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If you are willing to go outside your comfort zone, LaTeX Beamer is really the only thing I have found that can match Keynote's output for Linux. Ease of use is a problem with LaTeX though, look at LyX for a nice editor, and some examples.


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There are various: easytag has a lot of options kid3 if you're on a Qt/KDE environment id3v2 or eyeD3 for the command line Generally music players can also edit common tags, f.e. banshee, rhythmbox or amarok and a lot others, try searching your distributions repository and test some of them.


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I use pdftk mainly. But here are some others to consider: pdfsam (PDF Split and Merge): "pdfsam is an open source tool (GPL license) designed to handle pdf files" PDFJam "A small collection of shell scripts which provide a simple interface to much of the functionality of the excellent pdfpages PDF file package (by Andreas Matthias) for pdfLaTeX." (You can ...


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"Complicated to configure" varies greatly depending on what languages you're proficient in. XMonad was extraordinarily complicated for me to configure, but that was because I know absolutely no Haskell, and that's the language the configurations are in. The two tiling window managers I've used and quite liked are: Awesome. Awesome configurations are in ...


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Inkscape is today the de facto standard. In earlier times, people used xfig and I still love it, however it isn't for the faint of heart as the user interface is disturbingly ugly and unusual (but highly efficient once you got to know it). Then there is also dia which is modeled a bit after xfig but with a normal Gtk GUI.


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SQLite's small size and levels of completeness, stability & speed make it a popular choice for low-resource environments, which embedded systems usually are. It is used by parts of the current iPhone, Android and Symbian phone operating systems for this reason. You might want to add some details to your question to get more specific answers: do you know ...


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There's a Arch Linux wiki entry comparing 13 different Tiling Window Managers, in grid-like fashion, here on the Arch Linux Wiki. Perhaps it would be hepful. I haven't tried any of them yet, personally, but plan to in the near future when I have some time, so I'm following this thread closely as well.


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I know two programs for manipulating PDFs under Linux: PDEedit "Pdf Editor is primary created for simple editation and manipulation with objects of documents in PDF format and storing them as new version of document. Editation and manipulation with objets is by graphical and by commandline interface too. For simple use command line is using script language, ...


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ImageMagick comes with the import utility to take screenshots. It has tons of options, but by default it lets you draw a rectangle on the screen and saves just that portion. If you want an entire window you can use -window ID; the identifier "root" captures the entire screen


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I use conky to display date, battery, cpu, ram and swap information. You can find my conky file here or take a look at a thread about conky configs in the arch-linux forum. There you find many different configs and screenshots of conky in use.


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There are several choices of minimal, relay-only mail transfer agents (MTAs, or "mail servers"), some of which have been mentioned in other answers: msmtp http://msmtp.sourceforge.net/ nullmailer http://untroubled.org/nullmailer/ (my personal favourite) esmtp http://esmtp.sourceforge.net/ (unmaintained) sSMTP http://packages.debian.org/source/sid/ssmtp (no ...


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R is better at this sort of thing because: It's a complete programming environment, with C and Fortran-compatible extension APIs, so there is literally nothing you can't make it do. Many have already contributed their solutions to common problems to the CRAN: Comprehensive R Archive Network. There are many books on time series analysis and R in general. ...


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Sounds like a job for Perl with Text::CSV. perl -MText::CSV -pe ' BEGIN {$csv = Text::CSV->new();} $csv->parse($_) or die; @fields = $csv->fields(); print @fields[1,3]; ' See the documentation for how to handle column names. The separator and quoting style can be tuned with parameters to new. See also Text::CSV::Separator for ...


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The euphoniously named scrot takes screenshots from the command line... It has a couple of simple options, including a time delay and image quality. If you are wanting to take a shot in the console, and you are running a framebuffer, then you can use fbgrab.


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Mutt has pretty good PGP integration. The wiki shows what settings you need to add to your .muttrc; these settings may already be present in the system-wide configuration file (for example, on Debian, PGP/gpg works out of the box). Mutt supports mbox, mh and maildir mailboxes. If you search in a mailbox that happens to contain encrypted mail, you'll be ...


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BDB (libdb) has historically been the embedded database of choice for many applications, shipping with most UNIXes and used by lots of software. If you're accustomed to SQL relational databases, though, BDB is not one - it is simply a (really good) key-value store. SQLite is a different popular embedded database. As the name implies, it is a SQL database ...


