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Play on Linux Wine Windows programs manager/installer utility-


Has easy Google Sketchup installer, easy DirectX 9c installer for Wine/games, and easy iTunes installer.
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XBMC Media Center Front end with easy Ubuntu/Mint install



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Copy/paste these term window commands to install latest Wine (Ubuntu/Mint):

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Some general video and audio apps I like on Linux:

Another front end for xine:

Timidity (latest updates are in cvs at sourceforge not the tarball in the downloads section) for midi and mod file playback and recording to wave:

ABC notation:


Audio editor:


Some other favorites of mine are listed here:
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Top 50 Linux Alternatives to Popular Apps
January 23, 2009 at 06:01:25 AM, by Blair Mathis


Blender 3D: Blender 3D is a high-quality, robust animation program with a steep learning curve and the ability to create commercial-quality 3D animations. The software is completely free, with extensive documentation available online for free.

Pencil (2D): Pencil is a free 2D animation program intended to make traditional hand-drawn animations possible. Animations are drawn on individual 'pages', and then compiled together in a digital flipbook of sorts.

KPovModeler: KPovModeler is a composition/modeling program for making POV-Ray scenes: an excellent addition to Blender 3D, and intended KDE.

Stopmotion: Stopmotion is a program that allows you to capture and/or combine photos together to create a smooth stopmotion animation video. Not only works well for claymation and similar, but can also be used to create timelapse videos.

Synfig (2D): Synfig is a free 2D animation software package that states "two-dimensional animation has long been the domain of proprietary software...Synfig, a free software/open source tool for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources."

Anime Studio 5 (2D)($199.99): Anime Studio 5 is a powerful commercial application for creating 2D animations with the ability to import/export OBJ files, special effects scripting, layered animation, vector animation, and advanced timeline controls.


Audio CD Extractor (ripper): Available through Add/Remove Applications, Audio CD Extractor (previously known as Sound Juicer) is an easy to use CD ripper, intended to make copying music CDs fast, simple, and straight-forward.

Audacity (recorder): Audacity is an excellent, free digital audio recorder/editor for nearly all audio types. It can record multiple channels, split channels, merge audio, and a wide array of other features. Supports recording from both line-in and sound card.

Sound Converter: This is an application for GNOME that accepts a wide array of different audio formats and converts them to mp3, wav, flac, or ogg.

Last Exit (player): Last Exit is a standalone player for Last.fm that allows you to add specific stations, search for stations, choose a neighbors station, or browse. You can set preferences, password protect it, and save changes.

Hipo iPod Management Tool: If you have an Apple iPod, the Hipo iPod Management Tool is an invaluable program that allows users to manage their device.

Utube-Ripper: Have you every come across a video on YouTube you wanted to save to your hard drive? With Utube Ripper, you can download and save either the entire video, or the audio only. Very sleek and easy to use.

Freqtweak: According to Add/Remove Applications, FreqTweak is a tool for real time audio spectral manipulation and display. It provides several algorithms for processing audio data in the frequency domain and a highly interactive GUI to manipulate the associated filters for each. It also provides high resolution spectral displays.


VLC: VLC is arguably the most popular video player on any operating system. It supports nearly every video type available, offers the ability to change audio settings, choose audio channels (headphones, full bass, etc.), change video aspect ratio and more. The program is lightweight and easy to use.

AcidRip: AcidRip is a simple, straightforward tool for copying a DVD to a digital video file, with codecs such as XviD, x264, MPEG, and more available. It allows you to control file size, audio settings, quality, cropping, etc.

Avidemux: Avidemux is an excellent video editing application. You can add filters, meticulously manipulate audio and video, combine VOBs, combine videos, and much more.

DVD::RIP: While AcidRip is the best tool to use if you want to create a video straight from a DVD, DVD::RIP is ideal if you want to convert an ISO or VOB files. Simply start the program, load the file, and then choose the video settings and transcode to an AVI or other file format.

Gnome Subtitles: Edit, add, and manipulate subtitles on a video using this free program.

iriverter: iriverter is a frontend for mencoder that makes it simple to convert videos for a wide array of portable video devices, including the Creative Vision M and iRiver players. Single and batch conversions can be done.

Wink: Wink is a free video program for creating video screencasts; an excellent program for creating video tutorials and presentations, with the ability to add explanation boxes to the video.

