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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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December 13, 2017, 09:19:38 PM
Fox: Okay, so that Summon Night games adds the fram number to the seed, before generating another seed via mul/add....  (GS1-GS3 never adds the fram number.) ... So um, that makes sense! ;  Summon Night:  ((seed + frame) * 0x343FD + 0x269E3C) >> 0x10 ; Which is also on the list here:
December 12, 2017, 11:10:45 PM
Fox: Yes, and there could be contests. Maybe ones where 1st/2nd/3rd place get a cash reward, but eh. Dunno.... Kind of thinking about making a topic about how people got their job, and what was their experience. (e.g. Did they use references of people already working in the job, and various other things.)
December 09, 2017, 04:24:14 AM
Majora: Import old forum posts for reference, perhaps take posts containing important info like documentation away from the old stickied forum post model and make them into their own pages on a site with an in-built search bar. Might help with SEO, too. If nothing else, perhaps whipping them into PDFs and hosting them via Scribd? The possibilities are boundless when it comes to restructuring a site
December 09, 2017, 04:20:02 AM
Majora: Just a nice idea to have even if it doesn't come to fruition. Updating, modernizing, always a good idea. Could probably do something pretty nifty using a good Wordpress theme
December 09, 2017, 04:15:45 AM
Majora: Would be kind of neat to do something like that for GSHC. Could change it up a bit to show all tweets/instagram posts/facebook posts/golden sun subreddit posts all in one sidebar. It would be cool in that it gives the site it's on (and the topic in general) appear more lively and active, which is a plus
December 09, 2017, 04:14:19 AM
Majora: That does sound interesting. One cool thing I've seen some sites use is a sort of unique take on a sidebar option that acts like a social media integration (like, "See GSHC's latest Tweets"). It displays activity from a variety of related sites, such as Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
December 09, 2017, 12:58:53 AM
Fox: And the way it'd work via code is not that all users would instantly get nicknames the minute you register... but rather, the moment you view a name if it doesn't have a nickname, it gets one. (My Thoughts.)
December 09, 2017, 12:53:55 AM
Fox: (I was thinking that it would be "Name (Nickname)" ... The nickname is what you first known the user as, and you can change that yourself... and the Name is what the user wants to be called... Something like that.
December 09, 2017, 12:47:56 AM
Fox: So like... for starters, one idea I had was to make it so anyone can name anyone... much like how it works on Skype, and you (the namer) would be the only one to see it, and such...
December 09, 2017, 12:45:02 AM
Fox: Would need to be carefully thought out and tested, though.
December 09, 2017, 12:43:02 AM
Fox: I'm thinking I could make it so that name changes can happen whenever... (Without any limit)... Since I believe there's a way to do it with minimum confusion. (I think.) Hmm....
December 09, 2017, 12:31:36 AM
Fox: (I mean an offline version... at least initially.)
December 09, 2017, 12:25:01 AM
Fox: Now that I have thought about it a bit more, would I be right to assume that GSHC would be one of the most interesting websites to administrate, or no? It's sad to see not much going on with it. == I almost want to make a concept website at some point. :D Anyway, how is everyone doing today?
December 06, 2017, 12:12:59 AM
Fox: Like... Start using Github or something... Do like how many of those other projects such as Citra (WIP 3DS Emulator) does. Etc.
December 06, 2017, 12:08:12 AM
Fox: No idea. I just wish OpenGoldenSun would release it as unfinished, but oh well.
December 05, 2017, 06:52:09 AM
MaxiPower: Bummed out that the open golden sun project is dead it seems with no actitivy in close to a year at this point. Is there any hope left in any other projects?
November 27, 2017, 10:25:28 AM
Fox: (When I say research, mainly refering to the data in the game, though checking websites can count to a degree.)
November 27, 2017, 09:52:27 AM
Fox: Maybe. But Dark Dawn is meh, hahah... I still research it, though, because data can be interesting.
November 27, 2017, 05:28:36 AM
Portakin: I'm here! This game is underrated!
November 25, 2017, 08:03:23 PM
Fox: .... and the email listed in that post makes me think we should just make a new rules topic with most of the same information. (So the old ones can be sort o archived.)

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