The best software for Linux

In today's open source roundup: MakeUseOf picks the best software for Linux. Plus: ZDNet reviews MakuluLinux Xfce 7.0, and DistroWatch reviews Manjaro 0.8.11

The best software for Linux

Linux has zillions of different applications available in various categories. But it's not always easy to separate the wheat from the chaff. A writer at MakeUseOf has come up with a helpful list of what he thinks are some of the best applications for Linux. I've included the basic list below but click through to the article for descriptions of each application as well as screenshots.

Danny Stieben at MakeUseOf reports on the best Linux software:

Linux is full of awesome apps, both open source and proprietary. People new to Linux might be used to Windows or Mac OS X apps that aren’t available on Linux, and don’t know about available alternatives. Even seasoned Linux users tend to find new and useful software quite often.

Browsers
Firefox
Chrome/Chromium
Opera

Games
Civilization 5
Team Fortress 2
Minecraft
OAD
Dota 2
Urban Terror

Maintenance
Ubuntu Tweak
Bleachbit

Editors and Development
Gedit
Kate
Geany
Eclipse

Documents/Office Suites
LibreOffice
GNOME Office
Calligra Suite

Desktop Environments
GNOME
KDE
Xfce
LXDE
Cinnamon
MATE
Unity

Audio, Video and Image Manipulation
Audacity
GIMP
PiTiVi
Lightworks

Email and Communication
Thunderbird
Evolution
KMail
Claws Mail
Pidgin
Skype
XChat

Media Players
Totem
VLC
MPlayer

More at MakeUseOf

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MakuluLinux Xfce 7.0 review

MakuluLinux now has an Xfce version based on Ubuntu. A writer at ZDNet has in-depth coverage of MakuluLinux Xfce 7.0 and has dubbed it "...the most beautiful Linux distro I have ever seen."

JA Watson at ZDNet reports on MakuluLinux Xfce 7.0:

I would say just about the same thing I have said about other Makulu releases. It is the most graphically beautiful Linux distribution I have ever seen. The care and attention to detail in the selection and integration of themes, wallpapers, icons and desktop layout goes far beyond impressive. Honestly, this distribution is worth looking at just for that.

It has the most eclectic selection of applications and packages I have ever seen as well. For example, I don't know of any other distribution that includes four different menu/launcher packages in the base distribution (Xfce menus, Whisker Menus, Docky and Synapse). It includes Compiz, along with a menu selection to enable/disable it. It includes Wine and Steam, neither of which are common in general-purpose Linux distributions. But it is not the kind of over-the-top, throw absolutely everything you can think of into it distribution that some of the previous Makulu releases have been.

More at ZDNet

The official MakuluLinux site has a full release announcement about MakuluLinux Xfce 7.0 and notes that speed was an important feature in it:

Here is it Ladies and Gentleman, this is what you have been waiting for, The Fastest and most Beautiful Xfce on the whole planet. Thought only true love could make you weak in the knees ? wait till you fire up this baby. There is a reason this edition is codenamed “The Concorde” or “The bullet” as I have come to know it. I have drawn on all my experience and instinct as a Linux developer and pushed the limits and boundaries on this edition, my main goal “To provide Raw speed and Pure Beauty“. This build has even surpassed my own expectations when I started working on it.

Sporting a beautiful theme that was initially built for our cinnamon release, This edition improves on that beautiful sleek look. I have included a variety of Themes in this build as well as in the repository, with mouse cursors to match and a selection of beautiful wallpapers. Users can easily change the look and feel with a few clicks around the desktop. Now add the latest version of Compiz and Emerald into this mix and now we are blending a serious concoction of beautiful all in one edition, The magic is to use these tools and make a masterpiece. Indeed the new Xfce does not disappoint in this department, now sporting more transparency than ever before, it almost feels like every window you open is lying on top of this magical see through layer of awesomeness…

More at MakuluLinux

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