Hey I am looking for a replacement for Dban to format/wipe a Hdd, I posted in ubuntu formums... nothing, scanned softpedia... no luck.
Due to being new to Linux any suggestions regarding:
1. Replacement to Dban (not Gparted)
While its not free software, I've been using Dfsee for years. Comes in OS/2, Win, Linux and Mac versions, does far more than just wipe a hard drive. Have a look here:http://www.dfsee.com/
2. Other places to look for Linux downloads rather than just softpedia... I just noticed sourceforge perhaps it is OK?
If I'm looking for software for Linux, I normally search freshmeat.net before most other places. On the other hand, unless I have some reason to build a Vector specific package, I would probably try the Vector repositories first, and possibly linuxpackages.net (though I've found the quality of packages from that site to be very variable, even for pure Slackware). Sourceforge hosts a number of projects, but it is often easier to find them using other resources (such as freshmeat) than to search Sourceforge itself.
Also is it easy and/or recommended to install development IDEs such as Codeblocks or Eclipse on VL (I am trying to move my development to LInux too)
For a lightweight IDE, try Geany. Its in the VL repos, so gslapt or slapt-get will install it for you. I've no experience of Codeblocks or Eclipse, so I couldn't comment on them, I'm afraid. There are lots of other development tools available.