Great Open Source Links
Here is a list of great Open Source projects. This list is by no means complete, but is geared to those who are just starting out.
Open Source Sites
Operating Systems - Installed to your hard drive
- http://www.mandrakelinux.com - Mandrake Linux, one of the top "Beginner Linux" distributions currently available
- http://www.ipcop.org - IP Cop, a linux distro that turns an old PC with two network cards into a really secure and easy-to-use router, firewall, NAT, web cache, Dynamic DNS, and more!
- http://www.freebsd.org - A more Unix-like distro, based on Berkeley Systems Development
- http://www.skyos.org - SkyOS, a really slick system that was built by one guy as a hobby
- http://www.freedos.org - FreeDOS, a free DOS simulator, for those of you used to DOS
Operating Systems - Live CDs which boot from CD-ROM and don't touch your hard drive
- http://www.knoppix.org - Based on the Debian Linux distro, this is by far the best Linux-based Live CD out there. Great for testing if your computer will play nice with Linux. Also excellent as a rescue tool.
- http://www.sysresccd.org - System Rescue CD, a Live CD that had a score of hard drive repair and partitioning tools, memory testers, and hardware utilities.
- http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/ - G4U, similar to Ghost, this will copy and mirror hard drives, sector by sector, and save them on an FTP server. It can also load saved images. Good for backing up whole hard drives
- http://slax.linux-live.org - Slackware Live is a Slackware Linux based Live CD which fits in only 185mb of space, so it's perfect for mini CDs. Also less bloaty than Knoppix
- http://www.knoppix-std.org - Knoppix - Security Tools Distribution, is an excellent CD for testing your network for security risks.
Various Software - All Open Source and Free!
- http://www.mozilla.org - Best browser out there, period. Faster, more configurable, and much more secure than MS Internet Explorer.
- http://www.gimp.org - Graphic Image Manipulation Program. One of the best Open Source art programs available.
- http://www.povray.org - Very powerful 3-D art program. Also check out http://www.stmuc.com/moray/ for a Wireframe modeller for PovRay
- http://www.OpenOffice.org - An office suite very comparable and compatable with MS Office.
- http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ - puTTY is a great ssh and telnet client for Windows, and the standard in ssh on Windows
- http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ - Celestia is a real-time space simulation that lets you experience the universe in three dimensions.
- http://www.reallyslick.com - Really Slick Screensavers, a collection of screen savers that are truly stunning
- http://www.cdex.n3.net - CD Extractor is a nifty utility for extracting music from CD and saving is as mp3, ogg, or wav files.
- http://gaim.sourceforge.net - GAIM is an instant messaging client that combines all your AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks into one buddy list.
- http://audacity.sourceforge.net - A fast multitrack audio editor and recorder for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo.
- http://bzflag.org - BZFlag is a first person, multiplayer, online tank simulation game
- http://www.flightgear.org - Flight Gear is a multi-platform flight simulator.
- http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen - While Terragen is not Open Source, it is free for personal use. It is a terrain simulator, similar to Bryce.
- http://www.snort.org - Snort is an IDS, Intrusion Detection System, which can be used to detect attacks on your network, or just find problems and lead to better ways to direct network traffic.