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Open-source software

I’ve had a newspaper cutout from the independent for some time now which lists some “essential open-source downloads”.  I thought it was about time I made a record of these and then threw the paper away.  A link to the online article is here and the programs covered are;

  • openoffice – office software
  • gimp – image manipulator
  • avg – anti-virus
  • videolan – media player
  • audacity – digital audio editor
  • inkscape – vector graphics editor
  • nvu – web-page creator
  • thunderbird – e-mail

I’ve used openoffice, had a look at gimp and I make regular use of avg and audacity.  I would add firefox to this, my web browser of choice.  Anyone used the others?


August 27, 2007 - Posted by | opensource


  1. I replied in this post Tim. Couldn’t find a trackback url.

    Comment by Mr Jones | September 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. I’ve used OOo for years, we use GimpShop fairly regularly at school (alongside Fireworks and Photoshop), I’ve played with Inkscape and we’re running a web design unit for Y8 with NVu for the first time after Christmas.

    Open source is fantastic as it allows pupils to use the same kit at home, and cross-platform is even better (especially as I teach in a Mac suite).

    Comment by Happy Hippy | November 10, 2007 | Reply

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