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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 20th Sep 05, 4:11 PM
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    Great Free Software Hunt
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:11 PM
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    Great Free Software Hunt 20th Sep 05 at 4:11 PM
    What's it all about?

    The virtual free equivalent of Microsoft Office and other graphics programs can be had for free. It's what's called open source software. This is because often the developing community, much like MoneySavers, like to hunt as a pack and work on constantly improving software rather than being locked into the rigid constrains of commercial software.

    So I'm starting a Great Hunt for the best and I'm putting my own suggestion, Open Office to start with.

    Other site users' recommendations:


    Opera
    Firefox
    Picasa
    Nvu
    paint.net
    Serif


    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 15-08-2006 at 12:46 PM.
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  • bytie bit
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:37 PM
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:37 PM
    http://www.filehippo.com/ all the main ones what you need........
    • mike_paterson
    • By mike_paterson 20th Sep 05, 4:48 PM
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:48 PM
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:48 PM
    http://sourceforge.net/index.php is the source of pretty much all open source software.
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 27-09-2005 at 12:17 PM.
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    • mike_paterson
    • By mike_paterson 20th Sep 05, 4:54 PM
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:54 PM
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:54 PM
    http://www.snapfiles.com lists loads of freeware and shareware as does http://www.tucows.com
    To infinity and beyond!
  • bytie bit
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:58 PM
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    • 20th Sep 05, 4:58 PM
    My second best site is http://www.majorgeeks.com
    • --_Adam_--
    • By --_Adam_-- 21st Sep 05, 9:56 PM
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    • 21st Sep 05, 9:56 PM
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    • 21st Sep 05, 9:56 PM
    Just a couple of my personal favourites:

    GIMP - Nice graphics program equivalent to Paint Shop Pro/Photoshop

    Resize-O-Matic - Does exactly what it says on the tin - allows you to resize one or more images from your right-click menu

    VLC - great media player

    WinSCP - SFTP and SCP client

    Adam
  • sertav
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    • 22nd Sep 05, 1:14 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 05, 1:14 AM
    Audacity --> Digital Audio Editor

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net
  • oldrimes
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    • 22nd Sep 05, 8:32 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 05, 8:32 AM
    My favourite is freemind - a mind mapping tool.

    More details and can download it from here:
    http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
  • rgcoleman
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    • 22nd Sep 05, 9:02 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 05, 9:02 AM
    www.download.com is an immense collection of commercial, shareware and freeware software titles.

    doing an advanced search allows you to choose only the freeware items
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  • wealthsaver
    Unix software and other free stuff
    Thanks for the thread Martin.

    See part of FAQ copyright by Rick Moen of linux!!!!!.com

    Wordperfect can be obtained for Linux some mirrors listed here.
    http://linux!!!!!.com/wpfaq/downloadwp8.html

    He also writes about available proprietary and opensource office applications for linux here: http://linux!!!!!.com/wpfaq/future.html

    As well as Office applications it is possible to get downloads for open source operating systems and free to use for non-business purposes software.

    eg
    Tucows downloads for freeware, shareware and commercial.
    http://Tucows.com

    Free Linux distributions:
    www.slackware.com
    www.debian.org

    Software Porting and Archive centre for HP-UX (HP Unix)
    http://hpux.connect.org.uk/

    Sun Solaris V10 - Free download.
    http://www.sun.com/download/index.jsp

    Sun Software, Information and Technology Exchange (Sun SITE) program.
    One of its goals - Provide easy, global access to free software and tools
    ftp://sunsite.org.uk/package
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 27-09-2005 at 12:12 PM.
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  • cashless
    The Open Source CD
    There is a great selection of quality Open Source software for everyone available from:

    http://theopencd.sunsite.dk/

    The idea is that you download a special file that allows you to burn a CD with all the software for sharing. Of course you can just download and install individual pieces of software if you like. Software is specially chosen for its reliability and common appeal.

    The CD is frequently updated, so the software varies slightly on each version.

    A great starting point for Open Source and free alternatives to commercial software.
    Last edited by cashless; 22-09-2005 at 1:42 PM.
  • jezza1O1
    Prob same as above:
    http://www.theopencd.org/

    A big collection of stuff, bit like sourceforge...
    http://freshmeat.net/

    Top 10 on the site as a starting point:
    MPlayer
    Linux
    cdrtools
    Gaim
    MySQL
    VLC
    PHP
    gcc
    xine
    TightVNC

    Guess most tech savy kids take things like open office for granted, never occured to me people might be splashing out when the free stuff is out there. Recommending Linux is prob going to far though !
    Last edited by jezza1O1; 22-09-2005 at 2:08 PM.
  • d.o.o.g
    Not software per se, but useful none the less - Open Source Web Design - OSWD.org has masses of free website templates. All are labelled according to their compatibility with different browsers and so forth.
    • Scottish_Saver
    • By Scottish_Saver 22nd Sep 05, 2:46 PM
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    Scottish_Saver
    What's it all about?

    The virtual free equivalent of Microsoft Office and other graphics programs can be had for free. It's what's called open source software. This is because often the developing community, much like MoneySavers, like to hunt as a pack and work on constantly improving software rather than being locked into the rigid constrains of commercial software.

    So I'm starting a Great Hunt for the best and I'm putting my own suggestion, Open Office to start with.