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You should have a look at the FFmpeg project. From the project description: "FFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec - the leading audio/video codec library." It is likely already installed on your system because a lot of media players depend on the libavcodec library. ...


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I'd like to recommend two different tiling window managers, one dynamic and one manual. XMonad is very powerful yet easy to learn, there is a short guided tour that explains its basic features and key bindings. It integrates smoothly with GNOME, the documentation is comprehensive and there are lots of additional extensions available. It supports the ...


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It depends on the precise functionality of find that you are relying on. If it is (principally) the finding functionality, some shells support recursive globs. E.g., with zsh: % find . -name \*c ./a/b/foo.c ./a/bar.c ./baz.c inoshiro% ls *.c baz.c % ls **/*.c a/bar.c a/b/foo.c baz.c Zsh has a lot more find-like possibilities through glob qualifiers ...


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My first suggestion would be Maxima, but it seems I'm out of date. Wikipedia lists several: Axiom, Cadabra, CoCoA, DoCon, Eigenmath, FriCAS, GAP, GiNaC, Macaulay2, Mathomatic, Maxima, OpenAxiom, PARI/GP, Reduce, Sage, SINGULAR, SymPy, Xcas It also has a comparison of computer algebra systems.


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There are many text web browsers, as there are many graphical web browsers, so it really depends on what you're looking for. lynx is a common slim choice, Elinks has many features. Both of these support other protocols, such as ftp and gopher (Elinks even supports bittorrent). Elinks may also be built with support for JavaScript, using Mozilla's former ...


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I personally use Ratpoison when I need a light weight tiling WM - The configuration worked pretty well out of box, and since I'm quite adjusted to using GNU Screen for many years the leap to Ratpoison wasn't very difficult. I've also been using StumpWM Which has been more active in development than Ratposion.


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As a Blogger user who has been repeatedly burned by Blogger's web editor, I find myself using Tomboy to draft my blogs, and then I use the Tomboy Blogposter add-in to upload the blog as a draft, and make any necessary tweaks. This is nice because I'm already a heavy Tomboy user so drafting blog posts in a Tomboy note feels natural. Also, the add-in works ...


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I find myself using DownThemAll (was "downthemall") for my downloads. It's a Firefox plugin and thus available everywhere (a very important reason why I chose it). You can download all links / media in a page download each item with up to 10 connections and yes, you can download Facebook videos


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Kivio, as the name kinda implies, is KDE's competitor to Visio. It is a part of the KOffice suite. Note: KOffice, as well as some of its applications were recently renamed. KOffice is now called Calligra Suite and Kivio is called Calligra Flow. However, there has not yet been a release since the rename.


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The fundamental tool for sound format conversions and simple transformations is SoX, the Swiss Army knife of sound processing programs. sox foo.mp3 foo.flag If you're running Debian, support for writing MP3 in sox is broken in lenny and squeeze (and as far as I know the same problem affects Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10). This bug was fixed in early March 2011, ...


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You can get something along these lines via the Thunderbird Conversations addon. I haven't used it recently but when I did (a year or two ago) it was usable, though not quite as smooth as gmail itself. It is being actively developed, so it has likely improved since then. Reviews seem to be mostly positive, though it may not work with all versions of ...


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This is a common misconception. Find follows the options syntax. You're just confusing expression primaries with options: find [-H | -L | -P] [-EXdsx] [-f path] path ... [expression] [cmd][--> options <--] [--> arg0..argN <--] The alternative is locate. But find implements it's own expression syntax because it provides a ...


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I would take a look at locate. It will look through its database of files and quickly print out path names that match what you give. kevin@box:~$ locate odg /home/kevin/Documents/final.odg /usr/share/doc/packages/sysconfig/netconfig.odg /usr/share/gimp/2.0/help/en/gimp-tool-dodge-burn.html .... kevin@box:~$ locate .odg /home/kevin/Documents/final.odg ...


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The console standby for this is top, but there are alternatives like my favorite htop that give you a little more display flexibility and allow you a few more operations on the processes. A less interactive view that is better for use in scripts would be the ps program and all it's relatives. Edit: Based on your clarified question, you might note that ...



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