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#1 michaelbrian


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 07:54 PM

First let me say again, what a great forum. I sure was fortunate to run across you all. I have been using Firefox for years now and love it. With my new system I would like to use other programs that are also open source or of the like. Photo editor, Website generators, Anti virus, Firewall etc. Does anyone have favorites that they could recommend. I sure would appreciate every ones ideas. Thanks again.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 07:59 PM

You will probably find everything you are looking for here.

Edited by pablo49, 03 September 2009 - 10:24 PM.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:16 PM

Let's see... "open source or of the like"?

Text/Code Editor: Notepad++ (open source)
Webpage Maker: KompoZer (open source)
Image Editor: GIMP (open source) or Paint.net (Paint.net is partially closed, I think)
Antivirus: ClamAV* (open source)
Firewall: Smoothwall* (open source?)
DVD Authoring: DVD Flick (open source?)
CD/DVD burning: imgburn (not open source, but free)
FTP (client and server versions): Filezilla (open source)
Screen recording: Cam Studio (open source)
Word processing: Abiword (open source) or OpenOffice.org (open source)
Spreadsheets: Gnumetric (open source) or OpenOffice.org (open source)
Media Player: VLC (open source)
Archive program: 7zip (open source) or WinRAR (closed but free)
Desktop publishing: Scribus (open source)

You can find these by Googling their names, many of them are on Source Forge like Pablo49 recommended.

*=I haven't tried it yet, so no promises!

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 03 September 2009 - 11:18 PM.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:27 PM

Some very good picks there Andrew. I am assuming that MichaelBrian is running Firefox within Windows. This would restrict what open source programs he can run. The SourceForge page gives you the option (right below the search field) to select software that runs on a specific platform - Linux, Mac or Windows.

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