    Other site users' recommendations:


    Opera
    Firefox
    Picasa
    Nvu
    paint.net
    Serif
    by MSE Martin
    Hi,
    This may have been mentioned earlier but the Firefox link should be
    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
    Scottish_Saver
    Achmore near the Isle of Skye
  • jam
    I see a few people have mentioned www.download.com, and that's fine. But free software isn't necessarily open source software. It all depends in your definition of free. Popular opinion among geeks is that free as in speech software is a better option than free as in beer software.
    For an idea of what i'm on about see here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software
    http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

    cheers
    jam
    • ohit
    • By ohit 22nd Sep 05, 2:59 PM
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    ohit
    I think this is a great thread. Selecting open source only might be being a bit too narrow in selections though. Some programs have free versions of their paids ones, which are pretty good too.

    IrfanView is a great image program. You can view slideshows, batch conversios, apply some filters. It's very quick and will view/play anything.
    http://www.irfanview.com

    The Gimp I think has already been mentioned. It's meant to be the open source replacement for Photoshop. Very powerful.

    EditPad Lite from Jasc software. The Lite is the free version and is good to have. It's way better than Notepad.

    AVG Free Anti-Virus: http://free.grisoft.com/
    Anti-Virus software free for personal non-commerical use (e.g. virtually all home computer users).
    It's certainly not as feature full as the paid packages (they usually include firewalls, email spam filters, etc.) but for simple anti-virus protection, it is perfect.

    Thunderbird and FireFox has already been mentioned. These can also be regarded as being more secure than IE/Outlook. Certainly requires less maintenance in terms of patches/updates etc. just to be secure.

    Konfabulator: http://www.konfabulator.com/
    Great desktop widgets software with loads of useful tools on your desktop for quick access.

    CDBurnerXP: http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
    CD and DVD burning/copying software for free. PCs and upgrades to PC might come with paid for versions of burning/copying software, but one could save money by buying the CD/DVD writing hardware device in OEM form which doesn't come with any software - Just the drive. Therefore you could then use this CDBurnerXP software to do copying with. A way to save money - You pay less for the OEM drive as software is not included.

    Spyware Blaser, Spyware Doctor, Spybot-Search&Destroy. Search on www.download.com for the links.
    All free programs to keep spyware and other junk off your PC. Good programs to have in combinatio with FireFox and the AVG Free Anti-Virus above.

    PuTTY. Free telnet/SSH remote login program. A bit of a specialist use though.

    That's all I can think of for now!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 27-09-2005 at 12:15 PM.
    • ohit
    • By ohit 22nd Sep 05, 3:02 PM
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    ohit
    I see a few people have mentioned www.download.com, and that's fine. But free software isn't necessarily open source software. It all depends in your definition of free. Popular opinion among geeks is that free as in speech software is a better option than free as in beer software.
    by jam
    OpenOffice is probably the most significant recommendation here - It just happens to be open source as well.

    The Original post mentions programs like Picasa, which are free, but not open source.

    And so on.

    So, For the purposes of this site I think we should stick with free, as in, of no monetary cost.
  • tyke65
    http://www.onlythebestfreeware.com/ is a pretty good one too
  • cport80
    http://www.linuxiso.org for free linux distributions.

    Sourceforge is fantastic. Very useful to us in academia where resources are limited. We use AC3 filter (http://sourceforge.net/projects/ac3filter) and MpegDecoder (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=98765&package_id=105790) to play DVD's in media player without paying for extra plug-ins.

    Open office is quite good and can open documents created with MS office (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=98765&package_id=105790)

    MySQL is a free database system, similar to MS SQL server 2000. There used to be a good free front-end interface called MySQLFront which you now have to pay for. Unless of course you use SQLYog instead (http://www.webyog.com/) which is similar and only has a few limitations on the free version.

    Audacity is a good (not fantastic) freeware .wav file editor.

    We also use ConTEXT - a freeware text editor with syntax highlighters for various programming languages (java, JSP, ASP, VB, PHP, cold fusion and quite a few more). Also 1st page 2000 is another free editor which is geared more towards web-page production with a few nice features (such as a script library).

    If you're going to use TightVNC (remote desktop which doesn't log the remote user out) then I also recommend you look at Fast-push which allows you to install VNC onto a remote computer (you need to know it's IP number and admin password).

    FTP Surfer (http://www.whispertech.com/surfer/index.htm) is a great FTP client for people who are new to FTP. The interface is just like a normal window and it works well.

    There is a great selection of admin utilities at Sys-internals (http://www.sysinternals.com/). Well worth a look. As is the utility collection on Analog-X (http://www.analogx.com/welcome.htm).

    Apache web-server (http://www.apache.org/) if you want to host your own web-sites. If so PHP is a superb free scripting language to produce dynamic content (http://www.php.net/). This is a bit tech-savvy, especially setting it all up but there are plenty of books on the subject.

    Picture-shark (http://www.picture-shark.com/) is a good freeware utility to add digital watermarks (name, logo etc) to your pics. Just a few clicks and you can add your watermark to a batch of pics in one go. If you are creating web-sites and need to produce thumbnails, also have a look at the excellent Easy Thumbnails from fookes (http://www.fookes.com/).

    I could spend days listing all the useful freeware stuff I've found over the years. My advice; if you need something try Google first. Stick +freeware on the end of your search and see what comes up. You can save a packet
    • blinky
    • By blinky 22nd Sep 05, 3:10 PM
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    blinky
    Anything at Sourceforge - the biggest open source depository
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