Linux Applications I use

Finaly got round to installing OpenSUSE 11.0 on my desktop so I thought this would be a good opportunity to keep track of the software I actually use. I’ll edit and update this entry over time.

System

  • VirtualBox (virtual machine, cross platform)
  • Wine
  • TurboPrint (paid for printer driver)
    Makes having a Canon inkjet printer worth-while again! Rather expensive for what it does but it brings the features you would expect from a good, proprietary printer driver.
  • FireFox (web browser, cross platform)
    Add-ins:
  • Adblock Plus
  • CS Lite (adblock for cookies!)
  • Diigo (online bookmark and web notes site)
  • FlashBlock
  • RAMBack (Forces FF to give back some RAM)
  • Secure Login (auto populates login information – uses FF’s built in security database)
  • Session Manager (FF3 now recovers crashes but this saves arbitary sessions on request plus other goodies)
  • Tab Mix Plus (perhaps a bit heavyweight but makes working with tabs vastly better than FF3’s built in features) – you need the dev. build for FF3
    UPDATE 2008-07-18: The dev. build is no longer valid for FF 3.0.1. I hope this gets updated soon, it really makes a differents to usability when you have many tabs open.
    UPDATE2: It seems as though you need to reinstall the dev build after updating to FF 3.0.1
  • Google Gears (Run web apps offline)

Development Add-ins:

  • Firebug
  • YSlow

Sometimes used Add-ins:

  • All-In-One Sidebar (nice but not really needed)
  • CustomizeGoogle
  • FEBE (backup FF, had some problems with it recently so I’ve stopped using it)
  • LinkedIn Companion for Firefox
  • PasswordExporter (Handy for backup and migration)
  • iMacros (record, write and edit macros that control the browser)

Security

  • KeepassX (password store, cross platform)
  • TrueCrypt

Office

Graphics & Media

  • VLC
  • MPlayer
  • VueScan (paid for scanning software) This is an excellent if slightly expensive tool that does really high quality scanning from both flatbed and film scanners. It has its own drivers too. It can output multiple file types simultaneously including PDF and TIFF and can OCR as well. It also supports multi-pass scanning (primarily for film scanning).

Development

  • Open Komodo (editor, cross platform)
    Add-ins:

Games

Other

  • MemoryMap (mapping, Windows using Wine or a VM)
  • Google (Note that currently only Picassa and Desktop are in Google’s SUSE repository)
  • Earth
  • Sketchup (Not often used)

All of the above are available either in the main OpenSUSE repositories or via the build service unless I’ve provided a link (except for plugins of course).