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    Lloyd_Humph

    Post all the best O>S software here - I'm trying to get a list of all the BEST open source software available. After all, OS software is sometimes the best and im 13, ergo i cant buy anything so... this is a cheap option for me.

    Also post freeware! So long as its free i dont care. I just wanna load up my pc with brilliant software that costs nothing.

    And of course, it could also help anyone else whos lookign for freeware open source etc.


    So far ive got:

    Inkscape - graphics editor
    Blender - THE most amazing 3-D CGI-thingy
    Open-Office - Not the best, but i like it!
    MediaCoder - converts all file types from anything to antyhing (roughly)


    That can probably be re-written to sound better, but i really cant be bothered.

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    Bas

    Not all of it open source, but you want free (as in beer), not necessarily open source, so:

    - Visual Basic/C# Express
    - Paint.NET

    Also stuff like Live Messenger, but I don't think that's the sort of stuff you're looking for.

    I could probably think of more, but I really can't be bothered.

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    billh

    I've heard of this site....

    http://www.osalt.com/

    ...but haven't had time to go through it yet. Smiley

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    Angus

    I would have to say Firefox is very good. Also, I like Ubuntu, however this is an operating system so I don't know if this is the type of software you are interested in.

    Angus Higgins

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    Harlequin

    And, like we've said many times before, it's not the "best" you want. It's the "best for you" you want.

    Which is also why we don't make fun of Jamie for using Corel products Tongue Out

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    Rory

    The one OSS product I use on a daily basis is Camino.

    Not so much because I like it, but because Safari has such a hard time rendering sites the other popular browsers can handle with ease.

    As I've stated here in the past, I'd much rather use Safari. It'd be nice if Apple would swap out KHTML for Gecko. That would be quite the nice browser.

    Why Apple went with KHTML is beyond me. The story's probably out there somewhere - just haven't looked.

    Now that I think about it, though, I don't use any other OSS products. At least not on the desktop.

    Community Server for my site.

    That's about it.

    Used to run OSS stuff exclusively, but that was back in the Windows ME days. I couldn't afford Windows 2000, which I would have otherwise used. At the time, I was using Red Hat, Mandrake, and Slackware on my various machines. Worked out pretty well.

    Lost interest when XP and .NET came out. The switch also seems to have been income related. Once the dough really started flowing, I wanted to spend more time going out, and less time twiddling all the little configuration bits to get distros perfectly dialed in.

    It was fun for a while. Nowadays, I want simple, turnkey software, hence my interest in Windows and OS X.

    Sometimes I miss the fun of customizing my desktop (was always a Gnome/Enlightenment guy). That said, it's for the best in my case, as I want to spend less and less time on the computer as I get older.

    Reading... Courtship... Driving... Music...

    Those are the things I do now instead of typing away for hours on end.

    I also have this nasty habit of responding to people in forums with the intention of keeping things simple, but then accidentally telling my life story Smiley

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    TimP

    Here is some of the OSS I use on Windows.

    Gaim..errr..Pidgin
    7zip
    FileZilla
    z390 (System/360 through z/Arch cross-assembler)
    DOSBox
    Hercules (use it more on Linux, though)
    PuTTY
    Notepad2

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    phreaks

    Ultimate Boot CD For Windows (UBCD) - http://www.ubcd4win.com/

    And my personal fav for Open Source / free project of the last 5 years - Xbox Media Center! Although it's for your xbox (not the 360, the 'classic' xbox) it is a nice shiny application that has made a huge impact in my daily life.

    http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/ (manuals, etc)
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/xbmc (source + Binaries)
    http://blackbolt.x-scene.com/ (XBMC Skins)
    http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox-tutorials.php (Tutorials)
    http://www.connectedinternet.co.uk/2006/03/21/screenshots-of-my-xbmc-setup  (Screenshots)



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    Sampy

    I second PuTTY. I swore by that app in college.

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    Rossj

    Rory wrote:
    

    The one OSS product I use on a daily basis is Camino.

    Not so much because I like it, but because Safari has such a hard time rendering sites the other popular browsers can handle with ease.

    You can't have imagined for a second that I wasn't going to call you on this, especially since I've not seen a site that Safari can't render for quite a long time now - apart from C9, for which I have to use Camino (GRR).  So I'd like maybe two or three examples of sites that Safari has a 'hard time' with please, if you have a second ...


    Rory wrote:
    Why Apple went with KHTML is beyond me. The story's probably out there somewhere - just haven't looked.

    Because the code is understandable, and because it is easy to scale down (as shown by the fact that it is now running on some Nokia phones), because it is fast.


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    Lloyd_Humph

    Harlequin wrote:
    And, like we've said many times before, it's not the "best" you want. It's the "best for you" you want.

    Which is also why we don't make fun of Jamie for using Corel products


    no no no, im not just creating this for ME, im trying to compile like a database that everyone can use and share their stuff etc.

