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Jojo Yee 25. Nov 2009 09:51 AM

Best Free Software for Linux
 
While you can get the Linux system and use it for free, you can also run on the system a wide range of free applications such as well-known and commonly-used software including Firefox web browser and the OpenOffice application suite.

Check out Best Free Software for Linux for more freeware products, including those reviewed and recommended by our editors in the various sections.

wdhpr 02. Jan 2010 06:54 AM

Sugestion to add to the list
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jojoyee (Post 17086)
While you can get the Linux system and use it for free, you can also run on the system a wide range of free applications such as well-known and commonly-used software including Firefox web browser and the OpenOffice application suite.

Check out Best Free Software for Linux for more freeware products, including those reviewed and recommended by our editors in the various sections.

DropBox
I ran across this gem while surfing one of my favorite sites.
I would describe it as a cloud base synchronization application. It is available for both Windows and Linux. It can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/downloading?os=lnx
I have it installed on both my Windows and Linux OS's with my dual boot machine.
Hands down this is the coolest thing I have run across in a while. The free version limits you to 2 gigs. Thats fine with me. I can compress, encrypt and store my critical files in my secure folder. It will also allow public access to pictures and public files. Want to share something just e-mail your friends the link. I have been using Skydrive and its a hassle for friends to access. Check it out :)

The windows version was mentioned on Gizmo's main site: http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...ckup-sites.htm

NOTE: A bit of caution is in order. If the provider of this type of service goes belly up, you could run the risk of loosing your files. I use multiple forms of back up. I however try to have some online backup
(in my case I now have 2)
one being Skydrive. I do this in the event of something like a catastrophic house fire.:(

Cheers
Wdhpr

Jojo Yee 02. Jan 2010 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 19247)
DropBox
I ran across this gem while surfing one of my favorite sites.
I would describe it as a cloud base synchronization application. It is available for both Windows and Linux. It can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/downloading?os=lnx
I have it installed on both my Windows and Linux OS's with my dual boot machine.
Hands down this is the coolest thing I have run across in a while. The free version limits you to 2 gigs. Thats fine with me. I can compress, encrypt and store my critical files in my secure folder. It will also allow public access to pictures and public files. Want to share something just e-mail your friends the link. I have been using Skydrive and its a hassle for friends to access. Check it out :)

Good suggestion. Added in the list under Disk and File Tools.

Dropbox is now a folder created under the Home directory of my PC. :)

wdhpr 12. Feb 2010 12:51 AM

I not sure how to classify this for its a series of utilities for running various linux distro's from a pendrive freely provide via their website, which I think its worth mentioning.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
For those that don't want give up Windows, have the cash to pony up for a hard drive or don't want to partition their drive they can still try a linux distro on the cheap. I have used several of their utilities and they have all worked as advertised. This is different from using a live CD because by using a USB stick there is the ability to save changes (only applies to certain disto's however) which is explained at the site.
A word of advice though. Not all computers can boot from a USB stick. The nice thing is they walk you through how to check if your computer has that capability.

Cheers
Wdhpr

Jojo Yee 12. Feb 2010 01:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 22504)
I not sure how to classify this for its a series of utilities for running various linux distro's from a pendrive freely provide via their website, which I think its worth mentioning.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

It would be good if one can write a review article on this series of utilities, which can ideally be added in the Linux Section.

Jojo Yee 15. Dec 2010 04:46 PM

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wdhpr 09. Jan 2011 03:27 AM

deleted file recovery for linux
 
Hi Jojoyee

I accidentally deleted a file the other day and it got me searching for a undelete utility for Linux specifically ext3. I did not find much. What I was able to find was TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.11.3 . Unfortunately it uses the line command. For one file it just wasn't worth it. Others I found are not free and cost as much as $59.00 US

Any Ideas

Wdhpr

wdhpr 09. Jan 2011 06:28 AM

update to previous post
 
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Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 43657)
Hi Jojoyee

I accidentally deleted a file the other day and it got me searching for a undelete utility for Linux specifically ext3. I did not find much. What I was able to find was TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.11.3 . Unfortunately it uses the line command. For one file it just wasn't worth it. Others I found are not free and cost as much as $59.00 US

Any Ideas

Wdhpr

Talk about a coincidence. Low and behold dottech.org Has a review on TestDisk and PhotoRec. (Dated Oct 2009) Thought it may be of interest to others.

