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Microsoft OneNote alternative?

Is there any program for Linux that has about the same functionality and usability as Microsoft OneNote? At the moment I am checking out Basket (for KDE), that seems to point to the right direction, ...
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Native, FOSS GUI prototyping tools?

As part of my job as a web developer, I spend an amount of time doing UI prototypes to show the client. It's a pain in the behind but sometimes it has to be done. I've seen Shuttleworth (and the ...
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Is there a way to update all Java related alternatives?

Is there a way to quickly switch over all the Java related alternatives using update-alternatives? For instance, if want to switch Java over to 7, I run sudo update-alternatives --config java and ...
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Are there alternatives to software center?

Are there any GUI alternatives to the Ubuntu Software Center with Fast application loading/Low startup time Fast search Low weight/size Application purchase facility
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Is there an alternative to gnome-terminal?

Are there any terminals that can serve as an alternative to gnome-terminal. Do these alternatives have other/extra features ?
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Alternative to Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Is there a Ubuntu alternative for this program?
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Open source Skype application

I'm looking for an open source Skype application that I can use instead of the current beta we have to install.
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How do I make java default to a manually installed JRE/JDK?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 installed on my machine, on the previous versions of Ubuntu it was deadly easy, now there is this command update-java-alternatives with a really bad man page. I just have my ...
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What are the Alternatives For RemasterSys?

I need an alternative software of Remastersys since it's not working in my system (Ubuntu 12.04.) I want software just like remastersys. I don't want to install any new packages, I just want a piece ...
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Google Talk Video Chat

There are no video chat plugins supplied by Google for Ubuntu. They are availabe just for PC and Mac. Are there any alternatives? UPDATE: Google has launched official video chat plugin for Linux ...
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Fast, lightweight alternative to Compiz' Expo Plugin?

Are there any fast, lightweight alternatives to Compiz' Expo Plugin (which are compatible with / capable of running alongside Unity & Compiz) in standard Ubuntu? I'm looking for sth that's almost ...
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Can anyone recommend a good VLC alternative?

I'm getting sick and tired of VLC. The issues are too many to mention in detail, but generally: bugs (ballooning out of memory on fake/exotic movies, leftover windows, many others) and the ergonomics ...
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Alternative for Mac OS X Automator?

I once tested Mac OS X and something that called my atention was Automator, a software to visually create scripts to automatize tasks on the desktop. Is there any Linux alternative for this software?
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What are the alternatives to Network Manager for wireless?

I was wondering if there are any GUI alternatives to the Network Manager. It seems, I always run into problems with it (unstable connections, wrong icon shown, wrong notifications, etc.).
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Is there a ubuntu supported X.org alternative (i.e. with security in mind)?

question (what I am looking for?) I am looking for alternatives to X.org, which is the most often used X-Server in linux' graphic systems today (which means also in Ubuntu). Do you know some ...
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What decent email client would you recommend (at least better than Thunderbird)? [closed]

I've used Thunderbird for years. I keep a huge number of emails. I move them to folders to organize or archive them, but I don't delete anything so I have hundreds of thousands of messages. I like ...
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Alternatives for 'egrep -o “success|error|fail” <filename> | sort | uniq -c'

I sometime need to check some logs and I do this with this command: egrep -o "success|error|fail" <filename> | sort | uniq -c Sample input: test error on line 10 test connect success test ...
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How can I change the Hidden Attribute of a file/folder? (Alternative to attrib FILENAME -h)

On a MS Based system (Windows, any versions) You can use the attrib command in order to change the attributes on a specified file, directory or directory with recursively changing the files inside the ...
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What are the alternatives for notify-send?

I use notify-send for desktop notifications and I get notifications with expected summary and body. However, notify-send has limitations and so I would like a few recommendations on alternatives for ...
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Are there alternatives after the official support time stops?

I'm currently running Ubuntu 8.10 on a system. It works very good but I did a lot of tuning (it's a server) to get it working. I'm aware that I need to upgrade to a new LTS version of Ubuntu if I have ...
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What spreadsheet programs are available?

Just i want to know if there are any other spreadsheet programs instead of OpenOffice.org Calc ....
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Photo management with video support

F-spot is great, but does not have video support. Picasa is arguably even better, but although mov support is possible, avi and mpeg support is unavailable. Is there a photo management app that can ...
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Alternative to Thunderbird which can search for to/cc/from easily

I tried to find a solution to search for all address headers (to/cc/from) in a simple user friendly way: Thunderbird: Show mails from sender - easy and fast Since there was no solution, I think ...
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Program to play Magic: the Gathering

What program does people use to play Magic: the Gathering on Ubuntu, against human players, for free? None of the programs I've tried works. This is what I've found so far. I'll link to the projects ...
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What are the opensource alternatives for MS Project in order to manage Project management?

Can anybody suggest some project management open source alternative software for MS PROJECT?
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Where can I find a 12.10 DVD image?

While I'm open to buying a DVD from the shop, I'd rather download a DVD image, but I can't find it on the Download page (only the CD images and the option to buying a DVD). I have slow internet where ...
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Can I still use unity low graphics mode in place of unity 3d?

