This is the tiny, tucked away Slackware section at Written and Read.
This site is not going to go into technology that much; but just as a reference - Slackware is the oldest actively maintained Linux distribution and the preferred operating system of your host here.
Slackware is a private operation, but there is a great community around the distribution - so comments can be asked in the Slackware forum at LinuxQuestions.
Slackware has a limited software selection. Therefore, a lot of people use Slackbuilds for access to additional software.
I work with the following applications:
- Firefox (web browser)
- Newsbeuter (RSS client)
- Claws Mail (email client) * W&R article on Claws Mail
- DeaDBeeF (audio player)
- Umplayer (media player, Mplayer frontend)
- Inkscape (vector graphics editor)
- Scribus (Layout design application)
- Filezilla (FTP client)
- Uget (download manager)
- Transmission (Bittorrent client)
- Skype (VOIP client)
- Medit (editor)
- Heybuddy (Identi.ca client)
- LyX (document editor) * W&R article on LyX
- LibreOffice (Office package - mostly for MS-Office files)
- FocusWriter (distraction-free fullscreen text processor)
- Abiword (lightweight text processor)
- GTK-Recordmydesktop (desktop recording application)
- Poedit (software translation application)
- Puddletag (audio file tag editor)
From the behind-the-scenes-toolbox category:
- Sakura (terminal application)
- Dmenu (I use dmenu_run as the runbox)
- Slock (as a screenlocker. Less annoying than Xlockmore and using Xscreensaver)
- Openbox (window manager) - documentation from Urukrama
- Tint2 (panel)
Interesting applications I keep an eye on:
- Google Chrome/Chromium