What are your favorite apps/games/tools for Linux?

Discussion in '*nix Software' started by aceO07, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. aceO07

    aceO07 Diamond Member

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    I've finally got around to dual booting Ubuntu on my computer. I've been using ubuntu though vmware at work and home. Finally I decided to give Linux another try on my home system. I used to use Slackware, but I don't have as much time as before to really dive into the system and learn it.

    Anyways, my main question is.. What useful/cool apps/games/tools do you install?

    Here's my list:
    Amarok [KDE based, but Ubuntu Gnome can use it..] - Music player/collection management.
    VLC - Video player. I got used to it from Windows.
    Pidgin - Messenger program
    Firefox
    OpenOffice
    Wine - Windows emulation. Mainly for Mame and Utorrent.

    Any good text editors? Free feel to suggest alternatives to my current choices as well. What useful/cool apps/games/tools do you install?
     
  2. silverpig

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    Check out deluge-torrent. I like it better than utorrent, and you don't have to use wine.

    xpilot is a fun little arcade game
    Amarok is good, but the stupid xine-engine/doesn't-want-to-play-flac-files thing is annoying so I use exaile for now.
     
  3. aceO07

    aceO07 Diamond Member

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    I'll give deluge a try. Though the download is huge compared to tiny utorrent. :)

    I'm looking forward to installing MythTv so I can make use of my ATI HDTV tuner in ubuntu. That's about the only thing left in Windows that I want.
     
  4. xSauronx

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    after reading a thread in OS

    locate

    i love it, and if im playing around or doing something new, i use it often
     
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    mame runs in linux as well, no need for wine.
     
  6. jhu

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    well, here're a few of my favorites

    povray
    vi
    xfce
    ls
    less
    bash
    ssh
    sshd
    firefox
    rxvt
    gimp
    gcc
    g++
    lynx
    links
    awk
    grep
    sed
    ed

    of that list, by far my favorite is ed
     
  7. aceO07

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    You mean xmame? I find that windows mame has much much better graphics quality than xmame in full screen. What settings do you use?
     
  8. DarkThinker

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    Let's see here:

    - VIM (Advancd Text Editor)

    - GCC / G++ (Compilers)

    - Eclipse ( IDE )

    - HexEditor (For editing binary files)

    - Audacious (Music / Stream Player)

    - Firefox

    - Gimp

    - Pidgin

    - Tremulous (Game)

    - FlightGear (Good Flight Simulator)

    - Mplayer (ripping audio and video streams)

    - Totem-Xine (Videos and DVDs)

    - Mplayer's all-codecs package for xine / totem-xine

    - OpenOffice.org

    - elinks (minimal browser for NSFx sites)

    - WINE (playing half-life, Day of Defeat and other games)


    - CrossOver (Tricky windows software and office)

    - ies4linux (installs IE under Linux nicely)

    As fasr as utilities go:

    - locate (got to update them db's :D)

    - grep

    - awk

    - sed

    ^ Shell scripts

    - SSH
     
  9. calyco

    calyco Senior member

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    I like mplayer more than vlc, got used to the keyboard shortcuts. lbreakout is a nice game to kill some time while compiling, other than that only game Ive found worth playing is Enemy Territory. nedit is nice, like notepad on windows.
     
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    Do the ATI cards work in linux now? Last I checked they didn't...
     
  11. yuchai

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    ATI HDTV Wonder works well.
     
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    I've been using MythTV for a couple of years now ...
    I've been doing it the lazy way (knoppmyth for a LONG time, switched to mythbuntu just a week or so ago)

    a company named "zap2it" used to give out all the tv listings for free, however, people were abusing the service, so they stopped. Now, if you want to get listings for mythTV, your best bet is a company called "Schedules Direct." The downside is that this service is not free. :(
    Fortunatly, it's only $20 per year, and there is a free 7 day trial first .... IMO it's worth every penny for me.

    I'm having some minor issues with things (like getting it to cut the commercials and transcode to mpeg4 on it's own) .... but It still works very well and mythbuntu took less than 1 hour to get working :)
     
  14. Praetor

    Praetor Diamond Member

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    Have you tried sdlmame? It's actually kept up to date, unlike xmame right now.
     
  15. aceO07

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    Last time I tried, a couple of weeks ago, Mythtv installed on ubuntu didn't seem to be able to detect any channels. It found the card, but no channels. I wonder if I set up something wrong in the settings for mythtv. It does get decent reception for a good number of channels when I'm in Windows XP using the standard ATI software package.
     
  16. aceO07

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    I think I did try to install it once. For whatever reason I didn't consider it a success.

    I think it may have been the fact that it didn't have a frontend that I could just install without compiling for ubuntu. I didn't have the time to find a frontend and compile/setup to get it to work. Any suggestions for a good easy frontend that is set for ubuntu?

    (Ubuntu repository has kxmame which is a decent frontend for mame sdl 106, but if I uninstall the repos mamesdl, it will also uninstall kxmame. Also I can't install the new sdl mame over the old one since it conflicts.)

    edit: I managed to install mamesdl 122, and get it to load the games. However I would still prefer a frontend. It took a while since the config showed 2 locations that the roms could be in, so I put it in my home directory. It didn't detect it from there and only like the local share directory. :p
     
  17. Praetor

    Praetor Diamond Member

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    If you get MythTV setup, then you'd have a halfway-decent frontend with the Mythgame plugin.

    As for the roms, that's defined in ~/.mame/mame.ini

     
  18. aceO07

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    I managed to get mame sdl to work. I'm using the ini file that's in the /etc/sdlmame directory. Having a nice frontend like the windows mame32 version would be nice. I'll check out the myth plugin when I get mythtv to work. I'll have to use the mamesdl as is for now.
     
  19. Praetor

    Praetor Diamond Member

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    It's sdlmame ;)

    It does include a basic frontend which can be used just by executing sdlmame example

    Alternatively, there are other frontends available
    GNOME Video Arcade
    Wah!Cade

    Give it a try. :)
     
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    Any alternative programs to the Zune software, or will it run in wine?
     
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    The program that probably gets run more often than any other program on my Ubuntu computer is Battle for Wesnoth.

    But I'm pretty much a Linux noob, so there's still alot for me to try.
     
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    NetBeans for Java programming! :heart:
     
  23. Praetor

    Praetor Diamond Member

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    Not that I'm aware of. Most methods use vmware or virtualbox to parse the initial handshake.
     
  24. MovingTarget

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    Amarok, Kopete, Xchat, Openoffice, gedit, Kile, Firefox, Thunderbird, Konsole, Boinc (TeAm stuff...), Konsole, etc.

    As you can probably tell, I'm a KDE user, although I do use the shell a lot. Pretty excited now that KDE 4.0 is out. I hope to try it soon.