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    So what's your favourite free software?

    Hi, first day posting here


    So what's your favourite free software?

    Use this thread to post your favourite free software. It can be freeware, opensource, whatever; a long as you don't have to pay to own and use it for personaly/non commercial use.
    If possible post a link to a site where you can download the software too so that we can all enjoy

    Text Editor - Vim
    Audio player - Winamp or iTunes
    Web Browser - Firefox
    Image viewer - Irfanview
    Virus guard - Avast
    FTP - SmartFTP
    P2P - Shareaza
    MP3 Tagger - MusicBrainz
    Spyware cleaner - Spybot-S&D
    Adware cleaner - AdAware
    Office package- OpenOffice
    Mail client - Thunderbird great little program but it's a ****ing piss off the way Thunderbird handles mail exporting :/





    What Firewall do you guys use?
    I'm thinking about getting ZoneAlarm...right now I use the firewall that came with my prolink modem/router.

    If at all, what Linux distro do you guys use?
    I've tried RedHat out and love it...Knoppix has issues with my VGA card and I've heard only great things about Ubuntu and I'm planning to buy SUSE


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    Quote Originally Posted by Koobi
    If at all, what Linux distro do you guys use?
    I've tried RedHat out and love it...Knoppix has issues with my VGA card and I've heard only great things about Ubuntu and I'm planning to buy SUSE


    Your turn.
    I have tried SuSE, whcih i personally didn't like but a lot of people do. Maybe i'm just too picky!

    Ubuntu (whcih is Debian based i think) is receiving a very warm welcome and have not heard a bad thing about it.

    Personally now though i use Fedora Core 3 which i think is the best operating system i have ever used!

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    P2P Sharing - Limewire or G3 Torrent for large files
    Browser - Firefox
    Mail Client - Thunderbird
    Graphics Editor - The GIMP
    MP3 Player - Winamp (the IDv1 and v2 editing suffices for my tagging needs)
    Web Server - Apache HTTP Server or Apache/Jakarta Tomcat for a non-production JSP/Servlet env.
    Scripting Environment (and calculator ) - ActivePython
    Spyware Removal - Spybot Search and Destroy

    Thanks for the link to spybot. I haven't had a spyware removal tool since I uninstalled the preview of MS antispyware. I didn't think I needed one until I opened my hotmail inbox via MSN messenger to see that my little brother had been installing all kinds of cursor and smilie (weird, I know) extensions into IE . It found soooo much spyware and only couldn't remove a couple of them because they were in memory, so it gets my vote .

    I originally planned to dual-boot Linux on this computer but apparently it's a problem if your hard disk is already partitioned (for some reason Dell saw it fit to give the Windows OS its own partition) and you want to keep the 60GB of stuff you've accumulated. (I only have 5 DVD+RWs at the moment so placing it all on DVDs and moving it back isn't much of an option, plus it would probably take days even if I did have enough blank DVD media)

    Edit:
    Heh, _Dan, I think we posted at exactly the same time; It shows me as being the last poster on the thread listing but your post is below mine
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    Text - metapad
    Firefox
    bloodshed Dev-cpp bloodshed.net
    Anim8or -anim8or.org
    BlazeFTP - http://www.flashpeak.com/blazeftp/
    and that firefox Fireftp extension is nice... http://fireftp.mozdev.org/
    audacity (sound recording etc) - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    xnview (image viewing)
    openoffice
    1st page (has nice html docs) http://www.evrsoft.com/1stpage2.shtml

    just some of the programs I have lying around...

    I have suse linux which seems okay, but it is only my first experience...I've just downloaded knoppix , going to play with it now!
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    Well, how do you define "free"? There are lots of software out there that is "free" but not "open"... Some say "free as in 'freedom'", but freedom from what? Cost? Patents? Usage limits? Distribution limits?



    I'll consider gratis as free...


    Browser: Without doubt, there is only one that cuts it... I don't care which, but one of the Gecko based browsers.

    Text editor: Good old SciTE, spartan but tremendously well made.

    Audio player: iTunes or Quintessential, depending on whether I want Apple Lossless or FLAC support. (I've ripped most of my CDs to Apple Lossless)

    Media player: VLC for interface and compatibility combination, MPlayer for compatibility with everything

    GUI: Much can be said about the various ones for X11 - but I'm certainly impressed by the LiteStep replacement shell for Windows. (Replaces cmd.com or explorer.exe as the GUI shell for Win32 based Windows versions, just like Claris Works did back in the Win16 days)

    UNIX: Well, I'd give a word for Microsoft Services for Unix - every other respectable operative system is UNIX in some form or other, but SFU adds UNIX beside Win32 in Windows (instead of on top of, like Cygwin). And who said Microsoft wasn't a UNIX company? I must say that both Darwin and HURD are impressive, though.

    Graphics editor: Well, vector graphics would be Expression 3, again a Microsoft product. I've not found a good replacement for Photoshop yet - the GIMP doesn't come close yet.

