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53 Open Source Replacements to Spice Up Your Desktop

Feb 15, 2011, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

"With so many new devices – with so many new interfaces – coming out all the time, is your desktop starting to seem a little, well…boring? Are you frustrated by how slow and buggy Windows is? Are you tired of winter weather and wish that something – anything – would change?

"If so, this list is for you.

"We've collected 53 different open source projects that can make your desktop environment faster, prettier, easier to use or just a little different. They run the gamut from small utilities that do just one thing to open source operating systems that can replace Windows. We've included a number of tools for Linux users that can help you customize your desktop to meet your unique needs and tastes.

"Have an open source suggestions? As always, if you'd like to suggest additional apps for an upcoming list, feel free to add them in the comments section below.

"Application Launchers

"1. Kysrun Replaces other methods of launching Linux apps Much like Launchy (below), Kysrun starts your applications or opens bookmarks or documents with a couple of keystrokes. It also starts searches on Google, Wikipedia or IMDB and solves math problems. Operating System: Linux

"2. Launchy Replaces the Windows start menu and other methods of launching apps

"If you hate to use the mouse, Launchy is for you. It lets you open applications, documents, folders, bookmarks and more with just a few keystrokes. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X"

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