XBMC Media Center: XBMC is an award-winning media center for multiple platforms, and is fully supported on Ubuntu. The program is sophisticated and high-quality, and is a top-notch media player that can organize and play videos, music, and photos, including previews and album covers.


GIMP: GIMP is the Linux alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It is an advanced image authoring/editing program with an animation engine and a wide array of plugins/filters/brushes. It can do nearly everything Photoshop can do, but does require one to learn it proficiently in order to exploit it's features.

Hugin: Hugin is a high-quality panorama maker. It combines two or more photos and combines them into one panorama. It blends colors to make seams between photos unnoticeable, allows you to choose a lens style for the pano (fisheyes, etc.), and to manually choose connection points.

Comix: Comix is a comic book viewer for Linux. It is high-quality, works smoothly, and offers all the necessary components for viewing digital comics, including double-page support, zoom, rotation, mirroring, fullscreen mode, fit-to-screen mode, image enhancement, image quality toggle, and bookmarks.

FlickrUploader: Flickr Uploader is a desktop program that makes it easy to instantly upload your images to your Flickr account.

Inkscape: Inkscape is a sophisticated vector graphics program similar to Adobe Illustrator.

Phatch Photo Batch Processor: Phatch is a batch processor for photos, making it easy to resize, crop, rotate, add rounded corners, change perspective, or a wide array of other features in just a few minutes.

QCaD: QCaD is as close to autoCAD as you can get on Ubuntu. It offers the ability to create and files, with support for autoCADR and similar files


xPDF: xPDF is a suite of PDF tools, including a lightweight viewer with support for standard, Truetype, and Type 1 fonts, conversion tools for converting PDFs into different formats, and support for multiple languages.

AbiWord: Abiword is a popular, lightweight and yet sophisticated word processor that works very well on Linux. It is best for those who need to create documents, but don't require a massive amount of features

OpenOffice Writer: OpenOffice Writer is a large, high-end word processor. It works well on Linux, and has all the features you could possibly need. If you're looking for a complete alternative to MS Word, Writer is your best option.

OpenOffice Spreadsheet: Very similar to MS Excel.

OpenOffice Presentation: Alternative to MS PowerPoint.

OpenOffice Impress: Alternative to MS Publisher.

KAddressBook: KAddress is a personal contacts/address manager.
KOrganizer: KOrganizer is a calendar and scheduling app with the ability to track important dates, add notes, and export to industry standard files.

GnuCash: GnuCash a finance management software suitable for both personal and business use. It can support major file types, such as Quickbooks files, and tracks multiple accounts, constantly calculating new balances and tracking everything needed, including investments and expenses.

xCHM: xCHM is a CHM HTML file viewer, suitable for viewing large HTML ebooks and files saved in the CHM file type.


GPSDrive: A navigation system designed to work with a GPS receiver. Offers the ability to zoom and display maps downloaded or generated as needed via OpenStreetMap.

Gnome Partition Editor: The Partition Editor allows you to easily manipulate partitions with support for multiple file structures.

Virtual Box OSE: Virtual Box is a virtual machine application, allowing you to run different OS's inside your Linux machine.

ClamAV: Clam AV is an anti-virus software app for Linux, and works very well.

Gmount-ISO: Gmount is a frontend for a Terminal command that allows you to easily mount a DVD or CD ISO image.


Opera: Opera is a lightweight browser with wide support and a customizable launch page.

Mozilla Firefox: Firefox is the most popular Internet browser for Linux, offering stability, wide support, and a massive amount of plugins.

Thunderbird: Thunderbird a popular email client from the Mozilla line of Internet applications. It offers multiple account access, IMAP and SMTP, password protection, address books, and more.

SeaMonkey: SeaMonkey is based on Firefox Internet browser, but is more stable.

Evolution:Evolution is another email client, but appears very similar to Microsoft's Outlook.

Pidgin IM: An instant messaging client that support AIM, ICQ, Yahoo! IRC, Zephyr, Gadu, Groupwise, SIMPLE, SILC, Sametime, Napster, MSN, and Jabber.

gFTP: gFTP is a file transfer protocol app for Linux offering support for a wide array of uploads and download
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Is there something xPDF can do that can't be done with either evince or OOO????

