These FLOSS programs are listed under either 'awesome', 'great', or 'decent' categories, based upon their worth. I won't bother listing the bad and the ugly, because that is often a matter of taste. I also won't bother listing non-OSI-approved programs, because I am a FLOSS fanatic, and you should fear me. As you will see, after browsing through the programs listed (as I have all of these installed on at least one of my computers), I like to keep around backup programs in case things go wrong. Because, you know they will :), especially since I like to mess with my system a lot, and thus mess it up a lot.

Program - Description + Synopsis

Awesome - the best of the best of the best.

FluxBox - My favorite window manager. Very light, simple, can easily customize menus (by hand). I really like it. It's based on blackbox. + Awesome window manager.

Geany - A great IDE, independent of KDE and GNOME. Small, light, fast, feature-full. + Awesome IDE.

GKrellM - "A single process stack of system monitors which supports applying themes." I really like this neat system monitor. It's more useful than you think. I can look at it, and it tells me exactly what my system is doing ... well, almost. + Awesome system monitor.

ROX Desktop - "A fast, user friendly desktop which makes extensive use of drag-and-drop." It also "favours using several small programs together instead of creating all-in-one mega-applications." Really the most useful part of this is ROX-Filer, with is an awesome file manager. Combine that with the Archive utility and VideoThumbnail and you're set. Now you can quickly make and extract archives (and this is easily extensible to other archive formats, because it is written in python), and you have thumbnails for images and videos (again extensible). ROX-Filer can do anything any other file manager can do, but is much smaller, faster, lighter ... awesome. + Awesome file manager and more ...

Xfce-Terminal - An awesome terminal emulator. Tons of features, including my favorite, right-click copy and paste. :) + Awesome terminal emulator.

Great - very good and highly recommended.

BashBurn - A great burning app when xserver is out of order, or you don't have KDE installed for k3b, or even when you do. + Great command-line burning app.

calcoo - A desktop calculator, small and light, low on dependencies. + desktop calculator

ccrypt - Great encryption software. + encryption software.

chkrootkit - Checks for rootkits. + rootkit check

Conky - "A light-weight system monitor under active development." Like gkrellm, and it can draw onto your root window ... that's the background of your desktop. Great, but not as awesome as gkrellm, IMO. + Great system monitor.

dvdisaster - "dvdisaster stores data on CD/DVD (supported media) in a way that it is fully recoverable even after some read errors have developed. This enables you to rescue the complete data to a new medium." + Great for backing up data more securely.

foremost - "Foremost is a console program to recover files based on their headers, footers, and internal data structures (data carving). Foremost can work on image files, such as those generated by dd, Safeback, Encase, etc, or directly on a drive." Very useful for not only for data recovery, but also for extracting files not normally visible, such as BIOSes inside zip or rar files inside an exe. Pretty cool. + Great for data recovery and more.

galculator - Another desktop calculator, a nicer interface than calcoo, but more dependencies. + desktop calculator

GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program. Better than Photoshop, IMO. + Great image manipulation program.

Gnumeric - Great spreadsheet program. Very accurate, and is now much more stable than it used to be. Great replacement for Open Office spreadsheet. + Great spreadsheet.

gnuplot - A 2D and 3D plotting app. There are others that are much better, but much harder to use. This one is easy to use, and does what most people will ever need to do with such an app. + Great 2D, 3D plotting app.

Inkscape - Great vector graphics (svg) editor. Many nice features. + Great svg editor.

Lynx - A great web browser when xserver is out of order, and sometimes even when it is working. + Great command-line web browser.

LyX - Like TeXmacs (or vice versa), but slightly less user-friendly, IMO. It also claims to be "the first WYSIWYM document processor." What you see is what you mean ... right. Still very nice. + Great "word processor".

