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10 Fun Apps for Linux Users

Ekiga, Frets on Fire, OpenShot, Comix....

  • July 6, 2010
  • By Matt Hartley
Matt Hartley

Many Linux enthusiasts associate desktop Linux with their repetitive daily routine. Same old, same old.

Looking to mix things up a little, I thought it�d be fun to take a more entertaining look at what we can do with our Linux boxes. I�m listing ten noteworthy Linux applications that I find very fun to use.

After all, Linux is more than a mere efficient platform. It can also provide a great deal of entertainment as well.

1) Ekiga � When most people think of a video conferencing application, they're generally envisioning Skype. It's understandable, as Skype has managed to brand itself in a way that is tough to compete with.

Yet there�s another application called Ekiga that has been created with open standards in mind and is open source at the application level. Did I mention it was created with the Linux enthusiast in mind?

Providing SIP calling, video conferencing and LAN chatting options, Ekiga is easily the best open source/open calling standards software available. I also like the fact that, like its proprietary cousin Skype, you can add telephone call-in/ call-out abilities for comparable pricing that is tough to beat.

2) GIMP � Those who have used the proprietary photo editing application Photoshop might find most alternatives difficult to use. Getting past that hurdle, there is something amazing about the open source alternative known simply as GIMP or "The GIMP." GIMP allows you to create, edit and alter images with much of the functionality found in Photoshop.

GIMP is quick and simple to use. And once you take the time...

Read the rest of this fun Linux applications story at Datamation.com

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