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I read this article of Ten Linux Apps That You Can’t Do Without and was surprised. Why was I surprised?

I was surprised to see how little of the list I consider “must have” applications. Most of the applications I probably would never use, and would be quite happy without. Even the two stalwart entries from Mozilla, Firefox and Thunderbird, aren’t really must have applications.

Of course, this sets one to thinking – if those aren’t the Top 10, then what is? What are the Top 10 Applications you must have?

This is an interesting question – especially as I’m leaning toward using my MacMini more and more these days (but that’s a future topic).

  1. BasKet. This is a very nice note-taking application, which provides for beautifully done notes with links, application launchers, hyperlinks to the web, and full color graphics et al.
  2. Kontakt. This is a PIM that combines KMail, BasKet, KTimer, and many more into one single PIM. Very nicely done, and well worth using.
  3. KMyMoney. This is quite possibly the most advanced personal budgeting tool for KDE, and it is very nice.
  4. Thinkfree Office. There are some extremely capable office suites, such as KOffice and OpenOffice. However, only Thinkfree not only synchronizes with an online repository, but also provides a way to edit online as well as on other platforms.
  5. Amarok. What’s productivity without some background music? Amarok is easy to use and provides all the capabilities you could hope for.
  6. Zim. A personal wiki: empty your brain here!
  7. KPDF. Why try to utilize a presentation tool when you can just create a PDF and use KPDF instead?
  8. digiKam. Store your photos, tag them, and more.
  9. KRDC. Access your desktop with this application, and work like you are at your desk.
  10. Keep. Back up those files! Keep is simple enough to run every day and not get in your way. You won’t have any qualms about backing up if you use this tool.

What’s on your list?