Monday, December 10, 2007


All the free software I have downloaded for my new MacBook Pro:

Update: Everything has been installed, and OpenOffice is shortly going to start gathering dust due to the necessity of using X11 to run it. NeoOffice is far easier to use.

(titles in bold have been used)

OpenOffice (open source equivalent to the MS Office Suite)
Skype (audio & video communications over the Internet)
Flickr Uploadr (to upload photos to Flickr)
Mozilla Firefox (open source web browser, makes IE look like the garbage it is)
Mozilla Thunderbird (open source email client)
Miro (Internet TV & vidcast player)
Adium (chat client)
Vienna (RSS feed reader)
Transmission (Torrent client)
VLC Player (media player)
Handbrake (DVD/MPEG-4 encoding and more)
Burn (burns CDs and DVDs)
Seashore (simplified Photoshop equivalent)
Gimp (not as simplified Photoshop equivalent)
Scribus (InDesign/Publisher equivalent)
Xee (fast image viewer and image browser)
Inkscape (vector graphics application)
NeoOffice (a leaner, more Mac-friendly OpenOffice)
Vidalia (TOR anonymity provider)
KisMac (wifi scanner)

Source for most of these: Open Source Mac.

Most of the downloads came from Mac Update or Sourceforge.

I had been considering trying to install Linux on the MacBook, but with the glut of good free software I found within three minutes, I think I'll pass.

Though I should also note that though I may not use some of this software (Adium, Thunderbird, Inkscape, Seashore or Gimp, Vienna, Vidalia, KisMac), I still want to have them handy.... just in case.


mac ackk said...

Congratulations, you have joined 3%-5% of the market for computers. You got some quality hardware and paid a fair price. And it is pretty.

As long as you are bilingual you will be fine. Now load Windows and Linux to join the rest of the world.

Dennis said...

Mac Ackk,

I think your comment might have been more at home on my other Mac post - by and large, the load of free software I list allows me to work with Windows computers.

Too bad equivalent software doesn't exist for Windows.

And as for Linux: 1) MacOSX is based on a UNIX architecture, and 2) That's what the old PC desktop is for - not that one needs Linux to survive. I'm doing it for fun.

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