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File Sharing


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 simultaneously.)



Graphics


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 Photoshop.



Media


MPlayer is a highly versatile cross-platform multimedia player.  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.



Office


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 simple tasks.

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 software solution.



Utilities


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.



Web


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 can crash when trying to handle javascript 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 Communicator.  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 look like.

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 interface.

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.



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