    Graphics viewer: Irfanview

    Dev. toolkit: Again, Microsoft. They give all but the Visual Studio IDE away for free, and the IDE can be replaced. GCC lacks in optimisation compared to the Microsoft C Toolkit, but it's a competitor of rank.

    Scripting environment: Well, I could have Spidermonkey here, or Python, or .NET, or Mono. But really, parrot got to be the coolest one out there - it'll eventually be able to run PERL5, PERL6, Ruby, PHP, Python, Forth, Scheme and likely also ECMAScript on one bytecode engine - and be faster than the CLR (.NET, Mono) and JRE and maybe even the current bytecode engines for given languages.

    And, finally, coolest game: Zig

    (Oh, I forgot - that's not the coolest free game, just the coolest non-rip-off game. The title of actual coolest free game would be Beneath a Steel Sky, which Revolution released to the ScummVM developers. You wouldn't believe how long it took me to figure out how to get into the underground when I first played it, back when a CD drive for a PC was state-of-the-art.)
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    A must have for writing code:
    http://www.yankee-clipper.net/index.htm

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    Audio player - iTunes, Winamp and WMP (however WMP isn't strictly free)
    Web Browser - Firefox (anything from Mozilla)
    AV: AVG
    Firewall: McAfee Personal Firewall (yes it was free)
    P2P - DC++, Shareaza and Bearshare
    Spyware/Adware: Lavasoft Adaware SE
    Photo Editing: The GIMP
    Mail: Thunderbird
    System tools: http://www.mlin.net and http://www.sysinternals.com
    Games for my brother (no he doesn't have ADHD) - http://www.adders.org/freeware/
    Web Server: Apache (haven't installed it tho)
    Web tools: PHP, Mysql etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by liorean
    Text editor: Good old SciTE, spartan but tremendously well made.
    I'm with you on that Spartan maybe, but the height of luxury compared to notepad

    Opera 7.5 and now 8 beta (ad-supported & with SciTE set up as the view source app) - it's just the browsing experience - it just seems to 'think' like me.

    Firefox and the web dev plug-in - not for browsing, but for tweaking css on the fly.

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    I'll add my two cents (for the Mac crowd ) and say Text Wrangler from Bare Bones. Almost everything that's on BBEdit, but free. Outstanding...

    Ditto on the Web Dev plug-in for Firefix, that has been a lifesaver many, many times...

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    Text: PHP Designer 2005
    Browser: As with Liorean, anything Gecko based.
    Server: Apache (Actually I moved to PHPdev because I'm too lazy to setup everything myself after a format)
    C++ Compiler: GCC and I use Code::Blocks for my IDE, but even that is lacking. (Anyone want to co-develop a decent opensource C++ IDE?)
    Audio: WinAMP (I use PRO though)
    Other: TightVNC (Great for remoting to my other computers)
    Last edited by Mhtml; 02-10-2005 at 04:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfc
    Graphics Editor - The GIMP
    And how is GIMP? I'm a Photoshop fan, been addicted to it since 5.0 so I'm reluctant to switch...unless GIMP is just as good as PHotoshop. So what do you think about it?





    Quote Originally Posted by cfc
    Thanks for the link to spybot.
    You're welcome





    Quote Originally Posted by liorean
    Well, how do you define "free"? There are lots of software out there that is "free" but not "open"... Some say "free as in 'freedom'", but freedom from what? Cost? Patents? Usage limits? Distribution limits?
    Well, like I said in my first post:
    Quote Originally Posted by Koobi
    It can be freeware, opensource, whatever; a long as you don't have to pay to own and use it for personaly/non commercial use.




    Quote Originally Posted by liorean
    Text editor: Good old SciTE, spartan but tremendously well made.
    Oh SciTE is sweet I love the way you can collapse pairs of braces like you would the nodes in an XML parser.

    How are the MS C++ compilers? I haven't tried them...I've worked with the Turbo and Borland ones ages ago.

    I like your regular expression tutorial, by the way. RegExp's are one of my favourite things





    Quote Originally Posted by codegoboom
    I thought I forgot about those.





    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    Photo Editing: The GIMP
    So you like GIMP too, eh? How do you think it would match up to Adobe Photoshop?





    Quote Originally Posted by Mhtml
    Server: Apache (Actually I moved to PHPdev because I'm too lazy to setup everything myself after a format)
    And I noticed firepages, himself, is a mod here at this forum. I have to say I wouldn't have learnt any PHP if it wasn't for PHPdev because I dreaded installing it back then heh heh. Good job on that, firepages, great tool.
    I remember using version 4.2.3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koobi
    I thought I forgot about those.
    Me too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koobi
    And how is GIMP? I'm a Photoshop fan, been addicted to it since 5.0 so I'm reluctant to switch...unless GIMP is just as good as PHotoshop. So what do you think about it?
    It's free and easy to learn but I think PS is generally regarded as being a better graphics app for Mac and Windows. I haven't touched PS in a long time, so I can't provide my own comparison.

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    I feel lost in Gimp. Granted its been a few years since I even tried it, but I remember that it just didn't feel right to me so I got scared and ran back to the safety of my photoshop fort.
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