Linux Pie

Linux Pie is a distributions aimed at developers and small businesses in need of a reliable, secure platform for programming, graphics, and other such endeavors. Packed with the some of the highest quality software open-source has to offer with even more selections at your fingertips, Linux Pie tries to fulfill the needs of any developers. A clean unobtrusive theme allows one to concentrate on their work while still have an aesthetic 3d desktop.


Linux Pie has many pieces of software installed. Please note that many of these program descriptions come from WikiPedia and this page's mantainer, techwizrd.


Linux Pie distributed with very powerful graphics software.


The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is a raster graphics editor used to process digital graphics and photographs. Typical uses include creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, altering colors, combining multiple images, removing unwanted image features, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in GIF format. It is often used as a free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop, the most widely used bitmap editor in the printing and graphics industries; however, it is not designed to be a Photoshop clone.

Blender (planned for next Release Candidate)

Blender is a 3D animation program released as free software. It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications. Blender is available for several operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, IRIX, Solaris, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD with unofficial ports for BeOS, SkyOS, AmigaOS, MorphOS and Pocket PC. Blender has a robust feature set similar in scope and depth to other high-end 3D software such as Softimage|XSI, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Lightwave and Maya. These features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid body, fluid, and softbody dynamics, modifier based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting.


Linux Pie comes with a variety of internet applications as listed below. Please remember that these are not the only applications distributed, just the main ones.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox (abbreviated officially as Fx, but also unofficially as FF) is a web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite, managed by the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox had about 15% of the recorded usage share of Web browsers as of January 2008 making Firefox the second-most popular browser in current use worldwide after Internet Explorer. Firefox has been considered a "rival" to Internet Explorer.

Firefox uses the open-source Gecko layout engine, which implements some current Web standards plus a few features which are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards.

Firefox includes tabbed browsing, a spell checker, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager, and a search system that uses Google. Functions can be added through more than 2,000 add-ons created by third party developers; the most popular include NoScript (script blocker), FoxyTunes (controls music players), Adblock Plus (ad blocker), StumbleUpon (website discovery), DownThemAll! (download functions) and Web Developer (web tools).

Firefox runs on various versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and many other Unix-like operating systems. Its current stable release is version, released on February 7, 2008. Firefox's source code is free software, released under a tri-license GPL/LGPL/MPL.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a web browser. On December 7, 2004, version 1.0 was released, and received over 500,000 downloads in its first three days of release (and 1,000,000 in 10 days). As of 2008, Thunderbird has been downloaded more than 60 million times since 1.0 release. It features advanced message management, many extensions and themes, standards support, cross platform support, many localizations, and enterprise and government-grade security.

Pidgin Instant Messenger

Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client. The software supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols, allowing the user to log into various different services from one application.

Pidgin has support for multiple operating systems, including Windows as well as many Unix-like systems such as Linux, BSD, and AmigaOS (through the X11 engine). It is notable for its support for multiple instant messaging protocols. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it. The program is extendable through plugins, including "Off-the-Record Messaging" and Pidgin encryption, providing end-to-end message encryption.

It includes many features such as on-action automated scripts for contact status changes (called Buddy Pounces), tabbed message windows for conversation management, grouping multiple buddies into a single "contact", conversation and chat logging, notification pop-ups available through the guifications plug-in and libnotify plug-in, contact aliasing, spell checking, notification area integration.

It also supports many popular protocols such as .NET Messenger Service (commonly known as MSN), OSCAR (AIM/ICQ/.Mac), XMPP (Jabber, Google Talk), Gadu-Gadu, Internet Relay Chat, MySpaceIM, Novell GroupWise, SILC, Yahoo!, Zephyr, Lotus Sametime (previously supported by the third party gaim-meanwhile plugin), QQ (previously supported by the third-party OpenQ plugin), Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) (only chat at present), Bonjour (Apple's implementation of Zeroconf), Tlen (with a third-party plugin)[3], Xfire (with a third-party plugin)[4], and Skype (with a third-party plugin).


OpenOffice.Org 2.3 (OO.o or OOo) is an office application suite available for a number of different computer operating systems. It supports the OpenDocument standard for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft Office '97-2003 formats, among many others. is based on StarOffice, an office suite developed by StarDivision and acquired by Sun Microsystems in August 1999. The source code of the suite was released in July 2000 with the aim of reducing the dominant market share of Microsoft Office by providing a free, open and high-quality alternative. is free software, available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

The project and software are informally referred to as OpenOffice, but this term is a trademark held by another party, requiring the project to adopt as its formal name.


A word processor similar in look and feel to Microsoft Word and offering a comparable range of functions and tools. It also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages. One important difference between Writer and Microsoft Word is that in Writer, many functions and number formats from Calc (below) are available in Writer’s tables.


A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as a PDF file.


A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files allowing them to be played on any computer with the Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files, and the ability to read Microsoft PowerPoint's .ppt format. Impress suffers from a lack of ready-made presentation designs. However, templates are readily available on the Internet.


A database program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base may be used as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL. Base became part of the suite starting with version 2.0. Native to the suite is an adaptation of HSQL. While ooBase can be a front-end for any of the databases listed, there is no need for any of them to be installed.


A vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It features versatile "connectors" between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It has similar features to Desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher.


A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor. Formulae can be embedded inside other documents, such as those created by Writer. It supports multiple fonts and can export to PDF.



Geany is a light-weight cross-platform GTK+ text editor based on Scintilla with basic Integrated Development Environment (IDE) features. It is designed to have limited dependency on separate packages and short load times. It is available for a wide range of operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, BSD and Solaris. Among the supported programming languages are (according to the documentation) C, Java, PHP, HTML, Python, Perl and Pascal.

Geany is one of the more fully-featured editors on the Linux platform, as most Linux editors adopt a more minimalist philosophy. It is similar to Windows editors such as NoteTab or ConTEXT. It has such features as auto-complete, multi-document support, project support, syntax highlighting, code-folding, and symbol lists.

It is Free Software licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL.


IDLE is an Integrated DeveLopment Environment for python, which is bundled in each release of the programming tool since 2.3. It is completely written in python and the Tkinter GUI toolkit (wrapper functions for Tcl/Tk).

According to the included README, its main features are multi-window text editor with syntax highlighting, autocompletion, smart indent and other, Python shell with syntax highlighting, integrated debugger with stepping, persistent breakpoints, and call stack visibility.


SciTE or SCIntilla based Text Editor is a cross-platform text editor written by Neil Hodgson using the Scintilla editing component. It is licensed under a minimal version of the Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer. The current version is 1.75, released on November 21, 2007.

Lightweight and built for speed, it is designed mainly for source editing, and performs syntax highlighting and inline function reference for many different languages. There is a standalone .exe available also, ideal for USB flash drives including U3-compatible models. SciTE shares some features with other editors that are also based on the Scintilla editing component.

Glade 3

Glade Interface Designer is a graphical user interface builder for GTK+, with additional components for GNOME. In its third version, Glade is programming language–independent, and does not produce code for events, but rather an XML file that is then used with libglade for inclusion with a program. The main advantage to this system is separating the GUI and the program so that changes to the GUI do not require recompilation.

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