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What Application Indicators are available?

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What kinds of desktop environments and shells are available?

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Comparison of backup tools

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How to create a screencast?

How can I create a screencast on Ubuntu? The app I'm looking for has ideally all of these features: Can record in a format that can be played back easily on any platform and/or accepted by youtube ...
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Is there a Google Drive client available?

I'd like to install a Google Drive client for Xubuntu (12.04). I'm getting non-English Google results, and I didn't find grive in the Xubuntu repositories. Does anyone know of a client that works ...
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4answers
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Is there a power saving application similar to Jupiter?

I have installed the 13.04 final release and so far I am loving it more 12.10. I'm trying to install the Jupiter power settings app but, I read it is no longer compatible with the new kernel. Is there ...
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What software can I use to view epub documents?

What software can I use to view .epub documents?
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32answers
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How do I download a YouTube video?

For a school project I need to download three youtube videos and save them to a CD. I am running Ubuntu 10.10; can anybody provide instructions on how to do this? I'm fairly new to Ubuntu so the more ...
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12answers
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What are some GUI clients for Git?

I am using git for version control of various projects. Is there easy-to-use software for navigating through commits and branches of a project and for retrieving versions?
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File and directory comparison tool?

I'm looking for something that will compare directories and files like Beyond Compare does for windows. Its mainly for use of source control, but I need to use it for deployment as well.
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20answers
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How can I highlight or annotate PDFs?

Currently I need to highlight certain sections in PDFs, or add annotations (comments/notes). These modifications would need to be saved. What tools are out there to do this on Ubuntu?
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Is there an GUI Designer for python?

Is there a GUI IDE for programming python just like java has netbeans? I wanted one where we could drag & drop test boxes & labels just as we do in swing components using netbeans or eclipse. ...
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8answers
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Which PDF Viewer would you recommend? [closed]

Which PDF-Viewer would you recommend to use in Ubuntu? At the moment I use the standard document viewer (Evince) but I'm missing features like stageless continous zooming.
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Any command line calculator for Ubuntu?

I am looking for a Calculator which can do calculations in the terminal itself without any other extra prefixes and suffixes. For example: If I typed something like 10000-9000 in the terminal, the ...
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Which Time Tracker application do you recommend?

I have to do three or four jobs a day, and each has several parts. I want a time tracker tool to help me know how much time I've spent on each part and each job overall. I've found some like gnotime ...
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What IDEs are available for Ubuntu? [closed]

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Simple image editor?

I want something similar to "preview" in macs. For example: I want an image editor that ONLY does simple adjustments like increase/decrease contrast, saturation, exposure, color tinting.... rotate, ...
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What developer text editors are available for Ubuntu? [closed]

I'm looking for a text editor for programming in Python, preferably one which is easy to learn for beginners.
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How to make my own Dropbox / Ubuntu One server at home?

Does anybody know of any resources that can show me how to make my own "Dropbox, Ubuntu One" server at home? I really like the idea of these services, but I don't want to put my 'stuff' in the ...
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Torrent client for the command-line?

Yesterday one of my friends asked me, if there is some torrent client, that runs on the command-line. I have no answer for him, but I think that you have it.
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What FLOSS skype alternatives are available? [closed]

Given Skype's slow development speed for the GNU/Linux version and its recent acquisition by Microsoft, I am looking for alternative softwares. What FLOSS (free/libre/open-source software) Skype ...
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What media (music and video) players are there? [closed]

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What new games are available for Ubuntu in 2011? [closed]

I know there have been other questions like "What native games are available?" and they often have issues because they turn into a never-ending list of every game ever released for Linux. But I'd ...
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Is there bittorrent software that runs in a terminal?

I want to deploy it on my vps server, so I can download resource quickly. I want this function a lot, because some resource are in foreign country, so use this could reduce my time.
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Coolest looking terminal IRC client [closed]

I am looking for a IRC client for the terminal that has colors, user list and just generally looks awesome ;) Any recommendations? There are loads of IRC clients in the repositories and I don't want ...
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How to convert PDF to Image?

I have requirement of converting PDF pages to images. There is a background image with some text written, so when I save this as image only background image got saved. Is there any software available ...
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Can I make the webcam take a picture when an incorrect password is entered?

