List of Open source software for home use – Part 1

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

At home, i have been using some of the Open Source Software for my daily productivity.

They are

  1. Mozilla Firefox, the browser
  2. Pidgin, the messenger
  3. Azureus vuze, the bittorrent client
  4. GIMP, the photoshop alternative
  5. Open, Office productivity

There are tons of software available which we will see one by one in coming blog posts. meanwhile I will discuss some of the most widely and commonly used by me. you can suggest me on what type of software you wanted to write about here which could help others increase their productivity

Mozilla Firefox

As we all have been using Internet Explorer that bundled with Windows OS for the long time. Alternative to it, there are lots of browser available in the internet such as Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, Apple Safari etc. Mozilla Firefox is the one that derived from Mozilla project which is huge as a software bundle that contains e-mail applications, browser etc. People find it hard to use it. Hence Mozilla foundation decided to release light weight version of Mozilla and hence Mozilla Firefox born. At present, you can download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox 3.x from some of the features are

  1. Tabbed Browsing
  2. Browser Add-ons
  3. Security
  4. many more..

Pidgin, the messenger

There are already lots of messengers for each of the chat providers like Yahoo, MSN, AIM, Google Talk etc. the problem with these is that you have to download them each and then install it and configure it. Instead you can use the Pidgin which has the ability to talk to Yahoo, MSN, AIM, Google Talk and IRC too. Good na… But at present, it doesn’t support VOIP. VOIP means the ability to talk to your beloved with no phone cost and this is free because it happens over Internet.

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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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