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Posted: 02-Sep-2007, 07:50 AM
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I use a lot of Free, open source software or careware, etc. What is your favorite?

I use OpenOffice, Picasa2, Arachnophilia (HTML Editor).


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Posted: 02-Sep-2007, 08:23 PM
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I guess one of my favorite pieces of OSS would be the Linux Kernel smile.gif Between that and Firefox...
But then there's a lot of other great OSS code I couldn't live without. Audacity, OpenSSH, and iptables...
When I built my 64 bit install, I wrote down a list of some 120 packages that were pre-requesites before I replace my old 32 bit install. I have most of them installed, but not all yet. Still need:

GNUCash
RipperX
Blender
FBI -- considering ignoring, but I like viewing images in framebuffer at times
I still don't have a complete Gnome or KDE install, just core libs. trying to decide about putting the whole desktop on it
mocp
pico -- already have Joe, but like the option
Nero (Only closed source software left unless I install games which I probably will)
VNC
sysstat
iptraf
still need to get the mplayer plugin working
DVDauthor
VLC
bittorrent
And I probably should re-build Eterm, if I can find a fix for it crashing on a bell

I'm already using this install as my promary system, but I won't fully nuke my old system until this list is done.


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Check out this story titled the Sorry State of Open Source

http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/...t/view/309/122/


Very interesting. I agree with a lot of the viewpoints, but at the same time
I like to use OSS to see how people are doing certain things in their programming
such as algorithms and such. Sometimes I like to fix the code to make it run faster, or enhance for an arch I'm using. It also doesn't help when hardware manufacturers won't reveal information freely, thus people do a lot of reverse engineering and we get mediocre drivers that do well for the most part. And then the hardware manufacturers do provide drivers, you sometimes have to HAVE a certain version of the linux kernel.

I use firefox constantly so that is about the only piece of open source software I use ALL the time. I do use ncftp, that is very nice. MPlayer, too. Apache, Squid, Dovecot, MySQL, PHP. I use those every day with the webserver or with my powerbook, or desktop.

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MySQL and Firefox fall into the "daily use" category for me.
I participate in MaNGOS ona daily basis.
I enjoy playing Battle for Wesnoth. It's an excellent example of an OS game.

On a related note, time to start a thread about free (but not necessarily OS) software.


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I like Xmmp -- it is what I use to listen to Highlander Radio.


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Posted: 18-Jun-2008, 06:43 PM
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Xamp ^H^H^H^H^H^HXmms you mean? smile.gif A nice piece of software that is.
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You try typing with paws sometime biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
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Posted: 19-Jun-2008, 06:03 PM
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believe me, half the time I can't type with ten functioning fingers smile.gif Paws would require a custom keyboard I'm sure. Think the nose might be easier to adapt for im your canine case

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Linux OS user here too. Microsoft can go bankrupt for all I care, as long as somebody picks up their MSN messenger service and keeps it free.

I run the Ubuntu distro of Linux and Firefox 3 is my only browser. I even use Firefox for those rare occasions I still have to log into Windows to listen to Appalachian State Football.

A Linux shell mp3 player, mp3blaster is what I use. I even use Linux shell-based instant messengers too on occasion. My only real gripe with Linux is how it seemingly will only allow one process at a time to play sounds on the system.


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it's due to file locks on /dev/dsp. Makes sense really. If you've got multiple programs feeding audio streams at different bitrates it can cause havoc for the DAC. That's why there's sound daemons like EsoundD and JACK, which take those multiple streams and properly mux them to one consistent stream. I think ALSA handles everything fine on its own too, at least I never do have issues with Flash animations screaming over top of my mp3s, even without an audio manager such as JACK or EsoundD. The only time the interfere with each other is when one might be using Dolby Digital surround. Then it's first come first serve.
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You got any suggestions then on how to reconfigure my system to get multi-stream audio going? I use an IM a lot and it would nice for one thing to know when somebody's speaking to me when I don't have the focus on the messenger and I've got an MP3 playing or I'm watching a YouTube vid. Meet me on PM if that's the better place to discuss this. I have a Surround Sound speaker system too if that's any help.

EDIT - Never mind. Paid a visit to the Ubuntu Forums and found out how to get Pulse Audio working in Ubuntu 8.04 such I've now got multi-streaming audio without problems. Even my cronjob that playes the Westminster Quarters every quarter hour and chimes out the hour exactly as the Great Clock of Westminster (Big Ben) does is working even when I have other sound things going.
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