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Top Linux Apps to Make The Switch Easier

Aug 13, 2009, 00:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to Tom Dunlap for this link. ]

"Pidgin

"I hesitate to even mention this as my preferred instant messenger as it is being replaced here soon once the next version of Ubuntu is released. I am told it has to do with Pidgin's position on the GNOME desktop. Whatever, the fact of the matter is that it is the single best instant messenger out there for Linux users. And I have used a number of IM options.

"Not only does Pidgin do a great job with multiple protocols such as MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and AIM, amongst others, it also has a decent record of being really stable. Where is lacks, however, is in taking on the VoIP-type abilities seen in other alternatives such as Empathy. Still, I have found that Pidgin really helped me to make my Linux usage a more pleasant experience.

"gscan2pdf

"Over the years, I have used a number of document-scanning utilities in Linux. And without fail, the one I return to -- due to stability, function, and ease of use -- is gscan2pdf. Not only does it take the headache away from some of the other, less intuitive Linux document-scanning software out there, it allows me to build up a PDF file on the fly should I choose to."

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