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Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

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Beyond Limits

Selectively applying CPU resources to a particular application or a process is possible in Linux with CPU Limit.

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Wine recently got it’s new development release out. Wine 1.1.29 brings good news to many other projects which are completely built on Wine.

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Digikam

With DigiKam, you can easily sort and search through images. DigiKam can organize your images based on tag, category, search result, date and time and a timeline. That makes it a complete photo manager.

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Font Manager

Font Matrix is a cool application with which we can easily manage fonts on a Ubuntu system. The Font management can be done for the complete system as a root user as well as for individual user accounts.

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Wine Fonts

Getting font smoothing on Ubuntu is easy. It involves editing a file to enable autohint but these smoothings are not applicable to Wine. On top of that, most of the times, the fonts of Windows applications running in Wine are highly aliased and appear broken, sometimes illegible. This can be corrected with applying font smoothing inside Wine.

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Avant Window Navigator

Ubuntu Linux has many eye candy softwares but all the dock applications available for Ubuntu do not match their counterparts in Windows. But, there is one dock application which works as smoothly as the compiz desktop effects and with perfectly smooth transitions as well. This software is available across many Linux distros.

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Slackware

Slackware, is the one Linux distro which has not been distracted with all the eye candy flying around Linux distros and has always tried to keep things simple and serious. Very recently, Slackware has released its version 13.0 which includes an improved collection of the X packages.

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Ramdisk is a feature in Linux which lets us use a RAM device as if it were a storage media. A RAM disk has a fixed size and behaves like just another disk partition with exceptionally fast speed. As the disk is physically located on the RAM, it’s access time is as fast as that of the RAM.

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Google releases regular updates for it’s Linux distributions of Picasa and Google Desktop applications. Picasa is an amazing image viewer and manager. It is one of my most used softwares for Linux when it comes to viewing image albums. Default update service for Picasa is not present in Ubuntu itself, but can be easily added. Now, this can be done with a GUI as well as from the command line.

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Ubuntu

Fonts is an area which needs a lot of improvement in Linux. I had covered installing fonts on Linux earlier. Now, you might also like to add font smoothing to the fonts you install. This will improve the visual aspects of your Ubuntu installations remarkably.

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Opera 10

Opera web browser has an extremely smooth tab switching and has introduced a revolutionary feature of Opera Turbo in it’s version 10, which is an unmatched integrated-into-browser technology to speed up web browsing. Opera has recently unveiled the final build of version 10 of it’s web browser and it is available both for windows as well as for Linux.

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GParted

GParted is a Linux software which lets us manage our partitions, all for free. GParted is written completely in the C++ language and is pretty lightweight as it uses GTK+ frontend. It can detect, read and create all major file system. GParted can run at the boot level. This gives it unrestricted access to all partitions.

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Backtrack

Backtrack helps in extensive testings of workstations for security loopholes on both the system itself as well as on a network. Today, from being a simple Slackware based distro, it is a complete security analysis tool used by professionals all over the world.

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Clonezilla

Clonezilla is a software which lets us create clone images of partitions. The software is actually a Debian based bootable Linux with support for cloning partitions and disks. It includes the ntfsclone, partclone and partimage softwares along with the distro.

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Launchy

Launchy is a revolutionary open source application available for both Linux and Windows. It is a real time keystroke launcher for searching through installed programs and system paths for executables specific to the system and executing them.

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