Tag Archive: open source


These are some of my favorite and most used apps I use on Windows.  These apps happen to be also Free, Open-Source or have a Free Edition, so enjoy.

  • Google Chrome If you are using Internet Explorer, this is definitely much better and you MUST switch.  If you are using Firefox I would suggest you look at Chrome, I was a Firefox fan and ended up loving Chrome.  I recommend you check it out, it’s much more fast than the other browsers, and comes is a neat design.  The only flaw I have found is that it does not read RSS Feeds by default, you have to download a plugin for that.
  • Dropbox – This application helps you store, sync and share files online. Dropbox automatically creates a file on your Windows Explorer and you can backup your files, or share your files just be dragging them to the Dropbox file on your Explorer.  It’s incredibly easy and I find myself using it every day.  Something cool about Dropbox is that I can access my files from My Desktop Pc, Laptop, and also from my iPhone.  When I want to share some files with my friends, all i do is insert their e-mail address in the sharing option and they can access the data in that folder.
  • VLC PlayerIt is simple to explain the VLC Player, the best description would be “It Plays Everything!”.  When Windows Media Player or your preffered Media Player prompts you that the codex is not compatible or that the regions do not match etc, just download VLC Player and it will play them without any troubles.
  • KeePass This is one of my favorite free Password Managers.  All you need to remember with KeePass is the master password, once you login with you master password you have access to all the passwords that you store.
  • PicasaOne of the Google  owned apps is Picasa.  It is a free photo editing software which is easy to use, and with just a couple of clicks you can add them to your online album which Picasa also host for free.  So if you’re an amateur or professional photographer and need a basic photo editing tools, or just want to share your pictures online Picasa would be a wise choice to look at.

I hope you find these useful, try them out yourself and let me know what you think of them.

I appreciate any comments,
Ryan Sammut

Fedora 13 is a Linux based Operating System.  You can test it out just by downloading an ISO-Format image from Fedora’s Website and burning it to a CD.  When booting your PC, make sure you boot from your CD and you’re done.  You can now use Fedora 13 from your CD.

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This is a good way of testing the OS out and see if you like it before installing it.  Once you’re sure that you want to install it, you just need to go on Fedora’s desktop, and double click on the installation file. The installation process is quite straight forward and you shouldn’t run into any difficulties.  The following image should appear when your installation was completed, and you will now be asked to configure your system.

After configuring your system, you should be done. Visit this link to view the release notes and see what’s new in Fedora 13.

I wanted to share this find because it’s really easy to use Fedora 13 and install it, and it’s a good Operating System.  The only problem for Windows users like me is the lack of applications.  However Fedora 13 comes with a neat and useful Software Management tool where you can easily download and install Linux compatible software.

Final Thoughts

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Automatic printer driver installation
  • Good for novice Linux users (like me)

Cons:

  • Some important software are not installed by default, which means more work to the user
  • Software installations may require Command-Line instructions.

I would recommend this for Beginner Linux users.  Beginner Linux users might also be interesting in checking out Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/ – The setup procedure is nearly the same.

Ryan Sammut