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Power Up Your ASUS Netbook With 24 Free/Open Source Apps - page 3

Netbooks Change the Landscape

  • May 5, 2009
  • By Cynthia Harvey

13. FreeMind

Using your Eee in a meeting? Java-based FreeMind can make it easier to link together ideas in a brainstorming session or to classify and organize your notes. Operating System: OS Independent

14. DiaRoughly similar to Visio, Dia makes it easy to create network maps, flowcharts, and other diagrams. It supports a number of different file formats, including XML and EPS. Operating System: Linux, Unix, Windows

Operating Systems and Kernel Modifications

15. Eeebuntu

If you'd rather use a version of Ubuntu than the modified Xandros that ships on the Eee, you might try Eeebuntu. It was designed specifically for the Asus Eee and should work on other netbooks as well. Operating System: Linux.

16. Custom Linux Kernel for Ubuntu

This is another version of Ubuntu customized for netbooks. Compared to standard Ubuntu, this kernel offers better support for Eee sound cards, web cams, and other devices, plus some Eee-specific optimization. Operating System: Linux.

17. CrunchEee

CrunchEee is a scaled-down version of Crunch Bang Linux with a desktop theme sized for the small screen and applications geared toward Internet use. Operating System: Linux

18. Easy Peasy

Just when you thought there were enough versions of Ubuntu for the Eee, here's one more. Formerly known as Ubuntu Eee, Easy Peasy includes an operating system and other software ideal for netbooks. Operating System: Linux

Utilities

19. eeetray

This small desktop app makes it easy to turn on and off the wireless LAN, card reader, Bluetooth, webcam, etc. It also lets you shut down or reboot with just a single click. Operating System: Linux.

20. AsusLauncher Advanced Editor

Do you like Easy Mode, but wish you could customize it to your preferences? This tool offers a graphical interface that makes it simple to add applications and change the default categories. And if anything goes wrong, you can revert to your original settings with just a couple of clicks. (Note: This project hasn't been officially released under an open-source license yet, but the source code is available. Operating System: Linux

21. jEeeConfig

Still in the early development stages, jEeeConfig also aims to make it easier to configure the Easy Mode menu. Operating System: Linux.

22. Eee Applet

This handy little applet lets you monitor the power usage and device configuration on your Eee. Operating System: Linux

23. Kysrun

Originally designed for the Eee, Kysrun lets you open applications, link to bookmarks, or perform other operations by typing a few letters instead of hunting through menus. As you begin typing one letter at a time, Kysrun brings up a list of all applications on your system with those letters in the name, and you simply click on the one you want. Operating System: Linux

24. Temperature Monitor

Not just for the Eee, this app monitors the fan speed, processor temperature, and motherboard temperature for any Asus motherboard. An alarm lets you know when your laptop gets too hot. Operating System: Windows

Word Processing

25. LyX

One of the most popular open source applications among Eee users, LyX lets you format your document based on its structure. You mark text as a title, subtitle, etc., and then worry about the formatting later. It makes it easier to ensure continuity throughout long documents and deal with some of the difficulty of creating a document on a screen too small to show an entire page easily. Operating System: Linux, Unix, Windows, OS X.

Article courtesy of Datamation

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