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Highly Recommendable Applications

Brief Recommendations


All of these applications can be easily installed by typing apt-get update && apt-get install [package_name] as root. These programs can be installed on Kanotix or other debian-based linux distributions (e.g. Mint, Ubuntu, Saline os). It is possible to write more than one package name this command. A different way of installing these applications is to install them with a graphical user interface resp. with the package management software synaptic. To do so, it might be necessary to install synaptic first (apt-get install synaptic). (in order to install all packages without error messages for missing or mispronounced package names, copy package names into text file and follow these instructions


Office programs etc.

krename (rename multiple files)
gscan2pdf (scan and save documents)
OCRFeeder (best program for OCR / character recognition of scanned documents. Add these arguments to make tesseract-ocr work $IMAGE $FILE -l eng; cat $FILE.txt)
ding (German-English dictionary)
trans-de-en (the file containing the words for ding)
planner (Project management software)
griffith (organize your DVD collection)
glabels (create and print labels and business cards)
kompozer (graphical html-editor. Get it here and simply run it after unpacking)
gespeaker (reads text for you. install packages mbrola and espeak in addition to gespeaker)
Hibiscus/Jameica (best online banking programm for Linux. download here! And this is the howto to set up online banking.)

Install all:
apt-get install gespeaker mbrola espeak krename gscan2pdf ocrfeeder ding trans-de-en planner griffith glabels



Audio & Video:

audacity (edit sound files)
guvcview (best program to create videos or pictures from the webcam)
easytag (tag your mp3 files)
soundconverter (convert audio files easily)
kid3 (tag your mp3 files - 2)
lmms (create songs with different soundtracks)
kino (Video editor)
VLC (Complete media player)
imagination (Create videos or DVDs from image files)
kdenlive (standard video-editor, wide functionality)
movixmaker-2 (Create bootable Movie DVDs - with the burning program k3b)
timidity (outputs Midi-Sounds from a Keyboard/digital piano)
freepats (various sound-types for Midi-Keyboards)
Recorditnow (Screen-Recorder: Capture content of screen with audio and create a video. Best available program for Linux. Download it here) and install with sudo sh install.sh.
aconnectgui (program to connect timidity, vkeybd and the sound karte. Runn aconnectgui using the script shown here )
vkeybd (tune in the right sound for your keyboard (go to - view - program list). Additional information you can get here)
performous (karaoke program like ultrastar deluxe)
streamtuner2? (Record radio streams from the internet. Also install streamripper to record radio)
ripperx (rip mp3s - backup your purchased audio cds)
clementine (Music player and organizer. Very nice program. Superior amarok 1.4 clone)


Install all:
apt-get install guvcview audacity soundconverter imagination clementine easytag kid3 lmms kino kdenlive \
performous streamtuner streamripper ripperx timidity aconnectgui vlc freepats vkeybd movixmaker-2



System software:

software-center (beautiful, easy to use installation/Package-Manager. Use in addition to Synaptic)
prelink (speed up the system)
sentinella (great program that executes commands under certain defined conditions. E.g. shut down Computer after 5 Minutes of CPU load below 15%)
preload (speed up the system)
readahead (speed up the system)
Grub Customizer (great Grub2 editor, you can configure anything with booting and startup here! Download program here and install with "cmake ." , "make" und "su" , "make install". Install packages libgtkmm-2.4-dev and cmake before. Run as root. You can also use this file extract it and run the program right away)
recoll (easy and working desktop search - take different Icon theme from here )
bleachbit (program to remove superfluous files from your system)
grsync (simple backup-program for single directories)
kbackup (simple backup-program for multiple directories - Keep in mind not to use this with a FAT-file system because the created backup file can be very big! Better backup program: areca - see below)
dvdisaster (read broken/scratched DVDs and CDs)
virtualbox (Install a virtual machene / a different operation system on linux: Installation instructions: simply type !vbox in the Kanotix-IRC and follow the instructions)
isomaster (create and read from Iso files)
tango-icon-theme (Beautiful Icon Theme)
filelight (Analyze file sizes on data mediums)
gnome-disk-utility (benchmark harddiscs. The program to be run is called palimpsest)
hardinfo (Various system benchmarks and full system informations)
kshutdown (Shut down computer in x-minutes)
kteatime (Simple timer for KDE)
gnome-system-monitor (pretty system monitor)
q4wine (nice tool to organize and configure windows programs running with wine)
rng-tools (random number generator - if you have enigmail, this improves it)
gdebi-kde (graphical installation program for DEB-packages)
xsensors (graphical program that allows you to read out temperatures and voltages from hardware sensors. Also install lm-sensors and libsensors4? first. In order to activate the temperature information run the following command in the terminal as root sensors-detect)


