How to find Linux applications

Not only newbies have often difficulties in finding the right application for a certain task. I usually browse in several different software catalogues to find some interesting application for something I need to get done.

Here are my favourite Linux software catalogues:
After I find something of interest, I install the software using the package management of the distribution. I compile the software only when there is no package available for the distro I happen to be using. If you are using one of the more popular distributions, there should be no need to compile anything from sources.

A good rule to remember is: if you don't know how to compile some application from sources, you probably should not even try to compile it.

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