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Old 04-18-2004, 08:29 AM   #1
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What are the best programs for a Linux beginner?

I've just got Mandrake 9 and I was wondering what programs would be good to use seeing as I am a complete beginner.

Thanks in advance!
Old 04-18-2004, 09:01 AM   #2
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Old 04-18-2004, 09:02 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ.

What do you want the programs to do?

If I was building a desktop I wouldn't want apache and if I had a server I would want OpenOffice.
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mplayer for videos n stuff
xmms for music
open office for document, spreadsheets
kate as simple text editor
gimp for photo editing
mozilla for newsgroups
konqueror for browsing
Old 04-18-2004, 10:46 AM   #5
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man and info
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and to add to list
gftp for ftp
xchat for irc
gaim for Instant messaging
Old 04-18-2004, 11:08 AM   #7
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the best desktop environment for beginners is kde, but its pretty sluggish, so when you become fluent in linux, move to something like fluxbox (my favorite ) or IceWM.
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Thanks a lot everyone!


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