Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's my weekly summary of Freeware, Open Source, and free web services mentioned in my personal blog last week.

OpenVPN GUI for Windows
While we patiently wait for the GRC/Security Now's Steve Gibson to provide us with the definitive OpenVPN how-to that he mentioned on a Security Now podcast back in late 2005(and, hey, he's doing this for free, so let's cut him some slack :-)... If you are a Windows user, you might want to take a look at...

OpenVPN GUI for Windows

Its website description reads: OpenVPN is normally run in a console window, which can be a little annoying to have lying on the taskbar all the time.

Notepad++ 4.01
I use the Open Source Notepad++ editor a lot. So, I was happy to note that version 4.0 was released on January 28 followed by 4.0.1 on February 3.

Notepad++ 4.01

I tend to use Notepad++ for a lot of little editing jobs since it it launches so fast. My one wishlist item is that it would nice it if it allowed dragging and dropping text files from Windows Explorer in Windows Vista.

DotNetNuke 4.4.1
Here's something a little different... An Open Source web content management system for Windows Server.

DotNetNuke 4.4.1

This updated version was released just last month.

My recollection is that I've seen a number of city and county sites using this web framework software.

InkScape 0.45
The Open Source multiplatform InkScape 0.45 vector graphics drawing application was updated on February 5. Some of the new features described on InkScape site are: Most notably is the new Gaussian Blur feature, which allow softly and naturally blurring Inkscape objects like path, shapes, groups, text, and images. Gaussian blur enables a wide range of photorealistic effects: arbitrarily shaped shades and lights, depth of field, drop shadows, glows, etc. Also, blurred objects can be used as masks for other objects to achieve the "feathered mask" effect.

Democracy Internet TV


The multiplatform Open Source Democracy Internet TV version 0.95 was just released. The first quick gotcha (if you are on Windows) is that the Windows Firewall intercepts its outgoing network request (presumably for updates and torrent files) and errors out the first time around. If you squint, you can probably see the Python trackback error messages in the screen cap here. Subsequent starts errored twice before the player started up.

NASA World Wind 1.4 Released (mapping software)
The Open Source but Windows-only...

NASA World Wind 1.4

...was released on Valentine's Day. It is described as World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data. You can also find the official support site wiki at...

World Wind Wiki

World Wind depends on both Microsoft's .NET and DirectX which explains why it has not be ported to Mac OS X or Linux.