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Posted: 1/5/2012 9:49:33 AM EDT
I love the little Sony Vaio laptop I bought on Amazon for $400 a few weeks before Christmas. I'm looking for some free open-source software options. I run Windows 7.

I already use LibreOffice, Firefox browser, and Picasa for pictures. I use Microsoft Security Essentials for anti-virus (free), but would be interested in something else that is free and not a system hog.

Thanks!



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Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:52:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:53:22 AM EDT
For Windows

Putty
WinSCP
LibreOffice
Eclipse for Java
Notepad++
Netbeans IDE
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:57:18 AM EDT
cluster-ssh

ssh to (my personal best is 28) multiple linux servers, execute exact same commands simultaneously on them all.
????
profit!
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:58:37 AM EDT
ZenMap GUI
FileZilla
Hypertrm
VMWare Server and Player

All the turnkey linux distros are cool.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:59:55 AM EDT
GIMP
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:04:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Harvster:
GIMP


+1
It's the kind of program nearly everyone has use for to some degree these days. It does an excellent job. Is very powerful but you can use just the basics and ignore the rest. Best of all, getting a commercial version of similar capabilities is extremely expensive for the average consumer so the cost savings is huge.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:04:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Bubbles:
TrueCrypt


+1

I wanted to see if it was ready for the big time. I've run it on my laptop with full disk encryption about a year. Works great.

Of course, I've got nothing but a bunch of ARFCOM browsing history on that laptop worth encrypting but it is kind of cool having leat level of security.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:11:15 AM EDT
MagicDisc-virtual drive tool that is better than alcohol 120/Daemon IMO
Foobar2000-mp3, ogg vorbis, whatever it can play a lot of formats better than winamp/whatever else I've used in the past. It is very customizable too.

those are my favorite that I use all the time besides google chrome.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:12:29 AM EDT
KeePass - password database, incredible.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:15:53 AM EDT
Open Office
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:16:02 AM EDT
The Gimp
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:20:24 AM EDT
PhotoScape
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:20:28 AM EDT
OOO, Wireshark, Gimp, TrueCrypt, openGPG, I can go on.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:20:54 AM EDT
FastStone Image Viewer.
Open Office
Inkscape (for editing/creating scaled vector graphics)
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:22:39 AM EDT
linux, xwindows, ktorrent, firefox, koffice, mplayer, gpg, xine, grep, diff... bunch others i'm missing.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:23:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Remyrw:
Originally Posted By Harvster:
GIMP


+1
It's the kind of program nearly everyone has use for to some degree these days. It does an excellent job. Is very powerful but you can use just the basics and ignore the rest. Best of all, getting a commercial version of similar capabilities is extremely expensive for the average consumer so the cost savings is huge.


I hate gimp. I use photoshop at work every day and I just can't use gimp. I'm sure its a good program, I just don't like it.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:24:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By wesmerc:
Open Office


I used to run OpenOffice on my computer but I've found myself more comfortable with LibreOffice. Both are decent enough but I think LibreOffice is a bit more polished. YMMV
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:25:09 AM EDT
Snort
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:26:32 AM EDT
emacs.



I think I just heard Richard Stallman cry out in pain.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:30:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 10:32:43 AM EDT by armygunsmith]
Lots of great recommendations above!
I'll add VLC, VirtualBox, ImgBurn, Virtual Clone Drive, CDBurnerXP, and Kernsafe TotalMounter.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:40:08 AM EDT
Love this site for setting up a new machine

http://ninite.com/

Has a bunch of solid picks depending on what will be done with it.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:54:22 AM EDT
Gimp is not friendly for the casual user, and the help system is cumbersome at best.

Paint.net is a lot easier to pick up, though maybe not as powerful; it'll still do 95% of what most PC users need.

Irfanview for managing and viewing images.
Opera for browsing.
Foxit PDF reader isn't nearly as bloated and nagging as Adobe.
3CDaemon is a handy little free TFTP / FTP / syslog server, though getting a bit long in the tooth.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 11:15:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ken_mays:
Gimp is not friendly for the casual user, and the help system is cumbersome at best.

Paint.net is a lot easier to pick up, though maybe not as powerful; it'll still do 95% of what most PC users need.

Irfanview for managing and viewing images.
Opera for browsing.
Foxit PDF reader isn't nearly as bloated and nagging as Adobe.
3CDaemon is a handy little free TFTP / FTP / syslog server, though getting a bit long in the tooth.


