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Koobi
02-09-2005, 03:22 PM
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 (http://www.vim.org/)
Audio player - Winamp (http://www.winamp.com/) or iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes/)
Web Browser - Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/)
Image viewer - Irfanview (http://www.irfanview.com/)
Virus guard - Avast (http://www.avast.com/)
FTP - SmartFTP (http://www.smartftp.com/)
P2P - Shareaza (http://www.shareaza.com/)
MP3 Tagger - MusicBrainz (http://www.musicbrainz.org/)
Spyware cleaner - Spybot-S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/)
Adware cleaner - AdAware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/)
Office package- OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/)
Mail client - Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.org/products/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 (http://www.zonelabs.com/)...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 (http://www.redhat.com/) out and love it...Knoppix (http://www.knoppix.net/) has issues with my VGA card and I've heard only great things about Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/) and I'm planning to buy SUSE (http://www.novell.com/linux/suse/)


Your turn. http://www.koobi-studio.com/gf/baneSmilie.gif

Xko
02-09-2005, 03:25 PM
If at all, what Linux distro do you guys use?
I've tried RedHat (http://www.redhat.com/) out and love it...Knoppix (http://www.knoppix.net/) has issues with my VGA card and I've heard only great things about Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/) and I'm planning to buy SUSE (http://www.novell.com/linux/suse/)


Your turn. http://www.koobi-studio.com/gf/baneSmilie.gif

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!

cfc
02-09-2005, 04:14 PM
P2P Sharing - Limewire (http://limewire.org) or G3 Torrent (http://g3torrent.sourceforge.net) for large files
Browser - Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/)
Mail Client - Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/)
Graphics Editor - The GIMP (http://www.gimp.org)
MP3 Player - Winamp (http://winamp.com) (the IDv1 and v2 editing suffices for my tagging needs)
Web Server - Apache HTTP Server (http://httpd.apache.org/) or Apache/Jakarta Tomcat (http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat/index.html) for a non-production JSP/Servlet env.
Scripting Environment (and calculator :D ) - ActivePython (http://activestate.com/Products/ActivePython/)
Spyware Removal - Spybot Search and Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html)

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 :rolleyes: . It found soooo much spyware and only couldn't remove a couple of them because they were in memory, so it gets my vote :thumbsup: .

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)


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

_Dan
02-09-2005, 04:14 PM
Text - metapad (http://www.liquidninja.com/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!

liorean
02-09-2005, 05:48 PM
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 (https://sourceforge.net/projects/movezig/)

(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 (http://scummvm.org/) 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.)

Willy Duitt
02-09-2005, 06:30 PM
A must have for writing code:
http://www.yankee-clipper.net/index.htm

.....Willy

codegoboom
02-09-2005, 08:25 PM
Occasional stuff... :)


A/V

Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/)


HammerHead Rhythm Station (http://www.threechords.com/hammerhead/introduction.shtml)


SDP MultiMedia (http://sdp.ppona.com/)


avi2vcd (http://home.cogeco.ca/~avi2vcd/)


STOIK Video Converter (http://www.stoik.com/products/svc/)


Realaudio-to-Wav Recorder (http://rawavrecorder.homestead.com/)


dBpowerAMP Music Converter (http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm)


quickies

X operations (http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA022962/xops/) [en (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA022962/xops/)]


Blobby Volley (http://home.t-online.de/home/mummertathome/blobby.htm) [en (http://home.t-online.de/home/skoraszewsky/download.htm)]


Eight Legged Freaks! (http://eightleggedfreaks.warnerbros.com/game.html)


foo

UnRAR (http://www.rarlab.com/rar_add.htm) [info (http://www.darkshire.org/~jhkim/src/rar/rar.txt)]


Resource Hacker (http://www.users.on.net/johnson/resourcehacker/)


CHM Aggregator (http://www.arstdesign.com/CHMaggregator/)

JamieR
02-09-2005, 10:37 PM
Audio player - iTunes, Winamp and WMP (however WMP isn't strictly free)
Web Browser - Firefox (anything from Mozilla:D)
AV: AVG
Firewall: McAfee Personal Firewall (yes it was free:p)
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..

