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Old 10-14-2005, 05:06 PM   #1
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What applications do you use day to day?

After the "Where are we going" thread, I arrived at the opinion that Linux may be about choice, but it really ought to be about solutions to needs, and that really new users definitely do not want a bewildering array of distributions and half-baked applications to wade through until they find the one that actually does everything. Many man hours are being wasted on duplicate programs every day.

SO.. to stop them re-inventing the wheel, so to speak, I'd just like to conduct a straw poll on what you use, whether you like it, and what your system is set up to do. I have a theory that the same programs will come up time and time again, but we will see. I'll go first

It's a general desktop system
Distro - Fedora Core 3 - Good all round, but I'm tempted by Kubuntu.
Desktop - Gnome, but will move completely to KDE soon (as most of what I use is Qt based).
Web browser - Firefox
Email - Evolution - crashes occasionally so may move to Kmail or Thunderbird
Text editor - anything
IM - Gaim
HTML - Quanta plus
Graphics - The Gimp
Audio player - Amarok
CD ripper - Grip
Open office etc.
DTP - Scribus
Photos - Kuickshow
Scanning - Kooka
CD burning K3B
Old 10-14-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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Most days, all I need is xterm and firefox or opera, depending on my mood.

I'm not going to list programs used at work, there's just too many.
Old 10-14-2005, 06:04 PM   #3
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Everyday is different, but the mainstream apps I use for standard home tasks are :

Distro - Ubuntu
Desktop - Gnome
IM - Gaim
Browser - Opera
Email - none (web based)
Word processing -
Movie player - Xine
Old 10-14-2005, 10:44 PM   #4
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Distro: Laptop-gentoo; desktop-debian

office stuff: openoffice.org2
window manager: e17 or xfce4 on the laptop; e16 on the desktop
web browser: firefox
email: thunderbird
basic audio editing: audacity
music typsetting: lilypond
graphics: gimp
IM: gaim
cd-burning: cdrecord
cd-ripping: abcde
file management: gentoo, xffm, xnc
music player: xmms
editor: vim and nano
metronome: gtick (great little program!)
Old 10-15-2005, 01:00 AM   #5
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Distro: Debian
Office: 2
Web: Firefox
Mail: Thunderbird
Music: Amarok
Desktop: KDE
Editor: GVim

Old 10-15-2005, 01:05 AM   #6
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Distribution: Ubuntu.

Applications I use:
wine (which I use mostly to run Super Jukebox, a really good SPC file player of which there is only a windows version)
Text editor: gedit
Terminal emulator: xterm
Music composition: Rosegarden, Audacity
Music listenining: XMMS
Desktop environment: GNOME
Web browser: Firefox
Gaming: ZSnes, Dgen, Gnometris
File management: nautilus
Video watching: mplayer
Graphics editing: Kolourpaint, GIMP

And finally, I use linpopup to send messages over my home network.
Old 10-15-2005, 01:18 AM   #7
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Desktop: KDE 3.4
Music: XMMS
Graphics: GIMP
IM: Kopete (but crashing when sending files)
Video: Xine/Mplayer
Web: FireFox
Mail: Thunderbird
text: Kate
Burning: k3b
Old 10-15-2005, 07:43 PM   #8
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It's a general desktop system
Distro - Slackware
Window Manger-Fluxbox
Web browser - Firefox for GUI, Links for CLI
Email - Thunderbird
Text editor - Midnight Commander usually
Word Processing-OpenOffice
IM - Gaim, ayttm
Graphics - The Gimp
Audio player - xmms
CD burning K3B for GUI, cdrecord for CLI
Old 10-15-2005, 08:54 PM   #9
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the list is too long, i only use freebsd or debian(sometimes other distros), but mostly the most popular software :-).
I don't know how you look for software, i just use my package management system to look for something that fit my needs. I use google when i need more info or if i didn't found anything.
Old 10-16-2005, 02:21 AM   #10
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Re: What applications do you use day to day?

Most days all I need is xterm, firefox and thunderbird.

Distro - Slackware
Desktop - Blackbox
File manager - xfe
Web browser - Firefox, opera rarely
Email - Thunderbird, mutt
FTP - gFTP, firefox (readonly)
Text editor - vim
IM - Gaim
HTML - vim
Graphics - The Gimp
Audio player - xmms
General Media Player - (g)mplayer
CD ripper - ripit (perl script)
Open office etc.
DTP - n/a
PDF - acroread
PostScript - gsview
Photos - xv
Scanning - n/a
CD burning - cdrecord, growisofs

And loads more that I can't think of at the minute. With the exception of maybe my WM and File manager I tend to keep to the most popular software

Last edited by phil.d.g; 10-16-2005 at 02:25 AM.
Old 10-16-2005, 05:22 AM   #11
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OpenOffice - swirter
abcde (cdripping)

Those are the only apps I have installed also. (they all have dpendencies but these are the only apps I have emerged)
Old 10-16-2005, 07:09 AM   #12
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Suse 9.2 pro, which i'll stick with for a while (tired of updating)
Labplot - awesome plotting utility. Highly recommended (I'm a third year physics major and it was indespensible.

Kile - use for typing up my reports in latex. Latex is the indespensible part though. sometimes I use kate for typing.

Firefox - for web browsing

Fluxbox - Window manager indespensible for when running loads of programs

Mplayer - to play dvd's, movies, without ever having to download another codec... Awesome! - for viewing docs that are sent to me. and for some work editing


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