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Meet the free software gang

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Jun 29, 2010 05:53 PM
Meet the pieces of free software working together to build a complete free software system.

There are thousands of pieces of free software, many of which are listed in our directory of free software, but of these projects, a few dozen are extremely common — we call these the free software gang.

Amarok by Matt Lee — last modified Jan 18, 2019 12:37 PM
Amarok is the music-fan in the group, with everything from ABBA to ZZ Top in his impressive repertoire of music knowledge. If you're looking to play your music, burn CDs for friends or sync up to your portable music player, Amarok is the one program you need.
Blender by sdubois — last modified Jan 22, 2019 11:55 AM
Blender is the master of 3D creation, whether it be a still image or an animated film or even an interactive video game. Blender is the professional grade 3D graphics application capable of all handling all your needs from modelling to rendering and more.
Drupal by sdubois — last modified Jan 22, 2019 11:56 AM
Building a website? Running a blog for your club or team? You've got a friend in Drupal -- being both easy to set up and use, chances are you've used Drupal in some form already, especially if you've visited the website of the White House in recent months. Add to that websites from the likes of CNN, the BBC, Nokia, AT&T and even the Emmy awards, and you'll soon see that Drupal is quite literally, everywhere.
GNU Icecat by sdubois — last modified Jan 22, 2019 11:57 AM
If you're looking to surf the web at speed, but with a concern for your privacy and safety at the same time, look no further than GNU Icecat. As perhaps the most widely installed piece of free software in the world, browsers based on Firefox have become the browsers of choice for the GNU generation, and best of all it runs everywhere — if you're using Windows, a Mac or GNU/Linux, there's a browser for you.
Gecko by sdubois — last modified Jan 22, 2019 11:58 AM
Have you heard of Firefox or GNU Icecat? Well, these programs have a secret weapon — Gecko. At the heart of them is, well, not a fox at all, but a gecko. This little fellow is getting himself into all kinds of software nowadays, from your email client to ticketing machines in train stations and airports — anytime you need to show a webpage, Gecko is ready and willing to lend a hand.
GIMP by sdubois — last modified Jan 22, 2019 11:59 AM
Need to touch-up a photograph or make some images for your web page? GIMP is your answer. A powerful tool with a plethora of features, GIMP raises the bar in the world of bitmap graphics editors. Add to that the myriad of plugins available, GIMP is without a doubt one of the most useful tools available to designers and anyone else in need of an easy to use image editor.
GNOME by sdubois — last modified Jul 08, 2010 01:02 PM
GNOME is the glue that ties some of the best free software applications together. Providing users of free operating systems with an easy-to-understand interface, GNOME makes even the most novice of users' computing experience productive and pleasing.
GNU by sdubois — last modified Aug 30, 2011 03:48 PM
GNU is the project that started it all. Started in 1984 with the goal of creating a free software operating system, GNU has evolved into a collection of tools and applications that are used by millions of computer users around the world. Now, most commonly used with the kernel Linux to create the GNU/Linux operating system, GNU is constantly growing.
PHP by sdubois — last modified Aug 28, 2017 10:40 AM
PHP has become the go-to programming language for many web developers. Its simplicity makes it an ideal language for writing anything from a small image randomizer to a full-featured CMS, and its flexibility allows it to work with nearly any operating system or database.
Inkscape by sdubois — last modified Jul 08, 2010 01:04 PM
For a truly outstanding vector graphics editor, just have a taste of Inkscape. This advanced application does not sacrifice interface design for its powerful set of features that even many proprietary products lack.
Java by sdubois — last modified Aug 30, 2011 02:26 PM
There's nothing like the smell of fresh-brewed code in the morning. Java, a powerful and robust language, can seem a bit daunting at first, but is preferred by many for its ability to work on any computer, regardless of architecture.
KDE by sdubois — last modified Jul 08, 2010 01:07 PM
This full-featured Desktop Environment provides users of free operating systems with an easy to use interface along with a collection of tools and applications designed to make one's computing experience productive while still remaining unique and innovative.
Linux by sdubois — last modified Jul 29, 2011 05:06 PM
Don't let his gentle appearance fool you, this penguin bites! The kernel Linux, today most often used in conjunction with GNU to create the GNU/Linux operating system, is a robust program that is known the world over for its security, stability and flexibility.
Mozilla by sdubois — last modified Jul 08, 2010 01:12 PM
Mozilla is a hugely successful global community and non-profit organization which has been an invaluable project to the free software community. Mozilla produces many highly popular applications including the Firefox web browser and the Thunderbird email client. The Mozilla Foundation's contributions are not limited to producing software, however.
MySQL by sdubois — last modified Jul 08, 2010 01:12 PM
Stable, flexible, extensible. These are just a few words that describe the MySQL database server. This free software database stacks up against similar proprietary products from companies such as Microsoft and Oracle.
Nautilus by sdubois — last modified Aug 30, 2011 02:36 PM
Nautilus is the interface to your filesystem allowing you to navigate through, access, and otherwise manage your files in GNOME. As simple a task as Nautilus was built to perform, it is still impressively simple to use while providing a full set of features including file previews, different folder views, and support for a number of protocols to browse non-local filesystems.
LibreOffice and by sdubois — last modified Aug 28, 2017 10:43 AM
The suite of desktop productivity applications known as LibreOffice and provides computer users with powerful tools for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets and graphics editing. A major contribution to the free software community, LibreOffice and both compete against proprietary office suites while promoting the OpenDocument format (ODF).
Perl by sdubois — last modified Jul 08, 2010 01:17 PM
As scripting languages come and go, Perl has proven it's here to stay. Known for its adaptability and flexibility, Perl can be used in many ways, from basic scripting to network programming.
Python by sdubois — last modified Dec 10, 2012 03:30 PM
Python is a multi-purpose programming language that packs a punch. A popular choice for developers, Python makes writing complex programs less difficult through its clear syntax. Python can be used for writing near anything, from a small desktop application to a powerful web application.
Ruby by sdubois — last modified Apr 29, 2015 10:19 AM
Ruby is a gem of a programming language. Favored by many for its ease of use and flexibility, Ruby is attracting more and more people to programming. Similar in many ways to Python, Ruby can be used to create a variety of programs, from small scripts to large scale web applications.
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