Thanks for the list. I am using almost all those applications right now.
Saint of Killers wrote:
Apps? Hmm. I've grown to quite like Asunder as a cd ripper/encoder. Small, and simple.
Thoggen still stands as a great free dvd ripper/encoder, ripping to the free ogg-therora format.
GNU/Icecat works nicely as a browser.
Gthumb is always excellent for handling images, and doing a spot of simple editing.
Miro is of course, excellent, and empowering, allowing access to a great range of free content and news.
Listen or Rhythmbox as a music player/manager. Both do a great job, are simple to use, and have plenty of configurability if needed. My prefernce is Rhythmbox tho personally.
Mplayer is of course a great media player, with excellent built-in support for multiple formats./ Totem is pretty good as a general media player.
Xchat-gnome is of course essential for those wanting to keep in touch on IRC.
Abiword and Gnumeric are great and powerful tools, a word-processor and spreadsheet tool respectively, with plenty of options and compatability, but without the bloat of other suites.
GIMP is still a great graphics editor, etc.
Seriously tho, anyone who objects to having Frozen-Bubble in things needs their head read. :P
GPRename is an excelent bulk-renamer, handling files, and directories, with ease.
Devede for making playable dvds out of video files.
Easytag for manipulating the tags of, and renaming audio files.
Of the email clients, I'm only really a user of Evolution and Thunderbird, so I don't have anything else to add.
I'm also fond of gPodder, an excellent podcast catcher, and handler.
Audacity for the obvious editing and manipulation of audio files.
Tracker-search-tool has become a necessity to keep track of all our "stuff".
Also, don't forget to include something like Gnome-pp for those still stuck on dial-up. There are still quite a lot of people unable to get broadband for a number of reasons.
This is all that I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure i'll thin of more, but I see many of these as being an excellent base, and giving us a working, usable desktop experience, able to do most things right away.