Because, so far I haven't run into anything PDF related that I couldn't handle in one of those two apps.

BTW, I'd also recommend sox for sound file conversion if you need a command line version for your scripts.

And I actually still use RazorLAME instead of SoundConvertor most of the time. Because SoundConvertor doesn't give me all the control I want over the mp3 options although it's fine for flac files.

One of the things I use a lot is the nautilus script terminal-here. And being able to easily add scripts to the context menu is one of the features that keeps me using Gnome.
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To add the Open Terminal option to your right click context menu, just copy/paste into a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal

This right click pick will open a terminal window in the directory you're browsing in Nautilus (File Explorer for Wintards )
post #68 of 369
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

Is there something xPDF can do that can't be done with either evince or OOO????

Because, so far I haven't run into anything PDF related that I couldn't handle in one of those two apps.

In general, the FOSS pdf readers handle most pdf's I've ever used, but a few problem PDF's with complicated dynamic forms/drop downs could only be effectively used with Adobe's PDF Reader-


Just use the pulldown

Select an operating system

and select

Linux x86 (.deb)

Double click the .deb to install (enter you user password). A .deb is like a Windows .msi/.exe installer (for the noobs).

This is assuming a .deb compatible Linux distro, like Ubuntu, Mint, Debian and their derivatives.

While not FOSS, it's free (beer)
post #69 of 369
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Don't Fear the Penguin: A Newbie's Guide to Linux
By Neil Mcallister , PC World , 01/22/2009

Getting started with Linux can be an intimidating task, particularly for people who have never tried any operating system besides Windows. In truth, however, very little about Linux is actually difficult to use. It's simply a different OS, with its own approach to doing things. Once you learn your way around a Linux desktop, you're likely to find that it's no more challenging to work with than Windows or Mac OS.

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Ubuntu Linux: The Easy Installation Guide

Scott Spanbauer and Robert Strohmeyer
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 7:30 PM PST

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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

Is there something xPDF can do that can't be done with either evince or OOO????

Because, so far I haven't run into anything PDF related that I couldn't handle in one of those two apps.

By OOO, do you mean Open Office Writer?
post #72 of 369
^^^ Yep. Open Office.
post #73 of 369
I've found KPDF (now named okular in KDE4) a bit more full-featured than evince. Of course, I'm a KDE user; for GNOME users, YMMV.
post #74 of 369
I'll keep that in mind. If I run into a any PDFs that give me trouble, I'll definately check out both xPDF and okular
post #75 of 369
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

^^^ Yep. Open Office.

Do you mean writing PDF's with Oo or reading them?
post #76 of 369
Just writing (I always use evince for reading). Although writing PDFs is something I rarely do. In fact I having trouble remembering the last time I saved a document in PDF format.
post #77 of 369
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Install and set up Kworld 115 ATSC/QAM tuner on Myth/Mythbuntu/Ubuntu/Mint


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Are there any free linux compatible media players out there comparable to Arcsoft Total Media Theater that will play all of the latest and greatest in HD formats?
post #79 of 369
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Originally Posted by dmikester1 View Post

Are there any free linux compatible media players out there comparable to Arcsoft Total Media Theater that will play all of the latest and greatest in HD formats?

Some alternatives-

MythTV with mplayer

XBMC media center


post #80 of 369
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10 obscure Linux applications you need to try
* Date: February 6th, 2009
* Author: Jack Wallen

1: Floola

Floola isn’t an open source application, but it does run on Linux (as well was OS X and Windows). Floola takes music management (in particular, synching iPods) one step further. With this nifty application, you can download and convert YouTube videos for playback on your iPod. But unlike some other clunkier applications, Floola does this seamlessly and simply. No commands to enter; it’s all GUI. The only possible gotcha is that before you can add videos from YouTube, you have to install ffmpeg on your Linux box. Floola uses ffmpeg for the conversion process.

Don’t expect Floola to have all the bells and whistles that iTunes has. Floola offers Photo support, Snarl (Windows only) support, Growl (Mac only) support, Notes, repair iPods, export lists to HTML, language support, lyrics, duplicate and lost file search, artwork support, video support, Google calendar support, playlists, podcast, lastfm support, and more. Floola is simple to use in Linux, as it comes in an executable binary that you can simply copy to the /usr/bin directory and run with the command Floola.