Graft-Creative
02-09-2005, 11:16 PM
Text editor: Good old SciTE, spartan but tremendously well made.


I'm with you on that :thumbsup: Spartan maybe, but the height of luxury compared to notepad :p

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.

rmedek
02-10-2005, 02:20 AM
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...

Mhtml
02-10-2005, 03:51 AM
Text: PHP Designer 2005 (www.msoftware.dk)
Browser: As with Liorean, anything Gecko based.
Server: Apache (Actually I moved to PHPdev (www.firepages.com.au) because I'm too lazy to setup everything myself after a format)
C++ Compiler: GCC and I use Code::Blocks (http://www.codeblocks.org) for my IDE, but even that is lacking. (Anyone want to co-develop a decent opensource C++ IDE?)
Audio: WinAMP (www.winamp.com) (I use PRO though)
Other: TightVNC (www.tightvnc.com) (Great for remoting to my other computers)

Koobi
02-10-2005, 09:21 AM
Graphics Editor - The GIMP (http://www.gimp.org)

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?







Thanks for the link to spybot.

You're welcome :D






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:


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.








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

Oh SciTE is sweet :D 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 :D








Resource Hacker (http://www.users.on.net/johnson/resourcehacker/)
CHM Aggregator (http://www.arstdesign.com/CHMaggregator/)


I thought I forgot about those. :D







Photo Editing: The GIMP


So you like GIMP too, eh? How do you think it would match up to Adobe Photoshop?







Server: Apache (Actually I moved to PHPdev (www.firepages.com.au) 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

codegoboom
02-10-2005, 01:01 PM
I thought I forgot about those. :D

Me too... ;)

cfc
02-10-2005, 03:22 PM
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.

Mhtml
02-11-2005, 02:24 AM
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.

mindlessLemming
02-11-2005, 03:18 AM
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.

I want to love GIMP, but its interface makes it totally unusable :(
It was so obviously designed by people that:
a) aren't interface designers
b) don't use image editing software day-in and out.

If I win the lottery tomorrow I'll volunteer as an interface designer for the project, but for now I'll just keep using photoshop ;)

Mhtml
02-11-2005, 03:23 AM
There's a lot of things I'd do if I won the lottery, somehow I don't think gui design for Gimp would be one of them...even though gui components are like my favourite thing to code (although I'm making the *coding* redundant now in preparation for longhorn hehe)...

I'm going to download it now though, to try it again.

cfc
02-11-2005, 03:43 AM
I think I learned GIMP before I had the opportunity to use PS way back in tenth grade so I pretty much had to learn not to care about the 3+ window setup and overall terrible GUI design. It's like the person developing it for Windows (does it look any different on Linux?) decided that document windows were unneccessary when you can simply clutter your taskbar with GIMP windows. As bad as it is that the main GIMP window with tool buttons disappears every time you focus on a fullscreen image, I simply don't feel comfortable with PS. I'm getting to like Fireworks now though :)

Mhtml
02-11-2005, 04:26 AM
Nope, don't like it. lol. God, it's a terrible app. It definitely has potential I will admit, but apart from the price that's all it has going for it really.

Koobi
02-11-2005, 12:02 PM
Yeah, the GIMP UI is a bit strange...I hope I get used to it though, a Photoshop license is very expensive :/

Lots of GIMP users tell me that you can almost do everything as good as PS can do in GIMP, if you know what you're doing...but I somehow doubt that.


But if i DID win the lottery, I would probably get myself a nice Jaguar heh heh

liorean
02-11-2005, 12:05 PM
Well, you can do about everything in GIMP that you could do in Photoshop 4. That's how far behind it is. It's still the best open source pixel graphics editor, though.

redoc
02-16-2005, 06:45 PM
I do very little image editing, but have found photofiltre (http://www.photofiltre.com/) to be great. I have heard of people using it instead of photoshop.

Also, just an FYI, i get lots of great software from http://www.snapfiles.com

ionsurge
02-16-2005, 08:01 PM
Slightly off topic, I'm suprised that people actually want to advertise that they use P2P, it's not something to be proud of, and it is something that you shouldn't be using. Warez is warez, you are breaking the law and well my respect disintegrates very very quickly for you.

