Linked by Adam S on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:11 UTC
Editorial This day-after-Thanksgiving, when many Americans are enjoying a day off and several others are at work goofing around on OSNews, we decided to ask you: what's your "killer app?" What's the one app you can't live without? Sound off in the comments - one app only!
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Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:19 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Safari. I love this browser.

Edited 2007-11-23 16:20 UTC

Reply Score: 1

RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by dylansmrjones on Sat 24th Nov 2007 18:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Well, not a bad choice. Definitely not. +1

Reply Score: 1

I'll start
by Adam S on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:19 UTC
Adam S
Member since:
2005-04-01

We are all Mac at my house, and my favorite app there is really the one-two punch of Transmit and SubEthaEdit. Since I can only choose one app, I suppose I have to boil it down to one app that by itself gives me the most power, so I'm going to say Paint.net for Windows, which I use at work. This powerful tool is my favorite quick way to edit and create images without having to be a pro and without the complications of Photoshop. Did I mention it's totally free??

Reply Score: 2

Epiphany
by bloodandsoil on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:17 UTC in reply to "I'll start"
bloodandsoil Member since:
2007-08-24

What's Your "Killer App?"

Epiphany: The web browser for the GNOME desktop.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Epiphany
by Hiev on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:32 UTC in reply to "Epiphany"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Indeed.

Reply Score: 1

RE: I'll start
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:46 UTC in reply to "I'll start"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I can't mode you up, but Paint.net is a neat little program for quickly editing photos.

Reply Score: 1

Cant live without....
by knightrider on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:22 UTC
knightrider
Member since:
2006-12-11

Firefox

Reply Score: 14

RE: Cant live without....
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:35 UTC in reply to "Cant live without...."
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Definately firefox.

The type to find feature is incredibly useful, and I miss it when I don't have it. Extensions are another reason that I use it, especially google sync.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Cant live without....
by butters on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:13 UTC in reply to "Cant live without...."
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

My killer app is xkill, but I would almost never need it if not for Firefox.

Reply Score: 8

RE: Cant live without....
by ThawkTH on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:24 UTC in reply to "Cant live without...."
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

For all it's flaws (and there are many) I agree. I just can't stay away, and I've tried many many browsers.

To be more specific though, I absolutely cannot live without Firefox+ All-In-One Gestures extension. WHY CLICK ON THE BACK BUTTON?

On every computer I use, especially those at work running IE6, I always click the right mouse button and drag left really quickly to go back...And I get a context menu ;)

Sometimes we spoil ourselves...

Reply Score: 2

RE: Cant live without....
by wakeupneo on Sat 24th Nov 2007 14:50 UTC in reply to "Cant live without...."
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

GRUB or LILO...essential for jumping outta Windows...

Reply Score: 4

Arkansas_Rebel
Member since:
2007-11-03

I really like this browser, I only run Linux in the office and at home and the latest release 2.0.0.9 in F7 & F8 however the version on my laptop running RHEL5.1 is like 1.5 something or anothers.

Reply Score: 2

Can't do without it
by FishB8 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:28 UTC
FishB8
Member since:
2006-01-16

SSH

Reply Score: 30

RE: Can't do without it
by trooper9 on Sat 24th Nov 2007 17:07 UTC in reply to "Can't do without it"
trooper9 Member since:
2007-04-27

No kidding. This is one of *the* most versatile apps ever. Once you've really used it, you can't live without it. Computer crack.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Can't do without it
by stestagg on Sat 24th Nov 2007 19:36 UTC in reply to "Can't do without it"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Seconded, I was going to suggest PUTTY, but SSH covers it much better.

Reply Score: 2

Google
by Moya on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:29 UTC
Moya
Member since:
2007-07-26

i think Google is app too so is my killer one

Reply Score: 1

Two killer apps
by rhyder on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:31 UTC
rhyder
Member since:
2005-09-28

I can't go to sleep until my computer can run Cubase and LyX.

Reply Score: 3

Konqueror
by TheMonoTone on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:33 UTC
TheMonoTone
Member since:
2006-01-01

Konqueror, the only app I really need.

Reply Score: 22

RE: Konqueror
by ebasconp on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:44 UTC in reply to "Konqueror"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

+1 for you!!

I think the same.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Konqueror
by Kalessin on Mon 26th Nov 2007 19:51 UTC in reply to "Konqueror"
Kalessin Member since:
2007-01-18

Yes. Konqueror does so much that it's not even funny. Whenever I have to use Windows or Gnome without Konqueror, I constantly find myself wishing for Konqueror with all of its great features. It's not perfect - sometimes I have to use firefox because sites are browser compliant instead of standards compliant - but it's one of the most powerful apps that I know.

Reply Score: 1

I need my game fix...
by Soulbender on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:33 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Gorillas.bas

Reply Score: 13

RE: I need my game fix...
by meianoite on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:53 UTC in reply to "I need my game fix..."
meianoite Member since:
2006-04-05

Gorillas.bas


L O L

Less than a week ago I mentioned this game to my girlfriend and was appalled to find out that she never heard about it.

Oh Lord, the old days of messing with the source to increase the explosion radius or the speed of the banana ;)

Reply Score: 4

RE[2]: I need my game fix...
by dylansmrjones on Sat 24th Nov 2007 18:49 UTC in reply to "RE: I need my game fix..."
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Oh Lord, the old days of messing with the source to increase the explosion radius or the speed of the banana ;)


Haha.. you did that too? ;) ... those were the days. They don't make games like that anymore. First time I played it was in 1991 I believe - on a Compaq L20 laptop (20 MB HDD and one 1.44 MB floppy drive - and 'widescreen' CGA - and wonderful 640 KB of RAM.

Those were the days

PS: Forgot to mention the pc-speaker. That one ruled :p

Reply Score: 1

RE: I need my game fix...
by pupdawg on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:43 UTC in reply to "I need my game fix..."
pupdawg Member since:
2006-04-03

Yea!!!! Me too... I almost rewrote this game at one point.

Reply Score: 1

RE: I need my game fix...
by dylansmrjones on Sat 24th Nov 2007 18:42 UTC in reply to "I need my game fix..."
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

AMEN Reverend! ;)

Damn, I have to fire up dosbox now ;)

Reply Score: 1

Latex
by dmiranda on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:36 UTC
dmiranda
Member since:
2007-11-23

Latex

Reply Score: 7

RE: Latex
by samad on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:29 UTC in reply to "Latex"
samad Member since:
2006-03-31

Man, I recently became proficient in LaTeX. I love it, except for the nuances with floats. I now refuse to touch Word or PowerPoint even for non-mathematical projects like biochemical lab reports. But you really need to know someone proficient in LaTeX for it not to become overwhelmingly frustrating.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Latex
by stestagg on Sat 24th Nov 2007 19:38 UTC in reply to "Latex"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

When I was at School, I got into trouble for looking up Bondage websites on the School Internet. Turns out that my searching for "LaTeX plugins" tripped the content filter. Can't think why [/]

Reply Score: 3

RE: Latex
by torbenm on Mon 26th Nov 2007 11:54 UTC in reply to "Latex"
torbenm Member since:
2007-04-23

I agree. LaTeX has its warts, but there is no serious alternative -- unlike most other applications that I use. Yes, I prefer Firefox, but I can live with other browsers. Yes, I prefer Emacs, but I can live with other editors. But I'm pretty much dependent on LaTeX for a lot of my work.

Reply Score: 1

LTSP
by britbrian on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:36 UTC
britbrian
Member since:
2005-07-06

Linux Terminal Server Project because I like my my terminals totally silent and no local maintenance.

Reply Score: 3

cowsay
by Misogynist on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:37 UTC
Misogynist
Member since:
2006-04-10

figlet sup dudes | cowsay -n

Reply Score: 4

RE: cowsay
by Arkansas_Rebel on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:40 UTC in reply to "cowsay"
Arkansas_Rebel Member since:
2007-11-03

Just installed cowsay pretty cool!

Reply Score: 2

IM
by optimusg4 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:38 UTC
optimusg4
Member since:
2005-07-06

Adium for me. I don't need video/audio chat so I'm perfectly fine with the minimum.

Reply Score: 1

Intellij IDEA
by xhfdc on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:39 UTC
xhfdc
Member since:
2006-03-16

A Java IDE without replacement.

Reply Score: 1

iTunes
by SK8T on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:39 UTC
SK8T
Member since:
2006-06-01

iTunes <3

mh, a kind of vote would be nice, so we could the what's the topmost killer app

Reply Score: 2

I'm a huge fan of..
by antenna on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:39 UTC
antenna
Member since:
2006-10-22

Screen, always the first app I load up and just so useful.

Reply Score: 16

RE: I'm a huge fan of..
by Jondice on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:10 UTC in reply to "I'm a huge fan of.. "
Jondice Member since:
2006-09-20

Yeah, Screen is something else I wouldn't want to live without ;)

Reply Score: 3

RE: I'm a huge fan of..
by abraxas on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:11 UTC in reply to "I'm a huge fan of.. "
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

Another vote for screen here. Although lately I've become quite fond of transmission. I think it's the perfect bittorent client. I also have to give Vim a lot of praise.

Edited 2007-11-23 22:14

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: I'm a huge fan of..
by ThawkTH on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:26 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm a huge fan of.. "
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

Have you had issues with Adium and certain torrents simply doing nothing - sitting at 0?

Just curious, my roommate seems to have this problem and we can't seem to find a solution.

Reply Score: 2

...
by behemot on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:41 UTC
behemot
Member since:
2005-11-14

vim and zsh

Reply Score: 4

RE: ...
by gilboa on Sun 25th Nov 2007 13:52 UTC in reply to "..."
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

/+1 vim.
I even use to develop Windows software. (Instead of VC-2K3)

- Gilboa

Reply Score: 2

RE: ...
by gilboa on Sun 25th Nov 2007 13:53 UTC in reply to "..."
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

P.S. I'd suggest you try vimperator extension for firefox.
It makes firefox use a vim-like interface.

- Gilboa

Reply Score: 2

amaroK
by whittmadden on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:42 UTC
whittmadden
Member since:
2007-10-08

amaroK, because no other media player can compare!

Reply Score: 18

RE: amaroK
by Hozz on Sat 24th Nov 2007 10:58 UTC in reply to "amaroK"
Hozz Member since:
2007-03-19

+1 for amaroK, even if the newer winamps come close feature-wise, it's just nowhere near the same.

Reply Score: 1

OpenSSH+OpenbSD
by BSDfan on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:42 UTC
BSDfan
Member since:
2007-03-14

OpenSSH, I would be stuck hooking up a null serial cable without it.. ;)

OpenBSD, I would be on bare metal without it.

