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Linux equivalent for Microsoft Visio?

Visio is a great tool for creating diagrams, flowcharts, prototyping, etc. But it is Windows-only and is not free. Are there any graphical tools for Linux that can do many of these same tasks well?
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Is there a robust command line tool for processing csv files?

I work with CSV files and sometimes need to quickly check the contents of a row or column from the command line. In many cases cut, head, tail, and friends will do the job; however, cut cannot easily ...
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Which mp3 tagging tool for Linux?

Which app would you recommend for Linux to tag MP3s? Under Windows I used to use tag&rename and liked it a lot; it works well under Wine, but I want something that runs natively
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Need advice in choosing a tiling WM

I've used GNOME's default window manager for some years, but now I want to try a tiling window manager. I want it to satisfy these two criteria: WM must be lightweight WM should not be complicated ...
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Linux replacement for Apple Keynote software?

Sorry for my ignorance, this is a newbie question: I am trying to migrate from Mac OS X to a Linux distribution, maybe/probably Ubuntu. One of my favorite applications for the Mac was Apple Keynote, ...
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Lightweight outgoing SMTP server

What do you use as a lightweight SMTP for outgoing e-mails only? I am running an app that sends e-mails via SMTP when events occur once in a while, and I don't need a fully featured e-mail server. ...
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Light, easy-to-use presentation software

I am looking for a Linux presentation software and the main features I need are: Light on dependencies and resource consumption (I use GTK+) Easy to use Align & Distribute information on slide ...
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Which GUI diff viewer would you recommend?

I've hardly ever used anything other than Meld. Can you recommend anything else? It would be extra nice if you give a reason for your recommendation (as a Comment). [note] I want an alternative ...
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What software can I use to do live screen-casting in linux?

I'm looking for a software to do live screen-cast of our local user group meeting. What software can I use to do that? Ideally I'd like to capture the computer screen and speaker's audio and stream it ...
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Process Monitor equivalent for Linux?

Is there a Unix/Linux equivalent of Process Monitor, whether GUI or CUI? If it makes a difference, I'm looking at Ubuntu, but if there's an equivalent for other systems (Mac, other Linux variants ...
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Software for visually building regular expressions?

I frequently need to create regular expressions for use in scripts (mostly when used in sed), however, I find, sometimes the regular expressions get very complicated and difficult for me to understand ...
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Sunrise and other astronomical data from the command line

Is there a simple open-source, command-line program that can show the sunrise and sunset times at a given date and location, and perhaps moon and planet data as well? Browsing the Debian package ...
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What is the best text-mode browser? [closed]

I am looking for one that is updated frequently and has support for many things. Please also state how to install it.
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Record screen in X

How can I record all activity on the screen for a certain amount of time? I know about tools like xwd that capture a still image; can they be extended to record video? I'd prefer not using any fancy ...
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Best Dictionary Software for Linux

Can anyone suggest a good "Dictionary" software in Linux. I have artha, but I am actually expecting a better one. Ok here are things which i look out for in a dictionary: Good database Word ...
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Command-line password manager that uses SSH key to authenticate

I'm looking for a command-line password manager, much like pwsafe, but one that features SSH key authentication. That is, I'd like to be able to add my SSH key to the authentication when opening the ...
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Console Text Editor with Windows-like keyboard shortcuts (ctrl-z, x, c, v)

Ok, I realise that I risk a religious war asking a question about text editors, but here goes. Requirements Mostly used for config file edits Text based not GUI Available for Raspian flavour of ...
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What's a good app for blogging?

A friend of mine recently converted from Windows to Linux and has been looking for a good app to replace Windows Livewriter. From talking to him it sounds like handling images is the main feature he ...
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Simplest way of forwarding all mail from server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight outgoing SMTP server I am looking for a minimal mail solution (MTA) for a headless server which generate e-mails for local users and and fully qualified ...
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Where can I find Software for Unix/Linux that does X?

I'm looking for a program that does X and runs on unix (or at least on my particular unix system). Where can I look? Is there a more efficient way than a generic web search?
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Alternative to find?

Is there an alternative find program with a more conventional CLI interface? find works and expects parameters in a painfully different way from most other utils. Clarification: I'm looking for a ...
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IMAP mail notifier for window manager/task bar?

I am searching for a small new-email-notifier for IMAP mailboxes that displays it's status in the icon-bar (how do you call it?) of a window manager. Basically some biff/xbiff like tool ported to ...
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Simple CLI rss reader, that can print only subject and uri, based on new since time interval

So what I'm looking for is easy enough to code, but I'm wondering if it already exists, so I don't going releasing duplicate code. I need a feed reader, that prints the subject, and uri on one line, ...
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Note taking app that can sync both android and Linux

I've been looking high and low for an Evernote alternative for Linux. I know I can use Everpad or Evernote in WINE but they don't work natively. Any note-taking app would be fine as long as it can ...
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A Calendar/Scheduling application

I'm looking for a program to use as a calendar. The first observation that I would make is that Google apps would be perfect except for two things: it is online, and it is online. The first ...
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The best Linux Open-source wiki with native support for Windows (NTLM) authentication

I need to set up a wiki for our engineering group; we are part of an Enterprise-wide Windows Active Directory domain. Most of the corporate IT applications use NTLM to authenticate (automatically via ...
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sticking stickies to windows

I'm looking for a sticky notes/knotes/etc type program with one difference: I can stick a note on a window, rather than the desk top, and it will remain attached to the window. Basically, I want to ...
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IM client which can turn off notification in a specific conversation window?

