Chris Musty's picture


In another thread some comments were made regarding how people use different freeware software and I am interested to see how people have solved problems using such software.

So here is my list

  1. Turnkey Linux of course! - virtual images preconfigured for easy deployment
  2. Askozia PBX - A very lean and feature rich PBX that supports alot of technologies (FOIP is unfortunately missing but will be visited in the next version)
  3. pfSense - Firewall based on FreeBSD
  4. Joomla, WordPress and Drupal - Probably the most popular CMS' out there
  5. Proxmox - virtualisation platform
  6. Bigbluebutton - conferencing platform
  7. TightVNC - remote PC control software
  8. Putty - SSH client
  9. Virtualbox - virtualisation environment 
  10. Filezilla - FTP client
  11. [edit] Almost forgot one of my favorites - T2 Linux!

So many more but I would like to hear others suggestions

Jeremy Davis's picture

I like it. I've done lots of this sort of sharing but no so clearly or succinctly as a simple list. Good thinking!

My list:

  • OS:
    • TKL (of course!) - many different appliances, most hosted on PVE using OVZ.
    • Ubuntu 10.04 (w/ Gnome) - 10.04 on my desktop & 9.10 on my old Dell laptop.
    • Linux Mint 10 (LXDE) on my newer Dell Netbook.
    • ProxmoxVE 1.8 (as anyone who has read many of my posts would well know already!) - on my home server & at work.
    • Debian 6  - KVM at work (recently started using, plan to use it more for Linux dev work - also currently playing, considering swapping Ubuntu/Mint for Debian at home & on Laptop/Netbook).
  • Cross Platform apps/tools - that I use both on Win (work) & Linux (home):
    • VirtualBox - VM hosting.
    • Filezilla - FTP client.
    • UNetbootin - creates bootable USB from ISO.
    • PenDriveLinux MultiBoot - allows for multiple Linux OS to boot from single USB (technically a Win app as initial install is Win only but once installed can add distros manually in Linux).
    • VLC - Media player (mainly used on Win as Totem works well in Linux, still have it installed there though as occasionally a media file will play better in VLC).
    • Scribus - Desktop publishing.
    • Chromium - Web browser (have handy as a 2nd browser, Firefox still my primary browser).
    • Komposer - WYSIWYG HTML editor (don't use much but can be handy - a bit buggy still).
  • Linux apps (not counting default installed ones):
    • xrpd - RDP server (allows connection to Linux desktop from Win native Remote Desktop).
    • Remastersys - creates ISO from installed Linux OS (Debian/Ubuntu only).
    • LottaNZB - GUI NZB client (uses SABnzbd as backend).
  • Win apps:
    • PuTTY (SSH client)
    • LibreOffice (although unfortunately I've been forced to install MS Office recently by order of boss)
    • NotePad++ - text editor (invaluable for editing Linux config files in Win).

And there's probably others but can't think of them off my head. I may come back and add some others as I think of them.

Alon Swartz's picture

Firstly, I see a distinction between freeware software and open source software, but that's just me being me. Anyway, onto my list:

  • Customized TKL (client) on my laptop - I'd like to release it one day
  • TKL Torrent Server running on old laptop at home
  • TKL VM's for development and testing (goes without saying...)
  • The Hub for cloud deployment (web interface and hubtools cli)
  • git, qgit
  • vim, gvim
  • ssh, screen, rsync
  • kvm
  • thunderbird, enigmail, gnupg, gnupg-agent, pinentry-gtk2
  • chromium, firefox
  • mrxvt
  • gnumeric
  • gimp
  • pidgin, pidgin-otr
  • xchat
  • conky
Chris Musty's picture

I have enjoyed tinkering with open software, something you simply cannot do for all instances of free software but sometimes I dont need to tinker or my skill set does not allow me to. I have used many free applications and didn't want to exclude them.

Every now and then I come accross either a new project or one I just haven't seen before and it makes my life easier and if it makes my approved list my clients enjoy it too.

I am familiar with most on your list Alon except for conky, looks interesting so thanks for the info!

I think Parted Magic use conky on their desktop and always wondered what it was but never bothered to look.

Chris Musty


Specialised Technologies

On a new Ubuntu/gnome install intended for my use, I install these immediately if I haven't rolled my own distro (partial list):

  • pidgin
  • irssi
  • gimp
  • ssh-server
  • tklpatch
  • pdfedit
  • putty (don't say it)
  • filezilla
  • inSSIDer
  • wine
  • xrdp
  • remastersys
  • chromium
  • nautilus-open-terminal
  • zenmap
  • open jre
  • lm-sensors
  • sensors-applet

Firefox Add-ons:

  • abp
  • no-script
  • lazarus (life saver!)

Thanks to everyone else who's posted; I find it very helpful.

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