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Internet - Clients
Email
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Outlook
Open Source
Mozilla The best of the current lot. Good but missing a few advanced features I'd like.
Mahogony Nice, feels a bit 'odd'. [CP]
Phoneix Mail No install necessary, single exe, fast clean, easy to use nice UI, no HTML email, Poor filtering.
FTP
Apps Comments
Open Source
Filezilla The more I use it the more I love it. Windows only.
IM (Instant Messaging)
Apps Comments
Open Source
Gaim Windows version has been stable for a while now.
P2P File Sharing
Apps Comments
Open Source
Gnucleus Accesses the Gnutella p2p network. Very nice program.
Lime Wire Accesses the Gnutella p2p network. Current versions of Lime Wire include advertising banners. Since Lime Wire is open source there are ad-free versions available.
giFT Uses the OpenFT p2p network.
Remote Access
Apps Comments
Closed Source
PC Anywhere
Open Source
RealVNC The original VNC developers returned.
TightVNC VNC with compression and other features.
Telnet / SSH
Apps Comments
Open Source
PuTTY Windows Only, hopes to port.
Web Browser
Apps Comments
Open Source
Mozilla Firefox Excellent web browser, with plenty of add-ons to custiomize it.
Lynx [CP] Text only. Good, but not for most people.
Webcam
Apps Comments
Open Source
Dorgem Simple but effective.
Fwink Simple but effective.
Webgrabber
Apps Comments
Open Source
Wget Very handy. A GUI would be nice but is very powerfull as is.
cURL
HTTrack Has a GUI. Looks ok, but I'm still using Wget for now.
Misc
Apps Comments
Open Source
Speak Freely Internet voice chat.
Internet - Utilities
Auction watchers
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
JBidWatcher Java based Bid watch program. I normally hate the ugly Java UI widgets but this one does it well. I don't do online auctions much but next time I do I'll be sure to use this program.
Firewall
Apps Comments
Open Source
Coyote Linux Small Linux distribution designed to act as firewall.
floppyfw Small Linux distribution designed to act as firewall.
Link Checker
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Xenu Xenu is execellent free software but not Open Source.
Open Source
Link Checker Requires Python.
Portscan
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Languard Network Security Scanner Free.
Open Source
Nmap Windows port now available. Needs Winpcap.
Security Scanner
Apps Comments
Open Source
Nessus Needs client and server pieces. Server currently only made for Linux/Unix
Web Log Anlysis
Apps Comments
Open Source
Analog Analog is wonderful, very powerful. No GUI. Very good documentation.
Report Magic Report Magic makes the reports from Analog look prettier. Use them together.
Media - Audio / Visual
Audio Editor
Apps Comments
Open Source
Audacity
Streamripper Record streaming MP3s
Media Player
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Real Audio
MS Media Player
WinAmp
Open Source
Zinf Previously known as FreeAmp.
CoolPlayer MP3 / audio player focused on speed. I'm really begining to like this one.
Video capture / conversion
Apps Comments
Open Source
VirtualDub Capture and edit video. Not meant to replace an editor but probably can for many uses. Does some things most video editors can't.
DScaler Converts analog video for dispay on computer (?)
Media - CD / DVD/ VCD
CD Ripping
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Real Jukebox
Open Source
CD-DA X-Tractor
CDex
CD Writing
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Easy CD Creator
Open Source
CDRDAO Records Disk-at-Once. No Windows GUI.
Freeburn Still in early development.
CD Record
DVD player
Apps Comments
Open Source
VideoLan Looks good.
VCD creation
Apps Comments
Open Source
GNU VCDImager Create and analyze VCD and Super Video CD's
Media - Graphics
3D
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Liquid "Liquid it a tool for translating Maya scenes into another renderer's scene description" I don't understand it but looks useful to those who do.
Moonlight 3D 3D modeler and renderer.
Blender 3D 3D creation suite
Diagramming
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Visio
Open Source
Dia, Dia [CP]
Graphics Editor
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Paintshop Pro
Photoshop
Open Source
Gimp, Win Gimp / Win Gimp [CP] Very confusing UI.
QCad 2D CAD system. Looks good, I don't know much about CAD though.
Graphics Viewer
Apps Comments
Closed Source
ACDSee
Open Source
JImageView Written in Java.
SlideShow Picture Viewer Project dead?
JavaExplorer JavaExplorer is ok, not really for viewing large collections.
Java Image Browser and Sorter Project dead?
JCDSee JCDSee, nice and quick. Making good progress. Vanished?
imgv. portable image viewer Unique image viewing program. Very nice but might be an acquired taste. Best of the lot.
Misc Graphics
Apps Comments
Open Source
GOCR/JOCR OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
JImage Mosaic Makes a mosaic image from other images. Java.
