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Favorite Software of 2008

Posted: January 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Other | No Comments »

It was not too long ago that I decided to make the transition from Windows to Linux, but so far it has been a mostly pleasant experience. My distro of choice is Crunchbang Linux, which succeeds with its design purposes “to offer a good balance of speed and functionality.” I’d used other distros in the past (more specifically Zenwalk, Xubuntu, and Antix-Mepis) and stuck with them all for a month or two, but for some reason or the other I always went back to Windows. But with Crunchbang came a nice all around package and two great programs I’d never known about but use frequently now that I do.

1. Dmenu:
It’s a simple, quick way to run any program already installed. Press a hotkey, type in the first few letters of your program, then press Enter. No need for the mouse, no searching through folders and subfolders, just quick and efficient use of the keyboard.

2. Deluge:
Another lightweight program. Deluge is a bittorrent client that reminds me of Azureus (the client I would have chosen if Deluge weren’t pre-installed) if Azureus were simpler.

3. Vim:
One that I’d tried on Windows plenty of times before with little success. It is easily the most frustrating piece of software I’ve ever used, but I’ve learned to like it and use it on a daily basis. Still learning a lot of the ins and outs and constantly getting faster with it, so hopefully my frustration will fade with time.



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