Best Software Per Category
I will be learning and using Linux soon, and I'm trying to learn what the best apps are for daily productivity and entertainment tasks.
I plan on using Slackware and trying Arch, and a few Slackware based distros such as Frugalware and others.
I know that I want to try XFCE for my DE, Firefox as my browser, OpenOffice for my office software, and of course the GIMP, but I don't really have much other experience or knowledge of other software that runs on Linux.
Can you please recommend the top picks by category, or point me to some sites that will help me learn of the best apps available? I understand that to some degree the term "best" is rather subjective, but just try and understand what I mean.
I'm looking for everything from ripping and burning, to a PDF reader like Adobe Reader. I need a movie viewer that can view Windows Media, Quicktime, and whatever other standard formats, an iTunes/WinAmp type program (Amarok?) that can rip and play all of the standard audio file formats; MP3, WAV, and I'm very interested in FLAC. I also need a CD/DVD player/burner software that can create and burn ISO files. I don't want half baked, buggy, low featured, premature software, but the good and thoroughly usable ones only.
I don't want anymore overlap in functionality than absolutely necessary. If there's a good app that can do more than one thing well; all the better, if there's an app that does only one thing, and does it better than any other app, that's great too. In one sense I'm a minimalist, but in another sense I like powerful, full featured software that can get the job done, and without needing "helper" programs or too much work on my part to get it done. I like synergy, and efficiency.
What are your suggestions?