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10 obscure Linux applications you need to try

Feb 07, 2009, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"2: Transkode

"Sticking with the multimedia theme, Transkode is a front end for the highly flexible, modular command line toolset Transcode. Transcode is one of the most versatile audio and video converting tools available. Transcode has both a graphical and a text-only interface and supports a vast number of formats including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 Part 2, H.264, Quicktime, AC3, and any format included under libavcodec. Transcode can import DVDs on the fly and record from Video4Linux devices. The problem with Transcode is that the commands can get a bit overwhelming for the average user. Transkode remedies this by employing a user-friendly interface that makes the complex business of converting multimedia format files as simple as it can be.

"3: Giver
This is one of those brilliant little pieces of software that, once you start using it, you won't be able to live without. Giver allows you to easily drag and drop files to users on your network. It will automatically detect other Giver users on your network. When you drag a file (or multiple files) to a user (represented by an avatar) on the Giver window, the files are automatically transferred. The recipient of the files is warned that a user wishes to send files. The user can accept or decline them. The only downside to Giver (as of this writing) is that there is only a candidate available for Ubuntu. I have tried to install on both Fedora and Mandriva with no luck. Ubuntu installation is as simple as apt-get install giver. This application makes transferring files literally as simple as drag and drop. A must-have for company file sharing."

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