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NewsForge: Interview: PortableApps Brings Open Source to USB

Aug 09, 2006, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)

"For most people, mobile computing means a laptop. Some make do with a Linux live CD distribution such as Knoppix and a USB pen drive to save their data, or one of the newer live CD distros that run off a rewritable CD or USB drive, but if you can't restart the box where you end up, those won't help you. Now, thanks to John T. Haller's PortableApps project, you get to use your favorite open source productivity applications from a USB drive without restarting a Windows-based host computer.

"On the project's Web site you'll find several portable applications: Portable VLC player (audio and video player), Portable NVU (HTML editor), Portable Firefox (Web browser), Portable Gaim (instant messaging), Portable Thunderbird (email client), Portable AbiWord (word processor), Portable OpenOffice.org (office suite), Portable GIMP (image editor), and several others, each with a dedicated support page and forum..."

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