Here is a brief review of a undelete utility summited today at GAOTD by Ashraf of dottech.org


Cheers
Wdhpr

wdhpr 14. Jan 2011 06:19 AM

Clipboard Manager
 
When using Ubuntu ever notice if you copy text but then close the application you copied the test from you can no longer paste it to something.

Parcellite is a very simple and light weight clipboard manager. It will sit in your tray and will keep a running copy of copied text.
There are others but I like the simplistic nature of this app.

Wdhpr

Ritho 14. Jan 2011 07:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 43956)
When using Ubuntu ever notice if you copy text but then close the application you copied the test from you can no longer paste it to something.

I had never noticed that. It may have happened to me, but I did not realize what was going on.


A software I think is a gem is Remastersys. While it can be used more or less like a basic backup tool, its ability to make a Live CD (Actually DVD Usually) of your current installation along with all of your customizations and installed programs is what makes it such a unique tool. It won't preserve things like installed proprietary graphics drivers, but those are easy to reinstall. It only works with Debian or Ubuntu based distros. (Mandriva has a similar tool of its own) http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/

I think this tool may be responsible for a lot of the numerous "distros" floating around out there that are nothing more that customized Ubuntu.

wdhpr 14. Jan 2011 10:20 AM

Quote:

from me :o
When using Ubuntu ever notice if you copy text but then close the application you copied the test from you can no longer paste it to something.
Meant to say TEXT not TEST....lol
I need work with my proof reading:o

Cheers
Wdhpr

1002richards 14. Jan 2011 11:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ritho (Post 43958)
A software I think is a gem is Remastersys.

+1 to that, I distro hop a lot and use Remastersys to get back to 'tweaked' installs when I get bored with the latest & greatest!

wdhpr 15. Jan 2011 03:45 AM

What is remastersys?

Quote:

Remastersys is a tool that can be used to do 2 things with an existing Debian, Ubuntu or derivative installation.

1. It can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install.
2. It can make a distributable copy you can share with friends. This will not have any of your personal user data in it.
I have to say, from what I have read, Remastersys is one of the coolest utilities for Linux I've come across so far. I can also see why you said its most certainly been used to create off shoots of Ubuntu or at least those tailored distro's that focus on specific needs. I see a use for this already. For instance uncle Bob wants to try linux but first you want to ensure you tweak the distro which will help him to get started in a environment that he will find familiar. He could use the customized live cd you made for him and then all he has to do after installing the system is install driver software specific to his computer.

I hope Jojo adds this to the list.

Jojo Yee 15. Jan 2011 04:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 44050)
What is remastersys?

I have to say, from what I have read, Remastersys is one of the coolest utilities for Linux I've come across so far. I can also see why you said its most certainly been used to create off shoots of Ubuntu or at least those tailored distro's that focus on specific needs. I see a use for this already. For instance uncle Bob wants to try linux but first you want to ensure you tweak the distro which will help him to get started in a environment that he will find familiar. He could use the customized live cd you made for him and then all he has to do after installing the system is install driver software specific to his computer.

I hope Jojo adds this to the list.

Thanks for the link wdhpr. It's now in the list.

wdhpr 15. Jan 2011 05:25 AM

We need to thank Ritho :)

I never heard of it untill he mentioned it.

He also says its handy if you had a hardware failure and then replaced the faulty componant you will still be able to restore your system where as a image back up would fail due to the changes in the hardware. Cool :)

Ritho 15. Jan 2011 08:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 44054)
He also says its handy if you had a hardware failure and then replaced the faulty componant you will still be able to restore your system where as a image back up would fail due to the changes in the hardware. Cool :)

Please read this way..."where as an image backup may fail due to the changes in the hardware."

A lot depends on which hardware has been changed. Just a change of the graphics card, or a processor upgrade, probably won't mess things up to bad. A motherboard change, especially if there is an architecture change involved will very likely cause a multitude of problems. (Some people run into this when they buy a new computer, and then think they can re-image the drive, or simply pop their old hard drive in it and be on their way.)

