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Getting Stuff Done on Linux [Part 2]

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Last time, we covered Linux applications for creating content. Today we will be covering organizational and web-based programs for Linux.

The Series of Tubes*

We all use the internet. I’m sure anyone reading this has also heard of Firefox but do you know about all the others? Konqueror is a nice browser based on the KHTML rendering engine, the same great engine Safari and WebKit use, which means it supports a few things (like drop-shadows on text) which no other browsers do. Then there’s Epiphany, which will display pages the same way Firefox does, but which fits the look ‘n feel of GNOME environments a bit better than Firefox 2.0 does (Firefox 3, however, fits very well). There are also lightweight browsers like Kazehakase you might like. Firefox is by far the most extensible, though.

Instant Messaging

Pidgin Logo For text-based instant messaging, nothing beats Pidgin’s flexibility. It can handle AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu, QQ, SIMPLE, Bonjour, Novell Groupwise, XMPP and Google Talk (aka Jabber), Zephyr, Sametime, and even MySpaceIM. If you haven’t heard of half of those anywhere else, I’m with you, but from what I’ve heard it seems they are each varyingly popular in different parts of the world. As with OpenOffice, it’s cross-platform (Win, Mac, Linux), so transitioning can be easy. The Mac OSX version is called Adium. If you want to add voice or video chat capability, Skype 2.0 for Linux does have video support (older versions did not).

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