Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

VIM: Vi Editor
If you grew up on UNIX or Linux, the venerable vi editor is probably still a mainstay in your toolset. You don't have to use UNIX or Linux to use this lightning fast text editor. There is an enhanced Open Source version available for many operating systems.

VIM The Editor

Baen Free Library: Science Fiction Books in Various File Formats
This blog entry introduces a little wrinkle to my coverage of freeware and Open Source applications for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. This is something I've been wanting to add to my coverage area for a while: Free downloadable content. First up in this category...

Baen Free Library

How To Install MySQL or PostgreSQL on Microsoft Windows
The two best known Open Source relational database products are MySQL and PostgreSQL. We generally associate both databases with Linux (the "M" in LAMP is MySQL). However, both products can also be installed and run on Microsoft Windows. Microsoft's Port 25 site commissioned two How-To papers that gives you step-by-step instructions on installing these two SQL database server products on Windows. You can find and download the PDF files from the links to Microsoft's Port 25 site below...

Candy Crisis (game)
Here's an Open Source game originally developed for Mac OS X and then ported to Microsoft Windows.

Candy Crisis

It looks like an action-puzzle type game somewhat related to the Tetris genre. The game requires a registration code. But, it looks like you don't need to provide any personal information. The username and code are freely available one of the site's pages at...

Candy Crisis Registration Information

Gubb: Web List Manager
Calling Gubb a web list manager in the title doesn't really tell the full story. I only learned about it 3 days ago. But, I've really learned to like it a lot during this short period. This is the first tool I've had that I can use easily from a desktop (or notebook) computer, a PDA (Pocket PC in my case), or a Smartphone. If your phone doesn't have a web browser, you can use SMS to manage and read Gubb lists. If you prefer email, go ahead and use an email client to work with Gubb. Its appeal to me lies in its multiplatform and multimodal flexibility.