano n has me writing bad checks...


i dont get it...

August 27th, 2006, 12:34 AM
i dont get it...

can't you see the hotness?](*,)

August 27th, 2006, 09:16 AM
Gedit as LaTeX front-ent editor, a blog plug-in would make it a killer-app.

TeXLive 2005

Gimp, since I only need b/w images in combination with LaTeX.

Opera, not OSS, but imnsho the best browser available for Ubuntu Linux.

GnomeBaker for blanking CD's.

Nautilus for burning them and of course for file management.


Gaim 2





August 27th, 2006, 12:14 PM
In no real order.

VLC (but i use Kaffeine due to it's KDE integration)

Does KDE count ;)

August 27th, 2006, 12:29 PM
There's no point mentioning the apps I love that have been mentioned dozens of times already, but I'm really quite liking basKet (http://basket.kde.org/) at the moment. It's cute, and a nice way of keeping an easily-searchable "scrapbook" of links, notes, pictures etc I encounter in my browsing/ working :)

August 27th, 2006, 01:19 PM
I think that program might prove really useful for me. Thanks. I just wish it could keep itself in sync with my bookmarks.

August 27th, 2006, 04:49 PM
*****Gnome Terminal***** (gotta love it)
Conky, ssh/scp, ftp, vim, fwbuilder
Productivity and Info-
Firefox-loaded, Thunderbird-loaded, Open Office, Gaim, Liferea, Nautilus, Beagle, GnomeBaker
NVU, GIMP, Bluefish, Screem, drivel
Xine, Rythymbox, tron, Frozen Bubble :biggrin:

-Server-(all headless)
ssh/scp, Lamp, nut, ISPConfig, Uebemaui - Webmail (SP?), Samba, squid, NFS, ClamAV
--still playing with various backup opts.--

August 27th, 2006, 05:02 PM
Quod Libet:Music
Firefox: best app for the net
Gaim: Socializing on the net
OpenOffice.org: for the more serious stuff
Zsnes: Nintendo Nostalgia
Screem: For my website
Thoggen: Ripping my DVD's to a free format

August 28th, 2006, 02:25 AM

I Gotta ask...

Where did you find that WONDERFUL quote in your sig?

August 28th, 2006, 02:34 AM
Firefox for web browsing
Gaim for MSN
Banshee for music
irssi for IRC
gnome-terminal for a terminal <:
Evolution for email
Tribler for torrents.

August 28th, 2006, 04:16 AM
Firefox is the man.

August 28th, 2006, 07:33 AM

I Gotta ask...

Where did you find that WONDERFUL quote in your sig?

A quote from Robert Wilensky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_monkey_theorem#Internet_culture)

August 28th, 2006, 11:28 AM
if you like a yahoo client with webcam support and room voice chat
try GYachI (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=190900)

August 28th, 2006, 01:28 PM
kde and Midnight Commander :D

August 28th, 2006, 02:29 PM

August 28th, 2006, 09:17 PM
Music: gmusicbrowser (http://squentin.free.fr/gmusicbrowser/gmusicbrowser.html) (probably the most-used application on my system)
Burning: Gnomebaker (http://gnomebaker.sourceforge.net/v2/)
Ripping: Sound Juicer (http://www.burtonini.com/blog/computers/sound-juicer)
RSS: Straw (http://www.gnome.org/projects/straw/)
Games: Battle For Wesnoth (http://www.wesnoth.org/)
System stats/eye candy: GKrellM (http://members.dslextreme.com/users/billw/gkrellm/gkrellm.html) (f*** gDesklets)
Word Processing: Abiword (http://www.abisource.com/) (OOo is a pig)
Spreadsheet: Gnumeric (http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/) (OOo is still a pig)
Blogging: BloGTK (http://blogtk.sourceforge.net/) (although I do like the panel applet too)

September 4th, 2006, 06:40 PM
I'm still fairly new but after some extensive research and some playing around:

Music: Listen
Music Editing: Audacity*
Burning: Bonfire*
Movies: MPlayer
Financial Management: GNUCash
Writing Notebooks/Lecture Notes (In Theory, hand is still easiest i'm a maths student!): Wyneken
Desktop Publishing: Scribus
WYSIWYM Word Processor: Lyx*
Office Suite: Open Office (With speed up tweaks from this forum)
RSS Reader: Liferea
Mail Client/Calendar etc: Evolution
The Terminal*
Web browser: Firefox 2 beta / Swiftfox 1.5
Instant Messenger: Gaim
Package Installation: Synaptic
Bible Software: Bible Time*
Image Editing: Gimp
Drawing: Inkscape*
Calculator: Qalculate*
Writing in Latex: Kile
Quick (Fairly advanced) Mathematics: Maxima with WxMaxima frontend*
Full Advanced Mathematics: Maple**

* - Apps are more highly recommended than the rest, these are my favourite apps.

** - Proprietry software, I get a huge Uni discount as a student, its fantastic software but rediculously priced! >1000


September 4th, 2006, 06:46 PM
Sorry double posted!

September 4th, 2006, 10:09 PM
Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/)
Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/)
Nano (http://www.nano-editor.org/)
Screen (http://www.gnu.org/software/screen/)
gFTP (http://gftp.seul.org/)

September 5th, 2006, 02:20 AM
Mad Bomber

Mad Bomber is a clone of the excellent 1981 Atari 2600 video game "Kaboom!" by Larry Kaplan of Activision. (Kaboom! was originally going to be an Atari-produced 2600 port of their 1978 arcade game, "Avalanche.")

September 7th, 2006, 06:12 AM

September 8th, 2006, 09:23 AM
Long live the command line.


shutdown (I like to go to sleep to music, and the simple command shutdown -h x lets me time it so that I can do that and still have this beast turn off.)