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.
Jack Germain of LinuxInsider wrote a glowing review of Energize Education through Open Source. You can check this out here. I want to personally thank Mr. Germain for taking the time to read my book and write this well thought out review.
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.
GCompris, the open source educational suite, is available for Apple iPad. Look for the app entitled Yellow Duck. It’s free, but in order to enable all features, you must purchase Yellow Duck for a very small fee.
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.
You may have been utilizing open source technology without realizing it. Such common applications as Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and WordPress are all open source.
The Update Manager provides a user-friendly all-in-one tool for keeping your open source Ubuntu Linux-based operating system up to date.
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.
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.
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.