Now to make a caveat, I am not sure about how well Linux does with this kind of thing. It may very well cope a lot better than Windows does. Windows usually will not boot at all.

wdhpr 15. Jan 2011 07:27 PM

From the remastersys website:
Some notes about using the dist option

Quote:

You should start with a clean install of Ubuntu or variant and use a single user to make all changes. You should not install any proprietary video drivers like the nvidia or ati drivers as they will not be used on the livecd and users will have to reinstall them after installation. Clean up history and cache and copy over the contents to /etc/skel but be sure to change the ownership of everything in /etc/skel to root. While the livecd/dvd is being created, you should not open any other apps or windows.
Keeping in mind that I haven't attempted to create a live cd from my system and If were. I would start from a clean install and tweak it towards the end user. With that said I also don't believe it some easy process that I would be able to do in a hour. But whats important is. it can be done. Try doing that with Windows.

I have been one of those people who's computer has crashed hard from a motherboard failure. The result New computer, fresh install and hours and hours to get it close to were I left off. If I can make a backup of my linux platform with my preferred apps installed and the important files that I need. I could be up and running in a half hour. After that all I need to do is sync my documents, email and browser.
Try doing that from an Image on a new computer.

For those reasons Remastersys seems to be very worth while.
Again not having actually done this. The proof will be in the pudding.

Wdhpr

1002richards 15. Jan 2011 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 44108)
I can make a backup of my linux platform with my preferred apps installed and the important files that I need. I could be up and running in a half hour. After that all I need to do is sync my documents, email and browser.
Try doing that from an Image on a new computer.

For those reasons Remastersys seems to be very worth while.
Again not having actually done this. The proof will be in the pudding.Wdhpr

I've done it several times and it's as easy as you'd expect. Just installed one of my Remastersys to a USB to make a persistent live back-up of my 10.04 that I'd backed up to DVD through Remastersys.

Hope it works for you ...

Jojo Yee 22. Jan 2011 02:57 AM

Gizmo has a review on Remastersys in this article. I've added a link from Best Free Software for Linux to that review.

Ratzo 24. May 2011 09:28 AM

portable apps
 
Here is a link to some portable apps for Linux
http://portablelinuxapps.org/ I have not tried any myself as yet .

wdhpr 24. May 2011 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ratzo (Post 53088)
Here is a link to some portable apps for Linux
http://portablelinuxapps.org/ I have not tried any myself as yet .

I'm getting 404 errors (not found) when I click on one of the app links?

J_L 25. May 2011 12:16 AM

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/gi.kernel.org

Same for me.

crank 20. Aug 2011 04:51 PM

Useful tool for the boot-impaired
 
I hope this is the right place for this, after searching around I found no mention of this, so I thought I would throw it out here.

If you are no stranger to facing a machine with multiple systems on it none of which you can get to boot properly, 'Boot-Repair' might be your answer. From their Ubuntu page:

Code:

Boot-Repair is a small graphical tool to repair frequent boot problems.

Easy-to-use (repair in 1 click ! )
Can recover access to one or several operating systems
Options to reinstall GRUB2 boot-loader easily (OS by default, purge, unhide, kernel options..)
Create a Boot-Info-Script summary in 1 click

http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/img/1312988896.png

It is that last item that has proven the most help to me so far, especially if you have the same problem that plagues me often, trying to make sure you are addressing the right disk in linux. I have on 1 PC a number of identical disks, plus use a CD/DVD and/or USB drive often, on top of that there are at least 3 separate controllers for disks, the normal SATA, the RAID SATA [which for some reason not yet examined decided this old 80 Gb SATA drive I hooked up for testing purposes was by itself RAID], the USB3.

Maybe it's just that I am dense/obtuse, but most of the time figuring out who is sda or sdg etc is problematic to say the least. I can't see what else besides some random process somewhere decides the resulting order. This might cause a problem when you, say, wipe a partition or disk. "Oh, darn, that was my Windows"

So, if SuperGrub2Disk is the only way you can get boot, this guy might be able to help.