Mozilla Firefox - With the right extentions, it is the best brower out there. No ads, no scripts, no pop-ups, stability and full functionality that you would expect from a web browser. What more could you want ? Well, I would want less bloat, because it is slightly bloated. It goes under excellent, because there is none better with this same functionality. Also, firefox is very stable as long as you have the right plug-ins. See my firefox tweaking guide + Great browser, slightly bloated, can't do without it.

Mplayer - One of the best media players available for *nix. More featureful than xine, but somewhat less error-tolerant. Other than that, if you installed all the codecs, then it will play pretty much every movie out there. + Great media player.

Nano - A great text editor when xserver is out of order. + Great command-line text editor.

NEdit - "A multi-purpose text editor for the X Window System, which combines a standard, easy to use, graphical user interface with the thorough functionality and stability required by users who edit text eight hours a day." + Great text exitor.

p7zip - A great replacement for '.rar' (which is non-free). Great compression ratio as well. Unfortunately, it is also kinda slow. I usually prefer a simple '.tgz'. Of course, if you need rar-like functionality, then you should use p7zip. + Great archiving utility.

paco - A source code package organizer. If you install things from source a lot, then I highly recommend this program. There are, of course, many such programs out there, but this one is my favorite. It "uses the LD_PRELOAD method to track package installations". It also features a nice GUI for managing the packages. + Great from source package manager.

rkhunter - Checks for rootkits. + rootkit check

rxvt - A great terminal if you don't want to get all the dependencies for XFCE-Terminal, and in case something goes wrong with XFCE-Terminal. + Great lightweight terminal emulator.

Scribus - "Award-winning professional page layout." "A combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout." Great for designing magazines, brochures, pamphlets, pdfs, etc. + Great page layout app, can export to pdf.

TeXmacs - A great "word processor" if you can call it that. It's really much more and much better. They call it a "a free wysiwyw (what you see is what you want) editing platform with special features for scientists." Hopefully that makes more sense to you ? Anyway, it is a great replacement for openoffice writer. + Great "word processor".

wvWare - A library which allows access to M$ Word files. This can come in handy, when people send you '.doc' and you don't have Open Office around (and it's your boss, so you can't tell him to f*k off with his '.doc'). You can just convert it to HTML, Latex, DVI, PS, PDF, txt, wml, rtf, and more. + Great M$ Word to other converter.

Xara Xtreme - Another great vector graphics, as well as general purpose graphics program for *nix. It is quickly nearing full functionality, as in the past it was under heavy development. + Great graphics and svg editor.

Xine - Another great media player. Not as feature-full as mplayer, IMO, but it is more error tolerant. It is also better at handling streaming media. + media player

Xpdf - Great, lightweight pdf viewer. + Great pdf viewer.

Decent - not great, but still useful at times.

Go-oo - A faster version of openoffice with more features. Still buggy sometimes but faster than openoffice. + Decent office suite.

imagination - A simple dvd slideshow maker, supports background music. + dvd slideshow

mbuffer - An interesting program, works like buffer only has more features. It can be useful in some cases, but rarely. + Interesting, buffer with more features.

movie thumbnailer (mtn) - Generates movie thumbnails, useful, but not all the time. + Good for making thumbnails of movies for posting.

nvclock - Useful if you have an nvidia card, can set fan speeds and overclock the card. + nvidia graphics fan and overclock

tovid - A collection of video disc authoring tools. You can make your own DVDs, VCDs, and SVCDs for playback on your home DVD player. Cross your fingers tho, because you'll be lucky if it works as you want it. Make sure to apply every patch to it, check the forum. If you don't, it just won't work. I don't particularly like this program, but if you patch it, I guess it usually does what you want it to do, and you can actually achieve some mighty professional results with it. + Decent video disk authoring app.

And will you look at that, it is a normal/Gaussian distribution ... many apps are great, few are awesome and few are not so good (of course, we omit the really crappy here). If you know of other great apps, please do e-mail me and tell me about them. I'm always looking for great applications, as there is kind of a lack of them. And also feel free to send me hate mail if you disagree with my ratings.


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