I am using a laptop . I was thinking to have a support in my Ubuntu machine. When an incorrect password is entered, a picture is taken later revealing who has been trying to gain access. I have ...
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MySQL GUI Tools

Does anyone have any good ideas as to native MySQL GUI clients for Ubuntu? So far I've tried MySQL Workbench, which never seemed to work properly, phpMyAdmin which I found a bit slow, and Navicat ...
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Is there a shell-independent HUD-like menu search tool for Xfce/GNOME/Cinnamon?

The Ubuntu Heads-Up Display (HUD) - you love it or you hate it. Personally I rather like a classic desktop, so I use Xfce or GNOME-fork Cinnamon, and I'd like to keep those menu's where they are. But ...
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6answers
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Extracting embedded images from a PDF

Before I started using Ubuntu I used Nitro PDF reader to automatically extract images from PDF files. Is there a PDF reader for Linux that does this? I would like to be able to extract images ...
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List of GUI Based Torrent clients

What GUI Based Torrent managers exist in Ubuntu and features they offer in terms of: Speed to start downloading (Search Speed, Seed, Leech) Speed while downloading Compatibility Stability ...
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What is the equivalent of Windows System Properties or Device Manager?

I am new to Ubuntu. In Windows, if I want to know my system properties/configuration, I can see it by going to Control Panel and clicking on the System icon. I can also get a detailed list of the ...
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What IRC clients are available? [closed]

What programs can be used for IRC (=Internet Relay Chat)?
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Slap me when I stop working

On Mac OS X I have an app that plays a sound when I enter certain sites. I want a similar software to use on Linux. Does anybody know one?
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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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Video editing software options? [closed]

What video editing software would you recommend on Ubuntu (or Linux in general) and why? It can be for either beginners or experienced users. Please only place one piece of software per response and ...
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Nautilus Git integration

Is there any equivalent to TortoiseSVN but for Ubuntu / Git? I'd like to integrate Git commands to Nautilus.
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What is the equivalent of the “tracert” DOS command?

tracert is a command in MS-DOS command prompt to trace the route to an IP Address. Is there any command in the Gnome Terminal equivalent to this?
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What download managers are available for Ubuntu?

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11answers
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How to view CHM files?

How to view CHM files in Ubuntu?
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Tool to add shapes, annotations and text using templates to images

Often I need to annotate (draw some arrows, lines, basic shapes like squares, ellipses etc and enter some text) on top of pictures (JPG, PNG images) and screenshots (again png images). I would also ...
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What screenshot tools are available?

I would like to post more to Ask Ubuntu. I have noticed here that many people use images in their answers. What software are people using? Please limit one piece of software per answer
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What scientific plotting software is available?

I am currently doing some experimental work and I have a lot of data to trawl though. I use Gnumeric, and it's very good, but often I feel there has to be something better. Ideally I would like the ...
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8answers
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How can I download an entire website?

I want to download the whole website(with sub-sites), is there any tool for that?
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15answers
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Is there an alternative to Microsoft Office Visio?

Are there any alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio for Ubuntu?
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What are the alternatives to OS X's Spotlight? [closed]

One of the things I like best when using OS X is the Spotlight tool. You can click a magnifying glass in the corner, and search for apps, files, anything. Windows 7's Start Menu search tool is ...
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7answers
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Is there a Pomodoro app available?

Is there a pomodoro app that's available for Ubuntu 12.04 that can be installed using sudo or from the package manager?
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6answers
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How to search for strings inside files in a folder?

Is there any utility to make searches for a string inside ASCII files to avoid command line searches? How to make a command line search, for example for the string "test" inside all files in the ...
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8answers
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Desktop Client for Google+ and Hangout

Is there any app that I can use to do Google Hangout from within my Ubuntu Desktop like Skype? Also, How can I integrate Google+ account with Ubuntu?
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What to use to quickly cut Audio/Video

If just need to crop Audio/Video from a longer track, what can I use? I tried OpenShot, but I find the export video slow, perhaps its compling all the "layers" into a new movie? Perhaps I just need a ...