10 Great Linux Apps You Might Not Have Discovered Yet - page 2
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MythTV is a free DVR option
If you've added DVR (Digital Video Recording) to your TV cable services, you'll probably find it hard to live without. You get to watch all your favorite shows and movies, on your schedule, even with youngsters in the home. However, we all need to cut back expenses these days. One way might be to run your own DVR system, using a Linux app such as MythTV. It also runs on BSD, Mac OS X, and Windows.
You'll also find parental controls, DVD playing and archiving, and support for playing your music
collection. Unlike most cable provided services, you can schedule and administer
many functions remotely via the web browser, like TiVo.
Cinelerra, an advanced video editor
If you're looking for a serious video editor and compositor for Linux, Cinelerra is it. It's a nonlinear (a modern video editing technique) video-editing system, comparable to Adobe's Premiere Pro, Apple's iMovie, or Microsoft's Movie Maker. Its compositing engine also makes it comparable to Adobe After Effects or Shake. It features 6-channel sound, compositing operations such as keying and mattes, support for HDTV, various audio and video effects, a built-in videoscope, and much more.
Banshee is a media player and iTunes alternative
If you're a music-lover, you might miss Microsoft's Windows Media
Player or Apple's iTunes after moving to Linux. If a simple audio or
music player won't cut it, you ought to look into a full-featured media
player and synchronization application like
Banshee. You can play music and
videos, search for Podcasts, rip music from CDs, create a queue, check
out album art, and discover recommended artists. Best of all, you can sync
your music and videos to your Android, iPod, or other device, or import
to your computer.
If you must have the official iTunes (for example if you have a 3.0 iPhone or iPod Touch) look into
using Wine, or run Windows inside Linux via Virtualbox or VMware.
timekpr helps control computer usage
One area where the the Linux and open source community is lacking is
parental controls. Microsoft has added a great set of computer and
Internet controls to Windows Vista and 7. However, Linux may still
serve as your child's OS, so he or she can experiment with all the
great free software.
One of the main parental control features is the ability control
when your children can use the computer. The
timekpr application makes
this possible in Linux. You can specify exactly when they can use the
computer, configurable with time periods per day and usage duration. That
way they can't log on when they're supposed to be doing something else,
like getting ready for school or bed, or doing homework.
SynCE is for syncing Windows Mobile devices
If you have a Windows Mobile PDA or SmartPhone you can still sync it outside of Microsoft's world. One Linux-alternative to the Windows-based ActiveSync application is SyncCE. It supports the old legacy devices (Windows Mobile 2003 or earlier) and the new platforms: Windows Mobile 5, 6, and 6.1.
SynCE supports USB and Bluetooth. Once you're connected you can
browse the device's files and install applications and synchronize the
contacts, calendar, tasks, and files.
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