Saturday, March 25, 2006

Free download - Open Source Software cd-rom for Windows

Richard Houston has created a cd-rom of open source software that for Windows that you can download for free. What follows below is from his blog Rich on Linux, OSS and other stuff.

I have produced V1.1 of WinOssCdrom. The software on this ISO is all open source and run on Windows 2K or above.

There are 2 idea behind this cdrom. First is to show an OSS desktop software stack that runs on Windows. The second is to show all this good software that will also run on Linux. A great tool to prepare people for a possible move to Linux. Regardless if you are planning to move to Linux or not it is all good quality and in active development.

I built this cdrom with the following rules in mind, the software had to be free and open source and also had to run on both Windows and Linux. You Apple fans will be happy to know that _some_ of the software titles are also available on the Mac. :)

You can find the bittorrent file at

I will be emailing several sites around the net promoting the disk but if you want to let friends know about it, I would appreciate it. Of course you could just download it and burn copies for your friends too. ;)

If you have any thought, comments or ideas for software to include for future version please let me know.

On this disk you will find various open source programs that run on Microsoft Windows 2000/Xp/2003. Some will operate on Windows 98/ME but no guaranties. ;)

Here is a list of the programs you will find with a brief description and a web site where you can find more info.

3D Animation:

Blender. Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation,
rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.
Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public

Art Of Illusion. Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and
rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java, and should be
usable on any Java Virtual Machine which is compatible with J2SE 1.4
or later.
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7Z-zip. 7-Zip is a file archiver with the high compression ratio. The program
supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO,
RPM and DEB formats. Compression ratio in the new 7z format is 30-50%
better than ratio in ZIP format.

Database servers:

Mysql server. Mysql is the premier open source relational database
server. Mysql can be found under the covers of many high volume
website such as NASA and Yahoo.
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Postgressql. Postgresql is a feature rich and powerful object relational database manager server.
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Desktop publishing:

Scribus. Open Source Desktop Publishing for Linux, Mac OS® X and Windows
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Development tools:

Eclipse. Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software.
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File sharing:

FrostWire. Frostwire is an open source version of the popular Limewire P2P file sharing program.
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The Gimp. A raster image editor similar in function to Adobe Photoshop.
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GimpShop. The Gimp but made to look and act like Adobe Photoshop.

Inkscape. A vector graphics program similar in function to Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator.
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Mozilla Firefox. The open source number 2 web browser used on the net.

Mozilla Thunderbird. A feature rich email client.
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Instant Messaging:
Gaim. A multi protocol instant messaging client for accessing AOL, MSM, Jabber and others.
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RSS readers:
RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant
source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more. It’s easy to configure, available in many many languages and the best of all: It’s platform-independent.
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Media Players:

VLC. A very capable media player which includes most common and some less common multimedia files. DVD play back included.

Office tools: A feature rich and Microsoft compatible office suite.
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PDF Creator. A free print to PDF program.
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Security software:

Truecrypt. A very capable disk encryption tool. Similar to BestCrypt or PGP Disk.

OpenVPN Gui client. A graphic client for accessing the popular and open source Openvpn server Server http// Client software:

Sound Editing:
Audacity. An open source sound editor.
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Spyware detection:
Spybot. Spyware detection and removal tool.
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Video Editing:
JAHSHAKA. The worlds first Open Source Realtime Editing and Effects System.
Jahshaka takes advantage of the power of OpenGL and OpenML to give its
users exceptional levels of performance. We currently support Linux,
OsX, Irix and Windows, and Solaris is on the way! Jahshaka is licenced
to the public under the GNU GPL agreement.
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