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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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Network & communication apps naturally
by irbis on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 17:42 UTC
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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)?

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