Greatest Free Downloads and Services: PCWorld

March 3, 2010

Ad-Aware Free: This utility is simple to use and does an excellent job of detecting and killing spyware.

Audacity: This versatile open-source program can record sound as well as edit it, through a surprisingly powerful set of tools.

BitTorrent: Easier to use than other file-sharing clients for games, movies, software, or music. Lets you pause or resume downloads, move downloads up and down your queue, and control downloads in other ways.

Dropbox: This download gives you access to 2GB of online storage space, and offers dead-simple file syncing among any number of PCs and the Web.

Evite: Sign up to use this site to create and e-mail party invites and easily track RSVPs online. Register to schedule and make unlimited conference calls with this service.

IMDb: How did we ever settle bar bets about stars, costars, directors, dates, and more about films without the detailed information in the Internet Movie Database? This full-featured, downloadable Microsoft Office competitor gives you a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation program, a database, and a drawing application.

The GIMP: In this oddly named image editor, you’ll find many of the same photo tools that come with Photoshop, including filters, effects, masks, and layers.

Trillian Basic: From a single interface, you can communicate with many popular instant messengers, such as AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger.


Gartner: 85 percent of companies using open source

November 19, 2008

The analysts at Gartner say that 85 percent of 274 companies surveyed are already using open-source software, with the remaining 15 percent expected to do so by next year. The companies surveyed are end-user organizations from around the world; cost is consistently identified as the primary motivator for switching to open source (so much for the freedom of choice, though to be fair, some did mention OSS as a balance against vendor lock-in).

More revealing from the survey though, is the revelation that very few organizations have formal policies in place to protect against intellectual property violations, inadvertent or otherwise. As a result, Gartner says that the biggest barrier preventing the adoption of OSS has to do with area of governance. This includes issues like deciding which applications will be supported by OSS, as well as identifying risks in terms of supportability of OSS. This is important, as an increasing number of companies such as Google to Nokia are releasing open-source software.

To read more about this story:
– check out this article at ZDNet

Mozilla claims Guinness Record for downloads

July 4, 2008

Mozilla, developer of open-source Web browser Firefox, said on Wednesday it set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.

Over 8 million people downloaded Firefox 3 in the period following its official launch, the company said in a statement.

Key rivals to Firefox are market leader Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple Inc’s Safari browser.

Mozilla is in a battle with Microsoft, which unveiled an experimental version of its Internet Explorer 8 in Las Vegas in April and has been looking to expand its presence on the Web.

Firefox 3’s additions boost security and allow users to run Web sites when they are not connected to the Internet.

Source:CIOL News Report

OpenOffice patches three security holes

July 6, 2006 has warned of three serious security holes which could allow attackers to damage or take control of systems via specially crafted documents. The bugs also affect Sun’s commercial StarOffice suite, based on OpenOffice.

The first bug involves the handling of Java applets embedded in OpenOffice. Malicious Java applets can exploit the flaw to bypass ordinary sandbox security restrictions to gain access to system resources with the privileges of the current user.

A second bug, in the way macros are handled, allows macros to execute Basic code with full system access, and without any user notification, as soon as a malicious document is opened, said. “As a result, the macro may delete/replace files, read/send private data and/or cause additional security issues,” the advisory warned. “Disabling document macros will not prevent this issue.”

Thirdly, a bug in the handling of some XML documents can trigger a buffer overflow, causing the program to crash and allowing attackers to execute malicious code.

What does open source mean in India?

March 9, 2006

Open Source can play very important role in making India economically and technological strong. And this can not happen unless access to IT is easily available to Indians.

As we all know that, India has 888,000 educational institutions and 350 million children in the age group of 6-19.At the individual level, India's per capita income is Rs 20,862 ($474), while PC hardware costs Rs 10,000 ($227) and software costs approximately Rs 11,000 ($250). This means that the cost of hardware and software is more than the annual income of most Indians!

Open Source in India simply implies a 'radical' and 'fresh' approach to our burgeoning problems. Besides the Linux operating system, LAMP as a stack is also catching on in India. The Open Source development stack is becoming popular among students and developers in general due to its easy availability and widespread community support.

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Oracle Buying into Open Source?

February 15, 2006

Business week has a great article, Oracle's Open-Source Shopping Spree. In the article it talks about Oracle buying three different open source software companies, the biggest of which may be JBoss

Here are the few Questions that Open Source Firms face

February 8, 2006

How do firms compete with open source?
What resources become critical in managing their growth?
What strategies do they adopt to co-exist with dominant proprietary software firms?
How do they interface with communities of practice to exploit network externalities? What strategies do they adopt to lock-in developers?

Find out more here
Do you have more questions to add?

Java Users at Risk

February 8, 2006

There are a number of really good reasons to update to the latest version of Java. Not the least of which is the fact that older versions of the Java Runtime Environment have now been reported to be at risk from seven highly critical vulnerabilities. More here

GNU General Public License (GPL)

February 8, 2006

The GNU General Public License (GPL) is based on the idea of copyleft—the philosophical opposite of copyright, built using existing copyright laws. This aspect of the GPL is sometimes referred to as "viral," since any derived work of a GPL’d product is covered under the GPL, including the parts not originally licensed under the GPL.

What does open-source software must comply !

January 20, 2006

Open-source software must comply with the following criteria
1. Free Redistribution
2. Source Code
3. Derived Works
4. Integrity of The Author's Source Code
5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
7. Distribution of License
8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product
9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software
10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral