OK not posted for ages, blame life, kids, work and apathy!
Recently I needed to install Windows (XP) on my main laptop an IBM x60s, as I needed to use a program that to my knowledge has no Free software equivalent on any platform. The program is Mixmeister Express, and I use it for creating various mixes for various shows that Julie is involved in.
Now the main reason for this post is not to moan about the lack of a Free Software Mixmeister (though if you know of one let me know!), but I just want to list my favourite Free Software for Windows programs.
Now and then I get asked to help setup someone computer, or even in for my own reasons install Windows. I find myself installing the same set of standard applications, all Free. So if you *have* to use Windows, have a look at this list, there should be no surprises there.
- Openoffice.org – http://www.openoffice.org/
- Firefox – http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
- Foxyproxy – http:// foxyproxy.mozdev.org/
- Gmail Manager – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1320
Foxmarks – http://www.foxmarks.com/
- ClamWin – http://www.clamwin.com/
- Spyboy S&D – http://www.safer-networking.org/
- InfraRecorder – http://www. infrarecorder.org/
- VLC – http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
- Putty – http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/
- Winscp – http://www. winscp.net/
- Audiograbber – http:// www.audiograbber.com-us.net/
- Pidgin IM – http:// www.pidgin.im/
- WinVi – http:// www.winvi.de/en
So that’s my standard lot for making Windows a more comfortable place, a lot of those are also available in portable format, so you can run them from a USB stick. I also realize that a few of those are not Free as in Freedom, but at least you are not having to shell out.