2: Transkode

Sticking with the multimedia theme, Transkode is a front end for the highly flexible, modular command line toolset Transcode. Transcode is one of the most versatile audio and video converting tools available. Transcode has both a graphical and a text-only interface and supports a vast number of formats including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 Part 2, H.264, Quicktime, AC3, and any format included under libavcodec. Transcode can import DVDs on the fly and record from Video4Linux devices. The problem with Transcode is that the commands can get a bit overwhelming for the average user. Transkode remedies this by employing a user-friendly interface that makes the complex business of converting multimedia format files as simple as it can be.

3: Giver

This is one of those brilliant little pieces of software that, once you start using it, you won’t be able to live without. Giver allows you to easily drag and drop files to users on your network. It will automatically detect other Giver users on your network. When you drag a file (or multiple files) to a user (represented by an avatar) on the Giver window, the files are automatically transferred. The recipient of the files is warned that a user wishes to send files. The user can accept or decline them. The only downside to Giver (as of this writing) is that there is only a candidate available for Ubuntu. I have tried to install on both Fedora and Mandriva with no luck. Ubuntu installation is as simple as apt-get install giver. This application makes transferring files literally as simple as drag and drop. A must-have for company file sharing.

4: Transmission

Sticking with the file sharing motif, Transmission is an outstanding bit torrent client makes for simple torrent management. To seed the client, you simply have to click the torrent link to open up Transmission. We all know that downloading copyrighted data is illegal. But that doesn’t mean clients like Transmission have no use. In enterprises where large-scale data transmission is a must, employing applications like Transmission can enable end users or clients to download large pieces of data much more easily. And having a client like Transmission to make this a no-brainer is a must.

5: BloGTK

No matter what business you’re in, you are most likely affected by a blog of some sorts. And a lot of people do blog. Many companies allow employees to blog and many employees blog even if they aren’t supposed to. There are times when your blogging fix must come in bits and bites, and you have complete your blog in chunks and offline. For this you need a client like BloGTK. BlogGTK can connect to WorPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog API, Blogger, and more. This client allows formatting, custom tags, categorizing, inserting tables, images, and links and offers a spell check. You can also add excerpts and preview your posts before you upload them.

6: Ark

The Ark application is often overlooked, especially by Linux veterans. Ark is an archival manager. When you click on an archive package link (.tg, .tgz, etc) in your browser, you typically can either save the file or open the file with Ark. Most users just save the file and then drop into the command line and use the tar utility to unpack the archive. Why do this when Ark can handle the task quickly and cleanly? When efficiency becomes a necessity, tools like Ark should not be overlooked, even by expert users. One nice aspect of Ark is that you can open an archive and extract a single file from the package without actually unpacking the file. This can be done from command line but it’s much easier (for most) to have a GUI that lets you right-click a file and select Extract.

7: Tea

Tea is a text editor for programmers of nearly any language. Tea was created with bits of GPL’ed code from a number of other applications to create a one-stop-shop for coders. Tea supports built-in file manager, spell check, built-in search, tabbed layout, multiple encodings, code snippet/session/template support, OpenDoc, RTF, Kword, Abiword, OpenOffice support, SRT-subtitle preview, text analyzer, key customization, HTML tools, bracket matching, Wikipedia/Docbook/LaTeX support, string-handling functions, bookmarks, and more.

8: Nano

Nano is one of my personal favorite editors. For years I used Pico, until it was crippled by licensing issues. Nano took Pico’s place. Nano is an ncurses-based text editor that is far easier to use than either vi or emacs. Nano takes Pico and improves it, offering UTF-8 support, better color syntax highlighting, copy text without cutting, verbatim input, repeat last search, spell check, indent marked text, search within file browser, and more. Nano works within any terminal window, has an incredibly small footprint, and is as reliable as any editor available. And unlike Pico, Nano is simple to install on nearly any distribution.

9: MultiTail

Imagine being able to use tail to follow multiple files in one window. That is what MultiTail does. MultiTail is a Linux administrators’ dream come true. With the ability to follow any log file (and as many log files as you can stand in one window) MultiTail can stack multiple tails of log files vertically or horizontally, with colors or without. Commands like multitail -s 2 /var/log/messages /var/log/security.log will follow the messages and the security.log logs in two vertical columns in one window. MultiTail is very easy to use.