Some example output, posted to a web page so you can look at with your lappy while still elbows deep operating on the desktop:

Code:

sdd1: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:      ntfs
    Boot sector <span class="nb">type</span>:  Windows XP
    Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System: 
    Boot files:       

sde1: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:      ntfs
    Boot sector <span class="nb">type</span>:  Windows Vista/7
    Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System: 
    Boot files:       

sdf1: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:      vfat
    Boot sector <span class="nb">type</span>:  FAT32
    Boot sector info:  According to the info in the boot sector, sdf1 starts
                      at sector 0. But according to the info from fdisk,
                      sdf1 starts at sector 63.
    Operating System: 
    Boot files:       

sdf2: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:      ntfs
    Boot sector <span class="nb">type</span>:  Windows Vista/7
    Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:  Windows 7
    Boot files:        /boot.ini /bootmgr /Boot/BCD
                      /Windows/System32/winload.exe /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

Code:


 => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and uses an
    embedded config file:
   
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    search.fs_uuid dc695ca0-fde3-4515-8e01-f443946661c2 root
    set
    prefix=($root)/boot/grub---------------------------------------------------
    -----------------------------.
 => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and uses an
    embedded config file:
   
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    search.fs_uuid dc695ca0-fde3-4515-8e01-f443946661c2 root
    set
    prefix=($root)/boot/grub---------------------------------------------------
    -----------------------------.
 => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc.
 => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdd and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and uses an
    embedded config file:
   
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    search.fs_uuid dc695ca0-fde3-4515-8e01-f443946661c2 root
    set
    prefix=($root)/boot/grub---------------------------------------------------
    -----------------------------.
 => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sde and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and uses an
    embedded config file:

[
Code:

Device          UUID                                  TYPE      LABEL

/dev/sda1        0A6C-B8ED                              vfat      WONSHARE_RE
/dev/sdb2        AE423F31423EFDA1                      ntfs      New Volume
/dev/sdb5        01CBDC74DF90B1B0                      ntfs      HitachiCentralArchive
/dev/sdc1        F464107664103E34                      ntfs      Sto_annex
/dev/sdd1        01CBB1905DC500F0                      ntfs      rog_data
/dev/sde1        80C46776C4676CFA                      ntfs      caviar_3
/dev/sdf1        0426-15AA                              vfat     
/dev/sdf2        7A04495D04491E0F                      ntfs      rog
/dev/sdf5        dc695ca0-fde3-4515-8e01-f443946661c2  ext4     
/dev/sdh1        6CB4-26DB                              vfat      XP_PRO
/dev/sdh2        1810a79f-2a9b-4ec2-8e4a-f687a034cbbb  ext3      Kubuntu-11.04

That last is kinda embarrassing and explains the tic I've developed of late.

Very handy, and it can actually fix some boot problems, sometimes.

wdhpr 20. Aug 2011 09:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crank
Maybe it's just that I am dense/obtuse, but most of the time figuring out who is sda or sdg etc is problematic to say the least. I can't see what else besides some random process somewhere decides the resulting order. This might cause a problem when you, say, wipe a partition or disk. "Oh, darn, that was my Windows"

Yup......... been there done that.:eek:
Had a backup image of my windoze so not a major disaster.

I still use xp and since grub2 came out I haven't had any problems.

crank 21. Aug 2011 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 58301)
Yup......... been there done that.:eek:
Had a backup image of my windoze so not a major disaster.

I still use xp and since grub2 came out I haven't had any problems.

I haven't [yet] wiped my main system partition, but I have trashed the MBR in numerous ways. GRUB2 is very nice, but how does it solve the wandering disk numbering? Maybe it's because I have yet to customize a GRUB2 menu, it's on the list!

If you sometimes play around with multibooting way too many systems, the info you have to go with on the generated menu is minimal, even typing 'e' to see which entry goes with which partition often leaves you with a choice that isn't at all obvious. In my situation, right at the moment, I have multiple disks, same size, same model, with similar partitions. I think, but am not sure, that they do not move in the order, but whether you have a CD or a USB changes things. Then there is what you set as the first disk decides something??

Windows diskmanagement is usually consistent, but not always. I'm sure these recent systems with separate controllers for 6GB/s and USB3.0 are part of what is causing me a lot of mental erosion, usually the 2 SATA3 drives are consecutive, but then sometimes they're not. And I'm really at a loss with this old 80GB drive I have hooked up on an eSATA setup, it got relegated to a RAID designation, and about half the time is is shown as the first disk and then sometimes it's last. Am I missing something? Have I been getting lost in the details and can't see what is obvious to even a technophobe?

