VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. Such maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectivity. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to get an overview over complex contexts
Need update for Debian/Ubuntu family...
Pros: Extremely lightweight, naturalistic branch layout, some great drag and drop functionality, and the basis for a great mind mapping too Cons: Not that intuitive... Diverts from standard key operations, e.g. pressing F2 won't allow you to edit a branch Having used Xmind for Windows I'd like more 'usuability.' Some features exceed its rivals (including Xmind Free), but certain things - like being able to colour branch lines according to their grouping, rather than having only one colour for all branches, and being able to paste text to directly create nodes - would be great to have. That said, if you want a simple, light, desktop cross-platform mind mapping application this is a contender that will support your idea generation, and integrate well with other office programs you are using, then this should fit the bill.