10: TinyCA

The command-line creation of certificate authorities requires a veritable dance of the fingers at the keyboard. The TinyCA application takes care of all of that typing for you. TinyCA makes the creation of certificate authorities a breeze. With TinyCA, you can create unlimited CAs and SubCAs, server and client certificates with multiple language support. If your IT department needs a CA management tool, you should look at TinyCA first. TinyCA is open source, written in Perl/Gtk, and works with OpenSSL.
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23 Useful System Applications for Linux

Posted by admin
February 9, 2009



APTonCD is a free application for Linux that comes with a graphical interface which allows you to create one or more CDs or DVDs with all of the packages you have downloaded via via APT-GET or APTITUDE, creating a removable repository that you can use on other computers.


Key features include

* Backup all downloaded packages (via apt-get, aptitude and synaptic) to restore later.
* Take with you all your favorite packages, in a removable repository where you can install then all on anytime, anytime.
* Get an entire repository, or a specifc section. Simply point-and-click, and in few time you’ll have an CD(s) or DVD(s) with entire main, restricted, universe, multiverse, contrib, etc.
* Share your packages with your friends without Internet conection. Also, send a meta-package for him to install the same set of packages that you have.


Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. Conky has more than 250 built in objects, including support for:

* a plethora of OS stats (uname, uptime, CPU usage, mem usage, disk usage, “top” like process stats, and network monitoring, just to name a few)
* built in IMAP and POP3 support
* built in support for many popular music players (MPD, XMMS2, BMPx, Audacious)… and much much more.


Conky can display this info either as text, or using simple progress bars and graph widgets, with different fonts and colours.

Calm Antivirus


Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates. The core of the package is an anti-virus engine available in a form of shared library.


FileZilla is the free FTP solution for your OS. FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface


Key features include

* Easy to use
* Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
* Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
* IPv6 support
* Available in many languages
* Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
* Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
* Bookmarks
* Drag & drop support
* Configurable transfer speed limits
* Filename filters
* Network configuration wizard
* Remote file editing
* Keep-alive
* HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
* Logging to file

Download FileZilla


Ekiga is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323 and SIP protocols. It supports many audio and video codecs, and is interoperable with other SIP compliant software and also with Microsoft NetMeeting.


Some of the main features of Ekiga includes

* Instant Messaging
* RFC2833 DTMFs support
* Message Waiting Indications Support
* ENUM support
* Transparent NAT Support using STUN
* SIP re-INVITE support
* SIP/SIMPLE Presence support
* Line Monitoring
* Extended presence publishing
* Full SIP capabilities exchange for codecs
* SIP INFO DTMF support
* Ability to simultaneously handle several network interfaces


Beagle is a search tool that ransacks your personal information space to find whatever you’re looking for. sing Beagle, you can easily find:

* Documents
* Emails & attachments
* Web history
* IM/IRC conversations
* Addressbook contacts
* Calendar appointments
* Notes
* Source code
* Images
* Music/video files
* Srchives and their contents
* Spplications.




GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor application. GParted is an industrial-strength package for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the file systems. This is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, copying data residing on hard disks and mirroring one partition with another .



gzip (GNU zip) is a compression utility designed to be a replacement for compress. Its main advantages over compress are much better compression and freedom from patented algorithms. It has been adopted by the GNU project and is now relatively popular on the Internet.



OpenOffice.org 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.


Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.


Supported chat networks:

* Bonjour
* Gadu-Gadu
* Google Talk
* Groupwise
* MySpaceIM
* QQ
* Sametime
* Yahoo!
* Zephyr

ROX Filter

ROX is a desktop environment, like GNOME, KDE and XFCE. It is an attempt to bring some of the good features from RISC OS to Unix and Linux.


Traditionally,spacer_gif Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications Unix users have always based their activities around the file system. Just about everything that’s anything appears as a file: regular files, hardware devices, and even processes on many systems (for example, inside the /proc filesystem on Linux).spacer_gif Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications

Key features include

* Fast scanning of directories (in the background),
* Uncluttered display (popup menus are used throughout),
* Background file operations (copy, move, link, delete, permissions, find),
* Powerful expression-based find feature with on-line quick reference (eg ‘mtime after 2 days ago and size > 10Mb’ finds files based on their modification time and size)
* Mounts and unmounts filesystems (floppies, CDs, etc),
* Supports the XDND protocol, which provides for drag-and-drop file loading, and the XDS extension which allows drag-and-drop saving,
* Fully configurable from the Options dialog box,
* User-defined key bindings for all menu entries,
* A pop-up minibuffer allows navigating the filesystem using shell-style tab completion,
* The minibuffer can also be used for quickly entering shell commands,
* Full manual provided (HTML format).
* Support for running freedesktop.org ‘.desktop’ files.


