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In search of quality lightweight apps.

 10:27 pm on Jul 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm constantly looking for light weight apps that are easy on resources and simply do their tasks. I'm talking about apps that load in less than a few seconds on my modest system. Great feather weight apps I use all the time:

File manager:
emeLFM - gui (best I could find)
MC - term

Sylpheed (GTK based) Highly recommended!

vim (slowly adapting to it)

Dillo (keeps getting better)
links -g (good SEO tool)

Desktop functionality:
DFM or ROX (I prefer DFM)

I'm always looking out for other lightweight apps, so if you have any suggestions please post.



 4:38 pm on Jul 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the tip on emelFM - its a fine tool.

I had been using Krusader instead - but not any more.

My only recent discovery is 'Relax' (actually found it months ago but never got round to using it)

Command line only, but it analyses a log file pretty quick and spits out a nice report of search engine referrers and key phrases. Very big search engine list.

What is "links"? (trust me, a search on Google was not much use here:))


 8:37 am on Aug 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

The email client is good, but seems to be fast only with mh email. Most of my email is in mbox... Is mh that much faster? (The main problem is coworkers who send 20MB attachments...)


 10:41 am on Aug 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sylpheed for e-mail - I totally agree littleman - and PAN (Pimp Ass Newsreader) for newsgroups.

I've got Outlook on my machine, yet given the choice I always boot out of windows, reboot into linux and use these two babies to access e-mail and newsgroups.

PAN is the only newsreader that got 5/5 for some test - sorry can't be more specific than that - but it's impressive all the same, check out the web site for more info.

BTW, don't suppose anyone knows of a lightweight link checker for Linux? Also any lightweight apps out their for finding img tags without alt attributes? Thx in advance.


 12:29 pm on Aug 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

at the moment i use Pine...but will look at it Slypheed further. It can use Mbox, I'm looking into whether using using a different mail system would be efficient. (2000+ messages in certain mail boxes)

For link checking something in Perl would be easiest, or use lwp-download/wget for one offs...


 12:30 pm on Aug 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Evolution is a pretty good Outlook clone

Not exactly lightweight, but good enough to replace anything I used in MS Windows - eg far quicker and much more stable than Outlook


 1:16 am on Aug 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

I really like emelFM, it really is a well thought out tool.

Links is the browser I was talking about here [webmasterworld.com]. It is a good alternative for an old system. It is also a great SEO tool, here's why:
It lets you set the UA to what ever you want.
It lets you manipulate the referrer to what ever you want, or set it to no referrer, or url self referring.
You could actually see the page source of the page you are currently viewing, including posted pages -- it doesn't regrab the page for the source.
It allows you to view the server's header.

I'm going to have to try PAN...

Sylpheed has always felt zippy to me, though it will hang if it is waiting for a response from a server -- it doesn't have the ability to multi-thread, but I could live with that.


 1:48 am on Aug 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

Theboyduck, webcheck [mired.org] a.k.a linbot may be what you are looking for. It makes a nice little html report after it runs.

There are some RPMs of it at rpmfind.net, and .debs for all the Debian levels.


 9:00 am on Aug 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Switched from Mbox format to mH, and Slypheed is *much* better now... So far it seems fine. I'm still using procmail for my filtering though. (Yes Slypheed has its own, but procmail is much more flexible)


 12:33 am on Aug 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

MC is really a good choice, I haven't heard of the other - I start up MC in Konsole.

I'm using KMail for mail client, QT is a lot better than GTK, IMHO. Also used pine, mozilla and Sylpheed.

For downloading wget is the best, I also tried nt but it looks weird and behaves weird.


 12:35 am on Aug 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

I forgot the *primary* internet tool - Opera - I'm using 6.02 but if you want something lighter get 5.05.

For ICQ centericq supports the new protocol correctly and also licq (the CVS version only).

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