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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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October 13, 2018, 03:23:06 AM
Salanewt: Updated it to provide more info that I forgot to mention.
October 13, 2018, 03:16:48 AM
Salanewt: I'm still trying to iron out IQ 2 but I'm pretty sure it's entirely random targeting.
October 13, 2018, 03:16:29 AM
Salanewt: Oh yeah, I posted some more info about enemy IQ.
October 12, 2018, 09:51:27 PM
FoxThe HTML5 project is too small to count
October 12, 2018, 06:19:48 AM
Luna_blade: there is jjppof's html5 project...
October 12, 2018, 06:19:17 AM
Luna_blade: Though Momo rings a bell it seems I came here after you left
October 11, 2018, 12:49:41 AM
Fox: (If that makes sense.)
October 11, 2018, 12:48:33 AM
Fox: Yeah, I guess so.  More just saying that's a good place to get answers to GS related questions at the moment.
October 11, 2018, 12:42:28 AM
Crystal Sonata: I did before, but I guess I could try it again
October 11, 2018, 12:41:32 AM
Fox: Not much at the moment. This forum seems pretty quiet. Perhaps you'd be interested in joining the Discord for GSHC that seems to have more activity?
October 10, 2018, 11:16:53 PM
Crystal Sonata: Any projects going on? I need a distraction from the daily grind and I'm interested in hacking GS again.
October 10, 2018, 10:02:53 PM
Fox: Thanks, and good to see you too!
October 10, 2018, 10:02:10 PM
Fox: A few people I'm sure... Most likely the regulars of the past. Such as Atrius, Charon, Role, Salanewt....
October 10, 2018, 03:11:17 AM
Crystal Sonata: I find myself wondering who still remembers me here. Obvs you do (Good to see ya Tea)
October 10, 2018, 12:46:11 AM
Fox: On second thought, it might be because you haven't posted much as Crystal Sonata.
October 10, 2018, 12:41:12 AM
Fox: And your intro isn't that bad. - I imagine most people would say the same about theirs?
October 10, 2018, 12:39:39 AM
Fox: :O - You've been gone so long, I think I forgot you were Momo.  Interesting.
October 09, 2018, 10:23:39 PM
Crystal Sonata: I just revisited my dark past on here and ouch. Someone delete that introduction thread please, the cringe.
October 09, 2018, 08:26:11 AM
Crystal Sonata: Aaaaand, she re-appears yet again. My life keeps dragging me away from the internet sadly.
October 01, 2018, 01:27:50 PM
Luna_blade: haha oof.

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