Monday, June 28, 2004

Free Stuff

Light blogging the past few days, partly because I had such a great weekend! There are a couple of posts rattling around in my head that should see the light of 'net over the next couple of days - until then, check this out!

For those of you that think open source software and free software are good things but think that they only live in the Linux environment, check out They've collected a number of free applications and utilities for the Windows environment and packaged them onto one CD. You've got (a Microsoft Office replacement), Mozilla (web browser), GIMP (full-featured image manipulator) and other good stuff. I've been running StarOffice on my home machines for some time and love it (StarOffice is the Sun Microsystems-distributed version of OpenOffice). I've used the GIMP a little bit on Linux but not enough to really learn it - it has a reputation as being PhotoShopian in its capabilities. I know Internet Explorer doesn't cost you anything and is hard to avoid and I won't claim that Mozilla is more secure than IE or Outlook Express, but there aren't nearly as many people out there writing worms, viruses and other malware for Mozilla as there are IE or Outlook.

There are other goodies there that I haven't tried but that are worth a look. There are links to a number of mirror sites where you can download the ISO image and burn a CD (many of the mirrors had too much traffic, but I got great download speed from the mirror in Ireland!). If you don't have broadband and ask me nicely enough, I'll send you a copy of the CD.

And oh by the way, did I mention that its free?


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