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Top 20 Open Source Apps for Windows

Oct 11, 2010, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"When we think of open source software, generally we think of a desktop environment that supports the same principles. But what about those people who prefer using Windows, yet want to try out some open source software to see what all of the fuss is about?

"To address this, I've put together twenty of my favorite open source applications for the Windows desktop. Then to make things interesting, I offer up the proprietary cousins for each application in comparison.

"1) 7-Zip – Not to be confused with any of the other countless unzip programs out there, 7-Zip is unique in how it balances simplicity with format unpacking options. 7-Zip will pack/unpack anything from the following formats: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR. If you are looking to simply unpack software, then the list gets a bit longer: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z compression formats.

"From the proprietary side of the fence, I point you to the popular WinZip program. Supported packing formats appear to be: ZIP and ZIPX. Anything beyond this is a mystery due to the feature list neglecting to elaborate on any other available formats.

"2) Filezilla "

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