Reply Score: 2

screen
by Oliver on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:42 UTC
Oliver
Member since:
2006-07-15

screen

Reply Score: 12

p2p
by Her4clitus on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:42 UTC
Her4clitus
Member since:
2007-11-23

Utorrent >:]

Reply Score: 4

Kile
by MiliTux on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:43 UTC
MiliTux
Member since:
2007-05-16

Kile, a LaTeX editor for KDE. I've used some Windows ones, and for me, they don't compare.

Reply Score: 2

fan of
by Nossie on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:43 UTC
Nossie
Member since:
2007-07-31

VNC or some equivalent... ;)

Reply Score: 2

What else
by lopisaur on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:44 UTC
lopisaur
Member since:
2006-02-27

Vim

Reply Score: 15

NVWMTM Commander
by DonQ on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:44 UTC
DonQ
Member since:
2005-06-29

Norton/Volkov/Windows/Total/Midnight Commander

The greatest thing since sliced bread ;)

Reply Score: 5

RE: NVWMTM Commander
by pandronic on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:31 UTC in reply to "NVWMTM Commander"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

You forgot Far Manager ... the best of all.

Reply Score: 2

RE: NVWMTM Commander
by ggeldenhuys on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:14 UTC in reply to "NVWMTM Commander"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

I can agree more. When I used to run Windows, Total Commander was in my startup sequence.
Now that I run Linux, Midnight Commander is just a 'mc' away. :-)

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: NVWMTM Commander
by bl4z on Sat 24th Nov 2007 20:22 UTC in reply to "NVWMTM Commander"
bl4z Member since:
2006-03-08

all same .. just 2 bad mucommander for osX is not in premiere league atm ;)

Reply Score: 1

RE: NVWMTM Commander
by rcsteiner on Sat 24th Nov 2007 21:34 UTC in reply to "NVWMTM Commander"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

I just use Midnight Commander ... under Linux, OS/2, Solaris, Windows, and on my Nokia 770.

Reply Score: 2

gcc
by ebasconp on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:45 UTC
ebasconp
Member since:
2006-05-09

Maybe "geeky", but gcc changed the world.

Reply Score: 26

games are allowed?
by Cezy on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:45 UTC
Cezy
Member since:
2006-05-13

I will buy any platform where runs al least one episode of the Super Robot Wars Series ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Robot_Wars

Reply Score: 1

R
by valek on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:46 UTC
valek
Member since:
2005-11-12

R-project. ...and I'm still waiting for the R-OS!

Reply Score: 2

RE: R
by kamil_chatrnuch on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:32 UTC in reply to "R"
kamil_chatrnuch Member since:
2005-07-07

could you pls. elaborate on the idea of R-OS? ;)

Reply Score: 2

Easy
by jackson on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:47 UTC
jackson
Member since:
2005-06-29

OpenSSH. Literally the only app that I use every single day. And if I could have two apps, it would be OpenSSH + GNU Screen. That is a killer combo.

Reply Score: 7

Safari
by zizban on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:47 UTC
zizban
Member since:
2005-07-06

Safari here too (Though I use FireFox at work).

Reply Score: 2

Microsoft OneNote
by galvanash on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:52 UTC
galvanash
Member since:
2006-01-25

I think this is the most significant new application released for MS Office users since Outlook... Home users will yawn and rightly so - it offers very little for them. But for anyone who has to manage and dissect alot of misc. data on a daily basis it is fricking bliss.

It lets you effortlessly organize and re-organized notes from meetings, personal notes, software documentation, files, picture, schematics, websites, practically anything. And it does so without getting in your way.

It doesn't do anything particularly new - but its the first app of its kind that (I think) gets its all just right. Highly recommended for anyone whose time is valuable and just wants to keep track of things (not time - that is what Outlook is for - OneNote organizes data) without alot of complication...

Reply Score: 3

GMail
by whittmadden on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:52 UTC
whittmadden
Member since:
2007-10-08

I would also like to add Gmail. Say what you want about Google, and their GMail app, but it changed the entire webmail platform, and opened up everyone's eyes to the 5 mb limit that other providers such as hotmail and yahoo provided at the time, and made it unacceptable in the eyes of geeks everywhere. Gmail changed all of that.

Reply Score: 8

1-800 U LUV VIM
by felipe on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:52 UTC
felipe
Member since:
2007-03-13

Vim..

Reply Score: 6

vim
by alexey on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:55 UTC
alexey
Member since:
2007-01-25

i use it on unix (mainly OpenBSD), windows, macosx. Rarely i use vi. I think it's the most useful program for me.
Also, i vote for ``sudo'', ``nc'' (netcat), ``thunderbird'', ``firefox'', ``slrn'', ``psi'', ``gqview'', ``mplayer'' ;)

Reply Score: 4

vim
by robinh on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:55 UTC
robinh
Member since:
2006-12-19

Yeah, it'd be vim, although psql (postgres) and cowsay are closing in....

Reply Score: 3

ktorrent
by OStourist on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:56 UTC
OStourist
Member since:
2007-06-19

Best torrent client on KDE

Reply Score: 5

RE: ktorrent
by anonybrowse on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:01 UTC in reply to "ktorrent"
anonybrowse Member since:
2007-05-26

Does ktorrent have a built in player for multimedia formats or burner for disc images? presumably you'd want to do something with the data you port around?

Maybe Miro, with its build in bittorrent support and media playing abilities is more of a killer app in the one app you can't live without sense.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: ktorrent
by OStourist on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:30 UTC in reply to "RE: ktorrent"
OStourist Member since:
2007-06-19

Well I have VLC or Mplayer
to play any format you can thorow at them. K3B
handles burning but I rarely do that.


Also Miro though good is not ported
well to some unix systems like Solaris
so for distro hoppers like me is
not quite there yet.

Reply Score: 1

RE: ktorrent
by google_ninja on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:03 UTC in reply to "ktorrent"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

you must download a LOT of torrents for this to be your one killer app

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: ktorrent
by OStourist on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE: ktorrent"
OStourist Member since:
2007-06-19

These days I have 100 upstream and maybe
3 or 4 downstream per week...so yes..
Basically my computer is my TV and media center.

Reply Score: 2

......
by islander on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:56 UTC
islander
Member since:
2007-04-11

Have quite a few but I would give the edge to Firefox.

Hope sometime they do a mini-poll or something in short answer, why do you like computers.

Edited 2007-11-23 16:58

Reply Score: 4

Opera
by Nico57 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:57 UTC
Nico57
Member since:
2006-12-18

I've been using it since 2001 (Opera 5.10) and painfully miss it whenever I have to switch to something else.

Reply Score: 13

RE: Opera
by kamil_chatrnuch on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:36 UTC in reply to "Opera"
kamil_chatrnuch Member since:
2005-07-07

couldn't agree more ;)
[opera user since 2001]

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Opera
by kadymae on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:36 UTC in reply to "Opera"
kadymae Member since:
2005-08-02

Me three!

[Opera user since '00.]

Reply Score: 1

RE: Opera
by KLU9 on Sat 24th Nov 2007 21:58 UTC in reply to "Opera"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

me four! (since 2001: first tried the 3.xx version included in BeOS R5 Personal, stuck with it back in Windows et al.)

Reply Score: 1

shell...
by sergio on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:57 UTC
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

GNU BASH. I refuse to use a computer without bash. (at work I have static binaries for AIX, Solaris and HP-Ux hehe)

Reply Score: 11

RE: shell...
by RIchard James13 on Sat 24th Nov 2007 02:32 UTC in reply to "shell..."
RIchard James13 Member since:
2007-10-26

I agree. I hate working on a computer without GNU BASH.

Reply Score: 1

Eclipse
by timefortea on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:58 UTC
timefortea
Member since:
2006-10-11

Eclipse does it for me...

Reply Score: 1

tricky
by anonybrowse on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:59 UTC
anonybrowse
Member since:
2007-05-26

It's either GIMP or Emacs, for totally different reasons, i'm usually happy using nano for text editing but emacs covers so many bases i could do without a number of other apps if using it.

For image editing I know gimp so well and work with it effectively enough to produce better results than a lot or people might from competing apps, it fits my needs well and i have a sensible workflow centered around it.

All this aside, in today's permanently connected world i could just name firefox as my favourite, considering the rich AJAX and Flash apps available online this could provide for my music and video needs in many ways.

Reply Score: 1

I'm going to cheat ...
by MacTO on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:59 UTC
MacTO
Member since:
2006-09-21

... and say an SSH client and modern web browser. I have my favoured clients, but I don't mind switching if something better comes out. But I will ignore a platform unless it provides me reliable SSH and HTTP connectivity, which I think is a good way to define killer applications.

Reply Score: 1

explorer.exe :-)
by adioanca on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:59 UTC
adioanca
Member since:
2007-08-14

... it's needed. ;) Better than the alternatives. ;)

Reply Score: 1

Opera
by Undomiel on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 16:59 UTC
Undomiel
Member since:
2007-11-23

Photoshop was close but Opera takes the cake. I just don't enjoy browsing as much when I have to use a different browser. Here's to hoping standards compliance of websites picks up a notch!

Reply Score: 7

Amarok
by cypress on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:01 UTC
cypress
Member since:
2005-07-11

If I were to be sent on a deserted island and be allowed to bring only one cool app, that would be Amarok ;) )

Reply Score: 6

RE: Amarok
by AugieD on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:57 UTC in reply to "Amarok"
AugieD Member since:
2007-11-23

Another one for Amarok

Edited 2007-11-23 21:57

Reply Score: 2

Definitely...
by Riba on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:02 UTC
Riba
Member since:
2006-02-12

Ma favourite is:

/sbin/shutdown

Sorry.

Reply Score: 9

Killer app
by frood on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:02 UTC
frood
Member since:
2005-07-06

screen, putty and traceroute ;)

Reply Score: 2

re:
by REM2000 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:03 UTC
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

mail (apple)

Reply Score: 2

Muckclient
by Almafeta on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:06 UTC
Almafeta
Member since:
2007-02-22

Although there are several I use daily, Muckclient is the one that I would be really sad without.

Reply Score: 1

Another vote for
by jtrapp on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:06 UTC
jtrapp
Member since:
2005-07-06

Amarok

Reply Score: 7

Opera
by Joe User on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:09 UTC
Joe User
Member since:
2005-06-29

Using Opera hours and hours a day since 2002 ;)

Reply Score: 3

Gmail
by Jondice on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:09 UTC
Jondice
Member since:
2006-09-20

While most of the google apps are cool, I'd have to say Gmail is one I wouldn't want to live without.

Reply Score: 3

VLC
by justin.68 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:11 UTC
justin.68
Member since:
2006-09-16

VLC media player

Reply Score: 6

RE: VLC
by miscz on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:37 UTC in reply to "VLC"
miscz Member since:
2005-07-17

VLC is so good I forget that it exists, it's one of the first things I install on freshly installed OS... any OS.

Reply Score: 4

RE: VLC
by ThawkTH on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:29 UTC in reply to "VLC"
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

An example of FOSS that does it, does it right, and just gets out of your way.

Powerful, flexible, fast...It does everything.

