"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up."
-- Oliver W. Holmes, Jr.
On this page you can find some of the programs for which I (like many other netizens), am in debt to their authors. If you're curious, read what I think about the freedom of information.
Operating Systems and utilities are the bridge between the user/aplications and the hardware. The mainstream or specialized ones (Windows, MacOS, Solaris, HP/UX, System V, Irix...) are pretty expensive, but there are some projects under various open source licenses:
Linux - the king of the hill of rogue OSes and the backbone of the pure open source movement. There are so many variations, so many distributions of the OS packaged with many apps, that it tends to overwhelm any beginner; I'll list here the ones I like:
FreeBSD - I toyed with it a little, but there's less suport for it than for Linux (so new releases and bug fixes are fewer and farther between). I mention it only because its unix core is more efficient at handling system resources, and better organized.
Wintilities - not only Linux has a monopoly on open source and cheap system tools. There's plenty of it for Windows too:
- PuppyLinux (tiny barebones)
- dyne:bolic (multimedia)
- Knoppix Games
Macoscopy - though the only Mac in my house is an old Performa running MacOS 8, I spent a while (from OS6 to OS9) at the cutting edge of Mac software and hardware. Since OS X, the 'Darwin' core on the Mac is based on BSD, therefore removing the largest problem that OS had, file system corruption. If I ever get back in that game, I'll add here the utilities I dig.
- Office Suites:
Firefox with GreaseMonkey,
If you may want to see why I consider programming a worthwhile pastime, you can consider the projects on my drawing board, or check my portfolios available now: WebDesign, Programming and Cognitive Science. .