The Tech Simplified blog has a great round-up of the best lightweight applications for Linux. It's a very comprehensive list in all the categories listed below, with links and short descriptions so that you can check them out yourself. Many of them you might recognize, but there were quite a few that were unfamiliar to me. I included only the list of email clients from harbhag below, just to give you an example. Check out the full list.
- Email Clients : Alpine is another powerful, and user-friendly text-based mail and news client. Mutt is a small but very powerful text-based mail client. Sylpheed is a simple, lightweight but featureful, and easy-to-use GTK based e-mail client. Claws is a user-friendly, lightweight, and fast GTK based email client. Sup is yet another powerful, text-based mail client; it is still under development.
- Instant Messagers
- Torrent Clients
- Audio Players
- Image Editors/Viewers
- Video Players
- PDF Tools
- Text Editors
- Word Processors
- ToDo List Managers
- File Managers
- GUI Compression Tools
- CD/DVD Burning Tools
- Login managers
- Window managers
Extend the life of that Windows mobile handset with Android and Ubuntu builds
I thought this might be of interest to some of the hackers out there. If you have one, — or inherit — an HTC HD2 with Windows Mobile, there are Android and Ubuntu builds available to install as an alternate. This comes from the My Gadget News blog:
As we slowly approach the end of the Windows Mobile handset legacy, some of the Windows handsets have been spotted running open sourced operating systems shortly after their release. With Windows Phone 7 around the corner, the HD2 will surely be one of the last phones spotted running Windows Mobile, but you can extend the life of the phone by installing an OS of your choice between Ubuntu Karmic Koala or Android 2.1 The builds have been made for general consumption thanks to the folks over at XDA developers and installing them is something you should attempt to do at your own risk. Luckily, neither of them touch the phone's internal flash, so you can always just reset the phone to the comfort of Windows Mobile. If you are feeling adventurous then try them out and drop us a comment with your experience.
If you'd like to give it a whirl, the My Gadget News post includes the download links and steps to installation for each build.Related stories from the week that might interest you:
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Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and IT Security blogs.