I'm jealous of my roomie's osx build - fullscreen controls! Bah...

Reply Score: 2

vim
by dizzey on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:12 UTC
dizzey
Member since:
2005-10-15

vim is the mostly used tool for me.

Reply Score: 3

Editor
by p-OS on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:12 UTC
p-OS
Member since:
2006-01-19
My Favourite
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:14 UTC
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

If I had to choose one, I'd say Toast Titanium 8.03. Compared to other software out there, its pretty damn good.

But if I had to choose one which I used all the time - in otherwords, and application that 'makes or breaks the platform' for me, I'd go for Pages.

I use Pages a lot, it is just a super application. I tend to treat my word processor like a DTP, so it works perfectly for what I need. I can pick up a picture, plonk it anywhere on the page. Its just so easy to get things done - easy, but not easy with stupid things like clippy getting in the way.

Reply Score: 1

Four for me
by jaypee on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:15 UTC
jaypee
Member since:
2005-07-28

Eclipse, Amarok, Azureus and MPlayer

Reply Score: 1

1a and 1b
by hraq on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:16 UTC
hraq
Member since:
2005-07-06

Azureus and Opera are my #1

Reply Score: 0

it hasn't been invented yet
by ozonehole on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:17 UTC
ozonehole
Member since:
2006-01-07

I'm a Linux user, and my killer app doesn't yet exist for Linux (though there are Windows equivalents). What I need, but Linux still lacks, is a good house floor plan drawing program. Qcad can be used for that purpose, but that's just a general cad program. A quick Google search turns up such programs for Windows, like these:

http://architecture.about.com/cs/cadprograms/tp/designsoftware.htm

I really wish one of these would be ported to Linux. Then I wouldn't ever need to boot Windows.

Reply Score: 2

RE: it hasn't been invented yet
by dansy on Sun 25th Nov 2007 20:10 UTC in reply to "it hasn't been invented yet"
dansy Member since:
2007-11-25

Have you tried using it under Wine ? or a virtual machine ?

Reply Score: 1

i can't live without
by lost on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:18 UTC
lost
Member since:
2006-03-17

amarok, konsole & firefox

Reply Score: 1

emacs
by moltonel on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:18 UTC
moltonel
Member since:
2006-02-24

Huh ? What do you mean by "It doesn't qualify as a *single* app." ? ;)

Reply Score: 8

Speech Recognition
by rener on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:19 UTC
rener
Member since:
2006-02-27

Or: What should not be missing in a OS since OS/2 Warp 4, and the nearly only thing missing in the OSS/FOSS world these days.

Reply Score: 1

Vim...
by TheMatt on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:19 UTC
TheMatt
Member since:
2005-10-10

Probably vim for me. I still get heebies when I have to use notepad or something on a Windows box.

Beyond that it'd probably be LaTeX.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Vim...
by gilboa on Sun 25th Nov 2007 13:56 UTC in reply to "Vim..."
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

This should solve your problem:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/pc/gvim71.exe

- Gilboa

Reply Score: 2

Browser for me...
by Yogurth on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:20 UTC
Yogurth
Member since:
2005-07-20

Opera.

Reply Score: 3

just being greedy
by Laurence on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:22 UTC
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

Sorry, I can't pick just the one so here are my top 5 in no particular order:

* Apache
* VLC
* K3b
* Samba
* X.org

Edited 2007-11-23 17:22

Reply Score: 4

only rm
by duriantang on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:24 UTC
duriantang
Member since:
2007-11-23

rm is the true killer.
try "rm -rf /" under root ;)

Reply Score: 9

RE: only rm
by Laurence on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:28 UTC in reply to "only rm"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"rm is the true killer. "


Or mv file(s) /dev/null if you're oldskool ;-)

Edited 2007-11-23 17:32

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: only rm
by rainman on Sat 24th Nov 2007 09:33 UTC in reply to "RE: only rm"
rainman Member since:
2007-05-22

I prefer dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda
Why just delete your files, when you can overwrite your partition table and filesystem headers too?

Reply Score: 2

RE: only rm
by ThawkTH on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:30 UTC in reply to "only rm"
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

Hahaha. For any newbs out there I suggest you NOT try this ;)

Reply Score: 2

Firefox and only Firefox
by lxstoian on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:26 UTC
lxstoian
Member since:
2007-11-06

I can't live without this browser. Best browser out there.

Reply Score: 3

Microsoft Office 2007
by FreakyT on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:26 UTC
FreakyT
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2005-07-17

Ribbon FTW

Reply Score: 1

Three-in-one
by benmhall on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:30 UTC
benmhall
Member since:
2006-03-08

ssh+screen+mc

In my opinion, mc is the greatest, most flexible and most underrated program out there. Thankfully, I have managed to get it running in OSX, Linux, Windows and even my Nokia N800 (Just Linux again, I know.)

Reply Score: 2

Web browser
by WereCatf on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:31 UTC
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

I don't specify any specific app by name, I just say I need access to ANY web browser everyday ;)

Reply Score: 2

Some brute force is needed
by Mrpengo on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:32 UTC
Mrpengo
Member since:
2006-06-18

I cant live without kill and xkill. I love the little skull ;D

Reply Score: 5

RE: Some brute force is needed
by AlexandreAM on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:44 UTC in reply to "Some brute force is needed"
AlexandreAM Member since:
2006-02-06

Oh! You got it before me. I must say... no other app is as KILLER as x?kill!!!!

Reply Score: 1

Can't choose
by atezun on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:32 UTC
atezun
Member since:
2005-07-06

There's no way i could possibly choose between Kate and LyX.

Reply Score: 3

Evidence...
by Hiev on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:32 UTC
Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

Really good reading PDF files.

Reply Score: 1

Keepass and its ports
by fejack on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:35 UTC
fejack
Member since:
2006-06-12

All my critical details like passwords and bank account numbers are safely kept in a highly-encrypted database, that I can access on Linux and Windows.

Reply Score: 1

Visual Studio
by tuttle on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:35 UTC
tuttle
Member since:
2006-03-01

With all its flaws, it is still the best IDE for my purposes. I regularly work with java IDEs such as eclipse and netbeans, and none of them even comes close.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Visual Studio
by Hiev on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:36 UTC in reply to "Visual Studio"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

that's because you have never tried JBuilder. ;)

Reply Score: 2

RE: Visual Studio
by mlopes on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:40 UTC in reply to "Visual Studio"
mlopes Member since:
2005-07-18

Could you please elaborate on why Eclipse doesn't come close? I've worked a LOT with Eclipse and my mileage significantly varies from yours. I can actually pinpoint some things where Eclipse is actually way better (starting with the price) but the ball is on your side, so I'll wait for your points and refute them if possible.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Visual Studio
by google_ninja on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Visual Studio"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

performance and the gui builder are the two things that come to mind. IMHO VS is a really good IDE, but you need additional plugins to make it truly a killer app, like JetBrains ReSharper or DevExpress CodeRush

Reply Score: 3

Definitely have to be...
by helf on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:36 UTC
helf
Member since:
2005-07-06

Bratz, the video game.

LOL.. No, seriously, I'd have to say PuTTY.

Reply Score: 4

RE: Definitely have to be...
by trooper9 on Sat 24th Nov 2007 17:19 UTC in reply to "Definitely have to be..."
trooper9 Member since:
2007-04-27

PuTTY rocks. But it goes back to an earlier SSH post.

Reply Score: 1

TextMate
by mlopes on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:38 UTC
mlopes
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2005-07-18

TextMate. My developer needs are totally dependent on it, exception made for Java where I'd elect Eclipse. As for Firefox, I love it but I don't depend on it as much as on TextMate (I can use Safari or Opera, although without the nice Firefox extensions like WebDeveloper).

Reply Score: 2

I second for TextMate
by Jonix on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:08 UTC in reply to "TextMate"
Jonix Member since:
2007-02-14

Textmate is the one app I spend most time in front of, just a bit ahead of ITerm.... (sorry for the two apps)

Reply Score: 2

RE: TextMate
by qbeek on Mon 26th Nov 2007 10:45 UTC in reply to "TextMate"
qbeek Member since:
2005-10-24

Definitely Textmate too. Best editor ever. Those who doubts about this, give it a try and you will be seduce too.

Reply Score: 1

Winamp
by ronaldst on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:38 UTC
ronaldst
Member since:
2005-06-29

"Often Imitated, Never Duplicated"

http://www.winamp.com

Reply Score: 3

RE: Winamp
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:44 UTC in reply to "Winamp"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Winamp is awesome. I love the little client, and am still searching for a replacement on Linux or FreeBSD. Audacious looks like it might be close though.

They really need to allow it to be ported.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Winamp
by judgen on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Winamp"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

How about xmms? its almost identical to winamp 2.95 (the best version) and even uses the same skins.

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: Winamp
by anonybrowse on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Winamp"
anonybrowse Member since:
2007-05-26

No, how about Beep Music Player or Audacious instead, XMMS is old and crusty, or you could come somewhat up to date, if you have more thant 20 digital music files to your name, and use a music manager like Listen, Exail or, well, any of these
http://www.gnomefiles.org/subcategory.php?sub_cat_id=2

Reply Score: 1

RE[4]: Winamp
by CowMan on Sat 24th Nov 2007 18:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Winamp"
CowMan Member since:
2006-09-26

XMMS is old, is crusty, and depreciated ~ however, it still works well with large file counts, which cannot be said for either Beep or Audacious ~ and it has a massive availability of plugins.
For a combination of lightweight & powerful, I'm not sure one could beat yammi + xmms + a decent collection of plugins (Anyone thinking of saying Amarok, try tossing 15 or 20,000 files into it.)

Reply Score: 0

WWW
by Nicram on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:39 UTC
Nicram
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2006-01-31

Firefox

Reply Score: 3

Network & communication apps naturally
by irbis on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:42 UTC
irbis
Member since:
2005-07-08

In work you may need very specialized apps but mentioning them might not be too interesting here, so I list only what I use most at home with Linux.

Communication and Internet are, of course, quite important - if not necessary - on these days of networks and messaging. There are many good alternative apps for those tasks but what I tend to prefer at home for those kind of tasks are these: Firefox, Evolution, Pidgin & Skype. I've not been a KDE fan lately, but KDE alternatives like Kopete might be worth trying too.

I couldn't do without a good enough office suite either, and that's OpenOffice for me. A good image editing app, GIMP or Krita, is important too, like having a few good media players are too.

For my currently small personal web editing tasks I often need only Bluefish and Kompozer, but I've got heavier alternatives like Eclipse with many plugins installed too should I need or want to play with them too.

The very first program that I tend to install after having got Ubuntu installed is, however, Shorewall firewall usually.