I'll second Paint.net. I use it all the time when annotating screenshots. I use Gimp as well, but for the really stuff, Paint.net does what I need.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 11:17:43 AM EDT
VirtualBox has been good to me.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 11:27:49 AM EDT
Not necessarily all open source but free nonetheless (I use the stuff below on windows and linux both were applicable):
Mozilla: Firefox, Thunderbird (email), Lightning (Calendar app that integrates with TBird), Enigmail (uses GnuPG for PGP like email encryption)
Notepad++
gVim for Windows
Freemind
Zenmap
irssi
GanntProject
InfraBurner
puTTY and puTTY Session Manager
WinSCP
Password Agent by Moon Software
Angry IP Scanner
VideoLan VLC Media Player
Fiddler2
Paros Proxy

thats all I can think of at the moment
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:06:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Flamicane:
Originally Posted By wesmerc:
Open Office


I used to run OpenOffice on my computer but I've found myself more comfortable with LibreOffice. Both are decent enough but I think LibreOffice is a bit more polished. YMMV


OpenOffice isn't being supported anymore, it seems. Look on Wikipedia. LibreOffice is essentially the successor to OpenOffice.


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Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:14:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By navvet89:
VideoLan VLC Media Player


Yep, VLC is awesome. Windows Media Player is 1960s Soviet technology by comparison.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:19:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By splitverges:
Love this site for setting up a new machine

http://ninite.com/

Has a bunch of solid picks depending on what will be done with it.


Interesting...
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:22:33 PM EDT
VLC
PDFCreator
Paint.Net (quick, non-serious photo editing when I don't have access to Photoshop)
Audacity (quick audio editing)
Pidgin
ClamWin (I keep a download of the portable version on a thumbdrive for quick scanning other's PCs)
7-Zip
Firefox

There are others I use, but these are general apps I tell others to download.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:24:09 PM EDT
I'm going to have to go with irssi, my longtime favorite IRC client, and VLC.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:41:44 PM EDT
Some of my favorites:
Linux
Libre Office
Clonezilla
Rhythmbox
Ruby
Thunderbird
Firefox
GNote (one of the best programs EVER)
GnuCash
WINE
GEdit
jEdit
Quake
Wally
VirtualBox
Transmission
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:51:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 5:27:51 PM EDT by tc2k11]
Firefox, GnuPG, Thunderbird, Linux (Ubuntu), Inkscape, FreeOTFE, Notepad2 or Notepad++, VLC, Paint.NET.

Libre/OpenOffice and the GIMP are meh.

Tag.

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ETA: Virtualbox, Pidgin, 7-zip, Audacity, FileZilla, PDFCreator.

Honorable mentions: LibreCAD, Scribus, Evolution, LiVES, Bluefish Editor.
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Cross-platform gun database/electronic bound book (v1.2) (and the original thread).
«nolite confidere in principibus, in filiis hominum quibus non est salus»
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 1:08:30 PM EDT
tag for any new apps I have missed...
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 1:50:44 PM EDT
Dual Boot your laptop - Windoz 7 & Linux Mint 10 or 11 now I guess (some say 12 isn't ready for prime time).

LMMS for the composer in you.

Octave for the math genius in you.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:04:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 2:05:30 PM EDT by hondaciv]
Picasa isn't open source.

I use open source every day with linux.

On windows, I use OOo/libreoffice, Gimp, Pidgin, and VLC
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:11:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MrYar:
Originally Posted By Remyrw:
Originally Posted By Harvster:

GIMP

+1
It's the kind of program nearly everyone has use for to some degree these days. It does an excellent job. Is very powerful but you can use just the basics and ignore the rest. Best of all, getting a commercial version of similar capabilities is extremely expensive for the average consumer so the cost savings is huge.

I hate gimp. I use photoshop at work every day and I just can't use gimp. I'm sure its a good program, I just don't like it.

I use paint.net instead.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:28:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By andrasik:
KeePass - password database, incredible.


I have never, I mean, never understood the need for a password database.

I can't think of a better way to roll up your whole identity/security into one data base.

Before anyone bitches about their number of passwords, I'd like to point out that I have 3 user accounts for work to access over 2 dozen different systems, all with their own password strength requirements and separate password expiration deadlines. I also have all of the same online accounts (or more) as everyone else. Developing a secure and easily recalled password schema is a vastly superior use of time than inserting your most precious "keys" into software, particularly "open source" software.

also, before anyone posts the "highlights" from keepass about how secure their product is, I'd like to point out that anything which can be put together, can be taken apart. All measures have counter-measures.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:31:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By HKUSP45C:
Originally Posted By andrasik:
KeePass - password database, incredible.


