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Author:  Hollow
October 12, 2008



 

 

You know what, I think it might be!

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LXDE Menu a pleasure to use - screenshot

I’m stuck at home this weekend with a cold and a second head (A Cist) sticking out of my cheek, so I started reading through some Linux news reviews on other sites. Low and behold while I was looking through the release announcement for one of my favorite recovery/helper distributions on distrowatch I noticed they had switched from using XFCE (A Very lightweight desktop based on KDE but not particularly pretty and not all that functional IMHO) to LXDE. Now I’d heard of LXDE and seen some write-ups on it before but never considered it to be all that much use to anyone really. This  opinion changed over the course of this weekend.

After installing LXDE on our company laptop (Dual boot HP NX9420 with Windows XP and Kubuntu 8.04) and logging into it, I found an extremely fast (And I’m talking lightning), relatively attractive (Not gorgeous but doesn’t make you want to look the other way in disgust either), useful and functional desktop infront of me.

Chrome Right Click Features

LXDE Clean desktop, fresh load - screenshot

File manager and My Documents - screenshot

File manager and My Documents - screenshot

I decided to delve further with this new Desktop of mine and see where it would fall over, there had to be a problem with it somewhere, it was too fast and too useful at the same time to be perfect. Sure enough it did struggle to load a couple of the KDE apps I had installed but for the most part it actually handled everything very cleanly.

The menu in LXDE is a pleasure to use, it’s simple, straightforward, does what it says on the tin and it’s very functional. This menu doesn’t have all the bloat of more recent modern menus and just allows you to do what you need to with it, without being over the top.

Why haven’t I used this desktop before, I asked myself? Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be using KDE3.5.9 as my main desktop for another 10 – 20 days until the release of Intrepid Ibex comes out from Kubuntu, that’ll have KDE4.1 on it, if that doesn’t please me I may well be switching my main distribution over to Mandriva, but LXDE is definitely staying on the company laptop and going to be used extensively in the coming months.

Adept package manager and Konqueror Home Page - screenshot

A Linux desktop which not only looks quite nice but is actually functional and super fast, I really do think this might be the new KDE in the next year or two. Several people are unhappy with KDE4.1 (Me being one of them, although I have mentioned in my Mandriva 2009.0 review that they’ve done a great job of making me like it) and KDE4.1 is definitely more of a resource hog than KDE3.5.9 was. Given another year or so and I think LXDE might be the default desktop on several distributions. LXDE ALREADY is the default desktop on some distributions but they’re all the minimal distributions, I’m talking about it being the main desktop for Ubuntu in 9.04. This may all be rubbish and the cough syrup might be finally kicking in but I think LXDE could and will go a lot further than it has up to now.


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Author:  Symsys
September 25, 2008



 

 

 

The Best things in life are FREE, FREE FREE!

This is a list and links to our preferred selection of FREE software available for Windows that are specifically CROSS PLATFORM. This means that you can try out totally FREE and functional programs out on your Windows installation that you can ALSO use on Linux. Of course, there are MORE feature rich applications available for permanent Linux users, however these have been selected to help your transition

from..

Pay Pay …

to Free Free.
These are all specifically chosen because they work on Windows and Mac as well as Linux.

Once you are ON Linux, it has a built in feature that allows you to hunt software down by keyword or genre that gives you a list of everything imaginable to download and automatically install for free. Now doesn’t that sound better than laborious hunting for things or only really only being able to see what is pushed down your throat that you have to pay an arm and a leg for? 

The links will all take you to the relevant sites so you can find out more and decide whether to download or not. This page does not just serve as a recommend list for you, but also serves as a regularly used link page for us at Symsys.

FREE CROSS PLATFORM SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS 

Get Open Office

Get Open Office

Download Thunderbird

Thunderbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICE: Open Office Version 2.0 is Just as functional as MS…. but costs nothing
Open Office version 3 has now been released but with the extreme popularity of this suite, EVERYONE and his dog is downloading it at once. Go get Open Office V3.

OUTLOOK: Mozilla Thunderbird 2 Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need. Closest thing you can get to Outlook – Completely FREE and cross platform. Their tag line is ‘Reclaim your inbox’ :) (hmmmm is that not the same tag line for ‘spam arrest’ yet we don’t know who used it first – nothing is sacred these days unless you purposely protect it). There is one thing closer to Outlook which also supports MS Exchange but this is ‘Evolution’ (now also reviewed) but is NOT available for Windows. 

Download AVG

Download AVG

Download ClamAV

Download ClamAV

Clamwin WINDOWS vers

Clamwin WINDOWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTIVIRUS: AVG When you install, TRY to get RID of any search bar Yahoo content if you can. Yes the pain in the *** Yahoo got at them. One the previous version this was considered fantastic and relatively unobtrusive – the new version tends to eat memory process while running (but I have not tried reinstalling without Yahoo bloat yet). Just set it to run at a time you are not usually using the computer (which unfortunately for me is practically never)

 ’CLAM AV’ This is what I will be installing today on Windows to replace AVG and it has already been very successful on our Linux installations. It may be easier for WINDOWS users to go straight to the WINDOWS Download Page

Both AVG and Clam AV offer a commericial ‘pay for’ version with added features.

 

Download XBMC X-Box Media Player

Download XBMC

Download VLC

Download VLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA PLAYER:

VLC Media Player …Quote “VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. ”
 XBMC XBox media Centre. Originally written for xbox, then ported. The best full-on and free media suite – Majorly cross platform. 

 

Download Pidgin Messenger

Download Pidgin Messenger

Download aMSN Messenger

Download aMSN Messenger

Download X-Chat

Download X-Chat IRC Client

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSENGER/S:

Pidgin Quote “Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once.”
aMSN Alternative to MS Messenger that is Cross Platform. 
X-Chat 2 IRC client. 

 

Download Gimp

Download Gimp

Download Inkscape

Download Inkscape

Download Blender

Download Blender

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAPHICS:
GIMP Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features. 
Inkscape Vector graphics application.
Blender Powerful 3D Modeling software. 

 

Download Peazip

Download Peazip

Download HJSplit

Download HJSplit

Download IDisk

Download IDisk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FILE UTILITIES: 
PeaZip Fantastic archiving utility to extract and pack archives of an extensive amount of formats. PeaZip also features password protecting archives, keyfile support, system integration, a lovely interface, and much more.
HJSplit Easily split and rejoin large files 
I Disk Handy disk viewing utility

 

Download Kompozer

Download Kompozer

Download FileZilla

Download FileZilla

Download Wireshark

Download Wireshark

Download Azureus

Download Azureus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEB:

KompoZer Easy to use, open source WYSIWYG html editor. 
Filezilla Excellent FTP program. 
Wireshark Network Protocol Analyzer, formerly called Ethereal. 
Azureus A powerful, but complicated BitTorrent client. So many features you’ll lose your mind. 

 

Download Audacity

Download Audacity

Download Celestia

Download Celestia

Download Stellarium

Download Stellarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER:

Audacity Simple sound recording tool. 

Celestia Open-source 3D planetarium software. Akin to traveling through space (outer space). 
Stellarium ”Renders realistic skys in realtime.” See what you would see if your city wasn’t so light-polluted. Used in real planetariums.


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