Originally Posted by beeball
Ok most of those are the standard that come with Fedora 8 right?
Now what if I wanted something better?
Some of those, like Transmission, are very basic.
Not all of those come installed by default, but most if not all of those can be installed from repositories quite easily (you do know that Fedora practically requires a decent broadband connection?).
If you want something better, there are plenty of choices in most areas of software (some are admittedly lacking). You're right - Transmission is
a basic client (that's incidentally why some people really like it). But there are others:
Bittorrent (official client)
Rtorrent (ncurses/console based)
There are apparently some good Firefox plugins that allow torrent integration.
There's also WINE, which can work for some situations. I've heard of people being quite happy with running utorrent through WINE.
Here are my thoughts on those apps (some overlap with Wayne, of course). I've skipped a few outside my ken or interest.:
Photoshop-type program: the GIMP, but it's not quite as good as Photoshop
FTP program: gftp, filezilla, or fireftp (firefox plugin)
CD burning and ISO image burning program: k3b
Clean up temp files program: yup, Cron job. but you could also manually delete all the files under the /tmp directory.
Anti-spyware: Don't need it.
Anti-virus: don't need it, but there are a few that I know of (ClamAV, AVG). But from what I understand they're mostly mean for running scans of Windows network drives remotely. There's really no need for anti-virus on the Linux desktop right now.
Firewall: built-in, as Wayne mentions, but I also like Guarddog
Web coding (I use HTML-Kit in Windows): Bluefish is quite good - for languages other than HTML, too. Kate can also do in a pinch (good multi-purpose text editor with syntax highlighting)
color sniffer (allows you to pick up color code of any color on the screen): might be able to do this with GIMP
Microsoft Word/Office type programs: open office, though not a full replacement
Media PLayer: oh, wow. I'd actually say the multimedia player situation is far better on Linux platforms than on Windows (I've personally been searching high and low for a music player in Windows I really like but can't for the life of me find one). Let's split it up:
Audio: Amarok, Banshee, mp3blaster (ncurses based console player), XMMS, XMMS2, Audacious, Rhythmbox, Quod Libet, Songbird, Listen, Gtkpod, MusikCube (maybe - think that one might be BSD only)
Video: VLC (my favorite), Xine, mplayer, kaffeine, totem
DVD player (rented DVD's): VLC, some of the others above
Programmable hotkeys program (i use winkey in windows): depends on your Window Manager
Torrent downloader: see above.
Screen capture program (something with more options than whats built in, i use Snagit in WinXP): sometimes built into your GUI, but there are also some command line utilities available.
Partition magic type program: I advise a Gparted live cd; http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org/
WinRAR type program (i think 7zip, right?): Wayne's got it - you just need a package from a third party repository
Skype - runs native on Linux
Lookup IP addresses - besides whois.net?
Adobe Reader: can run it just fine on Linux. I usually use xpdf, a lighter pdf reader, except for those tricky pdfs that only display right in Adobe reader (rare).
Yahoo chat (not just IM, but also chat): Pidgin, Kopete. Those are both multi-protocol chat programs. There are some other ones out there that act is clients to just one protocol, but I like having all of my screennames in one program.
Did I mention you can choose from lots of different GUI shells?