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Old 04. Aug 2011, 07:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which Windows program would you like ported over to linux?

I ran across this thread at Linuxquestions Its asking people what Widows software they would like to see ported over to Linux. I can think of about 6 right off the top of my head but I'm curious what this forum readers would suggest. I would also like to see this broken down further between games and applications.

I don't think it will be long now before more and more software developers earnestly tap into the growing population of linux users. I wouldn't be surprised that it is already being discussed during board meetings on a regular basis. One last thing, at Linuxquestions.org there is already talk that many would be willing pay for certain ported software. But in keeping with the mantra of this forum I am interested in open source and free software.

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For me it would have to be a straightforward firewall with application control and a better GUI than Firestarter If someone could re-write Kerio 2.1.5 for Linux, I'd kiss them
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Old 05. Aug 2011, 02:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I guess I'll throw in a few.
A free version of Paragon drive image. I would prefer Acronis but that would be dreaming.
Image Burn. Yes I know it can be run using Wine But not very well IMO.
Magic Disk. There is Furious Mount and Gmountiso Neither work very well for me.
Backup Maker. Again it may be my unfamiliarity with those like Gnomes Backup Tool or LuckyBackup (I'm lucky if i can get it to work right) But I just don't care for either.
And one more for good measure, How about a good codec manager!
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For me it would have to be a straightforward firewall with application control and a better GUI than Firestarter If someone could re-write Kerio 2.1.5 for Linux, I'd kiss them
How does Kerio 2.1.5 differ from Sunbelt's firewall? Which I use to this day with windows of course.
I agree with you Firestarter leaves much to desire. I checked out security issues with linux awhile ago from this link: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=510812 (Good read IMO)
I found this link for the Top 5 best linux firewalls Dated February 15 2010
Iptables gets the highest grade which is supposed to be already built into the linux kernel. Firestarter and Guarddog didn't make it on the top 5 list.

Update The firewalls listed on the top 5 list seem to be more like distro's and not like the MS Windows varieties. Probably for use in networks.

One of the things I've noticed over the last three years of using linux is that the GUI's for its utilities are not very feature rich or intuitive (IMO)

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PureText, one of the "9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC"as recommended by Gizmo.

There are some other alternatives that I've tried on Linux but I've not come across one which works more directly and similarly as what PureText does.

If anyone can tell me a good one, I'll kiss him or her too.
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How does Kerio 2.1.5 differ from Sunbelt's firewall? Which I use to this day with windows of course.
Kerio 2.1.5 is a pure rules based firewall with nothing added, other than it will warn you if a program changes after say an update. It's simple and straightforward to use with a small footprint. I just like it
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Old 06. Aug 2011, 07:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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All my security programs, just kidding. Actually, I don't know of any programs I'm sorely missing.
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Well I guess I'll throw in a few.
A free version of Paragon drive image.
Yes, that or Macrium Reflect Free.

Then we could use Linux to restore a HDD without having to rely on the vendors rescue CD's, which often don't work.
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Yes, that or Macrium Reflect Free.

Then we could use Linux to restore a HDD without having to rely on the vendors rescue CD's, which often don't work.
Thats a very good idea. I wonder if the the developers of those products ever considered the Idea. If not they should.
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For me it would be "Search Everything"... simply the fastest (IMHO) NTFS file search program out there. Once the database has built and loaded (can take a few minutes on systems with lots of HDD's) this very handy little tool searches as you type and offers the results in the window below. Awesome tool and unbeatable
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