WinPhoto Generates a static photo gallery. Creates thumbnails and html pages automatically. Generation is done before files are uploaded to server.
Media - Text / HTML
Office Suite / (Word processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation)
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Microsoft Office Considered the standard by most.
Perfect Office From Corel. Home of the aging, but still somewhat popular, WordPerfect.
Open Source
OpenOffice.org [CP] Good, but not perfect, reading and writing of MS Office files. Can't currently read WordPerfect files.
StarOffice Semi-closed source version of OpenOffice.org.
AstroGrep Grep with GUI. Searches across files for text.
Tail For Win32 Watches text files for changes.
Word Processor
Apps Comments
Closed Source
MS Word What everyone currently uses.
Wordperfect Still has some die-hard fans.
Open Source
AbiWord
GNU Emacs Loved by many. Not for your average user.
PDF Writing
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Adobe Acrobat
Open Source
GhostScript, xPDF Ugh, needs GUI.
Database - desktop
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Microsoft Access
Open Source
JEDI Database Desktop Not the MS Access replacement I was hoping for but it may be a start. I'm not sure if that is even what the developers are intending this to be used for.
Text / HTML Editor
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Notepad
Open Source
SciTE Not specifically for HTML but works well. Includes syntax high-lighting.
Jext Programmers editor.
jEdit Programmers editor written in Java.
KeyNote Tabbed notebook with Rich Text editor
PhpEdit PHP IDE for Windows.
HTML Formatting
Apps Comments
Open Source
HTML Tidy Automatically checks HTML files for common errors and can format the document for easy editing or to conserve disk space.
Tidy GUI A GUI interface for HTML Tidy.
Educational
Typing Tutor
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
GNU Typist Bland but effective.
Tux Typing Spiffy. Targeted toward children. Not particularly challenging for adults.
Games
Dungeon
Apps Comments
Open Source
NetHack, No graphics. Dungeon adventure game. Classic.
Falcon's Eye Falcon's Eye is literally Nethack with fancy graphics.
Egoboo
1st Person Shooter
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Doom / Heretic / Hexen
Open Source
Vavoom Allows IP deathmatch. True Windows program. Runs Doom, Heretic, and Hexen
Wolfenstein GL
Legacy Doom
QBlood Complete recreation of Blood.
Cube Unique engine, fun, not finished. Full code not yet released.
Tenbrae Modernized version of old Quake code.
Side scroller
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Donkey Kong
Commander Keen
Open Source
VideoToons
Abuse
Cannon volley
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Scorched Earth
Open Source
Scorched Earth 2000 Web based version of Scorched Earth
Death Star Battles Web based, addictive and fun.
Scorched 3D
XScorch No Windows version available but looks to be closest to the original Scorched Earth that I've seen.
Strategy
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Risk
Open Source
Java Risk
Space simulation / Astonomy
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Celestia Very nice.
Stellarium
Worms
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Worms
Open Source
NiL Real time worms
Space combat
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Vega Strike
Orbit space combat simulator
SimCity
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Sim City
Open Source
LinCity
Chess
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
WinBoard
Lemmings
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Lemmings
Open Source
Pingus Lemmings clone
Pong
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Pong
Open Source
Tuxpuck Nice, but hard!
Virtual Pool
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
FooBillard
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Misc Games
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Benny Kramek Games Several nice looking games. Carterrain, Tank Wars 3D, Quack, Quandary
Open Source
Liquid War No describing it. Wierd but fun.
SDL Sopwith Port of classic side shooter.
LGames Web site with several games inlcuding breakout and tetris clones.
WinPenguins Little penguins that run all over your desktop.
PySol Solitaire, needs Python
Onsight Odd little game. Fun. Take your time it's all tactics.
Crack Attack Addictive and fun game. Single or multiplayer over IP.
Minesweeper
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Minesweeper
Open Source
XulMine Minesweeper clone. Requires Mozilla / Netscape 6+
Utilities - File
Compression / ZIP
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Winzip
Power Archiver
Filzip Not open source yet. Soon? Looks nice
Open Source
JZip Looks good. Despite the name JZip is not Java. Simple clean interface. Does not support tar.gz
7-Zip Looks good. Different than I am used to but very easy to use. Integrates with Explorer.
NeonZip Java. Looks ok.
FreeExtractor Creates Self-extracting archives. Excellent, but not a general purpose archiving program.
Info-Zip, WiZ Seems good enough. Could use a lot of work on the user interface.
Multiple File Search and Replace
Apps Comments
Closed Source
BK ReplaceEm
Open Source
GSR Global Search and Replace Dos based
Search and Replace Written in Perl
Utilities - General
Windows utilities
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Vitrite Allows for transparency in Windows 2000/XP
GnuWin32 A ton of small, mostly command line, utilities common to Unix and Linux systems. Too 'scary' for the average user.
