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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2005, 07:25:33 pm »
Well, free spyware killing stuff.. ok

www.lavasoft.de

that is the location of Ad-Aware SE v1.05, the personal version is free


http://www.spybot.info/en/index.html

This is the location for Spybot Search and destroy which is also free


http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

This is the location of Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program.. it is a Beta, but it catches things that the others don't..

Using these 3 programs together (after configuring correctly for maximum scanning), works wonders on keeping Spyware off your system.. Also, if you use Internet Explorer, PM me and I will give you advanced controll settings for your IE to help prevent tracking cookies, hidden active X and dialer installers and unwanted browser hijackers and toolbars..

Anyhow.. hope that this helps
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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2005, 01:41:25 pm »
Awesome thread...  almost everything I use is open source except when I boot into Windows to play games.  I'm currently reading this on SuSE 9.2 Pro with KDE 3.4 installed and it's a lot nicer to look at than XP!

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2005, 06:46:44 pm »
Found this one yesterday, was quite impressed, ran php5 as an ISAPI slick as can be... (preconfigured to run asp and perl) lots of handy features.

Sambar Server

Have yet to evaluate:

Roxen WebServer

AOLserver

Xitami

All free!

links obtained from lists here (lists commercial software too tho...): http://www.serverwatch.com/

Though Abyss is not listed there and I'm pleased with the improvments in the last version.


Have also recently discovered eAccelerator for php and of course there is the old Zend Optimiser as well
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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2005, 07:47:31 am »
I happened to take another look at this thread today and I'm surprised to see that I never listed this little gem.  It is called Ventrilo, a little voice chat program that I have been using for some time now.  My friends and I use this program when playing games on-line.  Next to Firefox, this is the best free program that I have ever used.  But make sure that you are not using dial-up with this program.   ;D  Hope you like it as much as I do.

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2005, 10:27:47 am »
Actually many of us use it on  dial up and it works fine. and yes it is a great chat program. :thumbsup:

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2005, 03:29:01 pm »
I hope this won't offend anyone.

Here is a nice piece of free software for web development.


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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2005, 01:59:39 pm »
i found this one the other dayhttp://audacity.sourceforge.net/ haven had much time to do any thing with it yet.It is for sound editing.

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2005, 05:19:23 pm »
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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2005, 07:51:33 pm »
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What is Vegastrike?

    * Vegastrike is an OpenSource 3d Space Simulator. Currently in Beta development, the project, at version 1.0, is to be a generic space simulator. Current features include split-screen play, trading, exploration and of course plenty of shoot 'em up action .

Why Vega Strike is important to Open Source Software

    * Hello folks, this is Daniel Horn, the lead developer from Vega Strike speaking (you can e-mail me at hellcatv users.sourceforge.net (where the space is really an at). I attempt to answer all e-mails I get; however, occasionally one gets missed or something. If I don't answer right away feel free to mail me again...it is in my interest to answer every soul who messages me :-) Or post on the forum so that my answers can be seen by the world!

    * Vega Strike is a fully functional, commercial quality space simulator under the GPL. I have always felt the importance of working together on large projects, and I feel it is so important that developers work together and build on what everyone has accomplished instead of just what one person has accomplished.

    * Vega Strike is important because there are not many complete-feeling games in the Free Software area. Most games have a few levels and limited gameplay that can last an hour, yet Vega Strike has an entire universe of unique star systems and space phenomena along with plot fragments and things to do. If someone spent the time discovering the systems and secrets within they could easily spend weeks flying through star systems. Some users tire of such gameplay quickly, but some love the unbridled freedom that Vega Strike offers (and interesting things that one can learn to do)

    * Being the Lead Developer I am normally modest; however, being a Free Software advocate I must declare that Vega Strike has a commercial quality engine with said gameplay, and is moving towards commercial quality art at this point. Many people comment how art from other games simply looks cleaner and better when they try it in Vega Strike with the unique reflection engine and unheard of floating point precision. You do not need a greedy company to make quality software I believe. The main thing Vega Strike lacks is an easy way for a beginner to catch on and learn how to explore the region of space around (to simply fly there would take days, the user must use autopilot and F9 and F10 to compress time). However this will be the focus of the next release.

    * My goal for Vega Strike was to have a centrally modified deverloper tweaked Vega Strike that had a large developer and artist base with which to improve.

    * Many programmers come to the Vega Strike site and scoff saying 'FreeSpace 2 has prettier art and is Open Source as well'. However FreeSpace2 is NOT Open Source--it is under a restrictive license that could corner someone into the receiving end of a lawsuit if that person looked at the code and copied the techniques into Vega Strike for instance (people often demand that I add the 'Free Space Nebula effect' to Vega Strike; however, I will only add a DIFFERENT (VS has one) nebula effect if a developer or myself comes up with an original effect!).

    * Vega Strike started out on my hard drive as more or less a copy of Wing Commander (new engine of course), complete with Origin's beautiful art and wholesale IP borrowing for the factions. However when I decided to publish Vega Strike on the web, my soon-to-be friend and helper Alexander Rawass reminded me about the importance of Open Source software having original artwork and completely free sourcecode. This lead me into modelling many models with only emacs (a text editor) and graph paper. Eventually I had enough (now 30 flyable ships!) for the actual game.

    * Slowly other artists started contributing art to Vega Strike, and I assured that there was no trace of IP left in the data tree of Vega Strike. I continue to assure this by not viewing the code of the Volition-owned FreeSpace2 engine.


