List Of Open Source software for home use – Part 2

Posted on December 9, 2008. Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Continuing from List of Open source software for home use – Part 1

Azureus vuze, the bittorrent client

when  ever you feel like downloading movies or trailers or any other documentaries that are freely available, you can use this open source software. bittorrent is a protocol through which you and other people on the internet share a piece of files which is uploaded/downloaded. In this way, people share things easily. You can watch lots of trailers for the newly releasing hollywood movies.


GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. usually Linux users consider GIMP as an alternative Photoshop in Linux. Adobe Photoshop is only for windows and mac platform. you can use GIMP for drawing tools, adjusting your picture you have taken using your camera, do all sorts of things which you can do with Photoshop. is a office suite applications specifically for office users. if you are the one using Microsoft Office and dont want to pay license fee, you can go for office applications. It contains Word Processor, Spreadsheets, Presentation, Flowchart drawing tool, Access DB etc. I can say that its a complete alternative to Microsoft Office suite applications. is backed by Sun Microsystems


If you want to know any specific open source software please email me mbchandar AT gmail DOT com.

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What is FOSS?

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I am sure there are lots of articles about what is FOSS and how it all revolutionized the way software is distributed. basically FOSS stands for Free and Open Source Software. The word ‘Free’ does not mean it is free at price. ‘Free’ implies Freedom. the ability to modify the source and re-distribute legally with no worries.

There are lots of software which can be used for home use. some like ubuntu desktop, songbird, mozilla firefox, gnu cash, open office etc etc. All these types of software are bundled with appropriate licenses which legally authorizes you to do any modification and re-distribute.

we will talk about various open source software licenses in come posts. now i will just list down some of the most widely licenses

  • GNU Public License v2.x, v3.x
  • BSD License
  • Apache 2.0 License

and many more…. each has its own pro and cons. but most of them allows you to legally download the software and use them at home or at work. unless you are not modifying the source which you need to give back to the community, you don’t have worry about anything.

But you can still contribute to the development of the software you use in terms of reporting bugs, problems to the open software community. this helps them to do continuous improvement and make the software much more bug free for the people.

You can find more information about FOSS from the following links

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