Usually your distribution comes withe Firefox in the default Linux desktop installation. At this point, as a Google Chrome user, I can safely and strongly suggest this browser. Not only for its speed, but also its ability to synchronize your bookmarks, add-ons across platforms. You can also install Opera, which is another very good web browser and can be enhanced with plugins.
For file sharing, Transmission Bittorrent Client or Ktorrent are installed by default, depending on your Linux desktop/distribution selection. but you can also check Azureus. For peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, you can use Amule and Gtk-Gnutella.
For a news reader, Akregator or Liferea are good choices. If you will use KDE PIM (Personal Information Manager) Suite for your e-mail management, Akregator becomes an integral part of it and you can boil down your e-mails, contacts, news feeds, calendar, tasks in one place.
Your typical download manager will be Jdownloader. It can manage downloads from multiple file hosters, allows you to enter your premium account, can unrar files automatically and can join archives splitted with HJSplit.
For instant messaging, Pidgin is a must-have application which connects to various IM networks, from MSN to Gadu-Gadu. MSN fans also need to check aMSN. Skype is also available for Linux. Konversation is an IRC client for KDE and X-Chat-Gnome is for Gnome. Note: Pidgin also supports IRC protocol.
Here are our Internet programs, grouped by desktop environment:
- KDE: Firefox (Chrome or Opera), Ktorrent (and/or Azureus), Amule (and/or Gtk-Gnutella), Akregator, Kopete (Pidgin), aMSN, Skype, Konversation
- Gnome: Firefox (and/or Opera), Transmission (and/or Azureus), Amule (and/or Gtk-Gnutella), Liferea, Pidgin, aMSN, Skype, X-Chat-Gnome