Here is a list of useful (and free) programs that I like to use. Many
are released under the GNU GPL open source license. Typically, these
programs are excellent alternatives to proprietary programs. Linux is
one program released under the GPL.
- Gentoo Linux - a very easy
linux distribution to update and keep constant. Installation of
packages is very simple. All you need to do is type "emerge
<package name>". Various packages can be installed: They
- XMMS (A Winamp clone for Linux)
- MPD (Music Player Daemon) (The best music player/organizer)
Works with the following clients (not a comprehensive list)
- mpc.el (Emacs client)
- Lots of others!
- Mozilla Firefox
- Gnucash - A open source accounting software program
- Preview Latex
- Wine (allows you to run window programs on Linux!)
- The list goes on and on...
Putty- a free SSH2/SSH1 client.
- WinSCP - a free GUI
client for SCP or SFTP.
- RealVNC - a free remote
desktop server/client. Download the free version.
- Filezilla - a free FTP
client/server and SFTP client.
- SmartFTP -
a free FTP client.
- a tool to create PDFs from almost every application. just select the
PDFCreator "printer" when you print something.
- an excellent browser. includes lots of extras; i.e., an email
client, an irc client, and other stuff. i don't need the other
stuff so i use firefox.
Mozilla Firefox - a free new browser - now my favorite
browser. if you are serious about security, then don't use Internet
Explorer and use Firefox! read the following articles:
- OpenOffice - a free office suite. can open up
microsoft word, excell, and powerpoint files. can download for
linux, unix, or windows.
GIMP for Windows - the gnu image manipulation
program - a nice free substitute for an image editor.
- Winamp - nice,
free, music player
- CDex -
CD extractor - extracts your music CD's to
- Colinux -
Colinux is a port of the Linux kernel, which allows you to install
Linux inside a Windows installation. I have a running Gentoo Linux
installation installed on my Windows XP box at home.
I have gnucash, as well as mpd installed and running on my Windows
- Cygwin -
cygwin is a UNIX-like
operating system for windows 95/98/ME/2K/XP. it has lots of very
useful unix-commands including:
- openssh server (works on 2000 and XP)
- Various Zip archiver programs are a must when trying to install
Emacs or other programs that come as either a *.tar.gz file or a
- 7-zip. 7-zip is released
under the GNU LGPL license, so is the most free zip archiver
program. It specifically says it supports *.tar.gz files
(important for the emacs distribution).
- Iceows. Another free
extractor. It also says it supports *.tar.gz files.
is a free extractor/compression.
Power Archiver. Note that the versions prior to 7.0 are
freeware. Download whichever version you prefer.
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- Miktex - a free
windows version of MikTeX
- Ghostscript - a free postscript interpreter.
- Ghostview - a free viewer for ghostscript.
- Emacs - the best way to edit latex files when used
with AucTeX. If you want to install the latest CVS version of
Emacs, you can download it here, here, or here.
- AucTeX - lisp programs to make editing latex files
very, very easy. A package for Emacs.