My favourite Linux toolsPosted: October 25, 2006
People often wonder why I run Linux. Honestly, after having met me that seems like an unecessary question. My love for the quirky and interestingly unusual alone should be enough to answer that question.
That said, I’ll get into the issue of why its a great idea later. For now I’ll just go over what tools I use here for people who are curious about Linux software.
Music: Amarok – This is literally the best music player I know of on any software. Seriously. I’d put it against winamp or Itunes without thinking for a second. It supports a lot more audio formats out of the box, has native last.fm support, a native podcast client, can work with almos any digital music player(including Ipods), automatically downloads album covers and has the best music browser I’ve seen on any system. Seriously. Its great.
Video: Kaffeine & KMplayer – These both used to suck a little while ago. Now though, they are actually pretty good video and DVD players. With a little bit of tweaking they will play just about anything you throw at them.
Browser: Firefox – Does this really need explaining?
IM: Kopete – Another program that has finally become useable on a regular basis. Comparatively I’d out it above GAIM these days.
LaTex: Kile – I do as much of my document creation in LaTex as I can get away with. My class slides, for instance, are all PDF’s created using the Beamer class. Basically if no one has to edit it after me, or they do but they also use latex then I use latex. Otherwise,
Document Creation: If I am sending documents in ODF format I use Koffice. If I have to use MS Office formats then I use Openoffice.
Personal Finance: KMyMoney – Its a good program for keeping track of your money and staying on budget.
Photo Management: DigiKam – Pretty much the KDE equivalent of Picasa. It works great for managing folders full of pictures. Plus it works well with my digital camera.
That’s most of them. There are other great tools out there but this covers a selection of my favourites.