15 Must-Have Linux Desktop Apps: Page 2

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9. OneTeam – Because Skype and AOL instant messengers aren't always a great fit for the enterprise realm, OneTeam fills the gap with a locally managed messenger solution. In addition to providing enterprise level control over messenger events, OneTeam remains compatible with most IM networks. OneTeam is a smart fit for most businesses with virtual conference rooms, voice/text chat and SSL or VPN security.

10. DomotiGa – Designed to be home automation software, I see no reason why DomotiGa wouldn't also be a natural fit for businesses looking to make the work environment a bit more efficient with local automation. Setup correctly, DomotiGa could potentially become an "extra pair of hands" in dealing with a number of tasks throughout the office. You can even rely on X10 compatible devices for common automation needs such as controlling the lights, monitoring the temperature, monitoring the UPS battery(ies) status on attached PCs, plus countless other duties.

11. Webilder – Most of the available wallpapers for modern Linux distros are fine, but they're not likely to be seen as all that exciting by most people. The real problem is there hasn't been any real interaction from the end user as to what they'd like to see in the way of wallpapers. Webilder fills this gap nicely with their software for the Linux desktop. Webilder is designed to provide access to wallpaper "channels," where you can subscribe to images based on interest.

12. GNOME Do – If there was a single must-have application for me, it's GNOME Do. Think of this utility as cross between Alt-F2 and common keyboard shortcuts on steroids. Perfect for not only instantly finding practically anything on your Linux desktop but also launching software with only a few clicks of the keyboard. KDE enthusiasts are encouraged to check out Katapult as an alternative to GNOME Do. There’s no sense in leaving out KDE users in the joys of powerful keyboard shortcuts, after all!

13. Gitso – Remote tech support is a needed component for anyone working in IT who is in charge of making sure all the work stations are in working order. But for those in situations not running with compatible solutions, this can be a bit tricky. Thankfully there is a fix to this with a tool called Gitso. While I wouldn't say this is something I would trust outside of the LAN, Gitso is fine for providing remote desktop help within a secure local environment. Out of the box, the software requires both parties to be at their computers for it to work. Some might even argue that this feature is an added layer of security.

14. Dropbox Nautilus integration – Love using Dropbox, but wish there was better file management support for Linux users? Not to worry, Dropbox has a solution for GNOME users with Dropbox Nautilus integration. Just install the appropriate software package and away you go. Transfer files easily from one location to another without having to bother with network file sharing or SSH. Just let Dropbox do the heavy lifting for you.

15. Epiware Document Management – Those companies looking for a good Enterprise Document Management system need only look to Epiware Document Management for a solution. Providing everything needed in an enterprise level document sharing suite, this web-based solution allows enterprise users to collaborate on a number of levels, including a shared calendar, local company news, check in/check out, groups, folder control, access history and of course...document sharing.

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