Sunday, September 23, 2007

Top 50 Linux apps in 10 categories

I am going to start a new poll to find out the best applications for Linux in 10 broad categories. The purpose of such a list would be to cover as many areas as possible while not overwhelming any single category with too many apps. I also thought it would be a good idea to involve my readers in this exercise so that I would have more choices to add to the final list than the ones I have come up with.

The ten categories would be:

Basic productivity
Word processing and publishing
Media players (audio and video)
Multimedia authoring
Games and entertainment
Internet clients (desktop)
System tools
Programming and development
Images and graphics
Miscellaneous utilities


Now the hard part would be to draw up a list of the best five apps for each category. For the purposes of this list, it would be a good idea to limit the contest only to Open Source (that means no Opera, Acrobat Reader or RealPlayer - sorry folks!). The other limiting factor is that this is open only for desktop Linux apps, so enterprise Linux apps and server software are excluded from this list.

I welcome nominations in all categories. Please post your nominations as comments here so that I can draw up a final list soon!

2 comments:

Sugar Land 2K said...

Add Ktorrent for tor downloads. It runs great!

Daengbo said...

Basic productivity
kdissert (Mind-mapping)

Word processing and publishing
Lyx or Texmaker

Media players (audio and video)
Totem with GStreamer-kitchen-sink installed

Multimedia authoring
Really shy here. The only video editing software that does anything is Kino

Games and entertainment
No comment

Internet clients (desktop)
Epiphany and Telepathy

System tools
chkrootkit

Programming and development
Bluefish for HTML (all I ever do)

Images and graphics
Inkscape

Miscellaneous utilities
Thoggen
Audio Tag Tool
VirtualBox-ose