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Top Linux Apps to Make The Switch Easier

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intranetjournal.com: One of the first things I hear from people attempting trying to make the switch to Linux distributions such as Ubuntu is that they are finding the sudden shift in how they use their computers to be relatively overwhelming.

The Linux screensaver xscreensaver

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ghacks.net: Most of us go away from our computers. When we do we don’t much care to come back to see our screen just the way we left it. We have been trained that a screensaver should take the place of our work or our play on our monitors. I have been asked numerous times “How do I have screensaver X on my Linux desktop?”

Avant Window Navigator for Ubuntu Linux

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howtogeek.com: Avant Window Navigator (AWN) is an application launcher and dock which would redefine your Linux experience. The good part is it’s highly customizable and hence will fit perfectly well with your Ubuntu theme. Let’s see how to install and customize AWN.

Quick cli application rundown

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elevenislouder.blogspot: It isn't unknown that Linux/UNIX systems have a powerful CLI. The heritage of these operating systems is in the CLI, and applications are still written for it. Here is a run down of some of the more popular CLI apps.

Makagiga, the taskmanager with the funny name

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fishbowl42.com/blog: On the computer, I am surprisingly orderly but my life outside of the computer is a different story. I have been thinking there needs to be some way I can digital organize the non digital parts of my life. So i went looking.

Impressions of C#

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gamemank.wordpress: Over the last month and a half I’ve been working on an application using C#, .NET, and Windows.Forms in Visual Studio 2008. At first it seemed like they took the worst instead of the best things from Java and C++, but overall I’ve gotten to like the language. Here are some of my thoughts.

Viewnior: A simple and elegant image viewer

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linuxhub.net: Images are part of our every day Internet usage and a good image viewer is an integral part of a good operating system. Viewnior is one such application for Linux.

Kustodian - a taskbar and quicklauncher combined

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kdedevelopers.org: I'd like to introduce a little pet project of mine: Kustodian, which some people would call a ripoff of the mac dock or windows 7 taskbar. But I maintain it's a thing of it's own, but it indeed has some similarities.

5 Best Free/Open-Source Mind Mapping Software for Linux

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junauza.com: An outline used to illustrate words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea is called a mind map. Here are some of the best Free and Open Source mind mapping applications that are available for Linux:

Announcing Tangerine 0.3.1

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lamalex.net: Tangerine is a sharing program for your music. Tangerine allows you to share your media with people nearby over the DAAP protocol.

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GNU/Linux on Servers: VisionMobile Report, Cilium, Microservices, and Kubernetes

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