I have never, I mean, never understood the need for a password database.

I can't think of a better way to roll up your whole identity/security into one data base.

Before anyone bitches about their number of passwords, I'd like to point out that I have 3 user accounts for work to access over 2 dozen different systems, all with their own password strength requirements and separate password expiration deadlines. I also have all of the same online accounts (or more) as everyone else. Developing a secure and easily recalled password schema is a vastly superior use of time than inserting your most precious "keys" into software, particularly "open source" software.

also, before anyone posts the "highlights" from keepass about how secure their product is, I'd like to point out that anything which can be put together, can be taken apart. All measures have counter-measures.



You do your thing.

You're not getting into my KeePass, but good on ya if you do.

I'm also glad that you have an incredible brain. Some of us have more passwords than that and can't recall all of them.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:56:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ken_mays:
Originally Posted By navvet89:
VideoLan VLC Media Player


Yep, VLC is awesome. Windows Media Player is 1960s Soviet technology by comparison.


Yeah, definitely another good one that I use very often.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 3:42:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 3:42:41 PM EDT by magnum_99]
VLC and Handbrake

EAC and FLAC
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 4:04:39 PM EDT
Irfanview for photos
Spybot Search and Destroy - antispyware
Truecrypt
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 4:51:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By navvet89:
Not necessarily all open source but free nonetheless (I use the stuff below on windows and linux both were applicable):
Mozilla: Firefox, Thunderbird (email), Lightning (Calendar app that integrates with TBird), Enigmail (uses GnuPG for PGP like email encryption)
Notepad++
gVim for Windows
Freemind
Zenmap
irssi
GanntProject
InfraBurner
puTTY and puTTY Session Manager
WinSCP
Password Agent by Moon Software
Angry IP Scanner
VideoLan VLC Media Player
Fiddler2
Paros Proxy

thats all I can think of at the moment
I get all of these but Freemind, what would you use it for?
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:01:48 PM EDT
I use TrueCrypt
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:02:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:

Originally Posted By MrYar:
Originally Posted By Remyrw:
Originally Posted By Harvster:

GIMP

+1
It's the kind of program nearly everyone has use for to some degree these days. It does an excellent job. Is very powerful but you can use just the basics and ignore the rest. Best of all, getting a commercial version of similar capabilities is extremely expensive for the average consumer so the cost savings is huge.

I hate gimp. I use photoshop at work every day and I just can't use gimp. I'm sure its a good program, I just don't like it.

I use paint.net instead.


Count me in on this also.
I have Gimp but it is the most user unfriendly program I've ever used.
I prefer Paint.net with the Boltbait addon.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:03:03 PM EDT
FreeNAS
DD-WRT
OpenSSH/SSL
Debian squeeze
OpenBSD
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:07:42 PM EDT
EMC2
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:44:26 PM EDT
I'll add Format Factory, great for converting files between video formats.
AESCrypt if you want to encrypt a file before emailing or uploading to cloud storage services.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:52:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By hondaciv:
Picasa isn't open source.

I use open source every day with linux.

On windows, I use OOo/libreoffice, Gimp, Pidgin, and VLC


Well, Picasa is at least free. I was on my phone at lunch and it popped into my brain that I use it, and it's free. :P
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:56:27 PM EDT
Inkscape (Adobe Illustrator replacement) ROCKS!!!

Mozilla Thunderbird
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 3:48:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mrstang01:

Originally Posted By navvet89:
Not necessarily all open source but free nonetheless (I use the stuff below on windows and linux both were applicable):
Mozilla: Firefox, Thunderbird (email), Lightning (Calendar app that integrates with TBird), Enigmail (uses GnuPG for PGP like email encryption)
Notepad++
gVim for Windows
Freemind
Zenmap
irssi
GanntProject
InfraBurner
puTTY and puTTY Session Manager
WinSCP
Password Agent by Moon Software
Angry IP Scanner
VideoLan VLC Media Player
Fiddler2
Paros Proxy

thats all I can think of at the moment
I get all of these but Freemind, what would you use it for?


I use it pretty frequently. It's a different approach to note taking and getting thoughts/ideas on paper. It organizes information around a central thought, idea, or task. If you are not familiar with what a Mind Map is then check this out: Mind Map on Wikipedia

It's really good when you are brainstorming ideas, problem solving, and note taking. I find that brainstorming ideas (individually or in a group) and traditional note taking often don't work well together. It's not a linear process or how your brain approaches a problem. Building a mind map can help bring together ideas that seem disjointed and show how they relate back to a central idea. Overall it's a pretty useful tool.
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