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Open Source Software for Windows

This time its something for our poorer brothers having to deal with WIndoze systems. But even for those there are a number of good open source software packages.

http://www.opensourcewindows.org/

Try 'em I'm pretty sure you're gonna like 'em. ESPECIALLY for the money!
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Re: Open Source Software for Windows

Nice site but they are missing a lot of other software out there that is free too.
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Nice site but they are missing a lot of other software out there that is free too.
I don't think they claimed they cover 100%. That said what is IMPORTANT here is that they only cover Open Source Software.
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"our poorer brothers"? So bmwlt.com is running on a Mac these days? Cool! When did y'all switch? And when did you hit the Lottery?!
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Re: Open Source Software for Windows

More FOSS goodness to share:

http://theopendisc.com/programs/
(most, but not all, is duplicated from what Andy posted)

There's a LOT more out there. Just takes a bit of looking cuz most of these outfits - being free - don't have 'marketing' departments to advertise their products.

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More FOSS goodness to share:

http://theopendisc.com/programs/
(most, but not all, is duplicated from what Andy posted)
Don't forget this one too: http://sourceforge.net/

Most programs have WIN32 versions...

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Windows bashing is very OLD and tiresome. There are many of us who have NO problems with Windows and just cannot see the need to spend considerably more money on an equal system.

My system stays on, hooked to the Internet constantly, one virus problem in many years. The applications work just fine, and although I did have some Windows issues with Win 95 (who didn't?) 98 seemed quite stable and now XP is the best yet. I am staying away from Vista as long as possible though.

I would probably like a MAC, but as of now, there is absolutely NO reason for me to change. As I have said several times in the past, the reason I use Windows is that all my employers have used Windows, and none of the CAD software I have used is supported on MAC.

Now, tell me again just WHY I should change. So I can be in a tiny little smug community looking over my nose at the teeming masses?

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Open source for Windows...Thanks Andy

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Windows bashing is very OLD and tiresome. There are many of us who have NO problems with Windows and just cannot see the need to spend considerably more money on an equal system.

My system stays on, hooked to the Internet constantly, one virus problem in many years. The applications work just fine, and although I did have some Windows issues with Win 95 (who didn't?) 98 seemed quite stable and now XP is the best yet. I am staying away from Vista as long as possible though.
I've been running a home wireless network using a mixture of Win2k and WinXP for years now - with no problems at all. Then my wife got a new laptop with Vista and my problems have started. Good idea to stay away from it.

The really annoying thing about Vista is that one day the network works fine, and the next she can't do a thing - for no apparent reason. Even Micro$oft refuse to acknowledge there's a problems so they don't do anything about it. Presumably 100% Vista networks work fine??? Anyway, I'm seriously thinking of downgrading her system to XP/Pro, as at least I know it works!

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Now, tell me again just WHY I should change. So I can be in a tiny little smug community looking over my nose at the teeming masses?
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Now, tell me again just WHY I should change. So I can be in a tiny little smug community looking over my nose at the teeming masses?
Got out of the bed on the wrong side? LOL. Nobody in this thread asked you to change. If you don't like pointers where to get good software for free, don't go there, don't download.
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"our poorer brothers"? So bmwlt.com is running on a Mac these days? Cool! When did y'all switch? And when did you hit the Lottery?!
A response to your tongue in cheek response.
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  • All of my computers run on Windows

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The really annoying thing about Vista is that one day the network works fine, and the next she can't do a thing - for no apparent reason. Even Micro$oft refuse to acknowledge there's a problems so they don't do anything about it. Presumably 100% Vista networks work fine??? Anyway, I'm seriously thinking of downgrading her system to XP/Pro, as at least I know it works!
At this point I wouldn't consider it a "downgrade". For all the problems XP Home supposedly had with networking, I hear it is nothing compared to vista. They are comparing vista with windows ME, remember that short lived, bug riddled POS?
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Back to the free software thing... Eudora was about the best and most secure mail client I'd tried. Someone bought the company though, but you can still get the free version.
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Gets kinda old reading about how Vista sucks.. It will be around for a while so get used to it. I have been running it for about 6 months ...Vista 64 and have had no problems. Windows starts very fast around 30 seconds so far no I have had no network problems. I am running 4 gigs of ddr3 memory and a fast chip but I am enjoying Vista.
Eudora...wasnt that for windows 3.11??

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Eudora...wasnt that for windows 3.11??
That's where it started The later versions were/are pretty slick.
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Got out of the bed on the wrong side? LOL. Nobody in this thread asked you to change. If you don't like pointers where to get good software for free, don't go there, don't download.
It would have been just fine Andy, if you had not started out your post with:

"This time its something for our poorer brothers having to deal with WIndoze systems."

No matter what good information you may have posted after the statement it had the stamp of Windows Bashing applied. Yes, I deal with Windows, but I don't HAVE to, and I may or may not be poorer than you, what does that matter?

If you want to be helpful in this arena, as you certainly are in others (and it is very appreciated), please do not show your true feeling before making a statement that may be appreciated by us "poor" people otherwise.

The WAY in which you gave out the information was very unnecessary.

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Hey, Andy, I finally found out how to install Vista!


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It's interesting you took it that way David. There are folks that would love to have excellent software packages and CANNOT afford to buy them, one of them being me. I use the Mozilla Firefox browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird mail client, both of which are superior to the Windows equivalent, in my very so humble opinion. I haven't fully figured out how to use either one to their fullest yet but I'm trying.

I use as much Open Source software as I can. The main reason being there are many folks working to make each piece of the software better and according to the GPU (or is it GNU) there can never be a cost attached to it if you make an improvement. How can things get much better than that.

And with as with most Open Source software, it will run on Windows, Linux, Unix or Mac. That makes it a non-system preference piece of software and fully compatible files for transport among the different Operating Systems.

I'm glad you some of you folks have the money to buy all the proprietary software you want.

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I've been running a home wireless network using a mixture of Win2k and WinXP for years now - with no problems at all. Then my wife got a new laptop with Vista and my problems have started. Good idea to stay away from it.

The really annoying thing about Vista is that one day the network works fine, and the next she can't do a thing - for no apparent reason. Even Micro$oft refuse to acknowledge there's a problems so they don't do anything about it. Presumably 100% Vista networks work fine??? Anyway, I'm seriously thinking of downgrading her system to XP/Pro, as at least I know it works!

Try this, it is a Vista tweak that really sped up all 12 of my Vista systems:

THE QUICK FIX

First open and Administrator command line prompt. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories, right click Command Prompt, then left click Run as administrator. As an alternative you can click Start then type into the Start Search box, or the Run box, cmd, then use the shortcut keys Ctrl-Shift-Enter.

(NOTE: After you set a new autotuninglevel you will need to reboot in order for the changes to take effect.)

Vista TCP/IP Fix

Type, or copy and paste, into the Administrator command prompt window:



netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable



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When you try to use a Windows Vista-based computer behind a firewall device, network connectivity may fail. When network connectivity fails, you may see the following symptoms: Programs may respond slowly.
Programs may stop responding.
For example, any of the following programs may be affected by this problem: Microsoft Outlook or Windows Mail
A Web browser, such as Windows Internet Explorer 7
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Looking for a nice Open Source "office" suite for Windows? Try www.OpenOffice.org. Has everything to replace MS-Office except an Outlook-esq app. IIRC, it reads and creates the new as well as legacy MS-Office file formats.

Sun has a hand in this project, and it has been stable AFAIK.

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