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2016-09-05 18:02:39

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opera
"The last version of Opera - later ones barely differ from Chrome, yet what made Opera special was it's unique feature set - and I'm not talking about bundling other applications than web browser into a internet suite, I mean stuff like navigation with shift+arrow keys. Stuff that made the web browser itself quite special. Also, considering what most web browsers today weigh alone, this 46MB internet suite is hardly"
4
sshfs
"It's the ultimate FUSE (Filesystem in UserspacE) based, so no need to have root allow you to mount something (either limiting it to predefined mounts or making it a security issue), instead the user himself can mount remote server. SSH (or rather it's subsystem SCP) is not a proper remote file system like SMB or NFS, it's a file transfer protocol - it can downlod and upload files, so it's way slower in some operations. There's no way to open file to read and use seek to jump in the end, for example to just read IDv2/3 tag of MP3 - let alone open in mixed read/write mode, or use seek to write in the middle or in the end of file... It's emulated so the programs don't see what's happening - Use command line tool to just add/modify the ID tags contents of OGG or MP3 and in reality sshfs needs to download the whole file, make the medifications and upload the whole file again. But it is awesome, for any computer with ssh server, you can use it as remote filesystem, and for certain jobs (like making backup on the remote server, which involves only uploading, or opening a text or office document - they are always read into momory full, then edited by user and saved from start to end. And it't secure over the internet without requiring some kind of VPN setup, but at LAN I would choose SMB - NFS was ok, but it's odd and complicated to setup, so much that it even needs special firewall setup.... Samba between Linux and Windows is the one that can have problems, but amazingly I had none - because Windowns file sharing is their own buggy altered variant of SMB protocol, and Samba had to be written to implement many biugs of it too, because with them fixed it won't work with windows file sharing correctly. However between two linux systems Samba can use bug-free correct SMB protocol, and I've never had issues with it. And nowdays it's easyer to mount too - the days of smbmount command are over, and as fas as Samba's configuration of remote systems mounts is ok, regular mount can take care of it - this making it also possible to have them mounts in /etc/fstab - sshfs is poor substitute for proper remote filesystem mount, but it's awesome where you need just simple easy method and your use cases are not trouble for SSH's limitations, or if you need to mount remote filesystem from server that runs no remote filesystem server, but has SSH. I use it on my kapsi community account, 40€/year for shell, web server, 50GB backuped and 500GB unbackuped storage space, email and much more - but if they had SMB server open only within their LAN, I'd use SSH for securing pipe from my system to their and mounted and SMB mount instead."
5
arandr
"Only one that worked for me - The DE's own (Gnome's and XFCE's) either didn't work or just messed stuff up. Only negative thing is, there's no pop-up asking whether you want to keep changes and that returns to previous setup after a timeout. grandr and lxrandr just messed things up and I don't remember which, biut one or the other was incomprehensible to use. It seems I can get it to work with my QBell FullHD TV only with nvidio proprietary drivers though - whether I try through VGA or HDMI, the nouveau acts like it's working: recognizes connected external VGA and/or HDMI, resolutions, even the desktop expands like there is a monitor on right of my laptop, but all I get on my TV is "no signal" - it must be a glitch in nouveau drivers somehow failing with RANDR extension."
5
freemind
"First about the cloud sync suggestion below: Please, do add WebDAV support as option, and I mean anyone who codes cloud sync/upload support to their apps. WebDAV is a standard that can be installed on any web server with right language support, like Apache with PHP and ownCloud (which has WebDAV subsystem). Some of us don't like, trust or otherwise don't want to use 3rd party clouds, especially when having to use several depending on which ones does which app support - and when you've setup ownCloud or other WebDAV system, it's frustrating that to see that the only real standardized cloud system is not supported. *2ndly: I'd love to fork this, or port this to perl, and make it modular to have user-interface plugins, defaulting on what's used (GTK?) and providing at least a terminal (text-mode, TUI if you will - for a perl port I could make to run even on DOS with ANSI-drivers, pdcurses and perl Curses modules). This would provide functionality on terminal (wether emulator or real VT100, or such, terminal wired to serial port - did the equivalent with 286, DOS & Commo and null-modem cable between it and my linux system), Linux console and of course remote use via ssh (or telnet, but I'd expect it only inside trusted LAN/Intranet), allowing remote connecting, for example to your home 'puter with ssh server to use the app you run with GUI at home on remote system using text UI. And, yes, that type line-graphics can easily be used with extended-ascii, vt100 or utf-8 line-graphics characters :) If I ever got this done, I would add also GUI module using Tk-library - it's being lightweight and not depending on more bloated libraries (on lower end machines [oldest: P75 w/ 16Mb RAM, but even X server available - single-driver build of X, such as XVesa, a generic lightweight build of X] I only build GTK or Qt libraries if I feel need for software which can't be compiled without GTK support. Any software is compiled optimized for size [gcc -Os], except when CPU is bigger bottleneck full [-O3], or if it makes it so much larger to make issue - think 16MB's and slow 750MB HD to use for swap partition] - maybe -O2. And CPU, ie. on P200MMX compiling for Pentium, but unlike on P75, with MMX extensions). This P75 would likely run in X if using Tk, but GTK would at least slow it, and for multitasking it's even more important to avoid any but most lightweight UI/Widget library. Just some ideas that came to me when I started to like this program - I'd want to be able to use it remotely *without* ssh + X-forwarding or port-forwarding and vnc remote desktop, etc. And cross TUI/GUI library supporting curses + aalib/cacalib/my-raster-character-based lib (Using 16 [16/8 on real textmodes, where default is 8 bg colors], 88 RGB (4x4x4) + 8 grayscale [rxvt] or 216 RGB (6x6x6) + 16 grayscales [xterm]), the library uses 3 levels of dither (25%,50%,75%) characters to increase R,G&B range from 6 to 21, not to mention 61, not 16, grayscales [on VT100 only one dither, 50%, so only from 6 to 11], but enough of my library. Sorry for some off-topic, but maybe they at least give someone else ideas :)"
4
youtube-dl
"Almost perfect - as a finn I'll give all 5 stars when support for public TV channels - YLE Areena (areena.yle.fi), MTV Katsomo (katsomo.fi) and Nelonen (ruutu.fi) - currently also DownloadHelper for FireFox has issues with these and separate extra CLI utilies have to be used to get them. But I'm positively hopeful that they will be implemented: it's clear that the developer aims for universal functionality with single tool :)"
4
guake
"Not mocking this, quite the opposite, it's good to have when underlying window manager is lacking (precisely WM, desktop environment itself need not to change to fix the shortcomings, for example replacing Gnomes official WM with another, fluxbox, if you know how to configure it correctly, is fine example). What I mean is that IMHO a WM without ability to assign a hotkey with hide/show action to a specific applications window - or specific window only - is very lacking. Proper WM should be able to let you define hotkeys for groups of windows as well as any one individual window. This program solves the problem only for one type of application, but it does just that perfectly fine so it deserves good rating. Also, it only solves the hide/show action part, while the lacking of WM is not that, it's lack of any action that however is available for the currently active window. I have this installed, for I have need to work on DE+WM other than my default (i3) now and then, and am grateful for it."
4
recordmydesktop
"does what it says perfectly"
5
ffmpeg
"A must have even just for the codecs"
5