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Old 10. Nov 2011, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Free Software For Linux Section Seems A Bit Slim

I was disappointed with what I've seen in the "best software for linux section"

In my time using Linux, I've come across many awesome programs that I love using on a daily basis and that section barely covers any of them. Each category has like one entry, it's kind of pathetic.

Is there no editor for that section anymore?
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Old 10. Nov 2011, 05:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was disappointed with what I've seen in the "best software for linux section"

In my time using Linux, I've come across many awesome programs that I love using on a daily basis and that section barely covers any of them. Each category has like one entry, it's kind of pathetic.

Is there no editor for that section anymore?
Suggest them to the editor.
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Old 10. Nov 2011, 06:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's also worth pointing out that we need more contributors to help with the Linux section. Although our intention is to develop this further (and Mac), we need to target the resources available towards our majority audience which is Windows.

If anyone would like to join our Linux or Mac team, please send me a PM
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I was disappointed with what I've seen in the "best software for linux section"

In my time using Linux, I've come across many awesome programs that I love using on a daily basis and that section barely covers any of them. Each category has like one entry, it's kind of pathetic.

Is there no editor for that section anymore?
Jojoyee is the editor for the Best Free Software for Linux.

You will appreciate that the list is already very long, and the editor has tried to cover all the categories, and compiled the list using the best programs available. That is a commendable job coming from a single person.

Therefore, I strongly object to the word pathetic, that you have used in your post. Please do not use such words. It is OK to disagree with what you see, and we are open to constructive criticism, but certainly not to negative criticism with use of such words.

We are open to suggestions, and if you have suggestions about software that can be added to that article, please post comments in the review itself, or contact Jojoyee, he will be very happy to have your suggestions and look into them.
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@ Linuxis - PM received and responded to - thank you
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Old 10. Nov 2011, 01:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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In my time using Linux, I've come across many awesome programs that I love using on a daily basis and that section barely covers any of them...
We would love to see what are your favorites and please share them with us.
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Old 10. Nov 2011, 07:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm deeply sorry for using such rude language. I'm rather impulsive and sometimes fail to choose my words carefully. I wasn't aware of the situation on this site and how understaffed it is.

I am considering coming on to help in the linux section. Though my time won't allow me to give it full time attention as I only get onto a computer for a few minutes a day. However If it's ok, I'd love to give suggestions.

Well, you have VLC player as the number one media player in the section. And that's commendable. However I use UMplayer on linux. Many linuxes don't come with flash because flash itself isn't open source and thus, it isn't really free. Umplayer allows me to watch youtube without having flash installed. It still has it's shortcomings because on Linux, it's a frontend for mplayer, just like SMplayer is but I like UMplayer better then Smplayer because of it's shoutcast and youtube streaming. It's shortcomings are that, even though right now I'm using a development version - 0.97, I haven't seen them add any pre-loaded tv or radio station to their lists. Yes it's true that at this stage, stability and bugs are the main concern but that's the only drawback I can see because other then that, it works lovely. It plays everything that I threw at it, though I haven't tested many advanced file types, but it would play most common media files, DVDs, VCDs and CDs, which is all that matters. Even on linux though, Umplayer is lightweight player, lighter then Smplayer, Mplayer-UI, and especially JavaMplayer.

GnomeMplayer can be pretty lightweight and it's usually included in most Linux installs anyway along with Gecko Media Player. However I still install Umplayer because I just don't feel right unless it's on my PC. I think it's those nifty skins, I can't get enough of them.

Anyway, that was my quick review of Umplayer. I hope it was satisfactory.
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Thank you Linuxis for your reply. Its appreciated.

And even if you cannot be an editor, its not a problem, we understand. But, the suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for suggestion of Umplayer. We would love to hear more suggestions, which can make the resource on the site useful for all.

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... Anyway, that was my quick review of Umplayer. I hope it was satisfactory.....
Hi and thanks for that, I look forward to more recommendations, when time permits
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Hi, Everyone!

I'm a new Linux user and I was very happy to find the Linux category on Gizmo's. I also found the category to be a bit light, but one expects that because Linux desktops are still in the minority. I do have one suggestion for those that are looking for a particular type of package and don't find what they need in the Linux category: check out the main categories and go to the developer's web site. Often the software will have been either ported to Linux or originally written for Linux and ported to Windows. An example is GNU Backgammon. It has the Gizmo's Best award in the main category but isn't included yet in the Linux section.
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