Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Cool GNU/Linux native programs part 3 of 3

Linux is expanding rapidly beyond its traditional base of enthusiasts, finding rising popularity as a server platform for corporations and desktops for home use. I have here the final list of 31 GNU/Linux native programs I fine very useful in a None Windows & Mac OSX world. I'm not saying their the most important, only that they or the most useful for me. Many of these programs come in deb. or rpm. installation packages. However many GNU systems have most of these free programs pre installed.

10. klik

klik provides an easy way to download and use software for most major distributions. Klik allows you to run applications from a single file (Like OSX application dirs), but its for linux.

9. CrossOver Linux (formerly known as CrossOver Office)

CodeWeavers' CrossOver Linux is a software framework that emulates the Microsoft Windows 98 , 2000 and XP application programming interfaces (APIs) on GNU/Linux. CodeWeavers Inc. CrossOver Linux supports, among other programs, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Visio, and Internet Explorer; Adobe Photoshop; Macromedia Dreamweaver; Intuit Quicken and QuickBooks; and Lotus Notes. This allows Windows programs to run on GNU/Linux without having to run a virtual instance, so it does not require a copy of Microsoft Windows CD/DVD rom, unlike virtual machines like innotek VirtualBox ,Win4lin, Parallels Workstation or VMware which do.

8. Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim)

Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr.

7. Frozen Bubble

It is a fun arcade game. It lets you control a cannon and fire “frozen bubbles” to the ceiling. When 3 bubbles of the same color are touching, they fall down. Its a great starter game and comes with many distributions, because of its relatively small filesize.

6. (Click N Run)

Users of, will be able to safely and legally add support to their Linux desktop for things such as mp3, Windows Media, Quick Time, Java, Flash, ATI drivers, nVidia drivers, and so on. Both Debian and RPM distributions will be supported. With the CNR® Service you can install over 20,000 Linux software applications and packages directly from the CNR® Warehouse - all with just a single click. will be rolling out support for current versions of the following distributions soon: Linspire 5.0, 5.1, 6.0. Freespire 1.0, 2.0 , Ubuntu 7.04 and Linux Mint 3.0 Cassandra. Later Debian, Fedora Core, and OpenSUSE.

5. 2.2 the product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS.

4. K3b

K3B CD-Creator is a user-friendly CD burning software like Roxio's Easy CD Creator that enables users to create music CDs, data CDs, and much more.

3. Amarok

Is a music player for Gnu/Linux systems. Quick and simple drag and drop playlist creation, Automatic cover art download using, Amazon servicesFull lyrics download, K3b (CD-burning) integration,upport for your iPod, iRiver, PlaysForSure, NJB, and generic USB device with the all new media-browser.

2. Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird offers a variety of ways for you to organize and display your folders, whether by favorites, recently viewed or folders containing unread messages Thunderbird makes it even easier to integrate and use various Web mail accounts from one inbox. Gmail and .Mac users can access their accounts in Thunderbird by simply providing their user names and passwords. Thunderbird protects you from email scams which try to trick users into handing over personal and confidential information by indicating when a message is a potential phishing attempt.


Firefox has built-in spell checking to keep you from making any mistakes in your blog posts and Web-based email. Firefox can actually suggest search terms for what you’re looking for. Just start typing into the Search bar, and a drop down list of suggestions will appear. (Works for Google, Yahoo! and Firefox will not allow a Web site to download, install, or run programs on your computer without your explicit agreement.

End of Part III.

Part I. list 21-30

Part II. list 11-20


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