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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Free stuff is great. I love open source programs. I would really be nothing without them.
So what open-source programs do you use, and what are your favorites? What do you think of open-source?

Right now I use Blender, TuxGuitar, Firefox of course, and Audacity just to name a few.
post #2 of 18
I really do like and prefer open-source software.
Some of my favorite ones are Camino, Adium, Colloquy, Max, Rip, Smultron, Transmission, VLC and OpenOffice.org.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
I take it you have a mac then? :P
post #4 of 18
Correct! Mac OS 10.6 it is
post #5 of 18
I am using Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Netbook Remix. I use Ruby Ripper and Audacious 2 for audio.
post #6 of 18
I installed Ubuntu on my parents home computer, because it was slow on Win XP. Makes me so proud to see my parents using open source, even if they don't understand what that means.
post #7 of 18
Currently installed OSS off the top of my head:

Firefox, Ubuntu (and all its programs), VLC, Pidgin, FileZilla, OpenOffice, Audacity, Inkscape, Gimp, Boxee, and Handbrake.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
I really want to try out OpenOffice. How does it compare to Microsoft Office?
post #9 of 18
The main ones I use are vlc and firefox - I couldnt imagine life without them!
post #10 of 18
I love OpenOffice. I prefer it to MS Office, actually,
post #11 of 18
7-Zip, Amarok, Audacity, DOSBox, FileZilla, Firefox, OpenOffice.org, Pidgin, Thunderbird, and VLC are the typical Open Source applications I'm liable to have installed on a Windows rig at any given time.

In Linux builds, (almost) everything is Open Source
post #12 of 18
I actually find OpenOffice to be a big pile of crap compared to MS Office. I almost never use it for creating documents--I prefer gedit using LaTeX, or LyX when I'm feeling lazy. The only thing I typically use OpenOffice for is to do quick spreadsheet work, or to view PowerPoints.

I run Ubuntu 9.10 on both my Lenovo T61 and my iMac G5. It runs flawlessly on both. My favorite open source programs so far are Evolution, Octave, and GIMP. I use plain old Rhythmbox for music... haven't found a real reason to switch.
post #13 of 18
im using Ubuntu on an old Motion Computing tablet. my favorite application by far is Xournal. great for note taking with the ability to annotate pdf's.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by The_X View Post
I actually find OpenOffice to be a big pile of crap compared to MS Office. I almost never use it for creating documents--I prefer gedit using LaTeX, or LyX when I'm feeling lazy. The only thing I typically use OpenOffice for is to do quick spreadsheet work, or to view PowerPoints.
Haven't heard LaTeX mentioned in a long while. I used TeX a long time ago to write my graduate thesis, after switching from nroff/troff. It was about the time when Microsoft came out with their Equation Editor, but it certainly wasn't as efficient as using TeX for complex mathematical formulae. Come to think of it, the original AT&T troff / nroff wasn't that bad, either, although the instruction set was somewhat limited since the tool was designed primarily for writing comp. sci. documents.
post #15 of 18
GCC (the GNU Compiler Collection) may be my favorite open source project.
Without it a LOT of other applications and even operating systems would not have been around.
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