Posted by: pkab | 27 May 2008

Open Source Windows


OpenSource for Windows

Free and open-source software is good for you and for the world. This is the best Windows software that we know of. No adware, no spyware, just good software.

Web Browsing

firefox

Mozilla Firefox

The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world’s best browser.
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Video Player / Video Podcasting

miro

Miro

Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.
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IM – Instant Messaging

gaim

Pidgin

Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber.
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E-mail

thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
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RSS

rssowl

RSSOwl

Solid cross-platform RSS client.
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Peer-to-Peer Filesharing

cabos

Cabos

A simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.
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gnucleus

Gnucleus

A very good Gnutella search and download filesharing program.
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azureus

Azureus

A powerful, but complicated BitTorrent client. So many features you’ll lose your mind.
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Video Playback

VLC

VLC

Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
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MPlayer

MPlayer

Similar to VLC– plays loads of video formats.
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media player classic

Media Player Classic

Compact, but powerful media player. Plays anything under the sun. No install necessary.
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DVD Ripping / Video Conversion

media coder

Media Coder

Great tool for ripping CDs, DVDs, etc and converting between tons of video formats.
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Word Processing / Office Suites

open office

OpenOffice.org

Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with and a free replacement for Microsoft Word documents. Also supports OpenDocument Format.
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abiword

AbiWord

A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
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Podcasting

juice

Juice

Solid podcasting client.
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DVD Ripping

handbrake

Handbrake

DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter.
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Sound Recording

audacity

Audacity

Simple sound recording tool.
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Graphics / Photo Editing

gimp

GIMP

Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.
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paint.net

Paint.NET

Graphics editor with a very nice interface.
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inkscape

Inkscape

Vector graphics application.
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FTP / SFTP

filezilla

Filezilla

Excellent FTP program.
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IRC

xchat2

X-Chat 2

IRC client.
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Archiving

PeaZip

PeaZip

Fantastic archiving utility to extract and pack archives of an extensive amount of formats. PeaZip also features password protecting archives, keyfile support, system integration, a lovely interface, and much more.
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Some more specialized free and open-source Microsoft Windows apps.

Note Taking

freemind

Freemind

An innovative application for note taking and outlining. Takes time to get used to, but some people swear by it.
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Jarnal

Open Source note taking application written in Java
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keynote

Keynote

Open Source note taking application, very good. I use this myself extensively
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Personal Finance

Turbo Cash

TurboCASH

Simple, easy to use application for managing personal finances.
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Quasar

Easy to use Accounting package
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Chat Clients

AMSN

aMSN

MSN Messenger client written in TCL/TK aMSN Messenger

XChat

X-Chat

IRC Client X-Chat

More Web Browsing

KMeleon

K-Meleon

Fast, nice web browser.
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Amaya

Amaya Browser for Windows

W3C developed web browser and editor for multiple platforms
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Screensaver

electric sheep

Electric Sheep

Immersive, trippy screensaver.
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More Filesharing

Frostwire

GNUTella client based on the Limewire codebase.
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Also see: PoisonedAzureus

3D Graphics and Modeling

blender

Blender

Powerful 3D Modeling software.
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Also see: Kerkythea (illumination engine) – Persistence of Vision RaytracerQuesa

Stars and Outer Space

celestia icon

Celestia

Open-source 3D planetarium software. Akin to traveling through space (outer space).
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stellarium icon

Stellarium

“Renders realistic skys in realtime.” See what you would see if your city wasn’t so light-polluted. Used in real planetariums.
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Also see: macORSA – Orbit Reconstruction, Simulation, and Analysis

Games

Aleph One icon

Marathon: Aleph One

Engine for Bungie’s free FPS series Marathon. Play online, solo play with rich original story, many total conversions and thousands of maps.
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zombies icon

Zombies

3D zombie strategy game.
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armagetron

Armagetron Advanced

3D Tron game.
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BZflage logo

BZFlag

First-person tank game.
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Battle for Wesnoth logo

Battle for Wesnoth

Fantasy / Strategy Game
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Also see: Snes9X (SNES emulator), Frozen Bubble

Free File Hosting

CC Publisher

CC Publisher

Host Creative Commons video or audio files for free on archive.org with this easy uploader.
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Security Tools

NMap

Easy to use port scanner for Windows
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Wireshark

Wireshark

Network Protocol Analyzer, formerly called Ethereal
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TrueCrypt

Creates encrypted virtual hard drives for extra security
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ClamWin

ClamWin

Open Source Anti-Virus. Very good at detecting viruses. Can be plugged into hMailServer for e-mail protection LIMITATION: Real Time scanning not implemented yet
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Eraser

Eraser

Delete files securely off your hard drive utilizing DoD standards
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MP3 and Audio Tools

MP3 Gain

MP3 Gain

Easy to use MP3 manipulation tool for Windows. adjusts sound levels on MP3’s so they are all the same
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MP3 Book Helper

MP3 Book Helper

This program provides rapid Mp3 (ID3v1, ID3v2) and Ogg/Speex/Flac Vorbis tags editing and file renaming functions. Mass Tag editing is done using special variables and Regular Expressions.
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musikCube

musikCube

Open Source MP3 Player, ripper and organizer written using the .NET Framework
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Utilities

<!– SharpDevelop –>

Cobian Backup

Backup software.
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7-Zip

7-Zip

File archiver.
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Developer tools

XEmacs

XEmacs

The classic, super customizable editor, for Windows.
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KompoZer

KompoZer

Easy to use, open source WYSIWYG html editor
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SharpDevelop

SharpDevelop

Open Source IDE for the .NET Framework. Utilizes the multiple programming languages and Windows forms
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Notepad ++

Notepad ++

Open Source programmers notepad for Windows
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SciTE

Source code Editor for Windows and X
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Web Developer Server Suite

Very good WAMP Stack (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) Very thouroughly tested on Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server (preliminary testing on Longhorn Server underway). Highly Recommended.
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Mapping Tools

World Wind

Nasa World Wind

Mapping tool similar to Google Earth for Windows. Must have the .NET Framework installed.
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Other

Graph (graph plotting software)

Startup Manager (pick what you want to launch on startup)

freeotfe “on-the-fly” transparent disk encryption program for PCs and PDAs.


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