Install all:
apt-get install bleachbit sentinella dvdisaster xsensors gdebi-kde software-center prelink kbackup recoll preload readahead \
hardinfo gnome-disk-utility  isomaster tango-icon-theme filelight grsync kschutdown kteatime gnome-system-monitor q4wine



Image Editing:

inkscape (best vector draw- and edit program - opens SVG-files)
gcolor2 (read colors in hex-numbers from the screen)
fotowall (great program for photo collages)
gwenview (best image viewer. It is recommended to install the kipi-plugins first to get poster-printing, batch conversion etc.)
digikam (complete image sorting and management program)
phatch (best image batch program)
gimp (refernce image editing program)
scribus-ng (layout programm. To get the older but more stable program, install scribus without -ng at the end)

Install all:
apt-get install inkscape fotowall gcolor2 scribus-ng digikam phatch gimp



Security software:

rkhunter (finds rootkits/trojan horses: to execute: type: rkhunter -c (as root in the terminal))
chrootkit (finds rootkits/trojan horses: to execute: type: chrootkit (as user in the terminal))
pdfcrack (program to crack pdf files which are secured by a password - bruteforce method, non graphical)

Internet and various software:

amule (p2p client: emule für linux)
transmission (nice download manager - best for torrents)
marble (a kind of google earth for linux with openstreetmap-maps)
filezilla (best FTP client)
dosbox (run dos games on linux)
rss-glx (Beautiful screensaver package. To get this running you've got to install this first.
Kcomteten4 (nice screensaver. First download source) (then apt-get install xorg-dev libavahi-qt3-dev kdelibs-dev then unpack sourcecode and ./configure then make then su password then make install)
gnome-screensavers (Good additional screensavers)
smaragd (More beautiful window-decorations for KDE4 - based on Emerald. First follow the instructions simply install this Ubuntu-deb. Then pick this theme or others to make use of smaragd)

Install all:
apt-get install amule filezilla transmission marble dosbox rss-glx xorg-dev libavahi-qt3-dev kdelibs-dev gnome-screensavers



Games: (don't install the newest versions of these games via the package management, but get them from the websites and install them manually!)

Hedgewars (Very nice Worms Clone in vektor graphics. Can be installed via paket management)
nexuiz (3d-shooter high graphics quality)
warsow (fast comic-shooter)
urban terror (great shooter - counter strike clone)
sauerbraten (super fast shooter)


Various addons for KDE and Linux: (recommended to have a more comfortable, easy to use system and to get additional functionalities)

apt-get install kdepim-kfile-plugins kdemultimedia kdeaddons kipi-plugins mplayerthumbs !gtk2-engines !gtk2-engines-cleanice \
busybox-syslogd rkhunter chkrootkit libk3b6-extracodecs lm-sensors libsensors4 tesseract-ocr alien tesseract-ocr-deu \
libimage-exiftool-perl libgimp2.0-dev  flac tesseract-ocr-eng pdftk gksu pdftk pdfjam poppler-utils ghostscript kipi-plugins samba \
kdenetwork-filesharing mediainfo medianinfo-gui 



Various addons for KDE and Linux: (installable from external sources)

Image Converter for Dolphin and Konqueror (image manipulation from right-click menu. Great addon)
Download install-script here. Run script as sux in terminal, not as su: sux [root password] ./install_converter.sh

Non-graphical programs for the text console:

midnight commander (very good file manager - like norton commander - still works when the x doesn't run. Start with the command mc)
shred (Program which securely deletes hard discs or Flash-Devices. Execute as root: shred /dev/devicename -v . To find out about the device name, start gparted and look under the medium's properties)


Other Programs: (not part of the debian/kanotix-repository)

areca (best backup program for Linux. download here. To run the program you also need to install the following packages: libglazedlists-java libswt-gtk-3.5-java libswt-gtk-3.5-jni libmiglayout-java)
geotag (best program to geo-tag image files - also tag direction of view! Download the program here and start from terminal with java -jar geotag-XXX.jar)
skype (Chat- and video/telephone program)
jalbum (create photo galleries)
truecrypt (safe platform independent program to cipher USB-sticks, container files or full partitions. Get the installation file here , install and then follow these instructions)


