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3 Linux Apps That Make Me Hate Windows

I'm a Windows user, and it has served me well. That being said, I play with a lot of Linux distributions and there are some applications that are just so much better than anything Windows can offer that I find myself wondering how long it'll be until I make the switch. For starters, there's the APT and the Synaptic Package Manager. Microsoft has been promising updates and installs without reboot...

Flipping the Linux switch: Xfce, the hidden gem of desktop environments

In the beginning, we talked a bit about the holy war that wages onward between KDE and GNOME. Some of you aptly pointed out that there is a third desktop environment out there. It was never our intention to slight this desktop (we actually use it regularly). Like a mouse dodging to avoid the crashing footsteps of the desktop environment giants, Xfce is often included in discussions as an afterthou...

Napalm: Set your desktop on fire

File this under the "totally useless but very cool for a few seconds software" section. Napalm is a small program inspired by Linux's Compiz window manager (specifically the "Fire" effects plugin) that displays burning text on your desktop. Burning text. Words that are on fire. On your desktop. That's what Napalm does. That's all it does. The developer seems to be keenly aware of the lack of u...

Use Linux desktop effects without Compiz with KDE4

Sure Windows Vista and Mac OS X have some pretty desktop effects that let you see through transparent windows or preview all open windows at the same time. But while Linux was once known as a utilitarian operating system for people who like staring at terminal windows, we've seen some amazing developments in Linux desktop effects over the last few years with Compiz. While some popular Linux dist...

Compiz Fusion gets new filters and toys

Compiz Fusion, the merger of Beryl and Compiz 3d desktop managers for Linux, has added a few new toys for the adventurous Linux geek. First, a colorize filter that frankly doesn't look very useful to us. Ok, so it might be fun to tint everything green, red, or blue for a few minutes but, beyond that it just seems like it would get annoying. The second, "Shift Window Switcher" is actually prett...

Compiz and Beryl rejoin as Compiz Fusion

Long, long ago on a Linux desktop far, far away a fork was driven between Compiz -- the three-dimensional composite desktop manager -- and Beryl -- the three-dimensional composite desktop manager with a desire for rapid change and development. Like star-crossed lovers, they knew that, one day, they'd be together again and, better for their time apart. Ok, so it didn't happen exactly like that. F...

3D virtual desktop manager for Windows

Yod'm 3D is a nifty virtual desktop application that gives Windows users some of the wow factor of Beryl and Compiz bring to Linux desktops. The free program lets you create four virtual desktops, which is nothing too special. You can do the same thing with Microsoft's Virtual Desktop Manager. But Yod'm 3D lets you switch between desktops by flipping through the sides of a 3D cube. There's no inst...