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Star Trek mod for Vega Strike 26 images in this album on 3 pages


I have not tried this game.
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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2005, 04:22:05 pm »

Link to Star Trek Mod - You will recognize a name here.

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Star Trek mod for Vega Strike 26 images in this album on 3 pages


I have not tried this game.


 8)  looks tempting.


just found this:

http://www.wesnoth.org/

A turn based strategy game on a hexmap, source posted on the site. Might make a nice base for a Fed&Emp project. ;)

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2005, 04:45:56 am »
not realy a software sight but this has a bunch of drivers on ithttp://www.driverscollection.com/

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2005, 07:02:00 am »
Awsome Nemesis, and Thanks again.

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Open source software is based on the principle of enlightened self interest. If the software (which I am using) is popular it will continue to be developed and ported to future operating systems. Since I want it to be there it is in my interest to spread the word and help to popularize it.

So if you find it useful - spread the word. :soap:

One fact that might be of interest is that the ISO organization is looking at using the Open Office file format as an official ISO standard for file interoperability. I hope that the day comes when governments and companies use that format as the standard for exchange and levels the playing field in Office Suites. I like competition in business.

ISO chose the PDF format from Adobe.  OS was never even considered as its to bug ridden.  Wife works with the ISO org and has checked this out for me as It sounded wrong :)  Dont get me wrong I think Open Source is great when its fully developed and standardised but the problem with open source is that one persons standards are never those of another programmer.

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2005, 08:35:03 am »
Not as long as Microsoft is still around to deflect all the heat!

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2005, 09:35:15 am »
Not as long as Microsoft is still around to deflect all the heat!

Ahh, Microsoft has broad shoulders...

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« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2005, 09:42:37 am »
Keeping with the concept of "FREE SOFTWARE" I though I would post this information for those who're not swayed by the hate-anything-microsoft-at-any-cost crowd.

For those of you wishing to learn programming but haven't been able ot should the cost of a good IDE (Integrated Development Environment) here is the latest Beta (which is golive) of the Visual Studio2005 release.

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2005, 08:56:07 am »
I think Open Source is great when its fully developed and standardised but the problem with open source is that one persons standards are never those of another programmer.


Open source software can be validated, proprietary software cannot (without violating other laws/regulations by decompiling the binaries provided). I maintain that the source code is absolutely, definitely, undeniably required to validate the function of any piece of software. Some will argue it is not, but I cannot accept that, being both a programmer and scientific end-user.

http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_02/21cfr11_02.html
http://www.21cfrpart11.com/
http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/part11/

The point you make is an important one, but at least with open source you actually can see what another programmer's standards are, as opposed to accepting them purely on faith as one must with proprietary software which is simply unacceptable in many regulatory environments.

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2005, 05:57:17 pm »
With open source you can also do performance testing and actually report the results, something propriatary software venders have been known to prohibit in their EULA.

http://www.networkworld.com/archive/2001/118166_03-12-2001.html

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The one-paragraph benchmark restriction is right there in the 8,600-word licensing agreement of SQL Server, the one that every network administrator agrees to when he clicks the "I Agree" button before installing the SQL Server database.

Microsoft, and countless other vendors with the same restriction, are enforcing it while debate rages as to whether the restriction protects consumers from bad data or protect vendors from bad test results.

The benchmark restriction is not used in every Microsoft license. Its firewall and cache product - Internet Security and Acceleration Server - has the restriction, but Microsoft dropped the restriction for the latest version of Exchange shipped last year.

But the real eye-opener for IT executives, who already regard vendor-funded benchmark tests lightly, is that so-called independent tests, such as Kennedy's, have their methods and system settings massaged and fine-tuned by vendors. These companies hold control over whether the results will ever see the light of day, and vendors use the restriction to influence what is tested and how, according to software testers.

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #37 on: July 15, 2005, 12:53:39 pm »
Keeping with the concept of "FREE SOFTWARE" I though I would post this information for those who're not swayed by the hate-anything-microsoft-at-any-cost crowd.

For those of you wishing to learn programming but haven't been able ot should the cost of a good IDE (Integrated Development Environment) here is the latest Beta (which is golive) of the Visual Studio2005 release.




You know, I hate it when I don't proof before posting.

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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #38 on: July 23, 2005, 04:39:53 am »
Bonk Enc is a cool freeware audio encoding program

For any Sound Buffs out there:

You have a free downloadable version of Pro Tools for windows 9x which is limited to 8 Tracks

Freeverb 1.52, an excellent VST reverb plugin

RGC High Frequency Stimulator (A Software Aural Exciter)

On other subject, EagleLander3D lets you do the Apollo 11 landing from P66 for free...  If you want to do more missions, it costs you less than a tank of gas...


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Re: Freely available and legal software.
« Reply #39 on: July 29, 2005, 07:31:26 am »
Prom, there is a nice free audio editor with one of the liveCDs I posted earlier, I'll find the link next time I boot on it... (linux doesn't recognise winmodems.... arggg why would anyone build half a device anyway... want a modem? buy USR, they make full hardware modems.)

While on the subject of dial-up I have recently found this download manager, smooth, solid and spyware free:

http://www.stardownloader.com/

Direct download of free version: http://www.download.com/Star-Downloader-Free/3000-2071_4-10346403.html?tag=lst-0-2