Web Browsing

firefox

Mozilla Firefox

The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world's best browser.
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IM - Instant Messaging

gaim

Gaim

Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber.
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Email

thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
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RSS

FeedReader

FeedReader

Simple, lightweight aggregator.
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rssowl

RSSOwl

Solid cross-platform RSS client.
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Internet TV / Video Podcasting

democracy

Democracy Player

Subscribe to internet TV channels (video RSS feeds), download and watch all in one app. Built-in Channel Guide and torrent support.
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Peer-to-Peer Filesharing

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Cabos

A simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.
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Gnucleus

A very good Gnutella search and download filesharing program.
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BitTorrent

Download large files from multiple people simultaneously.
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Azureus

A more complicated BitTorrent client. So many features you'll lose your mind.
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Video Playback

VLC

VLC

Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
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MPlayer

MPlayer

Similar to VLC-- plays loads of video formats.
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DVD Ripping / Video Conversion

media coder

Media Coder

Great tool for ripping CDs, DVDs, etc and converting between tons of video formats.
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Word Processing / Office Suites

open office

OpenOffice.org

Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with and a free replacement for Microsoft Word documents. Also supports OpenDocument Format.
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abiword

AbiWord

A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
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Podcasting

juice

Juice

Solid podcasting client.
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iPod Ripping

senuti

Senuti

Get music off of your iPod.
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iPodDisk

iPodDisk

Copy music off your iPod in the finder, like a regular disk drive.
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DVD Ripping

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Handbrake

DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter.
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Sound Recording

audacity

Audacity

Simple sound recording tool.
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Graphics / Photo Editing

gimp

Gimp.app

Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.
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paint.net

Paint.net

Graphics editor with a very nice interface.
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inkscape

Inkscape

Vector graphics application.
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FTP / SFTP

filezilla

Filezilla

Excellent FTP program.
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IRC

xchat2

X-Chat 2

IRC client.
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Portable Apps

Portable apps are programs you can bring around on an external flash drive or hard drive and run without doing a new install and without leaving any personal data behind.
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