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I am using MS Windows as most of you guys, but recently, the Operating System of some of my computers have been changed to Linux. Yes, Linux is not that user friendly as MS Windows, but everything you can do with MS Windows, you can do with Linux if you are willing to take some time to learn about Linux. Below list the software those I have installed during the time I use Linux as my primary Operating System and I think they are quite common for daily use. Some of them may be pre-installed on your Linux distro.


Home Page:  https://www.libreoffice.org

LibreOffice is properly the most common office suite similar to MS Office, LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite, developed by The Document Foundation. It was forked from OpenOffice.org in 2010, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. The LibreOffice suite comprises programs for word processing, the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae.


Master PDF Editor

Home Page: https://code-industry.net/masterpdfeditor

Although, there are many PDF viewer and Editor for Linux, but Master PDF Editor is the most feature-rich PDF Editor.



Home Page: http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net

GSmartControl is a graphical user interface for smartctl (from smartmontools package), which is a tool for querying and controlling SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data on modern hard disk and solid-state drives. It allows you to inspect the drive's SMART data to determine its health, as well as run various tests on it.



Home Page: http://www.speedcrunch.org

SpeedCrunch is a high-precision scientific calculator. It features a syntax-highlighted scrollable display and is designed to be fully used via keyboard. Some distinctive features are auto-completion of functions and variables, a formula book, and quick insertion of constants from various fields of knowledge. Available for Windows, OS X, and Linux in a number of languages.



Home Page: http://gnometerminator.blogspot.com/p/introduction.html

Terminator is an open-source terminal emulator programmed in Java. It is available on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix systems that use the X Window System. Terminator will run on any modern POSIX system running Java 6 or later.



Home Page: http://www.qbittorrent.org

The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to µTorrent. Additionally, qBittorrent runs and provides the same features on all major platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD).



Home Page: http://www.videolan.org/vlc

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.



Home Page: https://filezilla-project.org

FileZilla is open source FTP software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.



Home Page: https://launchpad.net/kazam

Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format.



Home Page: http://www.xnview.com/en/xnviewmp

XnViewMP is the enhanced version to XnView. It is a powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats.



Home Page: http://www.gpick.org

Gpick is an advanced color picker and palette editing tool.



Home Page: http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.



Home Page: http://www.aegisub.org

Aegisub is a free, cross-platform open source tool for creating and modifying subtitles. Aegisub makes it quick and easy to time subtitles to audio, and features many powerful tools for styling them, including a built-in real-time video preview.



Home Page: http://remmina.sourceforge.net

Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+, aiming to be useful for system administrators and travellers, who need to work with lots of remote computers in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks. Remmina supports multiple network protocols in an integrated and consistent user interface. Currently RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH are supported.



Home Page: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. It supports several network protocols, including SCP, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw socket connection.



Home Page: http://gparted.org

GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.



Home Page: http://www.giuspen.com/cherrytree

CherryTree is a hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.



Home Page: http://keepass.info

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).



Home Page: http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/index.html

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdevelopers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages.



Home Page: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Tomboy

Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application for Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X. Simple and easy to use, but with potential to help you organize the ideas and information you deal with every day.



Home Page: https://www.winehq.org

Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.


If you have any recommendation of must have software for daily use, please feel free to leave a comment.

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Caution: Don't download or install the software from www.gimpshop.com

Today I searched for photo editing software and found GimpShop for windows, webpage is www.gimpshop.com, the site looks professional, so I downloaded the software and installed it. However, I noticed some strange activities during the installation, Firefox browser closed suddenly, Opera browser was being installed without my attention.

After the installation, I launched GimpShop and it seems no different that the original GIMP, so it's better to download and install the official GIMP. As the strange activities I encountered during the installation, so I check the installed software list of Windows and see that some unknown software were being installed.

When I launch Firefox browser, the homepage is always pointing to something about "freshy" and then redirects to Yahoo search. Even I reset the homepage to a blank page, it still behave the same. So the installer of GimpShop installed some unwanted software and Hijacking the homepage as well. The homepage of IE is pointing to "freshy" also.

Unwanted software installed and unwanted modification to you system:

  • Freshy Toolbar (not really remember the name)
  • Record Page
  • Opera
  • Yahoo Toolbar for Firefox
  • Hijacking homepage of Firefox and IE
  • Disabled all Firefox extentions

Those unwanted software are easy to uninstall and you can change the homepage of IE simply. However, the Firefox homepage Hijacking and all extensions disabled are more difficult. You need to delete the file "C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\PROFILE.default\user.js" and make the modification to Firefox "browser.startup.homepage" setting, enter "about:config" to the Firefox Location Bar (address bar), click "I'll be careful, I promise!" when asked, then search for "browser.startup.homepage" and change the value to the homepage you want or use "about:blank" to have a blank homepage.

For all the disabled extensions of Firefox, I don't know if there is an easy way to fix, but I just remove all extensions and then reinstall them.

Finally, you may download Malwarebytes free trail to scan your computer to look if any unknown malware exists.

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VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox Project page

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FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

Easy to use
Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
IPv6 support
Available in many languages
Supports resume and transfer of large files > 4GB
Tabbed user interface
Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
Drag & drop support
Configurable transfer speed limits
Filename filters
Directory comparison
Network configuration wizard
Remote file editing
HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
Logging to file
Synchronized directory browsing
Remote file search

FileZilla homepage

Portable version download here.

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Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

Notepad++ Homepage