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20 Linux Apps That Make the Desktop Easier

Sep 22, 2010, 14:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"For most of us, using our preferred desktop Linux distributions has become second nature. Yet remembering back to when I first made the switch, it seems that specific Linux apps made the OS change much easier.

"In this article, I want to share some of the applications I use on a daily basis. Some of the applications are GNOME desktop specific, so whenever possible I have included their KDE counterparts to help even things out.

"1. GNOME System Monitor or KDE System Guard – This is something that I know many users never bother with. If they want to see what is going on with their Linux box, they rely on "top" or other command line-based resource tools.

"Speaking for myself, I would rather save the need for a terminal and simply keep GNOME's System Monitor applet running at the top of my screen. The advantage is that if I need it, the applet opens the Monitor application straight away. For KDE users, I'd look to KDE System Guard for much of the same functionality."

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