aMule is a slightly less fully featured, but
multi-platform version of eMule.
(Let me know if you can get ed2k to work -it
hasn't worked on my network in years.)
Deluge is a full featured BitTorrent client.
(May need to be restarted from time to time to
keep it working properly.)
Trasmission is a light weight BitTorrent client,
which comes pre-installed on Mint.
(May cause crashes if running lots of torrents
Blender is the freeware solution for your 3d
modeling needs. (Althought it has a terrible
user interface, in my opinion.)
The G.I.M.P., or Gnu Image Manipulation Program,
is a powerful freeware alternative to Adobe
MPlayer is a highly versatile cross-platform
If you find anything VLC can't play,
there's a good chance
MPlayer can play it.
VideoLAN Client, or VLC Player, is a popular
cross-platform media player which can play
virtually any media file format.
AbiWord is a freeware word processor which is
not as fully featured as
those of the major office suites, but this also
makes it less bulky and
much faster to load.
gedit is a cross-platform plain text editor,
which is handy for quick note taking and other
Gnumeric is a freeware spreadsheet which has the
same pros & cons as AbiWord. Both are
part of Gnome Office.
LibreOffice is, essentially, the successor to
OpenOffice.org, as a result of Oracle's poor
management of OpenOffice.
Nvu is a freeware, WISIWYG web page authoring
tool. Nvu was
developed from Mozilla Composer, which was
originally part of Netscape
Communicator. Nvu is no longer developed,
neither is KompoZer
which was started for the very purpose of
continuing to develop the
software. There is a newer project,
BlueGriffon, but as near as I
can tell it requires you to know how to write
code yourself to access any of the advanced features, which kind of defeats the purpose.
This site was
originally created with Nvu.
Scribus is a freeware desktop publishing
FileZilla is a freeware FTP solution.
W.I.N.E. (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is a
compatibility layer for Linux
and Mac, which allows you to run (most) Windows
programs natively under
those operating systems.
Arora is a light weight web browser, without a
lot of the annoying
bells and whistles that most major browsers seem
to think they have to
have these days. It's still in the early
stages of development,
however, and I found that it tends to slow down
with multiple tabs open
and plugins like Flash.
Midori is another light weight browser, with a
very clean, minimal user
interface. It suffers from the same sort
of 'early days' issues
as Arora, but to a lesser degree. And,
especially if you don't
run scripts/plugins, it is very fast and
remarkably stable. It
also has a private browsing mode.
Firefox is one of the most well developed,
maintained, secure and
compatible web browsers available. That
said, I personally feel
that it has moved away from what I most liked
about it in the
beginning. I've long since decided it had
too many pointless
alterations... There's no need for buttons
to glow/pulse on
'mouse over', no need for buttons to disappear
instead being 'grayed
out'. I hate the disappearing status bar,
and the fact that the
stop and reload buttons have not only been
combined, but are now not
even a button and are instead integrated into
the address bar. I
still use Firefox, but I don't like doing so
nearly as much as I once
did. I now recommend that Firefox users switch to Pale Moon.
SeaMonkey is the continuation of the Mozilla
integrated internet suite,
which was itself the continuation of Netscape
SeaMonkey consists of a web browser, email
client, Composer web
page editor, as well as an address book & an
IRC chat client.
Personally, I much prefer to have separate
programs for these
things. What I do like about SeaMonkey, is
that it is by far the
most 'classic web browser' experience you can
still get. Its user
interface still looks like what a web
browser interface should
Thunderbird is to email clients what Firefox is
to web browsers.
However, unlike Firefox, Thunderbird has
not gone overboard with
stupid ideas about how they can 'improve' the
Opera has long had a number of things going for it that other browsers
don't. Such as tabbed browsing, the ability to zoom in and out on
web pages, the ability to force web pages to wrap to the browser
window. Opera is more or less every bit as stable and versatile
as Firefox. Unfortunately, Opera has gone even farther than Firefox in
the 'let's change up the interface' band wagon. Although it comes
with the file menu disabled, you'll be glad to know that you can
re-enable it. As Opera has become nothing but a copy of Chrome
with a different name stuck on it, I recommend Opera users switch to
either SeaMonkey or Pale Moon.