I was emailed by Free Geekery, he told me that he wrote an article about 17 Must-Have Free Apps for New Ubuntu Users. He told me that his post might be interesting for my blog readers and asking me to give feedback about his posting. Because I can’t give comment on his post so I just give comment to his post in here. For all of you please read his post here, it’s quite a good article.
Ok, here’s the feedback from me.
- Alltray, it’s worth to try, but I don’t think this is a must-have.
Note: Alltray don’t work if you’re using Beryl+XGL (If any of you can make it work, please let me know)
- amaroK, it’s a must-have for music enthusiast. But I’ll stick with Rhythmbox for the moment.
- Automatix2, well Automatix2 will make it easier for you to install certain applications, but I don’t recommend this for new users. Why? Because a lot of user mess up his/her system by using Automatix. And it will make it hard if you want to upgrade to newer version of Ubuntu. CMIIW.
- Beagle, it’s a must for people who needs faster searching for documents, media, email, and everything else. I still don’t use it though.
- Beryl 0.2.1, well it’s not a must have for new users. Because it’s still in early stage I don’t recommend new users to install Beryl. In Ubuntu 7.04 you already have desktop effects (it uses compiz). Unless you want to show off to other people . Note: Beryl 0.2.1 in Ubuntu repos don’t work with my ATI, so I have to use Beryl repos to install Beryl 0.2.0
- CheckGmail 1.11, it’s a must have for people who use Gmail and who don’t use the POP features of Gmail. I prefer use my email client to POP my email from Gmail.
- Cinlerra, not all users of Ubuntu need to capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video. So I don’t think this is a must-have application. If you want to create/edit multimedia files, check the ubuntu-studio package in Ubuntu repos.
- Deluge 0.5.0, for all of you who likes to download from torrent, I will also recomend deluge as your torrent downloader.
- Flash, flash plugin is a must have for people who likes to browse the web that uses flash.
- Gimp, it’s already installed by default
- Gnomebaker, burn baby burn… good application for burning CD/DVD. But I’m using K3B for now.
- KMyMoney, it’s a must-have for people who likes to manage his/her money. I’m using it, but I still prefer GnuCash.
- MythTV, it’s a must have for people who wants to have a Media Center in his/her Linux box. I haven’t tried it though.
- Opera 9 Browser, although Ubuntu already installed Firefox by default, it’s still handy to have Opera ready in your Linux box.
- Scribes, this one is a matter of choice. For simple text editing I’ll stick to gedit for now.
- Thunderbird 2.0, again it’s a matter of choice. But for you who always use Thunderbird for email client, this is a must have. Note: you have to install it manually because Thunderbird 2.0 is not available in Ubuntu repos yet.
- VLC 0.8.6b, this is a must have media player in my opinion.
But again, the choice of applications that you want to use is up to you, based on needs and a matter of choice.