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Killer App for linux

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Hi, I need two things I need a "killer app" for linux something that you can't get for windows. Something along the lines of programming and gaming. Also it has to be a free download.I Also want a window manager with better graphics then fvwm.
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by:mzito
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Well, it depends on what exactly you mean by "killer app".  I doubt there's any niche that Linux has software for that win95 doesn't...there's software for EVERYTHING for win95 (most of it stinks, but...).  If you ask me, the real "killer app" is Linux and its software itself.  Think: the power of a network server, the stability of a true UNIX box, all the functionality of a win95 machine, and it will run on a 386 w/ 4 megs of RAM (someone told me they got it working with 2 megs of RAM).  If you're looking for something more specific, here's three examples:
1) Emacs-  Emacs is THE "editor/programming tool/ document formatter/ command shell/ HTML editor/ anything else you could possibly want" program.  I met someone who worked for a college, and they set up their machines so that the students could only run Emacs, and that served ALL of their needs.  From word processing to programming to web browsing, it does it all.  IT is a royal pain in the butt to learn, but I'd like to see any win95 program do all that.
2) Sendmail-  Quite possibly the most complete mta in existence.  There are so many tweaks for this software....oh, man.  Sendmail in the hands of a guru is a beautiful thing.  I can only hope that someday I have that level of knowledge.
3) Quake- Quake & Quake II were coded and the levels designed on Linux boxes. 'Nuff said

As for a window manager, my personal preference is Afterstep.  It's fast, extremely flexible, and very NeXT-like.  If you're looking for the coolest graphical appearance, use Enlightenment.  It's buggy, and RAM-hungry, though, which is why I don't use it. go to http://www.plig.org/xwinman/ for descriptions and screen shots of all the window managers.
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sorry but I liked mzito's comment anwser.
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All right, then.  I'll put it as an answer.  That was my answer. ;)
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by:sglanger
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Sad to say this but the truth is that most folks use Office for their everyday needs, so even if every other company ports their apps to Linux, it still won't make in dent in the business market.

The KILLER app?

I'd say a Windows emulator that can run all Win3.11, Win95 and WinNT stuff under linux, including Office.

Then there would be no more excuses.
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