As to occasional gaming...: I've never quite understood what many people find so fascinating in big heavy time-consuming 3D simulation games? (Or maybe I've just grown too old...?) To me they seem a bit too much "Hollywood": lots of commercial hype & expensive special effects, but often rather empty and unintelligent story. Sure I may occasionally like to play something like Planet Penguin Racer a couple of times for a change, but that has usually been all I need from 3D gaming. However, I still prefer classic intellectual games like playing chess against the computer, or PokerTH for poker simulation, or GnomeGo or Panda glGo for playing Go. By the way, it's a pity that there seems to be no native open-source contract Bridge game for Linux where you could also play against the computer (so not needing 3 other online players)?

Reply Score: 3

Compiler
by patrick_ on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:44 UTC
patrick_
Member since:
2006-03-02

Whatever compiler I need to use: gcc for C; fasm for assembly.

I was going to say emacs (which is the only editor I use for C), but I can easily use nano to code if need be.

Reply Score: 1

firefox i guess...
by jsolares on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:53 UTC
jsolares
Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm having trouble deciding between vim, screen and ssh.
so firefox it is ;)

Reply Score: 2

init
by sledgehammer89 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:58 UTC
sledgehammer89
Member since:
2006-02-02

my "killer app" is '/sbin/init'. It starts so many useful applications after starting itself ... ;)

Reply Score: 5

Most used App
by Gimmeapill on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:59 UTC
Gimmeapill
Member since:
2006-12-20

The most obvious one: Synaptic

Reply Score: 2

RE: Most used App
by ThawkTH on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:37 UTC in reply to "Most used App"
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

Apt ftw!

Reply Score: 2

I guess I'll pollute the comment section too
by w-ber on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:59 UTC
w-ber
Member since:
2005-08-21

ViM, which I use in all source code editing. It beats Eclipse for certain. (Believe me, I've used both.)

The Perl interpreter is a close second.

Reply Score: 1

Mozilla Firefox
by lawina on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:03 UTC
lawina
Member since:
2006-01-20

Mozilla Firefox.
Used it everyday in my life for the past five years.

Reply Score: 4

VS.NET
by Harald on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:05 UTC
Harald
Member since:
2006-03-10

It helps me pay my bills.

Reply Score: 3

RE: VS.NET
by asdx24 on Sat 24th Nov 2007 16:54 UTC in reply to "VS.NET"
asdx24 Member since:
2007-05-17

I'm sure Ruby on Rails or any other open source framework will help you pay your bills much better.

Reply Score: 0

iFolder
by invisik on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:06 UTC
invisik
Member since:
2006-08-03

I can use a different web browser, or mail client to get mail, most any will get the basic job done. iFolder solves so many file sync problems, I don't think I could live without it.

-Cross platform support, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
-Web interface to get a files when I'm not on one of my computers, https
-Keeps my files in sync to server for backup
-Lets me work on the same set of files on my desktop computer and my laptops
-Syncs over the internet, so I don't have to worry about forgetting to sync at the office before I hit the road with encryption
-All totally in the background, very rarely has a conflict and syncs often enough to not miss anything before shutting down

Not sure when the open source builds have last been updated but the 3.6 version is part of Open Enterprise Server 2 http://www.novell.com/products/openenterpriseserver/ . The open source site is http://www.ifolder.com .

Happy long weekend...

-m

Edited 2007-11-23 18:07

Reply Score: 2

Lots of goodies already mentioned
by anomie on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:07 UTC
anomie
Member since:
2007-02-26

For something original I'll choose: transmissioncli

Very lightweight, easy to use BT client. It's available as cli (as named above) or as gui using gtk2.

Reply Score: 1

I have more than one
by timothy.crosley on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:10 UTC
timothy.crosley
Member since:
2006-06-15

G++, Qt4, QDevelop, and The Gimp.

Reply Score: 1

Apt-get
by g2devi on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:11 UTC
g2devi
Member since:
2005-07-09

Apt-get is the source of all other applications and upgrades and the no-hassle F/OSS licenses of apt-get repositories is the one reason why non-F/OSS platforms will never have anything equivalently good (shareware and adware maybe, but there's always a catch -- usually privacy or money or lock-in).

Reply Score: 10

putty
by mrfx on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:11 UTC
mrfx
Member since:
2007-11-23

putty ssh client.

Reply Score: 1

ghemical
by chemical_scum on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:13 UTC
chemical_scum
Member since:
2005-11-02
Opera
by shykid on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:20 UTC
shykid
Member since:
2007-02-22

Another vote for Opera.

Reply Score: 3

Warewulf
by SamAskani on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:21 UTC
SamAskani
Member since:
2006-01-03

Congrats to the Infiniscale guys who simplify you the non trivial task of deploying a diskless cluster.

One morning 10 diskless computers arrived, the afternoon they were running their first simulation.

I can not say enough "thanks" to those guys.

Reply Score: 1

My personal Killer Apps
by SCHWEjK on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:23 UTC
SCHWEjK
Member since:
2006-04-05

Well, what keeps me on Windows on my primary PC is foobar2000 and Exact Audio Copy. Apart from that, there's no real killer app for me... for instance, I can use Eclipse, Firefox, Thunderbird or OO.org on all "mayor" OSes.

For Linux, I do really love apt-get... that's why Debian based distributions stay my choice ;)

Edited 2007-11-23 18:25

Reply Score: 2

Disco
by daveyfromjersey on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:24 UTC
daveyfromjersey
Member since:
2007-05-12

Disc burning for OS X. Simple and beautiful. I had bought Toast online (u get a serial). After I lost the serial they wouldn't give it to me again (I'm not kidding). I'm so glad I switched.

Reply Score: 1

google + killer app...
by antik on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:25 UTC
antik
Member since:
2006-05-19

...found 2,030,000 useless webpages...

Reply Score: 2

v My Website!
by Harald on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:32 UTC
Firefox
by ZBrando on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:36 UTC
ZBrando
Member since:
2007-11-23

If I have to chose only one app, it's Firefox.

Reply Score: 3

my killer app...
by borker on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:36 UTC
borker
Member since:
2006-04-04

the one I'm being paid to write at any given time... I may never end up using most the stuff I write, but it puts bread on the table ;)

Reply Score: 2

vim
by Shane on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:39 UTC
Shane
Member since:
2005-07-06

vim.

Reply Score: 1

MPlayer
by anda_skoa on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:42 UTC
anda_skoa
Member since:
2005-07-07

Great keyboard shortcuts for Forward and Backward in three differently sized steps.

And usually plays even corrupted or incomplete files.

Reply Score: 3

Emacs
by whittmadden on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:42 UTC
whittmadden
Member since:
2007-10-08

just because someone else posted vim. ;)

Reply Score: 1

Konqueror
by bimbo on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:45 UTC
bimbo
Member since:
2006-05-09

or the console.

Reply Score: 1

Mozilla Seamonkey
by buff on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:46 UTC
buff
Member since:
2005-11-12

Mozilla Seamonkey browser. I use it for both browsing and email.

Reply Score: 2

gnu screen
by drkwolf on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:48 UTC
drkwolf
Member since:
2007-05-18

screen is the most useful app, i can't live without it.

Reply Score: 2

favorite app....
by neozeed on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:48 UTC
neozeed
Member since:
2006-03-03

I'm going to have to say telnet. I can reach my cube, talk to cisco routers, and debug some TCP applicaitons.. it's quite handy to have around.

Reply Score: 2

avih
Member since:
2006-03-16

Also: ffdshow, media player classic, vitrualdub, irfanview, trillian and visual studio and Windows XP too btw, it has to be said.

On the gaming front, Live-For-Speed is the game I've played most hours ever.

All those apps are the ones occupying more than 95% of the time I spend with a computer...

Reply Score: 1

VSO DivXtoDVD v 0.5.2b
by LightRider on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:58 UTC
LightRider
Member since:
2007-08-05

Outstanding program , a godsend !
Why?
1. Its FREE
2. Laughably easy to use
2. Converts DivX,Xvid,and others to a new video_ts
folder ready to be burned to a dvd.

There are a lot more xvid and divx movie torrents available
on the internet than dvd ones and they download in
1/7 the time.

Edited 2007-11-23 19:02

Reply Score: 1

Quicksilver
by vogelar on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:58 UTC
vogelar
Member since:
2006-04-03

Blacktree's Quicksilver. I cannot use a Mac without it, and I don't even use it's full potential.

On alternative platforms, Windows Key + R is my other save, but it's not as robust.

Edited 2007-11-23 19:00

Reply Score: 1

RE: Quicksilver
by bjjf on Thu 29th Nov 2007 19:51 UTC in reply to "Quicksilver"
bjjf Member since:
2007-11-29

Thanks for the info. Never heard of it before but will try it out tonight.

Reply Score: 1

eM Client
by navaraf on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 18:59 UTC
navaraf
Member since:
2005-07-08

eM Client ... not only I use it for e-mail and to keep my school schedule, but it also makes me earn some little cash ;)

Reply Score: 1

Decisions, Decisions...
by AxiomShell on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:00 UTC
AxiomShell
Member since:
2006-01-16

* Firefox
* Netbeans (5.5 was sweet, 6RC2 rocks)

Reply Score: 1

Quantum Cosmology
by chemical_scum on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:00 UTC
chemical_scum
Member since:
2005-11-02

I rather like this quote from the theoretical physicist Jim Hartle, in a talk he gave on quantum cosmology:

Cosmology is the Killer App for Everett Quantum Mechanics

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~everett/slides/hartle.pdf

http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/misc/everett/Hartle%20-%20Co...

May be not the sort of kind of "Killer App" you were thinking of, but interesting eh?

Edited 2007-11-23 19:01

Reply Score: 2

Bittorrent client
by bulio on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:00 UTC
bulio
Member since:
2007-04-17

I'd have to say rTorrent, with the amount I download a day I couldn't do without it.

Edited 2007-11-23 19:02

Reply Score: 1

Quicksilver
by l3mr on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:01 UTC
l3mr
Member since:
2007-05-01

Quicksilver (www.blacktree.com)

Reply Score: 1

ZMD ?
by rkoot on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:04 UTC
rkoot
Member since:
2006-01-03

install opensuse 10.2 and try to install some software and ZMD awakes...
it'll murder your machine's performance ;) so that's a real killerapp.

no seriously, my vote goes to amarok, the best music experience around.

Reply Score: 2

re
by netpython on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:07 UTC
netpython
Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh, yum all that info:-)

Reply Score: 2

Several
by WorknMan on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:07 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

* Opera on Windows - It's text-to-speech capabilities are the best I've heard. It's not uncommon for me to copy/paste a bunch of articles into a text file, a perl script converts that to HTML, then have Opera voice 'read' it at night while I sleep and convert that to an mp3 file for listening at work the next day. I don't read very much stuff at my computer anymore ;)

* Directory Opus - Best file manager I've seen.

* Adobe Audition

* Winorganizer - 'Outliner' app + PIM all rolled into one.

* 1by1 - Small media player that specializes in audiobooks.

