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12-05-2006, 11:45 AM
Dont sleep yall

put these tools to use


What follows is a list of thirty pieces of software that are the cream of the crop of open source software for Windows. Not only is every piece of it free, almost all of them directly replace expensive software packages.

Sicka than aidZ
12-05-2006, 12:34 PM
yo i need something free that will allow me to extract zip filez that i've downloaded on my mac so i can open entire albumz and listen to them

12-05-2006, 01:04 PM
macs come with software that allows you to do that^ You runnin OSX?

12-05-2006, 01:33 PM

find it at download.com

12-05-2006, 01:41 PM
Good lookin out on that LHX. I already use Firefox and Thunderbird, but I am definatetly going to check out those other Microsoft alternatives.

12-05-2006, 01:45 PM
:b yes cheers to LHX, now if we could only download the alternative to Wal-Mart :b

12-05-2006, 01:53 PM
i heard they were gonna knock down the pyramids and build a big walmart in egypt

true story

Prolifical ENG
12-05-2006, 01:53 PM
thats a good list!

12-05-2006, 10:21 PM
has anybody tried an OS other than Windows?

Prolifical ENG
12-05-2006, 10:33 PM

well Ive tried nothing that LOOKS better than windows, but Unix and DOS do have their advantages....but for a home/personal computer, I dont know...I guess there might be some or attempts to make some.

maestro wooz
12-05-2006, 11:46 PM
i got a mac. Pretty good, can't play any games so that sucks but apparently they made something to fix that so expect to see me on cs source in upcoming months. It's a pretty nice machine, looks sleek and the guy from Waiting keeps telling me about all this photo editing stuff i can supposedly do. Plus it's alot harder to get any kind of viruses or spyware so that helps. But as far as illegally downloading programs, you're basically cut off.

12-05-2006, 11:52 PM

12-06-2006, 12:01 AM
Im downloading this game from that list right now.....

30. True Combat: Elite
Replaces Quake IV, Halo, etc.
After all this downloading, you’re going to need to blow off a little steam, and I’ve yet to find a more enjoyable free game than this one. It’s basically a third person combat game, but the graphics are spectacular and the game is quite engrossing.

12-06-2006, 09:55 PM
has anybody tried an OS other than Windows?

I have. It was a requirement for my survey of OS's class. Basically the whole class was based on comparing operating systems.- What do you need to know?

12-06-2006, 09:58 PM
do any other OS's compare?

or does Windows blow away the competition?

12-06-2006, 10:24 PM
do any other OS's compare?

or does Windows blow away the competition?

It depends on what your using your computer for.

For audio visual use- OSX

for gernal browsing- Windows xp

for versatility and networking- Unix

just depends

Dirty Knowledge
12-07-2006, 01:57 PM
^ In a nutshell.

12-11-2006, 10:30 AM
Good loox yo! Respect due, word lyfe! My photoshop trail just expired yesterday, so u saved my creative life wit that Gimpshop link yo. Pe@cE

Jet Set
12-11-2006, 11:36 AM
That's an amazing list. I already installed openoffice a few days ago, but they're also listing some software I didn't know yet. cheers man.

Sexy Jasper
12-11-2006, 12:04 PM
I build computers for people and a lot of the programs on that list I install by default.

Some essentials are missing from that list though.

1 - foobar2000 (http://www.foobar2000.org/) Best mp3 player I've come across
2 - Media Player Classic (http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/video_players/media_player_classic.cfm) No bullshit media player
3 - FFDSHOW (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ffdshow) Codec pack with everything you need and you can configure just about anything
4 - Spybot Search&Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/nl/index.html) Everyone needs this

Jet Set
12-14-2006, 10:12 AM
FFDSHOW better than this
Combined Community Codec Pack ( CCCP ) http://www.cccp-project.net/

Sexy Jasper
12-14-2006, 10:19 AM
FFDSHOW better than this
Combined Community Codec Pack ( CCCP ) http://www.cccp-project.net/Is it?

Jet Set
12-14-2006, 10:43 AM
Sorry that was my line :p.
is FFDSHOW better than this
Combined Community Codec Pack ( CCCP ) http://www.cccp-project.net/ ?

Sexy Jasper
12-14-2006, 10:51 AM
I hate messing with codecs cause you can screw up everything. I just use FFDSHOW because everyone who rip DVD's and such recommend it.

12-14-2006, 02:04 PM
i tried that CCCP joint and was unsuccessful with it at the time

havent tried ffdshow yet

Jet Set
12-14-2006, 04:39 PM
I got the cccp one on advice of an anime subbing site.

12-17-2006, 11:32 AM
i once installed "Ubuntu" the most popular Linux distribution on a pc i was going to sell anyway. Installation routine was pretty quick and internet options didnīt need to be configured. But I used it barely 20 minutes - just a bit surfing, trying Openoffice.org. Itīs ok. But you have to install some codecs and drivers later by hand. That is because of the License I believe. Nevertheless even that is no problem. But because many programs I need for university are not available for Linux I use Windows.

I co-sign Jasperīs additions! foobar2000 is the shit! Espacially when it comes to tagging and it has low cpu-usage. It might be a bit hard to configure but there are several "packs" if you google it up. I use this one: http://doctordeath.org.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19

As for compressed formats: 7-zip! http://www.7-zip.org/ free and simple.

Browser: I use Opera but I guess it doesnt matter as long as you dont stick to IE

Instant-Messaging: Miranda>>Gaim www.miranda-im.org
looks shitty? same as with foobar: some nice packs outthere! http://www.miranda-pack.com/

Ok, something unsusual but nice imo: Schmap! Player http://www.schmap.com/
Itīs like a digital city- and sightseeingguide. pretty cool

12-17-2006, 04:45 PM
I downloaded music cube and health monitor. One of the two had a virus in it that AVG cought. I wouldn't trust these programs.