Search for a DVD Ripper

Linux App Finder's first multi-page article is now available. Check out Search for a DVD Ripper for reviews of some of the top GNU/Linux alternatives. The goal was finding the best app for converting the main movie of a DVD to a single file playable on any computer. As a bonus I threw in a few apps targeted at creating DVD ISO's for burning back to a rewritable disk.

OpenSUSE rpm Repositories

I'm pleased to announce that Linux App Finder now has links to the latest OpenSUSE repositories. An entry has also been made in the Filter Options page. Because SUSE doesn't always use the same package name as Debian there may be cases when a link doesn't appear when a package actually exists. I have adjusted for this in all the discrepancies that I found, but I'm sure there are some I missed. Please let us know if you find one that is missing. We are also interested in your feedback if there are any specific rpm repositories you would like to see listed that aren't already.

Repository Filters

Selecting the "Filter Options" link from the top right hand corner of any category page will now reveal four more choices. A "Repositories" section has been added with four options. Selecting none or all will display any app, regardless of availability, which is what the display has previously been. Additionally, you can now filter by Debian, Ubuntu, other deb repositories, or no repository. Hopefully this will continue to improve the ability to use the site for finding useful Linux apps.

New Web Links RSS Feed

A new RSS feed has been added to Linux App Finder. It will contain the most recent web links that have been submitted for any program in the database. These links typically appear on the right hand side of the site, but until now there hasn't been a way to monitor all of the links, regardless of which program it relates to. The feed can be added by choosing "Linux App Finder Web Links" from the list of feeds that is shown after clicking the RSS or Live Bookmark icon at the right of your browser's address bar.

Linux App Finder Blog

Today marks the start of the Linux App Finder Blog. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I'll be using the blog to comment on apps that have been added to the database, have recently done something noteworthy, or just something that I find interesting and think others might also. The first entry is about Croquet, a new open source software platform for creating collaborative multi-user online applications in a 3D environment.

Sort by Rating

Sort by Rating is now the default view when browsing categories. It looks first for the highest visitor rated apps and then for most viewed. A simple drop down box is available to switch between sorting by rating and alphabetically.

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