* PowerDVD - I'd be interested to know if there's another video player out there than lets you fast forward/rewind a video at 2x without changing the pitch of the audio. That's pretty cool ;)

* Maxthon - Use it at work where IE is required. Some features are better implemented than Firefox or Opera.

* And about a half dozen little utils I have written for myself.

Reply Score: 2

VMware!
by tecepeipe on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:07 UTC
tecepeipe
Member since:
2005-07-07

VMware Server. Good enough and free.

Reply Score: 3

RE: VMware!
by gilboa on Sun 25th Nov 2007 14:23 UTC in reply to "VMware!"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

/+1.

Looking forward for vmware 2.0! (Already in beta)

- Gilboa

Reply Score: 2

IM
by rockmen1 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:08 UTC
rockmen1
Member since:
2006-02-04

Most of my friends us IM, it is IM that keep us in touch everyday.

Reply Score: 1

The best player!!
by CapEnt on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:11 UTC
CapEnt
Member since:
2005-12-18

Amarok!

Reply Score: 2

Impossible choice
by bogomipz on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:14 UTC
bogomipz
Member since:
2005-07-11

There's only two apps I use every day; Firefox and xterm.

You really, really can't ask me to choose between them. On one hand I couldn't live without my daily dose of the interwebs. On the other hand the terminal is where most of the action is; screen, vim, ssh, irssi, ncmpc, rtorrent, rsync, find, grep, sed, svn, gcc, diff, patch, etc, etc.

Reply Score: 3

gcc
by razor85 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:16 UTC
razor85
Member since:
2006-12-08

gcc

Reply Score: 1

SSH was said already so I added a +
by jabbotts on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:18 UTC
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

It replaces telnet, ftp and does encrypted tunneling for any application that doesn't have it's own encrypted protocol.

The real thing that seals it for me is remote forwarding. Remotely Possible, PCAnywhere, Windows Remote Desktop, VNC; none of them compare to simply opening an ssh and forwarding the X display to my local machine.

With a liveCD, it's even turned a work issued notebook into a thin-client for use around my house when not working.

Reply Score: 2

Every day and every night:
by Dr-ROX on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:21 UTC
Dr-ROX
Member since:
2006-01-03

OperaMini - this app even can change your lifestyle.

Reply Score: 2

Amarok
by Isolationist on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:25 UTC
Isolationist
Member since:
2006-05-28

Amarok for sure!

Reply Score: 2

mobile app
by kaito on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:26 UTC
kaito
Member since:
2007-11-06

opera mini 4

Reply Score: 2

Console
by quad3datwork on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:26 UTC
quad3datwork
Member since:
2007-11-23

CLI, but since standard with *nix... then, BASH.

Reply Score: 1

SSH & QS
by Kokopelli on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:27 UTC
Kokopelli
Member since:
2005-07-06

My must have app depends on platform so...

On OS X Quicksilver is an absolute must for me. Always the very first app I install.

On Linux the choice is a little more difficult but i will have to go with OpenSSH.

Reply Score: 2

Best Killer App
by andrewg on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:29 UTC
andrewg
Member since:
2005-07-06

Doom

Reply Score: 3

Opera
by nonesuch on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:30 UTC
nonesuch
Member since:
2007-11-13

95% of the time I'm using a computer, Opera is the only app running. Yes, I know this is cheating, because Opera is everything: browser, email program, RSS reader, IRC client, download manager with BitTorrent, and more. All this with a ~4mb download, and fast to use thanks to mouse gestures. It follows me to every operating system, and I use every feature.

Reply Score: 4

Kopete, Konqueror
by luord on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 19:58 UTC
luord
Member since:
2007-11-23

I just can't live without that two programs :S

Reply Score: 1

Audacity
by h3rman on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:01 UTC
h3rman
Member since:
2006-08-09

The sound recording program.

Reply Score: 2

XeTeX and LuaTeX....but not Latex
by Lakedaemon on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:06 UTC
Lakedaemon
Member since:
2005-08-07

XeTeX (and LuaTeX sometimes in the future) is my killer app...

TeXShell is my second killer app
(who needs LYX or complicated TeX editors when all you really need is TeX skillss....and...customizable buttons and colors, query and replace and syntax highlighting)

Reply Score: 1

firefox,
by bvidinli on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:07 UTC
bvidinli
Member since:
2006-09-04

my killer app is firefox..
my os is linux ubuntu 7.10
i build ehcp, www.ehcp.net, a hosting control panel
see you

Reply Score: 1

Hurr durr.
by Almafeta on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:09 UTC
Almafeta
Member since:
2007-02-22

Here I go naming a small telnet client, when I skip over something really obvious.

If an operating system can count as a single 'app,' computing wouldn't have gone much farther than it was in the 80s without Windows. Without it, we'd still have 20 or so different vendors holding monopolies over diverse, non-interoperable platforms, and Moore's law would have become irrelevant with hardware manufacturers trying simply to create a console that could sell, rather than creating better and better hardware for a standardized platform that they could be sure would have customers. So I guess that's still my 'killer app.'

Reply Score: 0

Evolution
by yanik on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:11 UTC
yanik
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2005-07-13

I'd have to say Evolution, as it is the only client that I can use at the office to connect to exchange.

2.firefox
3.gnome-term+ssh

Reply Score: 1

Best Killer app?
by solidsnake on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:13 UTC
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Member since:
2006-06-04

Too many, really good opensource apps.

But K3B is my most used and treasured resource when it comes to apps.

Reply Score: 1

favorite app
by rslewine on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:19 UTC
rslewine
Member since:
2005-12-24

goaltrak.com

Reply Score: 1

Windows :)
by Googol on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:19 UTC
Googol
Member since:
2006-11-24

no shit ! Can't live with it, can't live without it.. ;)

Other than that: WinRAR - not so much that I use it every-every-every day, but it is just really good and it is worth the money since you get a lifetime upgrade right, which I am exercising for ~10 years now... so much on commercial soft.

Freeware:
In a better world, Proxomitron would get more exposure, because I never access a web-page without it. It always works on Linux through wine, too. Forget your FF-extensions that never work for half a year after an FF upgrade, this works better for all browsers simutaneously - always.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Windows :)
by whittmadden on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:22 UTC in reply to "Windows :)"
whittmadden Member since:
2007-10-08

Have you tried 7-zip? I'd have to add this one to my list of killer apps too!

Reply Score: 4

Linux
by tcpip4000 on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:20 UTC
tcpip4000
Member since:
2005-07-06

God bless Linux, Firefox and vim.

Edited 2007-11-23 20:20

Reply Score: 3

KDE's Kontact
by moleskine on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:21 UTC
moleskine
Member since:
2005-11-05

Choosing a browser is a bit dull - we all have one. My must-have app is KDE's Kontact. I get mail, news, both basic notes and basket notes, journal, contacts, calendar and rss feeds all in one place. Since Kontact has a plug-in architecture, I could probably get even more if I tried.

Kontact seems very stable and for me it's a darn site easier to use than Evolution, as well as nicer to look at. To me, this is desktop computing at its best and certainly beats anything I've so far tried on 'doze. Kontact, Amarok, Kate and Digikam are the primary reason I use KDE over Gnome.

My second choice would be KDE's Digikam, an excellent program that keeps things simple for its target audience, executes them very well and does exactly what it says on the tin.

In a year's time, if progress is good, I'm hoping I'll be able to say that KOffice 2 is my top app.

Reply Score: 7

RE: KDE's Kontact
by RandomGuy on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:16 UTC in reply to "KDE's Kontact"
RandomGuy Member since:
2006-07-30

Although it's not my #1 app, I have to agree that it's still damn good.
Most of the time I just use the Kmail component but even that alone is great.

What I like most about it is that it's a whole lot faster than thunderbird - something you will notice if you leave all the mails in your inbox since putting them into folders seems somehow unnatural (at least to me).

Reply Score: 3

I don't have one.
by AdamW on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:24 UTC
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2005-07-06

Redundancy is important. You could break *all* of the applications I use regularly and I could switch in alternatives and carry on working. Worst case, I could do almost all my necessary work from a small set of very basic console apps.

I don't think it's necessarily a very good idea to have your work structured so you have a single killer app. What do you do if it breaks?

Reply Score: 5

v Nerds
by vegai on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:28 UTC
GNOME
by Kwitschibo on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:35 UTC
Kwitschibo
Member since:
2006-01-17

A Desktop is my primary "Tool"... and so for _me_ GNOME is my Killer App i miss under all the other systems.

Reply Score: 3

Most useful
by Dirge on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:37 UTC
Dirge
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2005-07-14

Firefox

Reply Score: 2

StrokeIt
by linar on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:42 UTC
linar
Member since:
2005-07-28

StrokeIt, excellent lightweight implementation of mouse gestures functionality system-wide. For me it is THE way to interact with Windows (not the only way, of course, but the smartest one for many simple tasks).

Didn't see anything as smart as that one since Mentor Graphics on Sparc Classic.

Unfortunately the project is abandoned and it won't work on Windows Vista.

Reply Score: 1

GNU Screen + ZSH
by vermaden on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:44 UTC
vermaden
Member since:
2006-11-18

GNU Screen + ZSH. a killer setup for me.

Reply Score: 2

One more vote for...
by iovar on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:44 UTC
iovar
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2007-11-13

Vim.

Reply Score: 2

Simple
by Vinegar Joe on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:46 UTC
Vinegar Joe
Member since:
2006-08-16

Photoshop.

Reply Score: 1

Opera
by J-Ho on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:49 UTC
J-Ho
Member since:
2007-01-19

My beloved browser and irc/mail client is what makes my heart go boom!

Reply Score: 2

So many
by Isolationist on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:52 UTC
Isolationist
Member since:
2006-05-28

No particular order: k3b, amarok, konversation, kstars, kopete, digikam, kooka, krita, koffice, kaffeine

Reply Score: 3

PuTTY
by CrLf on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:52 UTC
CrLf
Member since:
2006-01-03

PuTTY (for Windows).

Reply Score: 1

Emerge
by Snifflez on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 20:57 UTC
Snifflez
Member since:
2005-11-15

emerge

Reply Score: 1

One app...
by Shade on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:07 UTC
Shade
Member since:
2005-07-07

One app...

Amarok.

Best music player evar! The type of app where people see it, press the buttons for 5 min, and go 'I want it'. Then I say, 'you need linux.' ;) (Until some time in the 2.0 era anyway...)

Reply Score: 2

*shell
by flavioruiz on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:11 UTC
flavioruiz
Member since:
2007-11-23

anywhere, anytime...

Reply Score: 1

My Picks
by imstillatwork on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:18 UTC
imstillatwork
Member since:
2007-03-22

Firefox WITH Web Developer Extension

VLC

ffmpeg

Reply Score: 1

iqnotes/Opera
by JadeJitsu on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:20 UTC
JadeJitsu
Member since:
2007-11-23

I can't live without iqnotes on my Zaurus, but on my Desktops and laptops, I have to say Opera...been using it since version 2.0.