Time Sync
Apps Comments
Open Source
NIST Time Simple but effective. From the people who should know best.
Nettime
Utilities - Security
Antivirus
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Fsecure
McAfee
Norton
Open Source
Open Antivirus
Encryption
Apps Comments
Closed Source
PGP
Open Source
GnuPG Open source version of PGP.
WinPT WinPT gives a nice interface to GnuPG. WinPT requires GnuPG.
File Shredding
Apps Comments
Open Source
Eraser
Password Management
Apps Comments
Open Source
Password Safe
PINs
Unix environment for Windows.
Apps Comments
Open Source
Cygwin
Advanced / IT Professional - Desktop
Installers
Apps Comments
Open Source
Inno Setup Installer for Windows programs
Nullsoft Scriptable Install System Create your own installers.
PC Emulator
Apps Comments
Open Source
Bochs Allows you to run any operating system 'inside' your current operating system. Very cool.
Network Packet Analyzer
Apps Comments
Open Source
Etheral Network Analyzer You need WinPCap to get Ethereal to capture packets.
Scheduling
Apps Comments
Open Source
Sinc Dead?
Cron
Advanced / IT Professional - Server
Database - server
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
My SQL I generally avoid Windows as a server, but since MySQL runs on so many platforms you can play with it on Windows before you go production on your real servers.
Firebird
Perl for Windows
Apps Comments
Open Source
Active Perl
Novell utils
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Workstation Name Especially useful for Zenworks. Allows admin to automatically change the workstation name to match the current logged on user. Many other options. Free but not open source.
ZEN Workstation Browser Fast and easy way to launch Zenworks remote control of a workstation. Much better for it's specific use than Console One. Free but not open source. Holger Dopp has created a bunch of good utilities for Novell environments.
NJFSS Netware sever based file synchronization utility written in Java.
Whoami Customizes your desktop background image to display your currently logged on user.
Open Source
Novell Application Launcher Tools Several to manipulate AOT files.
Novell's own section on Open Source
RConIP A native windows replacement for rconj
Help Desk
Apps Comments
Open Source
IRM RequiresPHP and mySQL
Misc
Personal Finance
Apps Comments
Closed Source
MS Money
Quicken
Open Source
JMoney Although still in the early stages JMoney seems ok. Active devlopement. CP
JCash Early stages.
CBB Requires Perl and TCL/Tk.
GnuCash No Windows version, but it's wildly popular on Linux. I couldn't just ignore it.
EBook reader for Palm
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
GutenPalm / Weasel Reader My old Palm Pilot Pro can't run this but any reasonably modern Palm shouldn't have a problem.
Statistics and Mathematics
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Maxima A "computer algebra system". I don't understand it but looks useful to those who do.
Octave "a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations" I don't understand it but looks useful to those who do.
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Open Source
Personal Information Managers (PIM)
Apps Comments
Open Source
Treeline Tree structured outliner/PIM/small database.
Elephant Memory System tray remider program. Pops up to remind you of meetings and such.
Mozilla Calendar Early stages yet. You need to have Mozilla installed.
Screen Savers
Apps Comments
Open Source
Matrix32 Win32 port of xmatrix screen saver.
Vital desktop Let screen savers run as your desktop background.
KISS Image Screen Saver Simple photo gallery screen saver.
Really Slick Screensavers Several very nice OpenGL screen savers.
Unorganized
Apps Comments
Closed Source
Partition Resizer Resizes partitions without destroying data. Free but not Open Source.
Open Source
Lifelines Geaneaology program. No GUI.
VirtuaWin A virtual desktop manager.
Snort Intrusion Detection System
NMapWin Windows version of the most popular portscanner.
Memtest86 Stress test system memory. Also comes with an self booting ISO, so no install necessary.
PfaEdit Edits and creates postscript fonts. Requires Cygwin.
Xchat Popular IRC client.
piXfloW Possibly a replacement for ACDSee? Haven't had a chance to look at it yet. Requires Java.
Netrek A online only two dimensional battle game with a Startrek theme
Magic Mail Monitor 3 Handy little POP3 new mail notification program. You can preview the subject and delete messages before you download them.
Sodipodi Vector based drawing program. Uses SVG as it's native file format.
Blender 3D 3D creation, modeling, and animation suite.
RconIP Windows native Rconag6 client for remote conosole access of a Netware server.
NeoCrypt Nice, easy to use, file encryption.
AClean Cleans out the Temp folder and the Recycle Bin.
PDFCreator Lets you print to a PDF file.

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