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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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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 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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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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Alternative to Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Is there a Ubuntu alternative for this program?
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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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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 mean i dont want to install any new packages i just want a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Any news concerning Flash-alternatives in Linux/Ubuntu (June 2013)? [duplicate]

I know about Gnash and Lightspark but have only tested them some time ago, and they were not too great. Considering Adobe giving up Linux support and the hopes for a Linux alternative - how are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is there debug.exe equivalent for linux?

Is there a Windows debug.exe equivalent where I can write machine code and see what results they have after execution?
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Old machine(P II), grub2 never works… (fifth time). How to set the right config? [closed]

I gained an old machine, what's config is: Pentium 2, 300 MHz 147 MB SDRAM (recently extended) 3 GB IDE HDD - primary master 10 GB IDE HDD - primary slave (recently added) 52x CD-ROM - secondary ...
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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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Adobe after effect alternative, for creating effects

Is there any alternative for adobe after effects, on Linux that can create effects like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ay-9y5riqA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3tJIXKiOGY I would prefer ...
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Are there any 2D alternatives to Unity?

I'm just wondering if there are any 2D alternatives to Unity (excluding KDE, XFCE, LXDE, etc.) that have a modern look to them. I like Unity (since I'm newer to Ubuntu) but I just think an ...
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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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Will using a less resource intensive DE on top of Ubuntu be as fast as a distro which uses that DE as default?

I'm asking because I find Unity to be slow on aged hardware which according to the system requirements should work fine (2.53 GHz Celeron, 2 GB RAM). So I want the support of the Ubuntu main release ...
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Doesn't boot after installation

Downloaded Ubuntu 12.04.1-alternate-amd64 Installed to USB stick Integrity check fails on ./install/netboot/ubuntu-installer/amd64/pxelinux.cfg/default but that seems to be a known bug where the ...
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How to install Waterfox browser on Ubuntu 12.04?

I want to install the 64 bits version of Firefox - Waterfox on Ubuntu 12.04 system. Since the browser is not available in the software center and I was not able to find any examples of installing it I ...
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How to add a link group to update-alternatives?

Edit: Solved, see resolution below Is it possible to add a custom link group to update-alternatives that is not already there by default? For example, I want to add Scala and all its supporting ...
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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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Is there an alternative to x2goclient?

I use lot of x2go sessions and I find the x2goclient in Ubuntu rather wasteful of screen space. Is there an alternative more streamlined version of the x2goclient? I am not interested in an ...
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What are good alternatives to tumbler?

It has been a month since I switched to Xubuntu and tumbler always makes my life harder: killing tumblerd just for ejecting external storages, and making my computer slow enough to become unusable. ...
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Zune alternatives

Are there any Zune ( http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/how-to/wp7/zune-software ) alternatives available for ubuntu ( or any linux distro ) that seem reliable for a windows phone? I managed to talk ...