Reply Score: 1

ezQuake
by adkk on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:23 UTC
adkk
Member since:
2007-07-11

ezQuake!
http://ezquake.sourceforge.net/

Modern client for the best game ever ;)

Reply Score: 1

Old school
by samad on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:25 UTC
samad
Member since:
2006-03-31

HyperCard: it got me interested in programming when I was ten. Too bad there aren't any widespread languages like HyperTalk that are so easy a ten year-old, without any knowledge of mathematics besides arithmetic, could program without much difficulty.

Reply Score: 1

Rhythmbox Media Player
by chekr on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:25 UTC
chekr
Member since:
2005-11-05

Comes with Indiana by default and I can't live without it.

Reply Score: 2

OpenSSH
by captrb on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:45 UTC
captrb
Member since:
2005-09-16

SSH in general, but the extra goodies in OpenSSH makes life behind a single keyboard and hundreds of computers tolerable.

Reply Score: 1

Because no one else has said it yet
by atezun on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:51 UTC
atezun
Member since:
2005-07-06

'sudo' + 'kill'

Reply Score: 1

Excel.
by biffuz on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:51 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

There are a lot of programs I can't live without, but they're more or less replaceable. The only one for which I couldn't find a suitable replacement is Microsoft Excel for Windows (even if I use it for 10% of its features).
I'm glad I can use the Windows version on the MacBook with vmware :-)

Reply Score: 1

RE: Excel.
by bjjf on Fri 30th Nov 2007 00:39 UTC in reply to "Excel."
bjjf Member since:
2007-11-29

Thank you!!! I can't believe in nearly 200 posts this is the first one to name Excel! I program it on MacOS and Windows and use it for all sorts of things -- work and non-work. It has quirks and needs some things added/fixed, but it is reason enough to justify buying a computer.

Reply Score: 1

Emacs
by twickline on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 21:53 UTC
twickline
Member since:
2005-12-31

Emacs

Reply Score: 2

most essential
by elanthis on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:02 UTC
elanthis
Member since:
2007-02-17

vim.

Reply Score: 1

My killer cross-platform...
by fithisux on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:17 UTC
fithisux
Member since:
2006-01-22

though I use it on my Fedora and PCBSD boxes mostly... is NetBeans. Amazing piece of software.

Reply Score: 1

Killer App
by KC1DI on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:26 UTC
KC1DI
Member since:
2007-07-28

I would have to say Opera, for I use it on all my machines and it's great cross platform using it currently on a win xp box, Vector Linux, Debian etch and Debian Lenny boxes. So that would be my app of joyce use it every day.

Reply Score: 2

LaTeX is my killer application.
by gehersh on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:35 UTC
gehersh
Member since:
2006-01-03

I use LaTeX to typeset my math papers (and EMACS/AucTeX as a front end). Seems like nothing beats LaTeX in this respect.

Reply Score: 3

Puri, Master of Chess
by cipri on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:42 UTC
cipri
Member since:
2007-02-15

Puri has at the moment not so much functionalitty, but already now I like it more than XBoard or EBord.
So, "Puri, Master of Chess" on Syllable is my choose.

Reply Score: 1

BASH and vim
by imtiaz on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 22:52 UTC
imtiaz
Member since:
2005-07-06

Helpless without BASH and vim.
Love and use them everyday.

Reply Score: 2

Tor & Privoxy
by Angryanderson on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:12 UTC
Angryanderson
Member since:
2005-07-11

Google tracks all your searches in order to create a profile of you. If you use Firefox, use also TrackMeNot.
http://mrl.nyu.edu/~dhowe/trackmenot/

Better yet, make Tor and Privoxy your "killer apps".

Reply Score: 1

RE: Tor & Privoxy
by bjjf on Fri 30th Nov 2007 00:45 UTC in reply to "Tor & Privoxy"
bjjf Member since:
2007-11-29

Thanks. Tor & Privoxy are great. I found them through EFF a year or so ago. I will try out the Firefox extension when I get home.

Reply Score: 1

MS Money
by Zaitch on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:17 UTC
Zaitch
Member since:
2007-11-23

I use most of what's already been mentioned - firefox, bash, vim.... under linux all day every day.

However, the one app that my life literally depends upon is MS Money. Say what you like about MS - I don't care, this is a brilliant product for hardly any amount of money really. Its the one thing that will keep a windows partition on my hard drive, probably forever!

When used correctly, MS Money has crack like addiction, it is just unbelievably useful to keep track of finances, shares, bills and household expenditure. Nothing comes close. Use it every day without fail. Oh the weirdly very satisfying sensation of reconciling your current account.

It even passes the "wife" test with flying colors - she gets traumatised if she hasn't kept her receipts and accounts up to date. Praise indeed.

Long may it be upgraded.

Edited 2007-11-23 23:19

Reply Score: 1

Absolutely, Emacs
by cicco on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:18 UTC
cicco
Member since:
2007-11-23

Emacs, Emacs, Emacs!

Reply Score: 2

gedit
by Amaranth on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:29 UTC
Amaranth
Member since:
2005-06-29

If I can only choose one I'd say gedit. I use it for writing code and editing config files. With the right set of plugins it's better than most IDEs since you get syntax highlighting, autocomplete, a class browser, and a python shell.

Reply Score: 2

Opera
by kadymae on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:34 UTC
kadymae
Member since:
2005-08-02

Always the first thing I install on any computer I'm using.

Reply Score: 0

Substantial List (Sorry!)
by ThawkTH on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:43 UTC
ThawkTH
Member since:
2005-07-06

I do so many things in so many DEs/Operating Systems that I simply can't pick just one.

In Windows I must have:

iTunes/Utorrent/VLC/Firefox/Pidgin. I always install Warpath as well (older space based strategy game - not overly complex, but fun. If I could have all those hours back...Runs perfectly in Wine as well)

KDE
Amarok/Ktorrent/VLC/Firefox/Kopete/Yakuake (pretty terminal that pops down whenever you hit F12). I really cannot live without APT, and I've tried...

Reply Score: 2

RE: Substantial List (Sorry!)
by ou_ryperd on Tue 27th Nov 2007 06:40 UTC in reply to "Substantial List (Sorry!)"
ou_ryperd Member since:
2005-07-06

Yakuake !

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Substantial List (Sorry!)
by bsnipes on Tue 27th Nov 2007 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Substantial List (Sorry!)"
bsnipes Member since:
2005-07-06

Definitely Yakuake! F12 anyone..?

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Substantial List (Sorry!)
by ThawkTH on Fri 30th Nov 2007 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Substantial List (Sorry!)"
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

F12 Everyone!

Reply Score: 2

Eclipse
by bariole on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:45 UTC
bariole
Member since:
2007-04-17

Especially version of it called: "Rational Application Developer".

Very powerfull. ;)

And very expensive. ;)

Reply Score: 1

fsefsdf
by yooop on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 23:53 UTC
yooop
Member since:
2007-02-04

foobar2000

Reply Score: 1

Vim + a browser
by openwookie on Sat 24th Nov 2007 00:14 UTC
openwookie
Member since:
2006-04-25

And by a browser, I mean a non-IE one. Safari, Opera or FF, doesn't matter to me.

Reply Score: 1

work related
by Bobthearch on Sat 24th Nov 2007 00:17 UTC
Bobthearch
Member since:
2006-01-27

I have two work-related software titles that I absolutely must have access to. Without these, the computer can't pay for itself:

M-Control, the program that communicates with the data collection box.

Mudlog.exe, the program that creates and prints our drilling reports.

Reply Score: 1

Salamander
by stooovie on Sat 24th Nov 2007 00:26 UTC
stooovie
Member since:
2006-01-25

Servant Salamander (now Altap Salamander) - while I like Vista's Explorer, I cannot live without two-panel file manager. I don't like Total Commander, it's too oldschool. AS is THE file manager.

Reply Score: 1

it's a toss up
by Ethyriel on Sat 24th Nov 2007 00:29 UTC
Ethyriel
Member since:
2005-07-07

MPD or EAC

But EAC can run easily in emulation, so MPD.

Reply Score: 1

Outlook
by NormalBloke on Sat 24th Nov 2007 01:17 UTC
NormalBloke
Member since:
2006-05-11

I can't live without my Microsoft Outlook and Exchange.

Reply Score: 1

A Compiler
by cefarix on Sat 24th Nov 2007 01:58 UTC
cefarix
Member since:
2006-03-18

Because that's the one thing I'd want if I was on a virtual island, all alone.

A close second: VLC/Firefox/uTorrent

Reply Score: 1

for me
by edogawaconan on Sat 24th Nov 2007 01:58 UTC
edogawaconan
Member since:
2006-10-10

foobar2000.
main reason I can't move anywhere other than windows.

Reply Score: 1

amarok
by botio on Sat 24th Nov 2007 01:58 UTC
botio
Member since:
2006-07-06

Amarok FTW!

Reply Score: 1

Best App
by scdodd on Sat 24th Nov 2007 03:54 UTC
scdodd
Member since:
2007-11-24

goaltrak.com

Reply Score: 1

dhcpcd
by Gullible Jones on Sat 24th Nov 2007 05:09 UTC
Gullible Jones
Member since:
2006-05-23

Because without it, I'm all alone...

Reply Score: 1

Opera
by muffenme on Sat 24th Nov 2007 05:17 UTC
muffenme
Member since:
2006-01-05

really nice web broweer

Reply Score: 2

VLC forever
by unclefester on Sat 24th Nov 2007 05:22 UTC
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

VLC can paly just about any media format ever invented and is multiplatform.

Reply Score: 3

Gmail
by binarycrusader on Sat 24th Nov 2007 06:09 UTC
binarycrusader
Member since:
2005-07-06

Gmail.

Seriously.

It's what I've always wanted:

A great, easy to use, almost the exact features I need, available anytime, anywhere I have an internet connection mail client.

Reply Score: 3

fluxbox...
by mr_manny on Sat 24th Nov 2007 06:28 UTC
mr_manny
Member since:
2006-02-05

don't leave home without it ;)

Reply Score: 1

Illustrator
by Spinfusor on Sat 24th Nov 2007 06:36 UTC
Spinfusor
Member since:
2007-01-11

I absolutely can't live without Adobe Illustrator!

Reply Score: 1

Outlook + Exchange
by jayson.knight on Sat 24th Nov 2007 06:37 UTC
jayson.knight
Member since:
2005-07-06

My life (both business and personal) would cease to exist without Outlook + Exchange. IMO Exchange is *the* killer app for Windows Server.

Aside from that, Visual Studio on Windows is the other app that allows me to feed my family.

Reply Score: 2

Intellij IDEA
by ahmetaa on Sat 24th Nov 2007 06:41 UTC
ahmetaa
Member since:
2005-07-06

the best ide in the universe.