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    Xaero_​Vincent

    The Gimp w/ many plugins
    VS Web Developer Express
    System-config-tool suite
    aMSN w/ plugins
    GAIM w/ plugins
    Quake 3 Arena
    Nexuiz
    Firefox
    Muppen64
    OpenOffice 2.2
    Euphoria
    Evolution
    BitTorrent
    aMule
    Wine
    Ntfs-config
    VNC Server/Viewer
    MPlayer/Xine/VLC
    XMMS/Amorak/Banshee
    K3B/Gnome Baker
    FSLint/KleanSweep
    Gnome Dictionary
    GConf editor

    I havent tried Inkscape or Blender but if I were into that sort of thing, I'd probably like them.

    There are other OSS that I like but not arent the best for me. Then there are a few OSS apps that I can't stand, such as Totem.

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    thumbtacks2

    Blender - great 3-D model program, supports many formats
    Audacity - sound editing
    Royal Cribbage - excellent "freeware" game

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    YearOfThe​LinuxDesktop

    Lloyd_Humph wrote:
    Post all the best O>S software here - I'm trying to get a list of all the BEST open source software available. After all, OS software is sometimes the best and im 13, ergo i cant buy anything so... this is a cheap option for me.

    Also post freeware! So long as its free i dont care. I just wanna load up my pc with brilliant software that costs nothing.

    And of course, it could also help anyone else whos lookign for freeware open source etc.


    So far ive got:

    Inkscape - graphics editor
    Blender - THE most amazing 3-D CGI-thingy
    Open-Office - Not the best, but i like it!
    MediaCoder - converts all file types from anything to antyhing (roughly)


    That can probably be re-written to sound better, but i really cant be bothered.


    FileZilla
    Firefox
    Free download manager
    CCleaner
    Task Switch XP
    Picasa
    TUGZip or ZipGenius

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    Lloyd_Humph

    thumbtacks2 wrote:
    Blender - great 3-D model program, supports many formats
    Audacity - sound editing
    Royal Cribbage - excellent "freeware" game


    Blender rocks and so does Audacity. i like the lil thing in audacity when u right click a file it just like, automatically lets u convert it

    If Blackberrys are addictive cellphones, Channel9 is the ultimate addictive website.
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    Lloyd_Humph

    To add another - definately AxCrypt. if i didnt have AxCrypt then all my secrets would be out by now... seems my brother didnt think about what to do AFTER i left my pc on and fell asleep.

    Also VeMODE for converting video files to my Treo 750/Tungsten T3.
    And to add to that:
    TCPMP which is easily the greatest video player for handhelds.

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    Xaero_​Vincent

    Rory wrote:
    It was fun for a while. Nowadays, I want simple, turnkey software, hence my interest in Windows and OS X.

    Now days Linux is pretty much turn key for me, except wireless, Intel graphic chipsets, and ATI graphics drivers crashing X on resume from suspend or hibernation.

    But Wireless will be getting a massive improvement in a few months in the Linux kernel. The Intel 8xx/9xx widescreen resolution support problem (requiring hacking the video firmware for unknown resolutions like 1280x800) will be fixed with the "xserver-xorg-video-i810-modesetting" driver. ATI's nasty driver bug has been fixed in the last couple driver releases.

    Rory wrote:
    Reading... Courtship... Driving... Music...

    Reading... eww.

    Courtship... Sad  Not yet.

    Driving... eww.

    Music... Cool I'm gonna try learning the guitar again. Big Smile

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    Mostly stuff other people have already said:

    The Gimp - if you want to maintain your sanity while multitasking with the Gimp, get the Deweirdifier plugin (makes all the windows inside a single window like any sane Windows program).

    Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim) - best IM app I've tried, beats Trillian speed-wise and beats having AOL crap on your computer.

    NASA WorldWind - like Google Earth, but brings together a lot more information from a lot of different sources.

    Notepad2 - Great notepad replacement with code highlighting and the works.

    jEdit - for more complicated projects than you'd want to use Notepad2 for--  yet another text editor, but much more powerful.

    Dosbox - it runs lots of games.  And windows 3.1.  Enough said.

    Wireshark - Open source packet sniffer, in case you want to know what you're computers sending out into the interwebs.

    Cygwin - provides the power of a Unix shell into Windows.  Powershell does the same thing, but it's so complex to use, it's not worth it.

    TortoiseSVN - if you use Subversion, this is the easiest Windows client you're likely to find.

    Oh, and I use my Simple Weather Applet to keep up with current weather conditions.  It's open source--  can I put it on my list? </shamelessPlug>  Smiley

    Not open source, but freeware:  OWANotify - just found this one yesterday, it's a program that notifies you when you have new mail if you only have access to Outlook Web Access.  Fixes my biggest irritation with OWA--  you have to have it open in a browser window to be notified that you have new mail.

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