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« on: March 22, 2009, 12:46:00 AM »

For those of you who don't know, FOSS, or Free Open Source Software, is a movement in computing to encourage programmers to allow anyone to share, study, and modify software. The most popular example of an open source project is Mozilla Firefox, a widely used internet browser. Open source software tends to be better for the same reason that Wikipedia tends to be a good source of information: anybody with something to contribute to an open source project can do so.

Another advantage to open source projects is that, in many instances, these projects are not only free to modify, but free to use. Mozilla Firefox is free to download and use, as are many open source projects. In this post, I'll list some examples of popular open source software. I encourage you to try them at your leisure.

Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox, the award-winning internet browser managed by the Mozilla Corporation, is, perhaps, the fastest and most secure internet browser in history. With speeds over 10 times as fast as Internet Explorer 7 on some benchmarks, less memory usage than any competing browser, fewer critical vulnerabilities than IE7, and over 6500 user created addons (such as Adblock Plus), there's little about this browser that isn't to like, and with a price point that cannot be beaten: free.
Sun Microsystems', also known as OpenOffice or OOo, is an office productivity suite with a feature set comparable to Microsoft Office. It features a flexible word processor, a powerful spreadsheet, dynamic graphics, database access, and numerous other features for everyday use or business applications. As with much open source software, it can be downloaded and used for free; this applies to commercial as well as personal use. OpenOffice primarily uses the Open Document Format, but is also compatible with a variety of other formats, including Microsoft Office file formats.

VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player, or simply VLC, is a freely available media player managed by the VideoLAN team. With support for almost every audio and video format currently in use, the ability to play incomplete or damaged files, and an implementation on almost every major platform, it is one of the most versatile media players available.

7-Zip, designed by Igor Pavlov, is an archiving program that allows access to most compressed or non-compressed file archives, including ZIP, RAR, and 7z. It can also create ZIP, 7z, and a few other file archives. It is available free of charge, regardless of usage.

Pidgin is a cross-platform instant messaging program. It allows you to contact friends on nearly any instant messaging program without the need for having those programs installed. It has support for MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, MySpaceIM, Google Talk, and IRC. It is free to download and use.

Ogg is a container format mainainted by the Foundation that can hold various audio or video streams, usually Vorbis (audio) and Theora (video), both of which are also maintained by the Foundation. Basically, it's an audio and/or video file format, much like MP3 is an audio file format.

You can find more open source projects at Wikipedia's free software portal. If you'd like to learn more about open source or the free software movement, check out the Free Software Foundation's website.
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March 12, 2018, 02:21:06 AM
Fox: say*
March 12, 2018, 02:20:53 AM
Fox: I saw we need an event this April Fools/Easter... because two holidays are in one, why would we not want to miss having something special? (Unfortunately, there's no one here to make an event be successful.)
March 12, 2018, 02:18:17 AM
Fox: And since that's the case...  I have thought of another fun experiment idea. - What if we had an auction on who should run this site, and waited for 10 people to bid and also for a bare minimum of 24 hours. Who would bid the highest, and how much would that bid be? - The idea is more for lulz (Maybe for April Fools?), and a theory to get an idea of how much the site might be worth as well.
March 11, 2018, 03:02:31 AM
Fox: Creepy, isn't it?
March 10, 2018, 02:19:04 AM
Fox: It's frog legs now.. It's something that's dead, but somehow still manages to wiggle.
March 09, 2018, 04:12:17 AM
JamietheFlameUser: I think this place is still dead.
March 02, 2018, 09:43:18 AM
Pkmn-Master: Lol I haven't been here in like 6 years. How is everyone?
February 26, 2018, 06:15:34 AM
Salanewt: Heads up: I finally finished the Wisp animation hack, and it has been posted in the downloads section.
February 19, 2018, 09:50:20 PM
KyleRunner: "difficult thing about the army": I'm very good at taking orders, so I don't have issues with autority or discipline. The most difficult thing is to be away from my family sometimes. I lived an entire year away from my son, so I'd say that was the most hard part by far. Now it's great!
February 19, 2018, 05:51:35 AM
Fox: I'm happy to see we have plenty of people serving the country here. :)
February 19, 2018, 05:47:15 AM
Fox: Civilian here.
February 19, 2018, 03:05:38 AM
Majora: Good for you, something to be proud of. Air Force, here
February 19, 2018, 02:11:31 AM
Fox: That's good to hear... just checking if there were any possibility of doubt. What would you say was your most difficult thing about the army?
February 18, 2018, 12:39:38 PM
KyleRunner: Well, it was a destiny kinda thing, but I was very happy when I decided to join. It was just like I thought it would be (not in the beginning, though). I'm very pleased with my decision.
February 17, 2018, 11:32:41 PM
Fox: That's awesome!  Trying to figure what question I want to ask Something about how you felt when you made the decision to do the army, and whether it was different than your expectations/etc.
February 17, 2018, 01:53:41 PM
KyleRunner: Wow... My english got rusty. Anyway... I'm in the army now. My life turned 180. But I think it was for the best.
February 16, 2018, 12:45:45 AM
Fox: Hm? So where does that make you today?
February 16, 2018, 12:06:38 AM
KyleRunner: Five years ago I could not even imagine where I am today. I hope it works well for you too!
February 12, 2018, 07:22:50 PM
Fox: 2018 - The year that I will probably be working a manufacturing job. xP What would I have thought, if I told myself this five years ago. Eh?
January 28, 2018, 08:35:28 PM
Fox: You referring to changing the PC/leader sprite to someone else? - I forgot to mention that you can do this using VBA's memory viewer. (Found under Tools.)

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