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27 Sep 2010, 2:12 am

open source. "Some of these apps I have used and some I have not"

OpenSource

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XBMC http://xbmc.org/

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Notepad++ http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

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Blender http://www.blender.org/

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DVD Flick http://www.dvdflick.net/

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Uniform Server http://www.uniformserver.com/ "HTTP Server"

Free Closed Source :

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xlight free FTP Server http://www.xlightftpd.com/



Alot of the opensource and free apps are on here http://sourceforge.net/

Also for portable apps http://portableapps.com/

that is all I can think of.


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27 Sep 2010, 2:15 am

Seanmw wrote:
Jookia wrote:
Do you mean free software or freeware?


there's a difference?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Free_S ... Definition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeware



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27 Sep 2010, 9:32 am

Seanmw wrote:
okay, so i tried to boot linux from my thumbdrive but it says:

"no DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
boot:"

and i have no idea what to type in.
i've tried different things, but then it just says:

"could not find kernel image: _____"

:?

help?


Which Linux? I have only tried a few, but so far I have found there are no two that install identically, and some can be more quirky than others. Also, I do not know of *any* that will automatically either add themselves to the Windows 7 boot loader or make a new loader for itself and add Windows 7. So, your best place to begin is with Linux Puppy, and only on a stick. Puppy's built-in installation instructions are good, and you can make it install on a bootable stick your machine should be able to recognize and run at startup if your BIOS is set correctly.


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27 Sep 2010, 4:28 pm

leejosepho wrote:
Seanmw wrote:
okay, so i tried to boot linux from my thumbdrive but it says:

"no DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
boot:"

and i have no idea what to type in.
i've tried different things, but then it just says:

"could not find kernel image: _____"

:?

help?


Which Linux? I have only tried a few, but so far I have found there are no two that install identically, and some can be more quirky than others. Also, I do not know of *any* that will automatically either add themselves to the Windows 7 boot loader or make a new loader for itself and add Windows 7. So, your best place to begin is with Linux Puppy, and only on a stick. Puppy's built-in installation instructions are good, and you can make it install on a bootable stick your machine should be able to recognize and run at startup if your BIOS is set correctly.


i was trying for the Lucid Lynx one.
Though can you link me to the Puppy site you used? maybe i'll try that one instead.
all the puppy ones i'm finding say i need a CD :? ?


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27 Sep 2010, 4:56 pm

I myself have been very happy with the last 4 or 5 Ubuntu versions.
But if you plump for Windows, I'd add to your list GOM player (for music and movies) and DjVuLibre (for opening files with *djvu or *.djv extension, these are generally picture files but there are books in this format).



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27 Sep 2010, 5:04 pm

Seanmw wrote:
i was trying for the Lucid Lynx one.
Though can you link me to the Puppy site you used? maybe i'll try that one instead.
all the puppy ones i'm finding say i need a CD :? ?

Ah, so you are trying to do an .iso-to-usb installation, eh?

Here is the Puppy link I used to download an .iso and burn a disc ...

http://puppylinux.org/main/index.php?fi ... elease.htm

... but let me go do some more looking now that I think I understand what you are trying to do ...


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27 Sep 2010, 5:13 pm

Here, I think you are looking for this ...

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multi ... iboot-usb/

... but I have only experimented with that just a little and I do not know what .iso files will actually work with that. The best thing to do there would be to download that tool and run it and see what distros actually appear in its menu of distros it *can* install-to-usb from a downloaded .iso file. I remember trying to get it to install one that is *not* in its menu, and that did *not* work.


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27 Sep 2010, 5:21 pm

leejosepho wrote:
Here, I think you are looking for this ...

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multi ... iboot-usb/

... but I have only experimented with that just a little and I do not know what .iso files will actually work with that. The best thing to do there would be to download that tool and run it and see what distros actually appear in its menu of distros it *can* install-to-usb from a downloaded .iso file. I remember trying to get it to install one that is *not* in its menu, and that did *not* work.


alright thanks, i'll try it out and see how that goes.


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27 Sep 2010, 5:36 pm

Congrats on starting the odyssey that is Linux. Once you get over what seems to be the obligatory new user issues, you will not want to use Windows for anything other than gaming or an idiosyncratic 'must have' program. Say goodbye to malware, trojan's, security suites, reboots every time you load a program and a host of other windows issues. Say hello to thousands of free programs that you can access and install from within the desktop, much faster operation, better security, and excellent support from the various forums.

Fuzzy and Orwell encouraged me onto Linux and now it is my OS of choice. Personally I use Mint as it is blended with the better bits of Windows ie what they call the 'Mint Menu'


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27 Sep 2010, 5:57 pm

Free software:
The GIMP (www.gimp.org) - Graphics editor with most, if not all, the capabilities of more expensive graphics suites, such as Photoshop
Media Player Classic (http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/) - Free media player that replaces Windows Media Player, Quicktime, Realplayer, etc.
WinDirStat (http://windirstat.info/) - Easy way to visualize the contents of your hard drives. Larger files and folders appear as larger blocks, and you can instantly see what is eating up disk space
FileZilla - FTP client
Inkscape - Vector (unlike Paint/GIMP/Photoshop, which are raster) drawing application
VirtualBox - Virtual machine (VM) software. Run any version of Windows or Linux virtually
DOSBox - DOS emulator so you can play all your old games, and even run Windows 3.1
ScummVM - Plays classic LucasArts (and even some old Sierra) adventures games
Pidgin - IM client that connects to most services (AIM, MSN, Google, etc.) with plug-ins for many others (e.g. Facebook)
Audacity - Digital audio editing tool

Freeware:
Picasa (by Google) - Photo management application
AVG Anti-virus - Anti-virus software



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27 Sep 2010, 5:57 pm

DentArthurDent wrote:
Congrats on starting the odyssey that is Linux. Once you get over what seems to be the obligatory new user issues, you will not want to use Windows for anything other than gaming or an idiosyncratic 'must have' program. Say goodbye to malware, trojan's, security suites, reboots every time you load a program and a host of other windows issues. Say hello to thousands of free programs that you can access and install from within the desktop, much faster operation, better security, and excellent support from the various forums.

Fuzzy and Orwell encouraged me onto Linux and now it is my OS of choice. Personally I use Mint as it is blended with the better bits of Windows ie what they call the 'Mint Menu'


well, if i can make it through ther download without the server resetting itself anyways :P

idk if it's just because i'm currently using the school's network or not though.
i'll attempt it again when i'm back at the house.


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27 Sep 2010, 6:08 pm

DentArthurDent wrote:
Fuzzy and Orwell encouraged me onto Linux and now it is my OS of choice. Personally I use Mint as it is blended with the better bits of Windows ie what they call the 'Mint Menu'

Same here.


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27 Sep 2010, 8:33 pm

If you still can't manage to download the whole file, consider using torrent download instead. (It's under the alternate download section.) You'll need a torrent client to download the actual file, µTorrent is a good one.



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27 Sep 2010, 10:34 pm

CloudWalker wrote:
If you still can't manage to download the whole file, consider using torrent download instead. (It's under the alternate download section.) You'll need a torrent client to download the actual file, µTorrent is a good one.


Yeah, torrents are fantastic for downloading big files. They can resume and you can set how fast you want them to go (limit them or let it go as fast as it can).



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27 Sep 2010, 10:52 pm

Torrents I use alot on unstable connections like when I was on Dial-up.


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