Since, a lot has changed. Two years is a long time. I have decided to write a new article, from scratch, cataloging an up-to-date collection of must-have programs. To make it even more interesting and useful, I decided to add screenshots wherever I can and link to tutorials explaining the use of these programs.
So, not only will you have a nice list compiled, you will also have a preview of what they look like and detailed instructions how to configure them!
Like the last time, the programs will be sorted by categories. The list won't be too short, but it won't be too long, either. It will contain just enough great stuff to get you started, without being scarce or overwhelming. Considering the fact that almost anything in Linux can be done in fifteen different ways, it is very easy to get lost in the ocean of choices. I will try to maintain a right balance between quality and quantity.
Furthermore, it is important to add that I am using or have at least thoroughly tested all and any application listed here. There will be no random entries.See the list here: New cool list of Linux must-have programs