Oh well, I guess I am whining, it's been a lousy last 3 days, one of those times when you spend inordinate amounts of time trying to do a few things, getting almost none of it to work right, and many of the problems appear to be random glitches. A time when that magic word for PC geeks comes to mind: defenestration. I would love to be on the roof of a high rise and get to hurl a few dozen PCs to ugly, loud, shattering deaths. Like old Lettermans with the fruit.[/vent]

wdhpr 21. Aug 2011 10:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crank
I haven't [yet] wiped my main system partition, but I have trashed the MBR in numerous ways. GRUB2 is very nice, but how does it solve the wandering disk numbering? Maybe it's because I have yet to customize a GRUB2 menu, it's on the list!

I wiped my partition when I got in a hurry trying to install Ubuntu. I got the sdb1 mixed up with sda1. I watched in agony as my Windows got eaten alive:eek:
I use paragon pro disk imaging which I obtained from DotTech when it was offered as a freebee. It works better with ext3 & 4 than my old version of Acronis. I make it a habit to make a image of my MBR along with the partition. Another method for trying out different distros is to install them using Virtual Box. It helps keep things neat and tidy.

Quote:

Originally Posted by crank
A time when that magic word for PC geeks comes to mind: defenestration. I would love to be on the roof of a high rise and get to hurl a few dozen PCs to ugly, loud, shattering deaths. Like old Lettermans with the fruit.[/vent]

A fun way to crash a PC :D

Eodril 14. Jan 2012 07:08 PM

Suggestions of Linux Software to Review
 
Hi! I hope I'm in the right place here. Iím a new Linux user; Iíve been using Ubuntu for only a couple of months, but Iíve found two nice packages that I use quite a lot. If youríe looking for Linux packages to review, I thought both of these would be worth a look.

I installed Basket Note Pads primarily for storing and organizing information Iíve found online about Ubuntu, but itís so useful that Iíve added other ďbasketsĒ for other topics. Thereís a review of it at http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/ope...ft-onenote/290 which heralds it as the open source answer to Microsoft OneNote. I canít verify that because the only version of OneNote Iíve used is the crippled version available on SkyDrive and Basket Note Pads is far more feature-rich than that. I like it a lot more than any of the freeware notes organizers available for windows. It has a two-panel interface with a tree-view of your baskets on the left and the editing area of the selected basket on the right. Baskets can be organized hierarchically and it appears that a basket can contain both text and sub-baskets. The interface is nice-looking and each basket has formatting options for both layout and appearance.

The other package Iím using a lot is called FocusWriter. Itís a kind of word processor for writers. It has a background and a writing window that you can customize. Thereís a toolbar at the top but it disappears until you hover over it. At the bottom, thereís a bar that shows your word count, the % of your daily goal (if youíve added that in the settings) and other statistics. This bar also disappears until you hover over it. The file format defaults to plain text for documents but you can also use RTF. Youíre thinking ďwhat do I need that for, I have LibreOffice Writer which does a lot more!Ē but this thing is kind of magic. It takes away all the document formatting mechanics so you can focus on just writing something. Somehow, just having such a clean, simple interface clears my head and puts me into writing mode. The developerís web site (http://gottcode.org/focuswriter/) has downloads for Linux, windows and Mac, but Iíve only tried the Linux version.

vladashram 15. Jul 2012 09:10 AM

A great online Backup site, that works for Linux, Windows, and I think Mac OS X is
MediaFire.
It used to offer unlimited storage free, but has since dropped it down to 50 GB free. However anybody who was lucky(like me) to make an account before their change, gets their unlimited storage honoured. However no single file can be bigger than 200 MB. They also offer SSL encryption too.

daviodan 04. Jan 2014 10:07 AM

Double Commander is a cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.

http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/

Cthulhux 09. Mar 2015 01:06 PM

The problem is that "software" is not exactly categorized well enough.

Ratzo 12. Mar 2015 12:46 PM

Hi .. Crank i agree with what you say as Boot-Repair has gotten me out of trouble a couple of times and is one I keep in my tool kit


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