Reply Score: 1

Meebo
by evilmegaman on Sat 24th Nov 2007 07:00 UTC
evilmegaman
Member since:
2005-09-20

it isn't something I use all the time, but is certainly something I couldn't live without. Whenever I need to contact a friend on the fly and one of us doesn't have a phone, we get on meebo for a quick and easy IM session. it's so nice since people don't have to download anything for those that aren't computer savvy.

Reply Score: 1

Emacs!
by pythonguy on Sat 24th Nov 2007 07:08 UTC
pythonguy
Member since:
2005-07-22

Emacs, of course...
I have earned all my living since I graduated from school by developing programs on Emacs. With its multiple program modes and customizability with e-lisp, I cannot survive a (working) day without emacs.

Geeky of course, but so is Vim and gcc ... ;)

Reply Score: 3

Python...
by pythonguy on Sat 24th Nov 2007 07:20 UTC
pythonguy
Member since:
2005-07-22

Python comes a close second. I will be nowhere without this excellent, free, X-platform, open source language and interpreter.

Thank God for Linux, Emacs, Python and gcc.

Reply Score: 2

VMware
by netpython on Sat 24th Nov 2007 08:41 UTC
netpython
Member since:
2005-07-06

I had my first encounter with VMware in 2001.
The product has evolved tremendously.

For me as an OS enthusiast both private and professional VMware can't be substituted.

You can make single vm's, clone existing ones and asign them to a team. In addition you can make snapshots,screenshots and even record live usage.

If i have visited distrowatch and are interested in a particular distro, the only thing I have to so is download an iso and let it boot in a VMware vm. More often i make a snapshot of the particular OS so i can revert from snapshot at any given moment in time and have an updated system.

Simply amazing.

Oh btw i personally have the insight Google is irreplaceble too.

I rest my case.

Edited 2007-11-24 08:43

Reply Score: 2

Pixel
by Brmbolec on Sat 24th Nov 2007 08:53 UTC
Brmbolec
Member since:
2005-07-23

For me it's definitely Pixel image editor - http://www.kanzelsberger.com

Reply Score: 2

firefox
by Selecter on Sat 24th Nov 2007 09:10 UTC
Selecter
Member since:
2006-11-13

Firefox. I also like textmate but I can live without it.

Reply Score: 1

Illustrator
by Arno on Sat 24th Nov 2007 09:31 UTC
Arno
Member since:
2006-01-10

Definitly illustrator - no better app for making vector graphics, making design sooo easy!

Reply Score: 2

Photoshop
by bb_matt on Sat 24th Nov 2007 09:47 UTC
bb_matt
Member since:
2006-01-04

I do a lot of graphics and photography, so it's my killer app!

Reply Score: 2

Only one, huh?
by faltiska on Sat 24th Nov 2007 10:22 UTC
faltiska
Member since:
2007-11-06

I first thought I'd choose Opera browser but no; there are some almost good alternatives.

I have to go with Total Commander.

Reply Score: 1

Work and desktop.
by toomany on Sat 24th Nov 2007 10:28 UTC
toomany
Member since:
2005-11-09

OpenSSH+screen+vim for my work, and Firefox+(put here any good video player like totem, vlc, mplayer, etc)+bzflag for my desktop. All under the FreeBSD hood, of course ;-)

Reply Score: 1

Ballmer!!!!!
by Buck on Sat 24th Nov 2007 10:31 UTC
Buck
Member since:
2005-06-29

GET THAT FRIGGIN FACE OUT THE FRONT PAGE! It's horrible!

Reply Score: 7

RE: Ballmer!!!!!
by jboss1995 on Thu 29th Nov 2007 17:40 UTC in reply to "Ballmer!!!!!"
jboss1995 Member since:
2007-05-02

I can not agree more, I'm in fear of going to osnews because I will have to see that face. That is one ugly dude. One face of MS.

Reply Score: 1

Miranda IM
by JrezIN on Sat 24th Nov 2007 10:48 UTC
JrezIN
Member since:
2005-06-29

hmm... probably Miranda IM.

Reply Score: 3

Opera
by TLZ_ on Sat 24th Nov 2007 11:31 UTC
TLZ_
Member since:
2007-02-05

I've been using Opera since version 6.0 and I can't live without it. There are some great browsers out there(Firefox for instance), but I feel discomfort when using them and just miss all the neat stuff I have in my Opera. Also it's the only browser I know of that don't crash(or seriously slow down the system) with 30-50 tabs open(I like to browse MANY sites at once. ;) )

It's also very comforting to know that when I leave the windows plattform I can still use it. (I plan on using XP for as long as I can, but I'll prob. never use Vista. It's horrible)

---------------------------

On a side note I'm getting more and more dependent on my own program that I call x|notes. It's basicly a notepad clone but it's optimized to be used for noting down stuff so(just like Opera) it remembers what files that was open so when I open it after comming back to my computer I can continue where I left off. Nothing impressive about the app but it works really well for me. ;)

Reply Score: 1

Gnucash
by djangoxl on Sat 24th Nov 2007 11:51 UTC
djangoxl
Member since:
2006-03-10

Definitely Gnucash.....I wouldn't be able to observe my spending habits.

Reply Score: 1

Total Commander
by lucifer on Sat 24th Nov 2007 12:05 UTC
lucifer
Member since:
2006-08-20

Total Commander. Screw all other imitators.

Reply Score: 1

Okay, my real killer app
by Misogynist on Sat 24th Nov 2007 12:56 UTC
Misogynist
Member since:
2006-04-10

ReiserFS

Reply Score: 0

/sbin/init
by sorpigal on Sat 24th Nov 2007 14:14 UTC
sorpigal
Member since:
2005-11-02

I literally couldn't compute without it.

Reply Score: 1

RE: /sbin/init
by gilboa on Sun 25th Nov 2007 14:26 UTC in reply to "/sbin/init"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

... just add init=/bin/bash and can manually start your Linux/BSD/etc just fine.

- Gilboa

Reply Score: 2

Oper is my killer app
by icasty on Sat 24th Nov 2007 15:16 UTC
icasty
Member since:
2005-08-26

Opera on windows, on linux, on FreeBSD and on my mobile phone. Definetely.

Reply Score: 1

mine sadly is shareware...
by k.g.stoyanov on Sat 24th Nov 2007 15:38 UTC
k.g.stoyanov
Member since:
2005-07-12

it`s "REAPER".
http://reaper.fm
but i`m using version 0.999, that is the last freeware version, on win xp, and on pclinuxos with wine and wine-asio.

Reply Score: 1

My killer app
by dada1958 on Sat 24th Nov 2007 15:54 UTC
dada1958
Member since:
2007-08-30

Is Gedit; front end editor for both LaTeX and WordPress ...

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KDE, Whole.
by emilsedgh on Sat 24th Nov 2007 16:31 UTC
emilsedgh
Member since:
2007-06-21

Konqueror does everything and nothing.It could do nothing itself, but it could do everything using another KStuff, so yeah, Whole KDE For Me.
I Use konqueror for
Web browsing: KHTML
FileManagement: Konqueror itself
Advanced Image Viwewing: Gwenview
Watching Small Multimedia files: KMPlayer
SVN Client: kdesvn
...

Reply Score: 1

Blender
by Jondice on Sat 24th Nov 2007 17:06 UTC
Jondice
Member since:
2006-09-20

Not my killer app, but definitely my girlfriend's. I have fun with it also.

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Firefox
by Nehemoth on Sat 24th Nov 2007 18:22 UTC
Nehemoth
Member since:
2005-07-07

Firefox

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Choice versus necessity...
by Dave_K on Sat 24th Nov 2007 18:34 UTC
Dave_K
Member since:
2005-11-16

There are a load of applications that I have to use due to work requirements. I can't really do without applications like Microsoft Office, simply because I need the compatibility they offer, not necessarily because I prefer them to the alternatives.

There are quite a few apps that I really enjoy using and really miss then they aren't available, often because I have them configured to meet my needs. EAC and Fubar2000 are two examples.

EAC is by far the best audio CD ripper I've used, essential when trying to archive a large collection to lossless files. It's supported with various 3rd party plugins and utilities to make that process quick and painless.

Foobar2000 doesn't look too impressive at first glance, but is a truly brilliant media player. There are none of the annoyances in other players (ridiculous eye-candy skins for example) and loads of useful features. For example the file tagging and conversion tools work great, making it easy to manage your collection with that one tool. The whole thing can be tweaked and expanded in countless ways, making it one of the most flexible apps I've ever used.

If I had to choose just one application I wouldn't want to live without it'd definitely be Opera. Like quite a few other people here I do a lot of web browsing, both for entertainment and research purposes. Opera is in a totally different league to any other browser I've used.

It's amazingly fast and stable even when a large number of pages are open, best of all the user interface allows that number of pages to be managed effectively. There are just so many great little touches and useful features in Opera that it's like going into the past when using an alternative. Using any other browser feels like working with one hand tied behind my back, so limited, slow and frustrating.

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Well...
by dylansmrjones on Sat 24th Nov 2007 18:46 UTC
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

...my killer app is any terminal available. Can't live without a text console.

Reply Score: 2

cat
by goffster on Sat 24th Nov 2007 21:25 UTC
goffster
Member since:
2007-11-24

Who can live without cat ?

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SSH
by evilshenaniganz on Sat 24th Nov 2007 23:15 UTC
evilshenaniganz
Member since:
2007-11-24

Far and away my most important app. I can't even begin to imagine the KVM I'd need without it!

(A *very* close second is scp)

Edited 2007-11-24 23:16

Reply Score: 1

Great list...
by apoclypse on Sun 25th Nov 2007 01:43 UTC
apoclypse
Member since:
2007-02-17

On my mac my Killer apps are Logic with Komplete 5. On Linux its tvtime, because right now it doubles as my television. Firefox for both platforms and on Windows its the shutdown button.

Reply Score: 3

Emacs
by phi-lyrae on Sun 25th Nov 2007 01:56 UTC
phi-lyrae
Member since:
2006-06-17

I didn't read all the pages, but of the few I did, I couldn't help but think "Emacs can do that."

Reply Score: 1

Firefox
by yakirz on Sun 25th Nov 2007 02:50 UTC
yakirz
Member since:
2006-05-11

I use Firefox on my MacBook, the PCs at work, and whatever Linux machines I encounter.

I use the Adblock Plus, Flashblock, and del.icio.us extensions, and spend a majority of my computing time in FF.

Reply Score: 2

its got to be irfanview
by betaluva on Sun 25th Nov 2007 05:04 UTC
betaluva
Member since:
2007-03-12

it can do everything that commercial image editors can do and more,its free, and it works on every version of windows.

Reply Score: 2

I can only get it down to three
by Clinton on Sun 25th Nov 2007 06:14 UTC
Clinton
Member since:
2005-07-05

SSH
Subversion
TextEdit

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Firefox!!!!!!!!!!
by cheungie on Sun 25th Nov 2007 07:44 UTC
cheungie
Member since:
2005-07-07

Firefox

Reply Score: 2

faltiska
Member since:
2007-11-06

Counted 16 time Opera and 15 times Firefox.
I had to ignore those that failed to mention only one app, since these were the rules.

