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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Here are 30 essential Free and Open softwares for Windows

1. Firefox
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Replaces Internet Explorer
If you haven’t switched to Firefox for your web browsing needs, do it now. It stops annoying popups and it has tons of amazing plugins that can make surfing the web even better. I could evangelize all day about Firefox, but one thing’s for sure: the first thing I do on any new Windows machine is run Internet Explorer just long enough to download Firefox.

2. Thunderbird
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Replaces M’zoft Outlook or Eudora
Thunderbird is an email client that has five big things going for it: it’s free, it’s full featured, it’s lightweight and runs quick, it has an unparalleled spam filter, and it protects you from those ridiculous phishing attacks by clearly indicating which emails send you to a bogus website. If you’re not already using a web-based email solution, Thunderbird should be your client.

3. Sunbird
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Replaces M’zoft Outlook’s calendaring functions
Might as well get the Mozilla trifecta out of the way by mentioning Sunbird, which is the Mozilla Foundation’s calendaring program. It’s extremely easy to use (I figured out everything I needed in a minute or two) and easy to share your calendar with others. I consider a calendaring tool to be essential if you’re using a laptop, and this is no different.

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Hands-on Solutions for a Mixed Environment

* Don’t Just Cope With Your Mixed-Environment Problems—Solve Them
* Maximize Productivity and Lower Costs by Strategically Combining the Strengths of Linux and Windows
* Leverage Windows Resources from Linux, and Linux Resources from Windows
* Meet All Your Remote and Terminal Connection Challenges with the Right Solutions
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A graphical guide for all new users with a Windows background using Ubuntu

Having problems installing something on your new Ubuntu operating system? “Where’s the EXE?”, “Where do I need to extract this to?”, “How do I run it?”, “Where did it go?” – have you been thinking questions like these? Don’t worry, installing software, themes and other things on Ubuntu is actually very easy! This guide will help you understand with screenshots, instructional videos and to-the-point language.

Note: The guide was written for Ubuntu 6.06 – The Dapper Drake using the tools of the Gnome desktop environment as its base. The program names and paths will undoubtedly vary if you’re using Kubuntu or Xubuntu.
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The X Multimedia System (XMMS) is a free software audio player very similar to Winamp, that runs on many Unix-like operating systems.
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python programming

Short Introduction of Python Programming
Python is a programming language created by Guido van Rossum in 1990. Python has a fully dynamic type system and uses automatic memory management; it is thus similar to Perl, Ruby, Scheme, Smalltalk, and Tcl.

The philosophy behind Python is noteworthy among high-level languages because: 1) it emphasizes the importance of programmer effort over computer effort; and 2) it rejects more arcane language features, prioritizing readability over speed or expressiveness. Python is often characterised as minimalist, although this only applies to the core language’s syntax and semantics; the standard library provides the language with a large number of additional libraries and extensions.

Here’s a extensive Python Tutorial For NON-PROGRAMMERS

Banshee is an audio player for GNU/Linux operating systems, that uses Mono and Gtk#. It also uses the Helix and GStreamer multimedia platforms to play, encode, and decode Ogg Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, and other formats. Banshee can play and import audio CDs and play and synchronize music with iPods, as well as Creative Zen players. Developers are also adding MTP (PlaysForSure) support, as well as Rio Karma support in the near future. Additionally, it is capable of reporting played songs to a user’s playlist. Using a plugin architecture, Banshee is highly extensible and customizable. Current plugins include: Smart playlists, Podcasting, iTunes Store, DAAP Music sharing, a Metadata searcher using Musicbrainz, an Alarm/Sleep timer, Recommendations using, and a Mini-Mode plugin. Multimedia keys support in GNOME. Banshee is free software, licensed under the MIT License.

The latest version of Banshee is 0.11.3, released on December 9, 2006.

Here are 10 Reasons why we should switch from the much bugged and flawed Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox.
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Inkscape is a free software vector graphics editor. Its stated goal is to become a powerful graphic tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG and CSS standards. The primary development platform is Linux, but it is cross-platform and runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix-like operating systems.
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GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source graphics program GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP.
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OoO is a free office suite of applications available for many different operating systems including Linux, Microsoft Windows, Solaris and Mac OS X. It supports the OpenDocument standard for data interchange.
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