So, the problem is that some chat buddies send chat lines a lot or too often. A typical example: Chad McChaddy: Hi mate Me: Hi Chad: Could you take a look at problem XYZ? ABC is not working. Me: K, ...
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Capturing area of the screen without a Desktop Environment?

I'm running OpenSuse with dwm as a window manager. Since I made the switch from KDE, I haven't found a way to take a screenshot or even capture part of my screen. Is there a way I can do this in a ...
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Modifying PDF files

I need to do some basic editing on existing PDF file. I.e. I need to: Add chapters/bookmarks Change some page numbering However I cannot find any tool - GUI or commandline - which would offer this ...
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How to remove Ctrl-M from files where dos2unix, perl, tr, and sed are not present?

Suppose you are working on a very old unix server where dos2unix, perl, tr, and sed are not present. How can you convert files from dos to unix format?
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Gnome, KDE, XFCE… which is most simple and customizable?

This'll be my first Linux install, so I've never had to choose between a desktop environment (I come from OS X) -- forgive me if I'm not fully literate on where exactly the OS ends and the desktop ...
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Are there any desktop email clients that implement gmail style conversation view?

I don't like threaded email views as much as the inline "conversation view" of gmail, however gmail is not as fast as I'd like it to be. Are there any desktop clients which provide a "conversation ...
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Suggestions for a command line IRC client that supports downloads?

It's been awhile since I've used IRC and the last time I did was on a windows system with mIRC. I'm interested in finding a command line client that supports downloads and some degree of automation ...
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What is the most complete MS Word alternative?

I need to edit *.doc and *.docx files on Linux. What should I use? Emulation + MS Office OpenOffice OpenOffice variants Alternatives?
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Alternatives to FVWM window manager?

I've been using FVWM for over a decade, and for some time I've been concerned that the window manager is dying a slow death. I realize that 2.6.0 just came out a few days ago, and ironically that is ...
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Video editor w/ stabilization?

As I slowly migrate from Apple's Mac OS X to a Linux distribution, I try to find good replacements for Apple's iLife software suite. I particularly like the current iMovie's image stabilization ...
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Minimalistic terminal music player that can play all my files randomly

I'm looking for a terminal music player. mpg321/mpg123 is quite what I need, but it can't play all my music directory (which contains child directories). cmus seems to be a bit of an overkill, as ...
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Command line expression solver?

I'm looking for a Linux-compatible TTY-based calculator. For example: user@host:~$ calculate > 2 2 user@host:~$ calculate > 8*6-4 44 user@host:~$ calculate > 8*(6-4) 16 Is there anything ...
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Open-source computer algebra systems for linux

Some years ago I used MuPAD as a free computer algebra system. However since 2005 it's not free anymore. So, are there any good free or even better open-source computer algebra systems for linux ...
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How to visualize time-series data?

I have some time-series data I want to visualize as 2d plot. The input is ISO-date-format and value separated by space, one record per line: 2010-10-21 23 2010-10-22 32 etc. The output should be a ...
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What is the fastest way to view images from the terminal?

The terminal is very fast and convenient way to quickly access directories and files (faster than find and click on the directory). One thing that it cannot show in text-mode is "pictures". What ...
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E-Mail client in linux which allows to search encrypted mail

Is there an E-Mail client for linux which allows to search old gpg encrypted mails (i.e. find all mails which contain a particular keyword in the body, including the encrypted ones).
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Will switching from Gnome to LXDE improve battery life?

I currently have Fedora 14 and the battery life is not so good. I am planning to switch to Fedora 16. Will I get significantly more battery life if I go for the LXDE spin instead of GNOME?
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Is there a command like head but for line truncation?

Linux's head selects a number of lines from the top of a file. Is there a command that selects a number of characters from the front of a line? The use case behind the question is this: I want to ...
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A simple hierarchical task list (that lets you cross out tasks) for linux in the Ubuntu repositories?

I just spent way too much time looking for this. Treeline is very close, but it doesn't allow marking a task as done with a single key press. It's a powerful data organizer and one has to change ...
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Stable H323 Clients?

Are there any H323 clients that are stable (don't crash all the time)? I only found Ekiga, but people in my work group are telling me that it is unusable, because it is crashing all the time. Is ...
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Manage papers offline on a linux system

Is there any smart way to manage scientific papers for offline use in a linux system. For example: It should be possible to tag papers with customizable tags, sort them by tags and so on if I see ...
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Find links and their positions in a PDF

I need to find all links in a PDF file, along with the page they're on and their X/Y position. Is there any tool or combination of tools I can use to do that?
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Personal health records software

Does anybody know personal health records software for Linux? I want to record blood pressure, pulse, temperature, feel to analyze later. I will write information manually, as my measuring ...