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Beeza's been around the IT world for best part of 30 years. He's seen tomorrow's hot technology quickly become yesterday's technology too many times. He just wants to cut through the hype and get software which is easy to use and gets the job done.
- Unetbootin: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
- LibreOffice: https://www.libreoffice.org/
- AbiWord: http://abisource.org/
- Gnumeric: http://www.gnumeric.org/
- PDF-Shuffler: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfshuffler/
- Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
- Audio Tag Tool: http://freecode.com/projects/audiotagtool
- Bombono DVD: http://www.bombono.org/cgi-bin/wiki/
- Decibel Audio Player: http://decibel.silent-blade.org/
- Handbrake: https://handbrake.fr/
- MHWaveEdit: https://gna.org/projects/mhwaveedit/
- Minitube: http://flavio.tordini.org/minitube
- OpenShot: http://openshot.org/
- Sound Converter: http://soundconverter.org/
- VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
- Filezilla: https://filezilla-project.org/
- Dia: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Dia
- GIMP: http://www.gimp.org/
- GScan2PDF: http://freecode.com/projects/gscan2pdf
- Inkscape: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkscape
- Krita: https://krita.org/
- Simple Scan: https://github.com/mnagel/simple-scan
- XSane: http://www.sane-project.org/
- Stellarium: http://stellarium.org/
- SQLiteman: http://sqliteman.yarpen.cz/
- Gambas: http://gambas.sourceforge.net/en/main.html
- Lazarus: http://lazarus.freepascal.org/
- Get-iplayer: https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer
- SearchMonkey: http://freecode.com/projects/searchmonkey
Beeza hates being told what to do. When he moved over to Linux he noticed how most users were barely scratching the surface of the huge choice of software offered by the repositories. Rather than just go with the flow and settle for what everybody else was using, it was in his nature to look for alternatives to the most popular applications.
He discovered some total rubbish, but also some real gems which deserve far greater exposure than they receive. Reviews of some of these excellent but relatively unknown packages will form the basis of future HPR episodes.
In this episode Beeza makes the case for investing a little time digging around in the repositories to see if there is software which may suit your requirements better than the mainstream applications.
Over about 30 years Beeza has been a software developer and tester, a system designer and technical author. In that time he's worked with a wide range of software, hardware and technologies. From DOS and the early days of Windows and the Mac, through to his conversion to Linux, he's seen great changes in the way we develop software and use computers. Not all the changes have necessarily been for the better, though.
For anyone who's been around the IT world for a while, this may be a short trip down memory lane. For relative newcomers, it may come as a surprise to discover just how much was achieved years ago with so few resources.