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No apologies for being a newbie.(sort of)
I was hoping someone may be aware of a site comparing Linux software apps for newbies who do not want to disect their os or work at cli. I find the barrage of software searches daunting and am not sure what to go for in areas such as audio visual media/ rip/ convert/ burn/ viewing etc.
Mandriva free 2007 is scheduled to be my flavour of Linux.
If you use KDE, there is an easy answer (one of them); head to the KDE-apps, either by Google, by the link kde-apps.org or from KDE's site kde.org. There are a lot of programs specifically for KDE desktop (they will run on other desktops too, provided that KDE libraries are installed), and you can select to view them by rating, popularity and so on..
ICEwalkers is another site, but it really depends on what you are looking for. Gnome has it's own site for gnome-apps too, gnomefiles.org, check it out too. If you use Gnome desktop.
EDIT: like said, of course your main source of installing new software are the Mandrake reposities, by using the Mandrake package manager (I believe it includes one). But those sites are great if you don't know the name of the program you're looking for; you can find it there and then start installing it from the reposities.
These sites may also prove helpful. While they don't list specifically newbie friendly stuff, it does tell you comparisons to common Windows programs so you can get a better of idea of what you are looking for and then see what the various packages look like:
Thanks to all for the quick responses. Much appreciated.
In answer to your respective Q&A's.
1) Current notebook hardware does not allow latest MS offer and no longer interested in MS, its products, generaly working with the OS or shelling out within a year for replacement equipment.
2) Fed up with labour intensive administration and annoying OS and software behaviour despite a comprehensive admin of my OS. Having worked 8 years in IT, 5 years IT related and no longer working or wishing to work in that environment (mainly support based, home user hardware, networking, printing,1,2,3rd line and subcontractor support, etc)
3) I am a user and require my computer and software to be a tool for what I wish to accumplish and not an expensive burden as I am a non commercial home user.
4) I will no longer be making fancy Flash sites or general web pages and want to focus on my authoring, photo art retouching and of course personal home computer media entertainment.
5) During my IT working life I have installed and partially used, Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake and a couple of others I can not recall; though it was some years ago.
6) I have noted gradual advances in application type, features, availability and the changing user friendly face of the OS, aside from the generally inspiring Linux community.
Given the time and opportunity I hope to contribute in some small way from a user testing perspective on products I am likely to use.