Recommendable windows-programs to run with wine

Foxit Reader (Foxit Reader for Windows is a fast and good PDF-viewer, which runs under wine perfectly. Foxitreader allows to mark text and add text boxes which can be saved in the pdf file. No free program for linux can do this up to now. Foxitreader can be downloaded here.)
Foxit Phantom (perfect replacement for Adobe Acrobat. Much cheaper and runs with wine. Integrated batch-ocr functionality, PDF editor, form editor, sign function for PDF documents etc.)
Word Viewer (Check if word-documents that are created or edited with OpenOffice/Libreoffice look okay under M$ Office. Download here)
GMX-SMS-Manager (Write Text messages to mobile phones with your computer keyboard. In Germany you get 50 text messages free if you have GMX-Pro-Mail)
Terragen (create virtual landscapes. Download e.g. here)

Important extensions for OpenOffice/LibreOffice:

Language Tool (better dictionary for spell checking)
Professional Template Pack (better document templates)
Read Text (Read text as audio)
sund presenter console (very good for presentations)
sun pdf import extension (edit PDF-documents)


Important extensions for Gimp:

G'mic (install with package management. Package name: gimp-gmic)
Gimp Addons (install with package management. Package name: gimp-plugin-registry )
David's Batch Processor (download here, unpack and run command make to compile. Then put dbp file here /home/[username]/.gimp-2.x/plug-ins/)


Important addons for Thunderbird (or Icedove)

Reminderfox (very nice, well integraded calendar for Thunderbird and Firefox - with synchronisation of to-do-lists and dates)
Enigmail (cipher or sign emails with PGP)
Shrunk Image Resizer (Resize draged&dropped images in Emails. Very useful!)
ThunderBrowse (Browse websites within thunderbird. Also useful to assign a browser to links opening from thunderbird)
Display Mail User Agent (Nice addon that displays from which email clients and operation systems emails are sent from)
Signature Switch (change email signature via shortcut)
Adressbook Synchronizer (synchronize adressbook via webdav)


Important addons for Firefox (or Iceweasel/Namoroka)

Autofill Forms (Automatically fill forms on web pages)
DownloadHelper (Download videsos from thousands of video-websites)
DownloadThemAll (conveniently download many files)
ghostery (prevent spy cookies from doing their job)
Firebug (Helps analysing websites and codes. Very helpful while creating PHP-Websites or working with CMS)
FireFTP (Very nice FTP-Client for the browser)
Flash Killer (hides all flash animations/movies if activated. Click on flash-element to play just this one. Highly recommendable on weak computers)
ImageHost Grabber (download all images in a photo gallery based on PHP)
Reload Every (reload a website in a certain interval)

To get Multimedia-program recommendations, also for programs which cannot be listed here for legal reasons please contact me directly-


Install all recommended programs:
apt-get install kdepim-kfile-plugins kdemultimedia kdeaddons kipi-plugins mplayerthumbs gtk2-engines gtk2-engines-cleanice rkhunter \
chkrootkittesseract-ocr tesseract-ocr-deu tesseract-ocr-eng pdftk pdftk pdfjam poppler-utils ghostscript kipi-plugins amule transmission gespeaker \
mbrola espeak software-center recoll marble soundconverter dosbox glx-rss rkhunter chrootkit gksu inkscape gcolor2 glabels \
scribus-ng gimp dvdisaster lm-sensors libsensors4 xsensors guvcview hardinfo fotowall ocrfeeder gdebi-kde alien gnome-disk-utility bleachbit \
flac clementine isomaster sentinella filezilla vlc flvstreamer \
kbackup tango-icon-theme samba hedgewars kdenetwork-filesharing q4wine busybox-syslogd filelight libgimp2.0-dev grsync kschutdown \
streamripper kteatime gnome-system-monitor prelink preload readahead audacity easytag imagination kid3 phatch lmms kino \
kdenlive timidity movixmaker-2 aconnectgui freepats vkeybd libk3b6-extracodecs performous streamtuner ripperx krename !gscan2pdf ding  \
trans-de-en pdfcrack planner digikam griffith



NOT recommendable programs (programs which aren't working very well)

pdfedit (horrible usibility, incomplete application. To mark Text or put postits into PDF documents run the windows-Version of foxitreader under wine)
strigi/nepomuk (integrated desktop search for KDE4. At the present not yet working very well)
photoprint (Print images as posters. Crashes when print jobs are sent, or doesn't print. Alternatively use the extended print functionalities of gwenview)
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