Linux is powerful and much comfortable as a Professional Desktop, especially in areas of Web Development and Programming. It gives great tools to do work easier. Linux also proofs its efficiency in other areas as well. Developing Hollywood films to use as Gaming consoles are also possible with Linux.
The useful tools
Zend Studio – PHP IDE.
Eclipse with PHP eclipse and Aptana plugin – A complete web2.0 IDE
GIMP – a complete Image Editing and designing tool – It will do even opening PSD files and editing. an alternative to photoshop
NVU, Quanta Plus, Kdevelop, Qt designer – good and powerful web authoring/Programming tools of its own class.
Kbear and gFTP – FTP clients
Kdesvn – Directly integrate SVN into KDE and konqueror – same as tortoise SVN does on windows.
QSvn – Qt based SVN GUI.
webdav:/ – client protocol to browse SVN repos.
kopete or Gaim – The multi protocol messengers – The complete buddylists in one tool
Skype – telephony
Firefox – the killer application
Use Internet explorer 6 with wine and winetools
Mplayer and Xine based multimedia players – enjoy the media
Amarok – the jukebox with lot of features
Realplayer and Helix player – another media player and jukebox system
Myth TV – the Media Center
K3b – CD/DVD creation
and a lot of command line tools that do great work.
Al tools within favorite KDE is an amazing environment for a professional developer to work on.
On the other side we have all popular server tools Apache,PHP and MySQL to run everything in a local system
thus we can make each Linux desktop to a powerful web development system.