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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Argy, Jan 23, 2006.

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  1. Argy

    Argy Banned Thread Starter

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    g'day all
    just dropping a line to ask all with an opinion about the best open source tools for windows
    stuff like adware scanners, virus scanners, and mainly anything useful.
    names and URL's would be great.
    just anything that you think is important
    everyone's opinion is welcome
    i have a few idea's for software to use, but id like to have a better idea about what's out there.
     
  2. Argy

    Argy Banned Thread Starter

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    looks like noone use's open source?
    not good enough people ;p
    someone has to have an opinion or some idea's on this
     
  3. Wallenberg

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    You didn't get an answer instantly so you bump your own thread less than two hours later?

    What do you think is happening on the other end of your modem?

    I suggest you give it a day or two.

    Or you can try this:

    www.google.com
     
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  5. Argy

    Argy Banned Thread Starter

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    Bluxmax. that was a stupid and retarded thing to say, so get the smeg off my thread
    did it POSSIBLY occur to you that i dont have a day or two?
    im heading up a new company that we need to get up and running in the next week or so. and one of the things i need is some opinions on what freeware/shareware people are using.....so i know that ill have the most effective job for certain tasks undertaken

    Thanx for the link buf.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    OK guys, back to your neutral corners. :rolleyes:

    Argy, though it might not have been said in the nicest way, he does have a point. This isn't a place to get an instant response. Sometimes, you really do get what you're paying for. :)

    Your request is also so general that it's difficult to know how to answer it. You really need to put some effort into the job too.

    Here's a thread with a ton of free applications, should get you started in your quest, and it even includes URL's for most stuff. http://forums.techguy.org/tech-tips-tricks/366118-favorite-freeware.html
     
  7. Wallenberg

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    Well, Argy. I see the problem now.

    You just don't have a good idea of the workings of this message board and your extreme hostility provides a good indicator for your likely futur success.

    I suggest you discuss your attitude with a friend or clergy member. It will be your biggest impediment to any possiblitiy of success.
     
  8. lotuseclat79

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    Hi All,

    I just wanted to weigh in on the question of open source.

    What is open source is a question to most folks that may have heard the term, but do not know what attributes distinguish it from freeware for instance.

    When I first saw this thread, I was about to reply and then I thought about it and realized that for all of the freeware I have, I did not know which of it may be accurately described as open source. Usually, there are license restrictions on freeware when used by a corporate entity that require perhaps a fee, but open source clearly means something else.

    The Wikipedia webpage on Open-source software at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_software describes:

    Open source software refers to computer software and the availability of its source code as open source under an open source license to study, change, and improve its design.

    Realizing that I would have to put in a large effort to tag my (over 100 programs) with an Open Source tag after looking into the issue of whether I had an EULA that was open source and I had the source - I decided the effort was too time consuming to reply at this time - unfortunately, not in a timely enough manner for the original poster of this thread.

    John, I always appreciate the way you referee, thank you!

    -- Tom

    P.S. Argy - you will find source code and very good system oriented tools at:
    http://www.sysinternals.com

    As for adware and virus scanners, since you are a corporate entity, you would be wise to look at the website: http://www.av-comparatives.org for testing results of over 400,000 tests on virus scanners for guidance, where Kaspersky, McAfee, BitDefender, Trend Micro and Norton did well and NOD32 looks very good also. However, the most interesting one is not there. It is AVK, a combination of Kaspersky and BitDefender, i.e. using the best engines of both signature based and heuristics (updates on a daily basis - I did not look into this but assume it is rolled in - i.e. I do not know for sure though), and it is a paid product (not open source).
    http://www.extendia.com/
     
  9. JohnWill

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    You're right, there is a distinction between "open source" and "freeware". However, many folks don't really understand the distinction, and use the terms somewhat interchangeably.

    For open source stuff, www.sourceforge.net is a great place to start. http://www.codeproject.com/ is another place that I frequently visit to pick up code snippets when I'm working on a program... :)
     
  10. lotuseclat79

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    Hi Argy,

    Here's an open source program I ran into today, thought you might like to know about:
    * WinBlox: User-mode WinAPI-level and Open Source tool for controlling behavior of applications running on Windows workstations
    http://umbrella.nam/computer/winblox/

    -- Tom
     
  11. letchworth

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    Some of my favorite "OpenSource" programs appear on the "OpenCD":
    http://www.theopencd.org/

    Including such staples as:
    Thunderbird- mail client. A great email client- filled with many features including filters that learn what "junk" really is--- and keeps it away. Not my only email client, but one which I would gladly recommend to anyone.
    http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/

    Firefox- web browser. Personally- I have hidden the "Name Brand" browser freely included with my XP system-- because this is a much better browser in many respects. Microsoft knows where to find it on my system for critical updates (often to their browser), but I use this one exclusively for my stuff.
    http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

    Open Office- an office suite including a writer, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing program which I have used almost exclusively for the past three years. It can read Micosoft and write Microsoft files. (And, as Open Source, you can give copies freely to anyone you wish- and you can use on all your own computers without additional expense).
    http://www.openoffice.org/

    The Gimp- "GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages."
    http://www.gimp.org/

    Open Clip Art Library 0.18--- Pretty self-explanitary:
    http://www.openclipart.org/downloads/index.php

    AbiWord- "AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks." This is a Word processor only-- not a suite of programs- so, light & fast to load. Reads and writes .doc files, as well as its own native format & the formats of several other word processors.
    http://www.abisource.com/

    7-Zip- A zip program without the nag screen (or pangs of guilt)
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/

    The Open Source Initiative has a home page here: (They are glad to tell you more about themselves).
    http://www.opensource.org/
     
  12. gotrootdude

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    For business:
    Asterisk pbx (see http://asteriskathome.sourceforge.net/ to get started quickly) , SugarCrm open-source, Vtiger CRM, open office, apache, openwrt, Gnucash, bananapos, knoppix,


    I'll add to this list later.

    To better direct you, what exactly do you wish to do. There are specific open source programs made to run rental stores, retail stores, restaurants, salons, architects, webstores, ISPs, etc, pretty much any business type you can think of. There's open source accounting, customer management, databases, etc. First find what you want to do, then find the software.
     
  13. Argy

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    ME and 2 other close friends are starting a business, called T.B.C.T
    and we are simply a business setup to do comuter repairs,
    and with computer repairs come's the need for utilities that can
    A.) be used by us as a company and
    B.) put onto the client's computer without the need for licenseing.
    we will be putting mostly FREEWARE on the clients computer, but a good range of OPEN SOURCE software for OUR use would be a great thing to have.

    i look at it this way, most open source programs are designed by Computer nerd's that have experiance with what works and doesnt, so they have gone to thier computer and designed a program that perform's well and does the job...minus all the corporate "gimme money money money" that 90% of other program's do

    this is just a way of our company doing the best it can without spending thousands of dollar's on distribution license's

    Thanx all of you for your reply's and link's it was an awesome thing to wake up to this morning.
     
  14. Squashman

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    You also have to look at the license about freeware use for companies. Some programs are freeware for personal use only. AVG is one of them. It is free for personal home use. Companies, schools and even non-profit organizations are obligated to pay for AVG even though they can install it without restrictions.

    If you are going to use Free Utilities for a business and make money using them, I suggest you make a donation to the fine programmers who you are enslaving.
     
  15. Squashman

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    Having problems getting to that url.
     
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