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Old 11-26-2003, 10:58 PM   #1
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Taking ideas for a new (small) application

Hello everybody!
Me and my friend are thinking about making some small Linux application.
If you have any good ideas for some small application which people will
like to use, please post them here.
Old 11-27-2003, 05:23 AM   #2
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Come on ppl! You sure have some ideas!
Old 11-27-2003, 06:45 AM   #3
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Yes, we do, but better yet, what ideas do you have? After all, it's a safe bet that Linux wasn't/isn't a cakewalk all the time. So, what ideas would you like to see implemented? Personally, I'd like to see "small parts" assisted, like documentation for things that your average person is interested in, but isn't really touched on by your typical HOWTO.

This sounds irrelevant to what you're asking for, but a good programmer can build docs out of source code, something most people can't. After a while, you'll know exactly what Linux users need. Also, just skimming this site will give you a good idea of what people have trouble with. Just because your solution isn't "official" or perfect doesn't mean it isn't good enough.

From my point of view, I'd like to see more "home user" stuff. You know, samba setup programs that don't ask for domain names, hyper-permissions, and the like. Idiotic setup programs, lazy networking configs, etc. Bad as that may be, that would do wonders for Linux, at least in getting people used to it, until the other larger projects caught up.

Pretty much, if you can't click on it and make it work (and be secure) , it's not good enough. That should keep you busy for a while.
Old 11-27-2003, 11:51 AM   #4
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How about a program that picks stocks that are about to go up? If you can do that you'll be richer than bill gates in no time. :
Old 11-27-2003, 04:13 PM   #5
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In all seriousness, a command line messaging program such as Micro$oft's netsend.exe would be helpful for people who run LANparties, such as me
Old 11-27-2003, 05:11 PM   #6
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I was thinking stock alert system of some type. The possibilities are unlimited.

One thing I would like to see would be a webpage that you can create a stocklist with percentages or values required to trigger an alert. It should support mobile, telephone/pager, email alerts.

One thing to use is a simple app named quote which will take care of the quotes for you. All you need to do is make the frontend.

example of quote

[david@zeus david]$ quote -r ebay
EBAY: 55.60 +0.33 (+0.60%) @Nov 26

It needs to be a webserver app that will support multiple users with secure access.

Last edited by DavidPhillips; 11-27-2003 at 05:16 PM.


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