Reconstructor is an Ubuntu GNU/Linux CD Creator. It uses the Desktop(Live), Alternate(Install), or Server disc as a base, and then allows for user customization.

For the Ubuntu Desktop base, you can customize the entire environment. For instance, you can add/remove software, change the default look (splash, themes, fonts, wallpaper, etc.), add desktop links, etc. For the Alternate and Server bases, you can add any additional software to the disc that you would like installed.


OpenSSH is a FREE version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users of the Internet rely on. Users of telnet, rlogin, and ftp may not realize that their password is transmitted across the Internet unencrypted, but it is. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks.


Additionally, OpenSSH provides secure tunneling capabilities and several authentication methods, and supports all SSH protocol versions.



PDFedit is a free and open source editor for manipulating PDF documents. Scripting is used to a great extent in editor and almost anything can be scripted, it is also possible to create own scripts or plugins.


MondoRescue is a free,comprehensive and reliable application for Linux that backs up your GNU/Linux server or workstation to tape, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R[W], DVD+R[W], NFS or hard disk partition.


In the event of catastrophic data loss, you will be able to restore all of your data [or as much as you want], from bare metal if necessary. Mondo is in use by Lockheed-Martin, Nortel Networks, Siemens, HP, IBM, NASA’s JPL, the US Dept of Agriculture, dozens of smaller companies, and tens of thousands of users.


K3b was created to be a feature-rich and easy to handle CD burning application. It consists of basicly three parts which includes “The projects” which are created from the file menu and then filled with data to burn. “The tools menu” that offers different tools like CD copy or DVD formatting and “Context sensitive media actions” when clicking on the Icon representing a CD/DVD drive K3b will present it’s contents and allow some further action. This is for example the way to rip audio CDs.




Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux that allows you to

* Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
* Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
* Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).
* Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.

* Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:

1) Hidden volume (steganography) and hidden operating system.

2) No TrueCrypt volume can be identified (volumes cannot be distinguished from random data).

* Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish. Mode of operation: XTS.


X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, originally developed by Maxim Baranov.


Key features include

* Very fast graphic user interface
* UTF-8 support (through the FOX 1.6 library)
* Commander/Explorer interface with four file manager modes : a) one panel, b) a directory tree and one panel, c) two panels, and d) a directory tree and two panels
* Integrated text editor (X File Write, xfw)
* Integrated text viewer (X File View, xfv)
* Integrated image viewer (X File Image, xfi)
* Integrated RPM or DEB packages viewer / installer / uninstaller (X File Package, xfp)
* Copy/cut/paste files from and to your favorite desktop (GNOME/KDE/XFCE)
* Drag and Drop in Xfe and from and to your favorite desktop
* Root mode
* Status line
* File associations
* Optional trash can for file delete operations (trash can directory is ~/.xfe/trash’)
* Auto save registry
* Double click or single click files and directories navigation
* Right mouse click pop-up menu in tree list and file list
* Change file(s) attributes
* Mount/Unmount devices (for Linux only)
* Toolbar



PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.


FireStarter is a Real time firewall that monitors all of the open ports and active network connections on your computer. Allows you to specify a very strict rule set.


Key features include

* Open Source software, available free of charge
* Easy to use graphical interface
* Suitable for use on desktops, servers and gateways
* Enables Internet connection sharing
* Allows you to define both inbound and outbound access policy
* Option to whitelist or blacklist traffic
* Sets up DHCP for a local network
* Real time firewall events view
* View active network connections, including any traffic routed through the firewall
* Advanced Linux kernel tuning features



chkRootkit is the definitive solution for finding and removing rootkits from Linux machines. chkrootkit is a tool to locally check for signs of a rootkit.