Anyway to the point, for me my best free software has to be MSN Messenger and MSN Messenger Plus, without those, I'd be lost. phpDev is a must for me, superb work, and credits to firepages.

Although I got Windows XP Professional for free in a sense with this machine, so that would come on top if that can be included, seeing as it has never crashed on me, and I've been virus/spyware free for well over a year now. Im so comfortable I only run an anti-virus check once every 4 months, and then uninstall it after I am done. Otherwise I am anti-virus free and proud to say so.


:)

JamieR
02-16-2005, 08:43 PM
Slightly off topic, I'm suprised that people actually want to advertise that they use P2P, it's not something to be proud of, and it is something that you shouldn't be using. Warez is warez, you are breaking the law and well my respect disintegrates very very quickly for you.

heh...I don't use them much. However I admit, I use it when I can't find a certain tune I'm after....I still prefer to buy the CD's as the music is of a much higher quality.


Although I got Windows XP Professional for free in a sense with this machine
How come?

Jamie...

ionsurge
02-17-2005, 03:56 PM
It came readily installed like most other OS's that you buy from companies.

:)

cfc
02-17-2005, 04:20 PM
It came readily installed like most other OS's that you buy from companies.

:)
Wouldn't that mean you technically paid for it, unless your entire computer was free also? Assuming the cost had a weighted distribution among the hardware and software components of your computer, Windows XP (Pro especially) probably cost you something even if it was advertised as a bonus.

Say what you want about warez, P2P is a useful technology IMO. I rarely have to use it, but I admit to using BT to legally download larger files such as full mixtapes that wouldn't otherwise be available to me and I recently used it to download a Linux live CD (and plan to do it again, because it barely worked on my CD media and I deleted the ISO *doh*); the distributor (Ubuntu Linux) actually offered a torrent of it from one of their USA mirrors and it was a pretty fast one too. There are also a couple of sites offering legal downloads of torrents of commercial products for cash, but their effectiveness at offering a legal alternative is debatable. With the MPAA going through and shutting the less legitimate sites down (http://www.lokitorrent.com), I would expect to see at least a slight rise in their popularity though. I also use LimeWire to grab the odd song, but for the most part it sits in its folder; I don't even have it under the Start -> All Programs menu...

Efficient downloading doesn't have to be evil ;)

ionsurge
02-17-2005, 06:30 PM
Well no, my machine was custom built with quite significantly high specifications.

Due to it's price they gave me Windows XP Professional free fully installed along with the box and manual along with Microsoft Office 2003 which I almost never use now that I have Adobe InDesign.

whizard
02-17-2005, 07:02 PM
Audio Recording: Audio Audacity
FTP: SmartFTP
Browser: IE6,FF1,NS7 (In order of coolness, until it comes to :hover :p )
Image manipulation: EZ Thumbnails (this is awesome!! - google it)
Coding:Notetab
Web Server: Abyss Web Server (completly free, tiny, works awesome for working with stuff local)
THere's lots of others, they just slip my mind..

Dan

Koobi
02-17-2005, 09:08 PM
I don't think having a P2P program is wrong, but I think it's very easy to misuse a P2P program so I don't really see anything wrong in saying I use a P2P program.




Browser: IE6,FF1,NS7 (In order of coolness, until it comes to :hover :p )
But isn't it IE that only supports :hover for anchor tags?

gsnedders
02-17-2005, 10:55 PM
Mac OS X:


Text Editor - SubEthaEdit
Audio Player - iTunes
Web Browser - Safari
Image Viewer - Preview
Virus Guard - Heck, who bothers?
FTP - Hmm... Don't know of any good free ones...
Spyware cleaner - Error 404: Spyware does not exist
Adware cleaner - Error 404: Adware does not exist
Mail Client - Mail


Windows:


Text Editor - Notepad++
Audio Player - iTunes
Web Browser - Firefox
Virus Guard - F-Secure
Spyware cleaner - I'll get some when I need it
Adware cleaner - I'll get some when I need it
Mail Client - Thunderbird

whizard
02-18-2005, 04:58 PM
But isn't it IE that only supports :hover for anchor tags?

No. its IE that only DOSEN'T suport :hover fro any other element, like ul

Dan



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