GNU/Linux making inroads into the desktop

Dell have been offering Ubuntu as an option for many of their PCs for a while, Asus have EeePC, and Lenovo offer various distributions of linux. Now HP have joined the ranks by supplying SuSE on their enterprise desktop systems

While many distributions of GNU/Linux have been more than suitable for most users, there have been quite a few obstacles preventing it from getting into their desktops. One of the main reasons behind this is that Windows comes preinstalled with almost all new PCs, and most people including those that are moderately tech savvy are afraid of installing GNU/Linux or even any OS on their computer. Continue reading “GNU/Linux making inroads into the desktop”

Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 4: Project Management

screenshot of a project managment toolThere are a fair few project management tools available for Linux that differ in simplicity of use as well as the features they include. Most of them would be suitable for smaller projects, but there are a couple that would be as suitable for complex large scale projects as the commercial solutions such as Microsoft Project.
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Common Application Installer Interface for Linux Desktops

Does the lack of a common interface for applications to register themselves with the OS/Desktop Environment hinder the development of custom and user-friendly installers?

Reading this blog post about the OS as a platform I recalled a gripe I often have when installing software on Linux… the lack of a common interface for applications to register themselves with the OS/Desktop Environment. By that I mean, there is no facility for an application installer to say: Continue reading “Common Application Installer Interface for Linux Desktops”

Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 3: Office/Productivity

There are plenty of office suites as well as a whole host of other productivity software freely available for GNU/Linux. Here you will find an overview of the best free office suites and individual productivity applications.

There are plenty of office suites as well as a whole host of other productivity software freely available for GNU/Linux. Most of these provide the average user with all the functionality they need from a word processor, desktop database or spread sheet application. Some will even open documents created in Microsoft Word or Excel with varying degrees of success. There will be some issues when it comes to Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 3: Office/Productivity”

Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 2: Music, Movies & TV

There are plenty of applications in GNU/Linux for playing music or watching movies and TV, and many of them will work perfectly fine on old computers that choke on the simplest of tasks in Windows XP.

There are plenty of applications in GNU/Linux for playing music or watching movies and TV, and many of them will work perfectly fine on old computers that choke on the simplest of tasks in Windows XP. Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 2: Music, Movies & TV”

Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 1: Web Access & Communication

As linux gets more popular, people are asking which applications they can use for browsing the web, office productivity and graphics and video editing etc. Part 1 covers applications Web access and communication.

Despite of being around for years, adoption of GNU/Linux based operating systems in the mainstream desktop has been slow. But now it is getting more coverage thanks to distributions such as Ubuntu, and for being included with some new computers from manufacturers such as Dell.

More people are asking what can I run on it, and what do I use for writing documents, editing photos etc. In this series of articles I will cover a number of common use applications that should be relevant to most people. I’ll start with the mostly used applications in todays average computer. Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 1: Web Access & Communication”