View Full Version : Open Source for Windows?

September 8th, 2006, 01:48 AM
Guys, since I always have such a hard time getting LInux to work with my PC, I figure I might let it be for now. (Whenever I am up to the task, and can actually configure Linux like it needs to be, I'll be back) However, because I'm quitting Linux for a while, doesen't mean I'm going to give up on Open Source Software as a whole. So. what are some good Open Source programs for Windows? Is there an index somewhere abouts? I found another program the other day that allows me to run Linux programs in Windows. I think its called Line. Do any of you know anything about it or know how to run programs with it? Thank you for your time and patience.

September 8th, 2006, 01:55 AM
well, sorry to hear that linux just didnt work for you. Many of the programs in Ubuntu also have Windows versions. There is a decent assortment of FLOSS for windows.

September 8th, 2006, 02:03 AM
FLOSS? I will naturally be back, I can't seem to leave Linux alone.

September 8th, 2006, 02:06 AM
Yep, check these out:

Hopefully you will soon be full on FLOSS, until then, you can still be a part-timer :)

September 8th, 2006, 03:03 AM
the ubuntu 6.06 disk also includes opensource programs for windows:)

September 8th, 2006, 03:13 AM
FLOSS? I will naturally be back, I can't seem to leave Linux alone.


Free= as in beer
Libre= as in freedom
OS= Open Source
S= Software

If you decide to try it again, make a grand post and before you tire, post your problems in the right forums and you will get help, send me a PM otherwise. :)

Great programs, well OpenOffice, FireFox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, Mplayer with various GUI-frontends... what programs do you need and for what?

September 8th, 2006, 05:58 AM
cygwin is your friend. You can run all Linux stuff on it, including GNOME :)

September 8th, 2006, 02:24 PM
TheOpenCD (http://www.theopencd.org/) is a CD of stuff for Windows, but it is a bit outdated. It is sponsored by Canonical too.

September 8th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Free software I currently use on Windows installs:

Firefox (web browser)
Gaim (instant messaging)
ClamAV (antivirus)
The GIMP and Inkscape (image editing)
PuTTY (terminal emulation)
OpenOffice.org (office suite)

Some Free packages are no longer as Free (in Windows) as they used to be. XChat, for instance, is now shareware in Windows. (someone will have to enlighten me as to the legality of that, and/or teach me how to build/compile for Windows).

My best friend, who is a windows user, is slowly coming aroudn to free software; I've switched him to Firefox, which he likes, and OpenOffice.org, which he LOVES---he actually praises it to me every time he uses it.

September 8th, 2006, 10:34 PM
I wanted to use xchat myself but couldn't because of what was mentioned above, so I just installed xchat2 (http://www.silverex.info/news/) :D