Emacs seems to be up there too...

Funny thing, who would have thought Opera stands a chance against this not-so-perfect Opera copy that firefox tuirns out to be.

For all you firefox fans, aren't you a bit annoyed that your favourite browser is struggling to copy Opera all the time while Opera still manages to invent newer and better features all the time?

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TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

First of all: now I regret failing to mention only one app. ;)

Anyway, I disagree that Firefox is a Opera-copy. The 2 browsers have quite different approach to a lot of things. Esp surrounding functionality, Firefox doesen't have very much integrated, but you can use extentions to get more functionality. Opera have A LOT of stuff integrated but is more limited in terms of extendebility(you have Greasemonkey compatible JS-stuff and Widgets... that's the only thing I can think of.)

However a LOT of Firefox extensions hare inspired or even copied from Opera. But I don't really see the problem about that. Opera implemented Firefox' incremental search. It's just great that good features get into different software.

For the record: I'm not mistaken a Firefox user would have to install about 100 extensions to get all the functionality of Opera. This has both good and bad sides considering both browsers depending on you needs.

Also, something interesting: Firefox have probably 3-5 times as many users as Opera, but still Opera is mentioned as many times as Firefox here. This confirms that Opera users are very very happy with their browser, probably even more than most others. (Since Firefox-users are way more than Opera, logically one would expect a lot more people mentioning it.)

Edited 2007-11-25 10:52

Reply Score: 4

Tough one...
by Darkelve on Sun 25th Nov 2007 10:17 UTC
Darkelve
Member since:
2006-02-06

Tough one, this.

I guess though, Firefox... how to live without it? ;)

Next, for Linux, Amarok, Digikam, K3B
For Windows, uTorrent, iTunes, WindowBlinds

Edited 2007-11-25 10:17

Reply Score: 2

kernel
by antonone on Sun 25th Nov 2007 11:00 UTC
antonone
Member since:
2006-02-03

The linux kernel is a very useful application. It automatically manages all my free memory, and is capable of running lots of plugins to take advantage of my hardware ;)

Reply Score: 2

Total Commander
by mars13 on Sun 25th Nov 2007 16:03 UTC
mars13
Member since:
2007-11-25

Former Windows Commander, a much better replacement for Norton Commander

Reply Score: 1

misfit model 3d
by Gurkan on Sun 25th Nov 2007 16:22 UTC
Gurkan
Member since:
2007-01-05

best 3d modeller

Reply Score: 1

Damn...
by 1c3d0g on Sun 25th Nov 2007 20:40 UTC
1c3d0g
Member since:
2005-07-06

...this is really hard! It's impossible for me to choose only one killer app, so my "can't-live-without" apps are as follows:

Firefox, with the AdBlock Plus extension is priceless;
https://www.mozilla.com/
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865

Notepad 2 , the best damn text editor out there;
http://www.flos-freeware.ch/

ĀµTorrent, nothing comes close to this wonderful program;
http://www.utorrent.com/

BOINC, for helping Humanity achieve victory against diseases, contributing to important research etc. with their PC's;
https://boinc.berkeley.edu/

Reply Score: 2

my OFM
by idknow on Sun 25th Nov 2007 21:08 UTC
idknow
Member since:
2007-10-15

Midnight Commander by Icazca (sp?) is my kill ap; if I can efficiently manage my gigabytes, then i'll not have joy.

thanks for asking.

Reply Score: 1

digiKam
by duckpond007 on Sun 25th Nov 2007 21:12 UTC
duckpond007
Member since:
2007-11-25

digiKam makes my life as an avid photographer a lot easier.

It has great photo management features and allowes me to do some corrections and enhancements.

Reply Score: 1

Honk! Honk!
by Weeman on Sun 25th Nov 2007 21:21 UTC
Weeman
Member since:
2006-03-20

SSH, mplayer.

And vim since recently.

Edited 2007-11-25 21:22

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I'm running gentoo so...
by evilshenaniganz on Mon 26th Nov 2007 00:11 UTC
evilshenaniganz
Member since:
2007-11-24

I gotta go with gcc.

Reply Score: 1

google calendar
by balihb on Mon 26th Nov 2007 01:10 UTC
balihb
Member since:
2006-06-15

google calendar
we organize everything with the sms feature

Reply Score: 1

Opera Mini
by hagiz on Mon 26th Nov 2007 04:18 UTC
hagiz
Member since:
2006-01-24

Love this app, it's been part of my everyday life for a couple of years. Just got a Nokia E61, but still prefer Opera Mini over Opera Mobile, it's the best way to browse the web when on the run.

Reply Score: 1

My Top List
by JacobMunoz on Mon 26th Nov 2007 05:43 UTC
JacobMunoz
Member since:
2006-03-17

If I had to say ONE, then it would be...

-Blackbox for Windows (bblean)
http://bb4win.sourceforge.net/bblean/

But my all-time-favorites are... (ALL FREE!!!)

-Winamp
http://www.winamp.com

-Handbrake
http://handbrake.m0k.org

-OpenOffice
http://www.openoffice.org

-SequoiaView
http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/

-DVD Flick
http://www.dvdflick.net

Edited 2007-11-26 05:44

Reply Score: 1

eclipse
by elvisd on Mon 26th Nov 2007 06:02 UTC
elvisd
Member since:
2007-04-03

+1 for eclipse!

Reply Score: 1

Some other apps
by Quag7 on Mon 26th Nov 2007 06:33 UTC
Quag7
Member since:
2005-07-28

I'd say ssh and screen, but since it has already been mentioned repeatedly, some that haven't:

weechat - best console-based IRC client I've seen so far. Split vertically so nicklist is always displayed, among other virtues. Really dig it.

qemu/kvm - I've got 8 OSes running here without a problem. So far it runs everything I've needed/wanted except Solaris. Then again, vmware locks my system up when I try to run Solaris as well.

portage - I still have few issues with portage. It still makes upgrading and installing pretty straight forward.

xmess - For running old Commodore, Apple, and Atari software. This thing emulates just about any old 8 bit computer.

bzflag - Still the only game I ever play, since I don't have a video game attention span that goes beyond 15 minutes most of the time. Fantastic game play, if not much bling.

klibido - Once I got used to the cluttered interface, I determined this was the best binary newsgroup handler/downloader I'd ever used.

Google Earth - can't get enough of this and it runs great in Linux

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Qalculate
by sumone on Mon 26th Nov 2007 08:44 UTC
sumone
Member since:
2007-02-11

I like http://qalculate.sourceforge.net/ . Unfortunately, no one ports/compiles it for Windows.

Reply Score: 1

Konqueror
by capricorn_tm on Mon 26th Nov 2007 10:45 UTC
capricorn_tm
Member since:
2005-12-31

I just love this little guy.

If it only could receive better flash and java support ;)

Reply Score: 1

OPERA
by Kabal on Mon 26th Nov 2007 12:26 UTC
Kabal
Member since:
2005-07-09

Best browser ever.

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login
by yvesdandoy on Mon 26th Nov 2007 13:22 UTC
yvesdandoy
Member since:
2006-12-22

_

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gcc
by kingdl802 on Mon 26th Nov 2007 13:30 UTC
kingdl802
Member since:
2006-09-05

It's not the first app I reach for, but it -is- the one I can't live without.

Reply Score: 1

Thunderbird
by juvenile4909 on Mon 26th Nov 2007 15:07 UTC
juvenile4909
Member since:
2007-08-04

I love the convenience of checking my mail from my desktop. I love the GUI and it's got builtin Newsreaders.

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Tracktion 2.1
by polaris20 on Mon 26th Nov 2007 16:08 UTC
polaris20
Member since:
2005-07-06

Nothing on Linux remotely like it, unfortunately. Come on Mackie, port it!!!

Reply Score: 2

Facade
by Sabu on Mon 26th Nov 2007 16:30 UTC
Sabu
Member since:
2007-08-24

Makes the calendar on my Windows Mobile phone truly usable.

Reply Score: 1

I CANT LIVE WITHOUT IT
by xoulis on Mon 26th Nov 2007 16:32 UTC
xoulis
Member since:
2006-05-25

My favorite and most useful one is for sure AGENDUS windows version and palm. An absolute wonder

Reply Score: 1

MythTV
by 7214 on Mon 26th Nov 2007 20:22 UTC
7214
Member since:
2007-11-26

MythTV ;)

Reply Score: 1

I get paid for using it
by eggs on Mon 26th Nov 2007 22:08 UTC
eggs
Member since:
2006-01-23

Visual Studio 2005

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Firefox
by Rallavagu on Tue 27th Nov 2007 00:40 UTC
Rallavagu
Member since:
2006-12-09

Firefox. Without it world has no meaning.

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Firefox and Opera Mini
by lukic on Tue 27th Nov 2007 02:40 UTC
lukic
Member since:
2006-09-23

I got two, but they are on different platforms.
On the pc its definitely Firfox. But on my mobile phone i can't live without Opera Mini.

Reply Score: 1

got Opera?
by 2501 on Tue 27th Nov 2007 04:07 UTC
2501
Member since:
2005-07-14

Opera...hands down!

Reply Score: 1

GAIM
by MaritimeSource on Tue 27th Nov 2007 04:37 UTC
MaritimeSource
Member since:
2005-11-10

My other faves were already mentioned many times over.

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one app
by Mellin on Tue 27th Nov 2007 20:51 UTC
Mellin
Member since:
2005-07-06

Rhythmbox

Reply Score: 1

A little different
by gtada on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:04 UTC
gtada
Member since:
2005-10-12

My killer app is Painter. I can use Photoshop for rendering, but Painter is so much better. I always hear people complaining about GIMP, but if there were an open source replacement for Painter that's as good as GIMP, I'd switch.

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googletalk
by imahairyteapot on Wed 28th Nov 2007 01:00 UTC
imahairyteapot
Member since:
2007-11-28

I know, there are lots of chat programs compatible with gtalk. But i use google talk for both chat and voice chat. It sounds better than skype, and my mom set it up all by herself. I live over seas and its the main way i communicate with my relatives back in the states. So, google talk is my killer app.

Reply Score: 1

Soundplay
by Nutela on Wed 28th Nov 2007 16:55 UTC
Nutela
Member since:
2006-02-09

Not that I need it, but living without ah well I can adjust....

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Photoshop
by iamkmaniam on Wed 28th Nov 2007 18:32 UTC
iamkmaniam
Member since:
2007-06-04

Photoshop is one app I cannot part with, nothing else compares and I've been using it since the beginning.

Reply Score: 1

Debian GNU/Linux
by xtecuan on Wed 28th Nov 2007 21:47 UTC
xtecuan
Member since:
2007-11-28

The Most avanced OS in the Earth

Reply Score: 1