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Ok, so I took on Latty's Linux Challenge at the beginning of my Winter semester and dual booted Win7 and Fedorda 12 KDE (soon to upgrade to the newest version) on my laptop for college. Frankly, I almost only use Linux now except for using VirtualBox to run XP for Visual Studio. I've been going through figuring out what programs I need alternatives for under Linux still.

Here's what I need (maybe more, still going through my Win progs):

-Good burning software; CD/DVD images, authoring data CDs/DVDs, audio CDs, and video DVDs. (formerly used ImgBurn, CDburnerXP)
-Hardware monitoring software; info for CPU, MB, GFX, temp, and volts (formerly used CPUz, GPUz, Everest, RealTemp)
-A good download manager (formerly used Orbit and Mega Manager)
-Benchmarking software; hard drive, CPU, GFX benching (formerly used HDTach, Orthos (Prime95), Furmark, ATI Tool, and 3DMark06)

Also, is there anything for cleaning up temp/junk/unused files and out-of-date/old/unused packages to free up some space on Linux?

If you have any other programs that you like other than what I'm asking for, please feel free to share those as well.

Thanks for any recommendations. I'm still a Linux noob and learning, so if there's nothing on Linux for some of these sorry. I am linking Linux so far.

~31337
Edited by 31337 - 6/9/10 at 12:22pm
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Ok, so I took on Latty's Linux Challenge at the beginning of my Winter semester and dual booted Win7 and Fedorda 12 KDE (soon to upgrade to the newest version) on my laptop for college. Frankly, I almost only use Linux now except for using VirtualBox to run XP for Visual Studio. I've been going through figuring out what programs I need alternatives for under Linux still.
Sweet Fedora eh? Went right to the diving board instead of the wading pool. Cool


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Here's what I need (maybe more, still going through my Win progs):

-Good burning software; CD/DVD images, authoring data CDs/DVDs, audio CDs, and video DVDs. (formerly used ImgBurn, CDburnerXP)

K3B or XCDRoast actually all Linux burn software including Nero for Linux is just a graphic front end for "cdrecord". If you want the deep end, learn to use it from command line and you'll be amazed at the power.

Do you actually have an authoring burner?.the kind that uses special disks?


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-Hardware monitoring software; info for CPU, MB, GFX, temp, and volts (formerly used CPUz, GPUz, Everest, RealTemp)
GKrellm is older but easy to setup and configure and solid with 1000 skins. Conky is newer a little harder to setup (text setup, no menu) but really modern looking.


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-A good download manager (formerly used Orbit and Mega Manager)
I just use Firefox extensions like RealPlayer for Linux and various Flash downloaders. For the dark side, built in torrent and Gnutella

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-Benchmarking software; hard drive, CPU, GFX benching (formerly used HDTach, Orthos (Prime95), Furmark, ATI Tool, and 3DMark06)
There are LiveCDs devoted especially to benchmarking. I try the CD to learn what I like and then install it. For example SpecViewPerf is a powerful stresser but it's all about CAD work.IIRC Prime95 has a Linux client.

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Also, is there anything for cleaning up temp/junk/unused files and out-of-date/old/unused packages to free up some space on Linux?
While junk and cruft aren't the problem they are for windows in terms of slowing things down just because they're installed it is still wise to not let a hdd get overly full. Once a disk reaches 80% or so it starts losing some performance and disk checks take longer.

I don't know if Fedora comes with it but KDE does have a handy application that used to be called "kpackage" but is now as of v4 KDE is called "kpackage3". It can be used in a number of cool ways but I use it to see all installed packages to view duplications by version number and it even shows exactly what files went where during install. If you suspect one is out of use there are commands to check what uses it. This can be distro specific so I'll defer to a Fedora person.

I
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f you have any other programs that you like other than what I'm asking for, please feel free to share those as well.

Thanks for any recommendations. I'm still a Linux noob and learning, so if there's nothing on Linux for some of these sorry. I am linking Linux so far.

~31337
maybe more later
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Infrarecorder is great for burning
http://infrarecorder.org/?page_id=5
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Sweet Fedora eh? Went right to the diving board instead of the wading pool. Cool
Yeah, well I burned about 10 distro live CDs to try out and I had given Sabayon (Gentoo based) a shot in the past and gone swiftly back to Windows because of bad experiences with it. I started off with Kubuntu on my laptop but that only lasted a few days because I couldn't get my wireless working and there were other things that just felt too limited on it. Then I went to Fedora and never looked back . Granted, I've still got a LOT of learning to do, but I'm likin' it so far.

Thanks for the recommendations, I'm going to be re-formatting and doing a clean install of Fedora 13 (no dual boot this time ) in a few days, so I'll give them a shot. +REP
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burning prog - wodim
hardware mon - configure conky
download manager - rpm

learn to use terminal... makes things faster, and you look more impressive.
    
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Devede - good burning program

Yum will do your multi purpose tool. Download manager, cleanup of old/new packages, etc.
If you're talking torrents, Transmission works well.

If you're on 12, I don't think presto is installed, but it's helpful for managing package size to reduce your downloads.
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