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Macfunky
April 23rd, 2010, 09:36 PM
Any promising open source projects on the go at the moment that could replace current de facto Linux software? I have heard about Guayadeque and it looks great although I haven't been able to get it working on Jaunty yet. I will most likely be upgrading to Lucid after it comes out so I might get to check it out then. It really looks good from what I have read and it looks like its set to be one of the big players for Linux (much respect to the author as i have seen him on here asking for input to his project). I have also heard about Pinta which looks promising as a paint.net alternative. Are there any other projects out there that i haven't heard of yet that look set to take the limelight?

themusicalduck
April 23rd, 2010, 10:30 PM
Found this information little while ago - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/04/oscar-winning-video-editor-goes-open.html

Pretty exciting stuff I think.

murderslastcrow
April 23rd, 2010, 10:51 PM
I'd say the ones you should check out that are getting interesting improvements and are very useful.

Openshot is a brilliant up and coming video editor.

Chromium, the open source project backing Google Chrome, has many vast improvements beyond just speed and UI enhancements, including increased open standards use, sandboxing, and multiple processes/separation of plugins, so you can open more tabs and have more security and stability while doing so.

Synfig is getting a lot of speed fixes, bringing its footprint down dramatically, and it's very useful for animation (similar to Flash, can export in swf format as well).

I'd also like to mention, while it's still fresh in my mind, an old friend, GNOME.

With GNOME 3 just around the corner, there are several enhancements being applied to the project, and they're planning to have compatibility/updates with old applets, and they say that if you could run GNOME 2, you can take full advantage of GNOME 3 on the same hardware. Also, the tooltips/menus seem to be much softer and not necessarily rectangular as in GNOME 2, a nice touch, but they're rethinking how to make the desktop faster and nicer to use. I hope they'll improve on the usability of version 2, since 2 is already pretty freaking simple.

Macfunky
April 23rd, 2010, 10:56 PM
Thanks themusicalduck. VERY interesting article :D I will look forward to hearing more about that.

Sporkman
April 24th, 2010, 04:29 AM
Qubes OS (http://qubes-os.org)

keithpeter
April 24th, 2010, 03:19 PM
Qubes OS (http://qubes-os.org)

Looks most interesting but would need quite a lot of RAM judging by the top session in the terminal on the bottom of the screenshots page.