10 Free, Open-Source Replacements for Commercial Applications

This is an overview providing 10 Linux open-source replacements for various commercial power tools, most of them available only on Windows.

Best Linux Backup Tool / Software

Ubuntu Sources List Generator Available For Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

What is Ubuntu Sources List Generator? It is a website where you can generate a sources.list file with a lot of useful repositories.

Google Chrome 5.0.372.0 Beta available for Ubuntu

Google has announced the release of a new update to Google Chrome in the Beta channel. Google Chrome 5.0.372.0 Beta has been pushed for Linux users ahead of the Windows and Mac builds in order to address an SSL issue.

GetDeb: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Repository Available

GetDeb is an unofficial project with the mission to provide the latest open source and freeware applications for the current Ubuntu Linux release, in an easy to install manner.

FreeDC++, a better LinuxDC++

Although I’m a fan of LinuxDcpp, today i’ve found an alternative of it, a better one I could say: FreeDC++. This is a fork of LinuxDc++, which seems to be more active, and it has more features.


Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 Released!

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 was released today, with the major change being the support for Ubuntu Lucid 10.04.

Other changes include:

VideoLAN Movie Creator Pre-Release Coming Very Soon [Screenshot]

The VLC team has been working (or actually, they call it "support" so they might not do this entirely on themselves) on a new project for quite some time, called VideoLAN Movie Creator, a free video editing software offering features to realize semi-professional quality movies, but with the aim to stays simple and user-friendly.

Grsync: Rsync GUI For Easily Synchronizing (And Backing Up) Folders

Grsync is an open source rsync GUI (Graphical User Interface) which works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Rsync is the well-known and powerful command line directory and file synchronization tool.

You can use it for easily data backup alongside Dropbox.

Tonido: Access And Share Your Files From Any­where Through A Web Browser

Tonido is an extensible personal web application platform (I guess you could call it a "home server" or your own personal 'cloud'), that offers an set of rich and powerful browser based applications. The files are hosted on your computer and you (or somebody else if you allow it) can access them remotely, through these web apps.

Giveaway: Get SoftMaker Office 2008 For Free Until December 31

Until December 31, SoftMaker is giving away full versions of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Linux and Windows, permanently usable and entitled to future upgrades. For every download, SoftMaker donates EUR 0.10 to charity. The normal SoftMaker Office 2008 price is $80 for the Windows or Linux version and $100 for both.

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MPoD: MPD (Music Player Daemon) Client For iPod / iPhone

We've covered some MPD desktop clients on more than one occasion, but I have just stumbled upon a great MPD interface for iPod / iPhone called MPoD and I had to share it with you.

In case you don't know MPD, or Music Player Daemon is a command line tools for playing music which allows you to access your music remotely.

RecordItNow: A KDE Desktop Recording Tool You Should Try!


RecordItNow is an Linux application similar to RecordMyDesktop, but for KDE, designed for recording your desktop. It has more features than qt-recordmydesktop, thus if you are using KDE, you should really give it a try. Another great thing about RecordItNow is that it supports plugins (see below).

Inkscape 0.47 Final Version, Released!

Inkscape, a SVG-based vector graphics editor for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X has finally reached version 0.47.

KOffice 2.1 Has Been Released

KOffice 2.1 was released yesterday, bringing a number of new features as well as general improvements in the maturity of the individual applications. Import and export of foreign file formats have been given an overhaul, and especially the import filters for Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) and Word (.doc) have been much improved.

Goggles Music Manager For Linux

Goggles Music Manager is a music collection manager and player that automatically categorizes your music files based on genre, artist, album, and song. It supports gapless playback and features easy tag editing.


Byobu Pimps Your Linux Terminal

Byobu, previously known as screen-profiles adds 'decorations' to your gnome terminal or xterm, or konsole:

SpiderOak: Cross Platform Cloud Back-up Solution

We already covered SpiderOak, but only on a quick test, because back then, I didn't see the need for another tool like Dropbox. Read on to see why Dropbox might actually not be enough!

VirtualBox 3.1 Beta 1 Released

SUN announced on their forums, the release of the first beta of VirtualBox 3.1, the next major update of the popular virtualization software which includes some really interesting changes, such as:

  • Teleportation (aka live migration); migrate a live VM session from one machine to another
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