Ok...lets get our apps nailed. I have my list that I am testing, and have to make some go/no-go decisions on others. So post your faves here.
I am not ready to put the full list up as I am still testing, but here is one that is 99%
Web Browser - will be Chromium
Just works - some complain that its to heavy, but its stable, fast, and works on all systems that I test and the memory footprint is favorable to the "others" out there except Midori, but it still needs a bit more work in my opinion. Also if you live in a google world and sync your stuff (bookmarks, settings, etc) between windows and Linux, etc. Then Chromium is nice for that.
I will post some more apps to debate tomorrow, but feel free to throw anything up to discuss.
Ok...how about graphics. I like Pinta since its a simpler editing program with some gimp like features. Gimp seems to heavy for me, and way to much stuff for the average user. The only thing that Pinta has that causes some to go into a tailspin is a mono dependency. Throw some others out if you like.
Also email client? I removed it last time around because frankly I have not used an email client for a long time. I just use webmail for both corporate and personal work. is there a need?
Music player? - I like audacious since its simple and fast and does have the ability to play most formats well as well as my local library. Any thoughts?
i would make a plug for including wine 1.5.4 or greater, 109 mb. Newcomers are generally migrants from Windoze. Something familar, like a known program being present, would be very comforting to them - maybe keep them on long enough to really appreciate the advantages of Linux. For those people outfitting anachronisms and needing everything to be as light as possible, a quick trip to Synaptic to remove Wine involves only a few clicks. The other way around, installing and using, is more complicated and requires caliberation and sometimes modifications before really working efficiently. Getting Wine already installed, caliberated and working in a new Linux distro is almost unique.
Definitely VLC - a proven player that does more - audio, video, records, more codecs, picks up more sound cards, etc.
I like gedit because it color codes, but leafpad is one-fourth the weight - 3000 verses 750 mg.
Gimp has a lot but very hard for amateurs to use. All other Linux image editors are lacking even for amateur use. I use PhotoFiltre, 50mg, easy to use with probably everything 99% of amateur users use. But it needs Wine!
Abiword-Gnumeric proven office tools and reasonably lightweight.
Xfburn - light, always worked for me, greatest burn rate spectrum.
Image-Viewer: gthumb, has most features.
Screenshooter: must take pictures of subregions, I like xfce4-screenshooter.
Search tool: gnome.
Sound-control: pavucontrol (a must).
Just tried lxmed on a system with openjdk (java). It seems to work well - did not about 2 years ago for me. So if you are including java, include lxmed. Of couse, lxmed always works with Oracle Java, which would be nice to include but ...!
Save weight by minimizing icon sets. Seems distros come loaded with icon sets that are never used.
I've gotten to really like the myStuff launcher. It has a broad range of uses without doing much tecnical work. Here is one used to launch radio stations and act as a terminal and keyboard cheat sheat:
Synaptic ! Other proposition: Ubuntu-Tweak, baobab,gparted
Douglas Willett said: Save weight by minimizing icon sets. Seems distros come loaded with icon sets that are never used.
I have to agree with this statement. Most distros come bogged down with icon sets that just don't do "it" for me. One of the first things I add is the AdriX icon theme I think it's just the bomb-diggity.
VLC is hands down the default video player for any distro, in fact when I was using Windblows it was a must have there as well.
Chromium is a smart move IMO as most of us are aware of the attitude Adobe has taken towards Linux users. Untill Lightspark can replace the flash plug-in Chromimum is the browser to go with.
This thread seems moot as I'm downloading R6 now, but I had to chime in.
Oh....as to Ubuntu-Tweak......it's a fun little app but the add/remove app function is buggy at best and messing with repositories is not something all users can do without seriously messing up their distro.
david linares said:
@august i heard flash dosn't support linux anymore why?
Why is up for speculation. The official stance from Adobe (as I understand it) is that it isn't a Linux thing but rather they spend too much time coding plug-ins for various browsers and as it seems Google rules the net that's where they will be placing their efforts.
I'm assuming that's one of the reasons Biff picked Chromium as it's the base for Google Chrome.
So, if you go with Chromium/Google Chrome for your browser you shouldn't feel the "flash pinch" as badly no matter what OS you use.
Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.
Mickey Way said:
I found this on the Adobe site by checking for updates on my netbook. What is this telling me about future Linux support...if any?
It's probably telling you that in a few years you'll have to use Gnash instead. Or maybe Mozilla (And perhaps Midori as well) can use VLC (http://wiki.videolan.org/Flash_Video ) to replace Flash as a Plug-in, I think I saw the package for that somewhere in Synaptic, though I haven't tried it myself....