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10 Essential Linux Applications for Daily Use

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| Instead of an introduction, I'll answer the question 'Why did you left out
| wonderful applications like Scribus, Inkscape, Cinelerra, Wine, QCad etc?'.
| Well, because the article is about applications which I consider essential
| for daily use. Of course, some work with those every day, but not the
| majority. Secondly, if you ask why Amarok and not Banshee, or why KTorrent
| and not Deluge, well that's a personal preference. Unfortunately the article
| is about 10 and only 10 applications, so I can't include all of them here.
| Instead, I mentioned several (I know, not all) alternatives for each of the
| applications included here. Happy reading!


Russell about compassion for Windows Users

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| These days, Linux can be installed by whoever dares to try. And the best
| thing, besides being completely free and shareable: it’s a complete install,
| mostly. No third-party software needed, for which you have to search the web
| or have the CD-ROMS (what’s that, again?), no old-time .configure && make &&
| sudo make install anymore, it just worksTM. Even this “mostly” is only
| remotely correct: for over 90% of the people I know, everything needed is on
| board right from the start.


Windows users don't even have a PDF viewer. Not out of the box, not in the
repository (what's that?).


Linux Myth: Installing “Third Party” Software is “Hard”

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| For this rebuttal we will forget the fact that almost all software in a Linux
| distribution is “third party”. I believe what those who claim to detest Linux
| really mean by “third party” are non-free applications from closed source
| developers and some few FOSS projects not included with major Linux
| distributions. Surely they do not mean installing on Mandriva some helper
| application designed on and for Ubuntu. Or certainly they do not mean
| installing applications that would typically be done by a company’s technical
| support personnel, like maybe LedgerSMB for business accounting. That would
| be silly.



Get down and dirty with Linux

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| Package managers make getting to grips with Linux easier
| Let me start with a controversial statement: installing new software is
| almost always easier on Linux than on Windows. On most Linux systems, a
| package manager takes care of both the installation and removal of software. *


The Thing About Beagle

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| Beagle is a desktop search tool for Gnome. I thought I might give it
| a go, because sometimes I need to find things. Since I am using KDE I
| also installed Kerry, which is a KDE front end for Beagle. All of this
| can be accomplished in Debian as follows:
| apt-get install kerry
| Phew, that was tricky. I can see why those windows guys find Linux
| sooo difficult. It is waaaaay easier to go to some random website,
| download an installer, pray that it is safe, double-click on the
| installer, click "Yes, I do agree to all of these outrageous license
| terms and I don't mind that it includes spyware, and adware", click
| Next, Next, Next, and finally reboot a couple of times.


Free Agent: How to Compile Free Software Apps

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| Let me start with a controversial statement: Installing
| new software is almost always easier on Linux than on
| Windows or the Mac OS.
| I can already envision the angry e-mail. It'll come from
| the folks who write each month, certain that if they use
| enough capital letters and exclamation points, they'll
| convince me that LINUX SUCKS!!!
| But I'll say it again: Installing new software is, in
| most cases, easier under Linux than under other
| operating systems. I've touched on the simple reason
| why many times in this column. On most Linux systems,
| an app called the package manager takes care of
| software installation and removal.


Flipping the Linux switch: Disturbingly easy installs, now with sound and

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| Last week, we walked through installing Ubuntu Linux.
| It's not a particularly hard process, and Ubuntu is great because it clearly
| illustrates the basic steps every Linux distribution goes through when it
| installs on a hard drive. Even if you don't use Ubuntu or a derivative, just
| looking at the installer screenies gives a nice story arc to a generic Linux
| install. * *

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