SJVN briefly reviews 6 desktop applications that work for him in GNU/Linux. “Who says you need a Mac or a Windows PC? With the right applications, a Linux desktop is every bit as good as either of the two mainstream desktop operating systems.”We both love GNU/Linux but there are some differences in favourite applications. Here’s why.
|1||Chrome Browser||Me too. Chrome is sharp despite my misgivings about Google’s intrusiveness. I want my browser to know me and what I want and what I will click next.|
|2||Evolution||OK, but I prefer to stick with Google. Evolution would be my choice if I dropped Google Mail.|
|3||Pidgin||I’ve used it but rarely. I would put Gnumeric in this spot because it’s so easy to style the charts, and they are SVG so I don’t need to fiddle with thumbnails.|
|4||LibreOffice||Right on! Except for having to dig deep in styling spreadsheets, it’s perfect. Styles for spreadsheets are in the pipe…|
|5||Bluefish||Good, but I use Vim or Gedit or ClipMan more often. They are simpler and just work for me. I also use Autokey to code in frequently occurring strings to save time. alt-T gave me this table, for instance, and I replicated rows by copy/paste…|
|6||Gimp||Good as well, but I supplement it with ImageMagick for bulk-processing or resizing quickly.|
So, there’s no major disagreement and plenty of overlap in our choices. That’s no coincidence. Applications for GNU/Linux have never been better and they keep improving. This is what comes of having diversity and FLOSS. The good stuff floats to the top like cream. The second and third-strings are deep too, for things I do rarely like draw something, there’s Inkscape. For grooving to music while I work, there are mplayer and vlc. In infrastructure, there are servers and client applications that make a PC really powerful and flexible. The distinction between server and client disappears on my desktop. It’s one machine or six depending on my whim. I can control one or all at once with SSH and data can flow around the LAN and the ‘Net as easy as it can around my PC. It’s all good.