From: RodMcKay on
On 3 Jan 2010 18:25:45 GMT, ray <ray(a)> wrote:

>On Sun, 03 Jan 2010 13:17:32 -0500, RodMcKay wrote:
>> In desperation I asked for any recommendations about a replacement for
>> Linux's file manager/browser since I haven't had any luck finding
>> anything, but was wondering if anyone knew of a good site to go to when
>> looking for Linux apps? Googling has turned out to be very
>> time-consuming and not necessarily productive. For Window$ freeware, I
>> have a set of freeware sites that I rely on. I'd like to know what
>> Linux resources others might have?
>First choice: use the search function in your package manager.
>> ****************************
>> In this case, I'm also looking for a good hierarchical text editor. In
>> Window$ I use a really super freeware called SEONotes and hopefully
>> could find something equally as good in Linux. Anyone know of one that
>> supports clickable links and has easily customizable icons for the
>> nodes/notes, by any chance?
>> ****************************
>> I've been battling the software issue for a couple of weeks now and have
>> decided that I think I can live with virtualizing 4 of my Window$ apps
>> that I just can't live without until I absolutely find a native Linux
>> app. The rest I can get used to reduced functionality until I get back
>> up to speed with Linux "equivalents" of equal functionality. But it's to
>> know where to go. Linux apps aren't all that available yet.
>> I'd also prefer to use only stuff I can get from the repository which
>> further limits things. Or does anyone feel that that's the only safe
>> way to go, really? I see some java-based apps out there and Window$ had
>> made me leery, justifiably or not - I don't know, of anything that says
>> "java" or is it just "javascript" that is the culprit?
>It's not necessarily that it's 'safer', but in many ways it's 'saner'
>since your package manager will keep track of what is there and
>associated dependencies - it should always be your first choice.
>> I would have switched to Linux many weeks ago if it weren't for the
>> software issue and I'm sure I'm not the only one. We Window$ users are
>> "used to" and really fed up with the downtimes associated with
>> "maintenance" on our computers (wiping/reinstalling) so I'm darned eager
>> to get to a much better system where I won't have those downtimes, but
>> don't want to have the initial period put me through the same downtime
>> type of thing for lack of software.
>> So if cross-platform is okay, would be good to know. Are any of these
>> apps found in the repositories (?). What if you can't find anything and
>> you find something that isn't available in the repository? What do you
>> folks do then? Since scanning for viruses doesn't seem to be as
>> necessary as in Window$ where we do it all the time, was wondering how
>> you folks approached this.
>> So thoughts on this would be welcome by not just me, I'm sure, but other
>> Window$-to-Linux users who aren't as technically knowledgeable as you
>> Linux gurus <vbg>.
>> Thanks.
>I'd be interested to know what apps you are talking about. There are web
>sites that list many 'equivalents'.

It's just the odd thing like AutoGK and Womble DVD creator and DVD
Shrink. Plus there are my puzzle apps. These are business-related
apps and it may be that I won't find equivalents since the ones I've
found are very obscure and a couple have already disappeared since
I've found them.

I'm looking at VirtualBox so it might not be so dire.

If only I weren't a power user. If I were someone that just fired up
the computer to write the odd letter or two, updated my resume, and
looked at emails this wouldn't be so tough. But that's not the case.
My apps store folder is 14 gigs and I must admit that I struggle
constantly to keep myself limited to what will fit in there.

I'm not even a computer geek! But I am a serious power user. A 14
gigs partition for my apps _alone_ yet I believe I can pare that down
to a dozen apps if I have to since I believe that the rest will have
good enough Linux equivalents so I'll then be able to throw those
10-12 gigs of Window$ apps away.

As for that dozen or so currently "irreplaceable" Window$ apps, I'm
hoping VirtualBox turns out to be a viable alternative. If so, I can
_finally_ switch over and leave Window$ behind then eventually I'm
sure comparable Linux apps will come along once more computer users of
the world have left stupid Window$ behind. <g>