It contains:

* chkrootkit: shell script that checks system binaries for rootkit modification.
* ifpromisc.c: checks if the interface is in promiscuous mode.
* chklastlog.c: checks for lastlog deletions.
* chkwtmp.c: checks for wtmp deletions.
* check_wtmpx.c: checks for wtmpx deletions. (Solaris only)
* chkproc.c: checks for signs of LKM trojans.
* chkdirs.c: checks for signs of LKM trojans.
* strings.c: quick and dirty strings replacement.
* chkutmp.c: checks for utmp deletions


Nagios is a comprehensive web based tool equipped with virtually every imaginable feature for knowing exactly what’s going on in your network. It allows you to gain insight into your network and fix problems before customers know they even exist. It’s stable, scalable, supported, and extensible. Most importantly, it works.


It supports

* Windows
* Linux/Unix
* Routers, Switches, Firewalls
* Printers
* Services
* Applications


Kismet is a very popular wireless network detector, sniffer, and IDS. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g traffic.
Downnload Kismet
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.
Some of the features of VirtualBox are:

* Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don’t have to hack the source to write a new interface for VirtualBox.

* Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers.

* Guest Additions for Windows and Linux. VirtualBox has special software that can be installed inside Windows and Linux virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window).

* Shared folders. Like many other virtualization solutions, for easy data exchange between hosts and guests, VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as “shared folders”, which can then be accessed from within virtual machines.

A number of extra features are available with the full VirtualBox release only

* Virtual USB Controllers. VirtualBox implements a virtual USB controller and allows you to connect arbitrary USB devices to your virtual machines without having to install device specific drivers on the host.

* Remote Desktop Protocol. Unlike any other virtualization software, VirtualBox fully supports the standard Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). A virtual machine can act as an RDP server, allowing you to “run” the virtual machine remotely on some thin client that merely displays the RDP data.

* USB over RDP. With this unique feature, a virtual machine that acts as an RDP server can still access arbitrary USB devices that are connected on the RDP client. This way, a powerful server machine can virtualize a lot of thin clients that merely need to display RDP data and have USB devices plugged in.



Blender 3D is an open source 3D content creation suite. It offers high-quality, robust animation program with a steep learning curve and the ability to create commercial-quality 3D animations. The software is completely free, with extensive documentation available online for free.
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For anyone interested in Apt-on-CD, I'd recommend also getting iso-master and Gmount-iso.

iso-master can be used to change the "info" file so that your 'repository' actually has a meaningful name instead of "apt-on-cd" (for the life of me, I can't understand why apt-on-cd doesn't use the filename that you have to supply when creating the iso).

And gmount-iso makes it easy to mount the iso created by apt-on-cd so that you don't actually have to burn discs. Just keep the iso file on something that's easily moved whereever you need it, like a thumbdrive and use gmount-iso to mount it as CDROM (Synaptic only recognizes CDROM, so it has to be mounted as that).
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IMO, the best IR keyboard for media PC use, completely Airboard compatible IR codes and IR receiver-


AVSforum thread on the SK-7500, the reference standard IR keyboard-


HOWTO Program a JP1 compatible or learning remote with Airboard codes for Myth or any app (VLC, SMplayer, Songbird, Banshee, etc)-


All about JP1 capable remotes, the most useful low cost remotes available-


JP1 remotes can be programmed via serial, parallel port, or USB cable, with as much or more versatility as a Harmony remote at much lower cost.

JP1 remotes and the JP1 "scene" are the "Linux/FOSS" of the IR remote world

JP1 IR keyboard forum-
post #84 of 369
This might interest some of you. Works fine even if you don't have a JP1.x cable to program the OFA URC-10820 remote.


Description: Contains mythtv..rmdu, lircd.conf, and lircrc. Supports both custom PVR device 2008, and the default 1376 cable code of the remote for those that don't have a jp1.x cable and can live with all but five functions.
post #85 of 369
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Linux/FOSS Advocacy and Community Service/Philanthropy:


"A child's exposure to technology should never be predicated on an ability to pay for it."

"The HeliOS Project is tasked with building (Linux) machines that can meet the video and audio challenges of today's Internet while being built from parts never made to perform that task. School kids today must access sites such as YouTube and other Java/Flash-based content. We must assemble parts and components together that meet that challenge. Old PII's and most old PIII's just can't meet that challenge. Through it all, we seem to make it work, mixing the old with the new. "

"The HeliOS Project - A Texas Non Profit comprised of a Board of Directors and volunteers. We have no paid staff and all transportation costs associated with delivering, gathering or picking up our donated machines or parts is provided by volunteers and your donations."

