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Software under Linux

Posted 04-22-2012 at 01:14 PM by error_401
Updated 07-14-2015 at 02:12 PM by error_401 (Continuation)

I have promised a bit about the software I regularely install on my Linux machines. For brevity I give the program name which can be searched for on the internet and for the apt-get users the package name with wich to install as well as a short description why I install this software.

Proper Name of Software / apt-get package name / description

Here we go:
Clam Anti Virus / clamav / the clam anti virus base
ClamTK interface / clamtk / the graphical interface for KDE
Rootkit Hunter / rkhunter / a scanner for rootkits
chkrootkit / chkrootkit / another scanner for rootkits

scite / scite / a text editor for programming languages (closest to Notepad++ I think)

virtualbox / virtualbox..-. / from Oracle a virtualization platform to run other OS's within LINUX. Could also be used the other way round to run LINUX on Windows.
dkms / dkms / an environment required eg. for virtualbox to load kernel modules
nmap / nmap / console network mapping software
zenmap / zenmap / graphical frontend for nmap (installing zenmap installs nmap)
smartmontools / smartmontools / a tool to monitor hard drives with S.M.A.R.T. technology
gsmartcontrol / gmsartcontrol / the GUI for smartmontools
grsync / grsync / a bit of a special synch tool
ddrescue / gddrescue / a tool for data recovery from disks and CD-ROM's
krename / krename / a GUI batch rename tool for KDE
kde-config-touchpad / kde-config-touchpad / a tool to configure touchpads under KDE

gftp / gftp / an ftp application with a nice split window to shuffle files back and forth on an ftp server.
filezilla / filezilla another well known ftp client.

BROWSER + PLUGINS (if not installed by OS setup)
googleChrome from the google website. Install using "dpkg -i" and afterwards run "apt-get install -f" to fix the missing dependencies. Chrome is nice and complete with flash-player etc. and it runs correct with sound and anything. Until today the most hassle-free browser I'm running.

FlashPlayer for Iceweasel / flashplugin-nonfree / if not installed by setup

inkscape / inkscape / a vector graphics program similar to Adobe Illustrator
dia / dia / a diagram editor I use for to hand draw network topology
openshot / openshot / a simple yet great video editor
kdenlive / kdenlive / a video editor from KDB
gimp-plugin-registry / gimp-plugin-registry / s suite of the most commonly used scripts and additions to the GIMP

kde-games / kdegames / a suite of nicely designed games such as patience and battlship or mine-sweeper
supertux / supertux / a jump and run game in an icy world with TUX the LINUX penguin

stellarium / stellarium / a planetarium software and nice tool for stargazing on the computer
celestia / celestia / similar to stellarium
sykpe / skype / The known VoIP software in it's LINUX flavor (may need install from website using the .deb) and running apt-get install -f afterwards.

sylpheed / sylpheed / an e-mail client without html parsing (means less risk of virus infection by e-mail)

amarok / amarok / media player specifically for sound - great player
VLC / vlc / The VLC player which plays nearly anything

sources.list additional entries
The below entries may have to be added to the /etc/apt/sources.list file in order for some of the above software to be installed.

deb squeeze main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze main contrib non-free

deb squeeze/updates main contrib
deb-src squeeze/updates main contrib

deb squeeze contrib non-free

Installation tips and tricks

Install Virtualbox using: apt-get install Virtualbox
Install Extension pack: download packages from website
Install using VirtualBox Manager in global settings - extension packs.
Install using VBoxManage as root or sudo it: VBoxManage extpack install <tarball> (this is a workaround if it fails due to user rights)
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