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    Alternative file managers which are definitely worth trying but may have been missed given that they receive little coverage in Linux publications, and are not included or installed by default in mainstream Linux distributions.
  • Calculators
    The calculators featured in this article are sophisticated with the ability to process difficult mathematical functions, to plot graphs in 2D and 3D, and much more.
  • Collection Managers
    There is a wide range of collection manager software available for Linux. However, the majority of this software is specialised, focusing on one or two different collectable items. The purpose of this review is primarily to identify the finest collection manager software which track a diverse range of items.
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    There is a wide range of console based software which provide the same or similar functionality to their graphical equivalents. In the field of system administration, Linux is blessed with a good range of graphical file managers. However, some users are in their comfort zone managing files from the shell, finding it the fastest way to navigate the file system and perform file operations.
  • Desktop Search Engines
    Desktop search is a software application which searches the contents of computer files, rather than searching the internet. The purpose of this software is to enable the user to locate information on their computer. Typically, this data includes emails, chat logs, documents, contact lists, graphics files, as well as multimedia files including video and audio.
  • Diary Software
    This article identifies flexible and useful diary tools for the Linux desktop. With features like tag support, encryption, multiple journals, and live searches, Linux diary software makes it easier to keep track of events as they occur.
  • Docks
    A dock is a graphical user interface element that allows the user to have one-click access to frequently used applications. This type of utility also enables users to switch quickly between applications, as well as to monitor programs.
  • File Managers
    A file manager is software which provides a user interface to assist in the organisation of files. It helps users with their daily work in managing their files on a hard drive or other storage device. With terabyte hard disks becoming prevalent, file managers represent an essential tool in managing file systems.
  • Lean Desktop Environments
    This article seeks to identify the best lean desktops for Linux, for users that have old or even ancient hardware.
  • More Task Management Tools
    Task management tools are a branch of computer software which enable users to create a list of tasks to be completed. This list is sometimes known as a to-do list or things-to-do.
  • Orthodox File Managers
    Orthodox file managers are one of the older families of file managers. This scheme is very effective where the keyboard is the main or sole input device.
  • Personal Information Managers
    A personal information manager (often known as a PIM tool) is a type of collaborative software that can help you manage your life by offering personal organising functionality. This type of software enables you to more efficiently manage and plan your business and personal life by keeping track of contact information, appointments, tasks, diaries, to-do lists, and birthdays.
  • Plain Text Screencasting Tools
    Screencasts have a wide variety of uses. This type of software is often deployed to describe software projects, report bugs, and for evaluating technical skills. Plain text screencasting lets you explain and perform commands at the same time, simultaneously offering a tutorial and showcase. Further, plain text screencasting uses less bandwidth than flash video, and provides a powerful educational tool.
  • Productivity Tools
    This article focuses predominately on software that helps individuals organise their day, capture and retrieve information, and assist them fulfilling their various roles in life (whether as a parent, employer, employee, good neighbour etc), as well as streamlining the desktop.
  • Screen Capture Tools
    To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 screen capture tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wants to demonstrate a program, or a particular problem with others.
  • Task Managers
    A task manager is software which enables users to compile a list of tasks to be completed. This list is also known as a to-do list or things-to-do. For the purposes of this article, the term 'task manager' should not be confused with monitoring software which provides information about programs and processes running on a computer.
  • Terminal Emulators
    A terminal emulator is computer software which emulates a dumb video terminal within some other display architecture.
  • Time Tracking Software
    Time tracking software is a type of computer software that records time spent on tasks. This category of software can enable users to run billing reports, and prepare invoices for clients.
  • Window Managers
    An X Window manager is software that manages the windows that applications bring up. For example, when you start an application, there will be a window manager running in the background, responsible for the placement and appearance of windows.

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