I can not run unity 3d on my Chromebook but unity 2d in Ubuntu 12.04 works fine so is it possible to run unity low graphics mode on Ubuntu 14.04 as an alternative? If I can run low graphics mode as an ...
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Text editor with tabs and syntax highlighting? Gedit alternative? [closed]

As the question states, gedit has a few annoying bugs (cursor disappears, etc). I just need tabs, syntax highlighting, and line numbers. I will use it mostly for programming. I am using Lubuntu. ...
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What alternatives to Nautilus exist which are more responsive? [duplicate]

I like Nautilus, but it suffers from lag when navigating between folders. I estimate the delay at somewhere between 300ms-800ms. Not much, but enough to notice and feel sluggish compared to Windows ...
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Console-only alternative for fslint?

Are there any console-only alternatives to the fslint package in Ubuntu? I don't want to install x11-common, fonts and many of the other dependencies required by it on a server system. Note: this is ...
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Is there an alternative to compiz?

Can I find a good replacement for compiz? Compiz in 11.04 with unity is laggy
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1answer
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Alternatives to Photoshop and Illustrator [duplicate]

I just try to move completely from Windows to Ubuntu. I am a web designer and developer, the development part is awesome in Ubuntu but I am missing the design part. What I used to work with is Adobe ...
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1answer
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Alternative to Autokey (text expander program)

for more than a year I have been looking for simple and stable text expander application on Ubuntu. There is Autokey, but it doesn't work for many people (there are a few threads here about this). For ...
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1answer
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Alternatives to Sunbird?

I have an ical file on my webserver, shared via webdav... Since Sunbird isn't supported anymore, what are the alternatives, aside from Thunderbird+Lightning (which I'd like to avoid, since I use ...
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Truecrypt alternative with deniable encryption? [closed]

I am looking for a Truecrypt alternative for Linux, one that is preferably is free/libre/open-source software (FLOSS). I would have used Truecrypt, but it has been discontinued.
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Any alternative to Wine

I'm looking for an application to do the same sort of thing as Wine: Running Windows applications on Ubuntu. Is there any alternative application instead of install/using Wine?
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1answer
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Intel Quick Sync Video codec

I'm looking for Intel Quick Sync Video codec and / or video encoding software that also can take benfit of Intel QSV. Any suggestion?
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1answer
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Run default mail client

To run the default web browser or terminal there are commands like x-www-browser and x-terminal-emulator. There are other alternatives for common programs. Is there a similar command to run the ...
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1answer
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Alternative/Indicator to Dash search bar

Is there any Alternative/Indicator to Dash search for searching and opening applications & files? How to install it in Ubuntu 14.04?
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Are there any credible alternatives to XBMC as a media server that can also be used to stream video to a tablet or other Android device?

I've connected a PC running Ubuntu 12.04 with XBMC installed. I am looking to get it replaced with a Raspberry Pi for the power-usage benefits and smaller footprint. I would like to have a single ...
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1answer
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No ruby alternatives on 11.04 / 11.10?

Running update-alternatives --config ruby fails: # uname -a Linux test06 2.6.38-8-virtual #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 04:06:34 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux # cat /etc/lsb-release ...
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1answer
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Something similar to Eyefinity?

Is there anything simular to Eyefinity for Ubuntu? More the idea of turning 3 smaller monitors into one big monitor Thanks
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1answer
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Sysvinit alternative of systemd-analyze and systemctl?

I am trying to tweak my system's start time. Usually I go about it by using systemd-analyze blame Which gives me a list of stuff and how long it takes them to start. For this machine I don't need ...
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Ubuntu alternative downloads US mirror is down

The US mirror for downloading alternative versions of Ubuntu is down, and apparently has been down since February 1st. Is there going to be a solution for that soon? I understand that some of the ...
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Deckset app alternative

Mac OSX have a good app called deckset http://decksetapp.com/. This app make slides from markdown text.... Someone know an alternative for ubuntu?
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Program/Keyboard shortcut to work with multiple monitors

So I have a desktop with one DVI monitor and DP to HDMI monitor. My question is is there any keyboard shortcut or programs for multiple monitors? My example is Windows 7/8 and DisplayFusion. In ...
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Alternative to Paperwork

I am looking for an alternative to the program Paperwork as it is rather complicated to install under Ubuntu. I am specifically interested in finding a way to read dates, prices and other details from ...
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Is there another application like Nokia PC Suite for Ubuntu?

I've been looking for an alternative Nokia PC suite for Ubuntu. I'm tired of switching OS, and I'm tired of using Windows it is so boring me. Not Wammu, Gammu, Nokuntu, Ginokki and Series 60. They ...
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Are PDF files opensouce? [closed]

I was just wondering if PDF formats are opensource. I've seen openoffice save a document in ODT format in contrast to DOC or DOCX. Is there alternate file format to PDF?
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UEFI bootloader alternative to GRUB

I'm having trouble with my current bootloader GRUB on Ubuntu 12.04. Sometimes it takes forever too boot, other times it wont find the kernel image. My system uses UEFI to boot, is there a UEFI ...