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    Default Light applications for my xfce :) Give me your wisdom

    Hello everyone
    I am using xfce and I like it

    I am looking for lightweight applications for the following

    -Looking email over imap. Something that will not mess with my thunderbird at work.
    -Pdf reader
    -Flash player, if any
    -Writing and previewing latex documents
    -Skype client

    What are your tips ?

    Regards
    Alex

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    Hi Alex,

    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    Hello everyone
    I am using xfce and I like it

    I am looking for lightweight applications for the following
    I'm not sure how lightweight you want your applications to be, but some things you've asked really have not choice but the mainstream option (e.g. Flash player). By lightweight, I assume you mean to run in a console terminal because it doesn't get more lightweight than that! I'm not too familiar with the native XFCE apps, but you may wish to check Xfce Wiki - recommendedapps .

    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    -Looking email over imap. Something that will not mess with my thunderbird at work.
    An X GTK+ option is Claw Mail. Alpine is better. Mutt is the best of all.

    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    -Pdf reader
    I think you really need X for that. Epdfview and Xpdf are basic PDF viewers. There is very good but no-so-lightweight option from KDE called Okular. If you really insist on a console application, you could use pdftohtml and view the result in Lynx.

    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    -Flash player, if any
    I know of no alternative.

    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    -Writing and previewing latex documents
    For writing LaTeX documents, you can just use text editor, but your choice will depend on how advanced you are. I use Vim (with vim-latex) but you may prefer Emacs. X-based (but still lightweight) equivalents are GVim and XEMacs. The not-so-light KDE option is Kile if you want an beginner-friendly IDE.

    For previewing, you have no choice but to use X. If you're already using Okular for PDFs, it's also ideal for previewing DVI output of TeX/LaTeX files. The GNOME equivalent is Evince, but I've never tried it.

    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    -Skype client
    Ermmm.... Skype? I know of no other alternatives on Linux.

    HTH

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    On 2012-11-30 12:16, alaios wrote:
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    > Hello everyone
    > I am using xfce and I like it
    >
    > I am looking for lightweight applications for the following
    >
    > -Looking email over imap. Something that will not mess with my
    > thunderbird at work.


    Alpine. Mutt was called "Pine on steroids", I personally don't like it much.

    Note: Alpine does not cache locally emails, every time you look at a
    post again, it downloads it again. You need a good network. On the other
    hand, thunderbird caches all emails, read or not.

    But define "messing with thunderbird", because imap was created for
    collaboration: the email that you read at home will be tagged read at
    work, too.

    > -Pdf reader


    xpdf, gv, evince, okular...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    Alpine. Mutt was called "Pine on steroids", I personally don't like it much.
    Sacrilege!

    I knew that Alpine was based on Pine, but I didn't think Mutt was at all. You can set mutt however to cache emails in local folders (in your ~/.muttrc). The only difficulties I've had with Mutt is in forwarding attachments, but configuring the MIME forwarding entries does help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    Hello everyone
    I am using xfce and I like it
    Hello. I am using xfce as well. So hopefully I can help.

    -Looking email over imap. Something that will not mess with my thunderbird at work.
    I usually use Seamonkey browser since it has built in email client. Though something standalone you might try claws mail.

    -Pdf reader
    I use epdfview.

    -Skype client
    Skype. As it needs to be running to use alternate client anyway as far as I know.

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    On 2012-11-30 17:46, flymail wrote:
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    > robin_listas;2507826 Wrote:
    >>
    >> Alpine. Mutt was called "Pine on steroids", I personally don't like it
    >> much.
    >>

    >
    > Sacrilege!
    >
    > I knew that Alpine was based on Pine, but I didn't think Mutt was at
    > all.


    No, no, they are not based one on the other, no. However, that saying
    above does exist :-) meaning that mutt is like a much more powerful and
    customizable Pine aka Alpine

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    For LaTeX the LyX 2 frontend is very undemanding while editing, particularly if you close the LaTeX code viewer rather than expecting it continuously to update while you are editing. I normally only open it when I hit a problem I cannot diagnose in LyX.

    You can edit the LyX preferences to use ePDFview or whatever lightweight PDF reader you choose. The demands in Kile or LyX come when you ask LaTeX to compile for whatever reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    For LaTeX the LyX 2 frontend is very undemanding while editing, particularly if you close the LaTeX code viewer rather than expecting it continuously to update while you are editing. I normally only open it when I hit a problem I cannot diagnose in LyX.

    You can edit the LyX preferences to use ePDFview or whatever lightweight PDF reader you choose. The demands in Kile or LyX come when you ask LaTeX to compile for whatever reason.

    Hi again I tried installing lyx2 in my system. (well could not find something like lyx2 but lyx). For that installation I have to download 300+ Mb and the installation will take 925Mb of space. Is this normal? I find it quite a lot. IF is normal though I will proceed.


    Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    Hi again I tried installing lyx2 in my system. (well could not find something like lyx2 but lyx). For that installation I have to download 300+ Mb and the installation will take 925Mb of space. Is this normal? I find it quite a lot. IF is normal though I will proceed.
    It depends on how many of the other dependencies you presently don't have installed already (e.g. TeXLive) - they should be listed in Yast (or sudo zypper install lyx) before you install. If you haven't installed LaTeX, then yes I can imagine it taking up quite a lot of space. I already have a LaTeX install, and in my hands Lyx would additionally require clisp, libpq5, xindy, and xindy-rules using up an additional 102.1 MiB, which would mean IMO that Lyx not a lightweight application.

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    On 2012-12-04 15:36, alaios wrote:

    > Hi again I tried installing lyx2 in my system. (well could not find
    > something like lyx2 but lyx). For that installation I have to download
    > 300+ Mb and the installation will take 925Mb of space. Is this normal? I
    > find it quite a lot. IF is normal though I will proceed.


    It depends on what you have already installed. You probably need to
    install latex. Maybe it brings in parts of kde if you install the kde
    flavour of lyx.

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