"What would eventually evolve into The HeliOS Project began in 2004 with three guys gathered around a dining room table. Ken Starks and two other military veterans began refurbishing cast-off computers and giving them to kids who didn't have one. It became evident in short time that the number of kids without home access to an up-to-date computer was unacceptable.

Our goal was to do our best to reduce that number. This effort has been supported by a relative handful of people since it began. Most of them are Linux users and enthusiasts, some are simply people that believe in what we are doing. In 2007, we built and placed 228 computers with Central Texas children that needed them. In 2008, we have exceeded 325.

That number doesn't seem particularly overwhelming until you discover that for 2008, one man did each and every one of them by himself.

Built, installed and supported."

"Why do you put Linux on these machines? Why not Microsoft Windows?
We build and give away hundreds of computers in a years time. Microsoft licensing demands that for each computer you install Windows, you must purchase a "license". By using Windows we would spend your contributions on software and reduce the numbers of machines we supply to our kids by at least 90 percent.

Linux costs us (or you) nothing.

But money, while important, was not the only factor in our decision.

You never really "own" any of the software you "purchase" from Microsoft. What you have purchased is the privilege of using that software.

You are merely leasing it from them.

Linux is written and published to the world under the GPL, a license that not only allows the user to give it away as one sees fit,
anyone can alter the software to meet their specific needs.

Fortunately for many, there is a viable and competitive alternative to Microsoft Windows. We are proud to help represent the Open Source Community by offering it on our computers. The US lags far behind the rest of the world in the use and acceptance of Linux. This is one way to help us catch up."

Current donation needs: http://www.heliosinitiative.org/page.php?9


(Yes- FOX News!?)
post #86 of 369
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post #87 of 369
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Streaming web video links (legal ), most Linux compatible-


(mostly subscription services)
ESPN 360
CBS Sports
Golf Channel
NBA League Pass
NFL Rewind
NFL Game Pass

Networks and Broadcasters

ABC Family
The WB (Warner Bros. TV)
The CW


ABC News
CNN Podcasts
CNBC+ (Subscription service)
National Public Radio

Cable/Satellite Channels

USA Network
Lifetime Network
Hallmark Channel
Spike TV (full episodes)
Tru TV
Current TV
Sci Fi Channel
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
FX Networks
E! Channel
My Network TV

Educational/Specialty Channels

AMC (mostly clips)
BBC America
Speed TV (mostly clips)
Discovery Channel / TLC
National Geographic Channel
History Channel
(Full Episodes under Video Tab)
Military Channel
Bio Channel
(Full Episodes under Video Tab)
Documentary Channel
(click on Screening Room)
Travel Channel
(Mostly clips and highlights)
Home & Garden TV
Food Network
DIY Network

Content Catalogues

(Original, syndicated, and user-generated content)
iTunes (Fee based)
Revision 3
Blip TV

Music Videos

MTV Music
Fuse TV

Kids/Teen Programming

Cartoon Network
Disney Channel
The N-Channel

TV & Movie Streaming/Download

(Subscription/Fee-based services)
Blockbuster Online
Cinemanow (also in Media Center Edition)

I think we need to start a separate sticky to maintain web video sources that are Linux compatible, and point out the ones that aren't.

Any takers?

Support the sites that support Linux, and complain to those that don't (FOX, ABC, etc)
post #88 of 369
Thread Starter 
Excellent Ubuntu Install on RAID 10 HOWTO-


Works perfectly- installed 8.10 Intrepid on a 4 x 1TB RAID 10 array (2TB usable space) this weekend
post #89 of 369
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Fun Ubuntu 8.10 derivative distro, Artistx-

Includes Open Movie Editor, Cineleera, and the media PC frontend Elisa, an XBMC alternative. All of these run from the LiveDVD.

Fun to boot the LiveDVD just to try some of the hard-to-install software like Cinelerra, etc.
post #90 of 369
Any thoughts on Miro, Rgb?

Also, I don't use ipod, but a friend does -- what's the status on itunes? Still running thru wine? thx

Good links -- keep 'em coming! Maybe we should start a gaming thread, too.
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