Linux Programmes

A friend of mine has installed Linux, and asked me for my opinion on software that he should install. I figured I would share it here too, in case any of you have toyed with the idea of making the switch over to Linux.

ESSENTIALS

Web Browser: FireFox http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/firefox.html
Email: Thunderbird http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/
Instant Messaging: Pidgin (with Off the Record plugin) http://www.pidgin.im/​
Off the Record Plugin: OTR https://otr.cypherpunks.ca/
Office: LibreOffice http://www.libreoffice.org/
​Acrobat Reader: Evince https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evince
​CD Ripper: Asunder http://www.littlesvr.ca/asunder/index.php
DVD Ripper:  Handbrake http://handbrake.fr/
CD/DVD Creation: DeVeDe http://www.rastersoft.com/programas/devede.html​
E-Book Reader: Calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/
Media Player: VLC http://www.videolan.org/
​Run Windows Programmes: WINE http://www.winehq.org/about/
Password Manager: KeePassX  http://www.keepassx.org/

COMMERCIALWARE REPLACEMENTS

Photoshop: GIMP http://www.gimp.org
Illustrator: Inkscape  http://inkscape.org/
Dreamweaver: Kompozer  http://www.kompozer.net/download.php
InDesign: Scribus http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus
Flash: Synfig http://www.synfig.org/cms/
Premiere: OpenMovieEdito http://www.openmovieeditor.org/
Premiere: Avidemux http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/
Premiere: VirtualDub http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/
Encore: DVDStyler http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/
AfterEffects: CineFX http://sourceforge.net/projects/cinefx/
Soundbooth: Audacity  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
PDF Writer: CUPS PDF Writer http://www.cups-pdf.de/
​Acrobat Pro: Master PDF Editor http://code-industry.net/free-pdf-editor.php
Nero: Brasero http://projects.gnome.org/brasero/
GarageBand: LMMS http://lmms.sourceforge.net/home.php
Cakewalk: MuseScore http://www.musescore.org/

GAMING

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com

And as always, to maximize your experience, ALWAYS look into plugins. There is a plugin for EVERYTHING, so if you want to do it, all you need to do is find it. My most used plugins are for GIMP, and for that, I go to: http://registry.gimp.org/popular

It is important to remember that just because you are using Linux now, does not automatically make you secure and safe from the snooping of government overlords or hackers extraordinaire. To ensure your privacy and security, I recommend you read the following two links HERE and HERE.

Have a few that you think should be on the list? Send me an email, and I’ll get them added!