Hopefully at least one of the listed tools can be of use for your linux installation. The following application normally do not need a lot of configuration:
- opera – the most innovative browser
- kate – the best graphical editor. Even with block selection (enable/disable via CTRL+SHIFT+B)
- kdirstat – get an overview of your hard disc usage
- liferea – a better blogbridge?
- kpowersave – worked for my Dell E6400 (save to disk and save to ram)
- gnome-power-manager – can show the enery usage and battery state over time! really useful!
- VirtualBox – hosts windows xp like a charm
- amarok – mp3, podcasts, internetradio, …
- totem – watch videos and search youtube videos with this application
- gimp and inkscape for your graphics
- k3b, grip and k9copy for your cd/dvd burnings
- openoffice and latex (with kile) for your documents
- and last but not least: TimeFinder😉 an open source timetable optimizer for universities and schools
Now I list some apps where you can tweak a little bit:
- WindowMaker – my favourite window manager. Some things should be enhanced to be usable by a wider audience.
- you will need to configure a shortcut for hiding all windows
- you have to tweak a lot of things… maybe I should put this into a separate post😉
- I changed the view to details and saved this for all folders
- To change that konqueror selects a folder on the first click (double click to open it) you can change it in the following dialog even under gnome: kcmshell4 mouse
- if you type fish://email@example.com you can use it as a graphical scp client
- you should install enigmail and lightning. The latter one you can install via sudo apt-get install lightning-extension
- import/export mails
- open urls with opera via adding or changing the following lines in a file ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/<profile>/prefs.js user_pref(“network.protocol-handler.app.http”,”/usr/bin/opera”);
Here are some applications for development
- kdesvn – the best subversion client I ever used. Works even for large repositories (>2GB) … unlike Tortoise for win.
- netbeans – the best IDE, install java before
- squirrel-sql – the best database editor
- konsole – the best command line
- joe – the best command line editor (but not on every linux box available unlike vi)
BTW: ‘best’ does not mean that there are other good tools. Feel free to post your application stack as a comment or you can create your stack here.