Sering saya liat komentar2 di forum dan milis dari beberapa orang tentang perbandingan mahalnya Windows di banding dengan memakai Linux. Yang menjadi masalah adalah mereka membandingkan semua software yang ada di Windows, instead of just the Windows itself, dengan semua program yang ada di Linux
Kenyataannya sekarang sudah banyak program2 Open Source yang awalnya hanya tersedia di lingkungan yg Open Source juga sudah di-port ke Windows.
Selain program Open Source ada juga program2 Freeware di Windows yang tidak perlu membayar.
Tetapi akan lebih menguntungkan apabila menggunakan program Open Source dibanding dengan program Freeware yang banyak masih proprietary dan hanya tersedia di Windows.
Keuntungan menggunakan program2 Open Source ini adalah akan memudahkan pengguna Windows apabila suatu saat akan migrasi menggunakan Linux, atau pengguna Linux yang kadang harus menggunakan Windows.
Untuk list program Best Freeware bisa dilihat di sini
Untuk program2 Open Source bisa dicari di SourceForge, untungnya untuk lebih memudahkan OpenDisc sudah mem-bundle program2 Open Source itu ke dalam 1 CD, bisa di-download di sini
Untuk tambahan program bisa juga dilihat di Open Source Windows
Berikut sekilas list Open Source software yang ada di CD itu
Blender is an advanced 3D graphics modeling program capable of producing high quality animations, performing rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.
Dia can be used to draw a variety of diagrams to suit your needs, such as entity-relationship models, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and simple circuits.
The GIMP (or GNU Image Manipulation Program) is suitable for those wanting to manipulate digital photographs, design and export graphics for the web, convert images from one file format to another, or even produce complex high-resolution compositions for print.
Inkscape is an easy to use vector graphics editor that uses the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Nvu is a fully featured What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) web page editor, enabling you to create compelling web pages without having to devote months to learning HTML.
Scribus is a professional desktop publishing application, with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout.
Tux Paint is a free drawing program designed for young children (aged three and up). It has a simple, easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who helps guide children as they use the program.
The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. It offers several extensive campaigns, and you can play as Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs or Undead.
Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock’n’Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones.
Neverball is a maddeningly fun game where you tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course before time runs out.
Sokoban YASC (Yet Another Sokoban Clone) is the game is to put all of the crates in your “warehouse” into the designated storage areas.
Azureus is a powerful BitTorrent protocol client. It comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users, such as multiple torrent support, speed limiting, fast resuming and more.
FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Features include upload/download resume, site manager, keep-alive system, SSL and SFTP support, and a flexible file queuing system.
Firefox web browser empowers you to browse web pages faster, more safely, and more efficiently. Key features include pop-up blocking to stop those annoying ads, tabbed browsing to let you view multiple web pages in a single window, and opening links in the background so that they’re ready for viewing when you’re ready to read them. The toolbars are fully customizable.
HTTrack is an easy-to-use offline web browser utility. It allows you to download a web site from the Internet to a local directory on your computer, building a perfect mirror for your personal use. Simply open a page of the website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online.
Pidgin is an Internet Messenging (chat) client that enables you to chat with others in real time using any supported network, including AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC and Jabber. Pidgin can be simultaneously connected to several networks, so if you have contacts on different networks you can talk to them all at the same time, from one easy to use program.
RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any website that has an “RSS feed” in a simple, easy to use interface. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) gives users the power to collect and organize Web-based news and information in a very efficient way.
SeaMonkey is an all-in-one internet suite which uses the same engine as Firefox and Thunderbird, and also includes a newsgroup client, an internet relay chat (or IRC) client, and a flexible HTML editor.
Thunderbird is a modern email client with features such as intelligent spam filters, a built-in spell checker, a range of themes and customisable layout. Thunderbird provides IMAP/POP support, HTML e-mail composing, quick search, address book, advanced message filtering, address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.
TightVNC is a remote control software that lets you see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer. Ideal for remote administration, remote customer support, education, and for many other purposes, and because it works across different operating systems you can use almost any computer, from any computer.
WinSCP is a fully featured SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) client. Its main function is the secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. It fully supports Secure Shell (SSH) and in addition to SFTP, the legacy SCP protocol.
Audacity is a sound editing program which can record, playback, and mix sounds or apply effects using a variety of filters.
Celestia is a simulation of the entire universe, based on currently known astronomical information. It includes beautifully rendered planets, moons, and some smaller orbital bodies such as Mir and the International Space Station. Celestia is not limited to our solar system; you can visit other stars, or even travel outside the galaxy.
The Really Slick Screensavers are a collection of impressive savers to prevent permanent monitor burn-in on your computer screen.
Stellarium is a planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
Sumatra PDF is a flexible and lightweight PDF reader, with a minimalistic design that allows fast browsing and even faster loading times.
VLC media player supports numerous audio and video file-types out of the box, so you don’t have to download individual software to play most media files.
GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, which allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. Features include double-entry accounting; stock/bond/mutual fund accounts; customers, vendors, jobs, invoices, A/P, A/R; QIF/OFX/HBCI import; transaction matching; reports and graphs; scheduled and financial calculations.
A wiki is a tool that allows many users to collaborate on generating and organising content. A wiki is usually hosted on the web so that different people can connect through their web browsers to collaborate. However you can also use a wiki locally on your own computer to help you stay organised, structuring your information with categories, sub-pages and hyper-links, just like on the web.
Notepad2 is intended to be a replacement for the Notepad program that is included as part of Windows. Like Notepad, Notepad2 is small, fast, and has few frills. It does, however, add some functionality such as colour syntax highlighting that many people will find useful, especially those that have to edit the odd HTML page or script.
OpenOffice.org is a full-featured productivity suite including a word processor, spreadsheet, web page editor and presentation program. Documents are stored in a compressed, open-standard XML format to ensure future availability of your data and to reduce file sizes. You can read and write documents in a wide range of formats including Microsoft Office.
Use PDFCreator to generate PDF documents directly from any Windows program. PDF (Portable Document Format) files are the de-facto standard in electronic publishing, because the author can be sure that the document will look as intended on all platforms, regardless of local fonts or lack thereof.
7-Zip is a program for creating or unpacking archived and compressed files in an enormous variety of formats.
7-Zip can both create or unpack the following formats: 7zip, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB files. For the standard ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2 – 10 % better than that provided by PKZip or WinZip, and the native 7zip format can provide a 45% reduction in file size from the common zip format.
Abakt is a flexible backup tool for Windows that protects your valuable data. Using a combination of advanced filters you can select files, directories or whole drives to compress, copy or move.
Clamwin is a powerful anti-virus program with features high detection rates for viruses and spyware, a scanning scheduler, and automatic downloads of the regularly updated virus database.
GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for projects ranging from small one-off projects to complete application suites.
HealthMonitor is a powerful and feature filled monitoring tool. It works in the background as a Windows Service, monitoring system performance (CPU load average, free memory, disk space, etc).
TrueCrypt is powerful encryption software for your personal data. It works by creating creating a virtual hard drive within a file and mounts it, so your computer treats it as a real hard drive. You can choose to encrypt an entire hard drive, certain folders, or removable media such as a USB flash drive.
Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts the total time you work to a daily limit, and is fully customisable to each user’s need. When it’s time for a break, Workrave presents animations of the kind of exercises that will keep you limber and healthy. It will help you work more effectively and improve your general level of comfort while working. Workrave is a must if you spend most of your day in front of the computer.
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