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WinFF is an open source media converter for Linux and Microsoft Windows. Users can convert both audio and video files from one format to the other. Supported formats include, but are not limited to, MP3, WAV, AVI and WMV. I used WinFF to convert a colleague’s digital camera video to a format Windows could read.

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I converted these CD (wav) files to MP3 using WinFF.

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If you’re looking for a versatile and user-friendly mind-mapping tool, check out VYM (View Your Mind). Among its other attributes, Users can add images and links to external files and Web pages. VYM mind maps can also be customized in a variety of ways, such as font size and background color.

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The author’s VYM session

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Xsnow is a great way to bring some holiday cheer to your UNIX/Linux desktop. It’s an open source program that creates a scenic snowfall on your computer. You can control such factors as snowflake color, wind direction and the size of Santa’s sleigh.

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Make it snow on your desktop with Xsnow.

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Tomboy Notes is an open source note-taking application that allows users to create virtual notebooks and to link the notes therein to one another via hyper-links. Other features include text formatting, automatic formatting of links, and template creation. Tomboy Notes is available for Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X.

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Tomboy Notes

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There are plenty of open source productivity suites from which to choose.  So, if LibreOffice doesn’t meet your needs, you may want to check out Apache Open ffice.org, Calligra Suite or GNOME Office.  There’s no reason to resort to the expense of  proprietary productivity software.

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Could this be your next office suite?

 

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ClamAV is open source anti-virus software that won’t slow down your computer. Reason? ClamAV runs only at preset times to scan for viruses and does not actively block them by running in the background like most proprietary anti-virus software.

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ClamTk: graphical front-end for ClamAV anti-virus software