Open Source Windows Alternatives
Google recently dropped a free and open source web browser for all of us to play with. Chrome was a built from the ground up by Google to incorporate all the best attributes of everyone’s favorite Internet activities. Even though its still in Beta, its a smooth and well refined tool for browsing the Internet. Since I am a complete Firefox freak, I found myself comparing Chrome to Firefox and I must say that I liked Chrome very much.
Songbird is a Cross Platform Free & Open Source Desktop Media Player Designed for the World Wide Web
Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that is always under active development. Its is a new type media player, specifically designed with the future in mind. While most media players are still focusing on local music only, Songbird is currently looking to the constantly-changing landscape of the World Wide Web for guidance. What the crap does that mean? Simply put, Songbird allows you to ‘play’ the web. Instead of needing separate applications to search for, download, and listen to music, Songbird allows you to do it all from one simple program, with an astounding level of integration between the Web and your music.
Spicebird is an free and open source collaboration client from Synovel. Spicebird simplifies communication for users by providing integrated access to the various tools of collaboration in a single application. It provides easy access to various Web services while users can retain all the advantages of a desktop application. It provides e-mail, calendaring and instant messaging with intuitive integration and unlimited extensibility.
Jahshaka is a free and open source video editing suite that could easily be valued at hundreds of dollars. With jahshaka you can edit video with flexibility and speed, create effects in real time, animate with essentially unlimited features, paint and design on moving video and create music with all the tools professionals use. You can also work in any format and at any resolution.
CamStudio is a Free and Open Source Alternative to Camtasia for making ScreenCasts (Screen Capture Movies)- SAVE 300 USD
CamStudio is a screencasting program for Microsoft Windows released as free & open source software. The software renders videos in an AVI format. It can also convert these AVIs into Flash Video format, embedded in SWF files. CamStudio is coded in Microsoft Visual C++ and makes a great free alternative to the overpriced Camtasia.
RSSOwl is a Great Free & Open Source RSS Feed Reader For many Platform Including Windows, Linux, & MAC OS X
RSS Owl is a Free and Open Source RSS Feed Reader. It basically looks and operates like a proficient web or FTP browser. It was written in Java for cross platform compatibility. It allows you to subscribe to feeds and manage all of your subscriptions in one easy to us application.
Pidgin is a FREE & OPEN SOURCE Instant Message Manager That Connects You to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, and Many More
Pidgin (formerly,Gaim) is the Free & Open Source solution to having friends, family, and colleagues on different IM chat networks. When your Mom is on AOL, and your best mate is living in Australia and using MSN and and your employer forces you to use Yahoo!, your only real solution is Pidgin.
Mozilla, the great people that brought you the FREE & OPEN SOURCE web browser Firefox, have also released a free and open source email client and RSS feed reader; Titled Thunderbird.
Miro is an Internet television application and is supported on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Miro is a free and Open Source software released under the GNU General Public License. Miro can automatically download videos from RSS-based “channels”, manage them and play them. The application is designed to mesh with other PCF products such as Video Bomb
7-Zip is a FREE & OPEN SOURCE file archiver with a very high compression ratio. It supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, ISO, MSI, WIM, NSIS, RPM and DEB formats. If you aren’t sure exactly what a file archiver or a compression ratio is, don’t worry. All you need to know is that 7-zip is essentially a free and open source answer to WinZip or WinRAR.
FileZilla is the best free and open source FTP software and it is distributed under the GNU license. FileZilla was designed from the ground up with one thing in mind; uploading and downloading to and from your FTP site, web server, or website host with ease and great speed. The program lets you transfer files and navigate among folders, Web sites, and your computer.
Open Office is the leading opensource office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and much, much more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all of your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages such as the Microsoft Office softwares. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose you desire.
GIMP (Free Adobe PhotoShop) is the Best Free Open Source Image Manipulation Software Available, PERIOD
GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, and to best describe GIMP, you would basically have to call it a free and open source Adobe Photoshop. If you are used to Photoshop and switch to GIMP it might take you some time to get used to the different user interface, but over a couple of days you’ll begin to fall in love with it and refuse to go back.
The Free & Open Source Web Browser, Firefox is the faster, more secure, and fully customizable way to surf the web
For our first open source Living Under a Rock posting we choose Firefox. Honestly, if you haven’t at least heard of this open source answer to web browsing and you own a computer, you have definitely been crouch down underneath some Afghani desert rock. I only say that because something like 50% of the Internet’s users browse the Web with Firefox. Firefox is the open source answer to Window Internet Explorer and it has been available for free download for quite a few years now.
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for the Windows operating sytem. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
ClamWin is a Free & Open Source Antivirus program for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 and Vista. ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code. You can download and use it absolutely free of charge.
Blender is a free and open source suite of tools that enable the creation of and replay of linear and real-time, interactive 3D content. It offers full functionality for modeling, rendering, animation, post-production and game creation and playback with the added benefit of cross-platform operability (Windows, Mac, Linux, IRIX, Solaris, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD). Blender is aimed at both media professionals and creative individual users. It can be used to create commercials and other broadcast quality linear content.
Zimbra is Yahoo’s Free & open Source Outlook alternative. If you want more than Microsoft’s Outlook ever hope to provide and you want that at a really reduced price(say maybe FREE!!) than you should check out Zimbra from Yahoo.com.