Must Have Applications!
Amarok, Exaile or Songbird: the default audio player in Ubuntu Linux is Rythmbox but should you want to try something different, Amarok or Exaile are excellent choices. Amarok is an application designed to run on the KDE desktop environment but will run equally as well on GNOME, only requiring a few extra libraries to be installed. Exaile is native to GNOME and an excellent music management application. I would not hesitate to recommend it to any GNOME user as their music management system. Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that's under active development. The main goal of this project is creating a non-proprietary, cross platform, extensible tool that will help enable new ways to playback, manage, and discover music. While it's true Songbird has come a long way, it is still in beta, and I would not recommend it as your main music management system. I mention it here because I feel it has great potential and is definitely worth keeping an eye on!
VLC Media Player: This is an audio and video player that plays almost every format imaginable without the need to install additional codecs. The codecs are integrated into the player, allowing it to play files that other players struggle with. A great choice for your main multimedia management system and a must have for those situations where you have a file that nothing else will play.
Deluge BT Client: Simple bittorrent client. I prefer it over the default bittorrent client in Ubuntu Linux, Transmission.
GIMP: Gimp is a graphics program that is handy to have around even if you do not plan on doing a lot of graphics work. A useful program to learn and a fantastic program to use to crop/resize/modify your digital photo collection.
Skype: VoIP (Voice over IP) client. Talk to your friends and family next door or halfway across the world. For free!
Google Earth: Google Earth is a virtual globe. This is a must have just for the cool factor!
Bluefish: If you ever need to modify a webpage, this is the program to use.
In the final part of this series, we will take a look at what other Linux distributions use GNOME as their default desktop environment and what they have to offer in terms of extra applications, configuration options and more!