Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Most people go for the big apps when switching to Linux, and for good reason: they are easy to find, usually very polished, often updated, and there's a lot of online documentation for them. What if you're not looking for the most popular, but instead the best app for you? Below are 25 excellent, high-quality Linux apps that go neglected far more often than they should be. Some are popular amongst those who have been at the Linux game for awhile, and others have become a staple of certain distros while remaining relatively unknown by users of different distros. No matter the reason they've sat in the midline of popularity, you can be assured that these apps do what they claim to do, and they do it well.
1. XBMC - I first tried this program when it was in its baby stages, and it wasn't so great: crashed, was slow, etc. Imagine my surprise when I tried it again and discovered the best media center I'd ever tried on Linux (yes, better than MythTV). XBMC is refined, it's fast, and it's feature loaded. This media center is perfect for anyone who is looking to set up a Linux box on their TV.