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Old 06-02-2016, 11:39 AM   #16
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The other day I stumbled across something I wrote seven years ago. There doesn't appear to be a strikeout function in this editor, so I'll add to it.

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There are some great programs available in the OpenSource community, as good or better than their commercial counterparts.

OpenOffice 3.0.1, is a drop in replacement for ms-office. It is also available for ms-windows and the mac. http://www.openoffice.org/
Edit in: LibreOffice has taken over where OpenOffice left off in the minds of many people. The current version is, 5.1.3, and the site is,
https://www.documentfoundation.org/
Edit in: OpenOffice is still available from Apache, https://www.openoffice.org/
Edit in: A little history, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org

Amarok has to be, in the opinion of many, the best audio player available for any operating system. At this time it is only available for KDE, but mac and ms-windows versions are in development. http://amarok.kde.org/
Edit in: Scratch Amarok. It has changed. I much prefer Clementine, which is based on a older version of Amarok, https://www.clementine-player.org/

VLC Media Player (videolan.org) is an excellent player for both video and audio, but most people use it for video. Also available for ms-windows and the mac.
Edit in: VLC is still the best multimedia player out there, IMHO. https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MPlayer is very highly thought of by many. Also available for other operating systems.
http://www.mplayer.org/
Edit in: MPlayer is still highly regarded and due to some changes in management style at Videolan, which has affected the development of VLC, some people are switching to SMPlayer, a front end for MPlayer, http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/

Kaffeine for KDE is also very good as are Xine and GXine. Kaffeine uses the Xine engine.
http://kaffeine.kde.org/
http://www.xine-project.org/home
Edit in: I'm not sure if Kaffeine still uses Xine.

Gwenview is great for image viewing, and, again it is a KDE program.
http://gwenview.sourceforge.net/
Edit in: Of all the graphics viewers I've used over the years, this is my favorite. Gwenview and The Gimp are a great combination.

DigiKam and its companion viewer and editor, showFoto are available for those who prefer the album/collection type of image management. The newest version for KDE 4.x is simply outstanding, besides being quite attractive. DigiKam is a Linux based application, but there is a ms-windows version in development. http://www.digikam.org
Edit in: The kipi-plugins, which are used by other programs, e.g., Gwenview, use to be a separate package. My only complaint about digiKam is the developers moved the plugins into digiKam so you are forced to install digiKam whether you want to use it or not.


The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a image/graphics editor and highly regarded by the Linux community. The GIMP is also available for ms-windows. http://www.gimp.org
Edit in: An excellent graphics editor. It is not quite as capable as PhotoShop, but it is getting there. Krita is also very good. Some GIMP tips,
https://opensource.com/life/16/6/tricks-gimp-beginners

There is also GIMPshop, a modification of the The GIMP intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. http://www.gimpshop.com
Edit in: IIRC, this is no longer available or is no longer being developed and maintained.

If you find you just can't live without Adobe Photo Shop you can try running it in WINE or purchase a program called CrossOver Linux (codeweavers.com) and it will run many windows applications on the Linux desktop as if they were native Linux applications.

Another way to run ms-windows applications is to use a virtual machine. IMHO, Sun's VirtualBox is better than VMWare's Server, but both will work. You install, e.g., VirtualBox and into that you can install XP or Vista or other operating systems. Then you can run your favorite ms-windows program and never leave your Linux desktop.
Edit in: Several years ago, Oracle bought Sun, but they still develop and maintain VirtualBox, https://www.virtualbox.org/

KDE 4.x also comes with Okular a document (.pdf) viewer, but you can install Adobe Acrobat for Linux.

There is Kino, for KDE which is a great non-linear video editor.

K3b for burning CDs and DVDs is one of best utilities of its kind.

Both Firefox and Thunderbird are available for Linux as is Opera.
Edit in: SeaMonkey is also available. A few years ago the company behind Opera, went "off the tracks" in my opinion, and down the wrong road. You can still find packages for some Linux and *BSD distributions of Opera-12.16, the last good version of Opera, IMHO.
Vivaldi is an attempt by some of the "old" Opera staff to re-create a "old" Opera like browser, but my first reaction to both Vivalid and the "new" Opera is, "IF I wanted to run chromium, I would run chromium."

If you would like to check the security of your machine with either ms-windows or Linux go to http://www.grc.com and run their free service call Shieds Up!. I think many people, especially ms-windows users, will be surprised at how just insecure their computers are when they are on the Internet. With a properly installed firewall in ms-windows or Linux you should pass the test as "100% Stealthed."

You might check out this web site: http://www.osalt.com/
for a list of Linux/OpenSource equivalents to commercial ms-windows software. However, I don't agree with all of their recommendations and some good programs are not on their list.

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Old 06-02-2016, 11:58 AM   #17
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Krita seems to have surpassed Gimp, so I'd recommend a look at it, too, if bitmapped graphics are interesting.
Cool. Never heard of this one. Installing now.
 
Old 06-02-2016, 12:20 PM   #18
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For entertainment, lets not forget
https://sourceforge.net/projects/glrp/
http://www.lgdb.org/
 
Old 06-02-2016, 01:46 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by cwizardone View Post
There doesn't appear to be a strikout function in this editor, so I'll add to it.
Code:
foo bar
Have Fun 'editing'.
 
Old 06-02-2016, 03:29 PM   #20
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Krita seems to have surpassed Gimp, so I'd recommend a look at it, too, if bitmapped graphics are interesting.
I still prefer GIMP.
 
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:02 PM   #21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Habitual View Post
Code:
foo bar
Have Fun 'editing'.
Interesting. I'm in the editor and don't see the option for 'strikeout.'
There is bold, italic, underline, etc., etc., etc., but I don't see 'strikeout,'
by any name.
 
  


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