Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

If it's Thursday, it must be Freeware and Open Source for Windows day. Here's a summary of Freeware/FOSS I mentioned in my personal blog last week...

jEdit Programmer's Editor
Unlike many programmers who use a single text editor for nearly all tasks, I tend to use a couple of different ones: vi (vim) or nedit for quick edits on UNIX/Linux systems, notepad++ for quick edits on Windows systems, and TextEdit for quick edits on Mac boxes. However, if I know I will be working on something for an extended period, I often choose to use...

jEdit Programmer's Text Editor

jEdit is a Java-based application with a rich feature set and a larger body of communinty contributed add-on plugin modules. This multi-platform Open Source editor runs on everything I use: Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. This means that I don't have to adjust much in the way of muscle-memory-typing to get things done regardless of what platform I'm using at the time.

Nvu: WYSIWYG HTML Editor (Runs in Vista)
We used to hand code HTML for web pages in the old days. Tools like Frontpage, Dreamweaver, and even good old Windows' Notepad were commonly used by web developers in those dark days. These days most of us use some kind of Content Mangement System (CMS) or outsource it to a blogging or web management site (often for free). But, every now and then a WYSIWIG HTML editor comes in handy. For me, that now and then event is usually creating some kind of product information table for a product review (such as the ones I sometimes write for the O'Reilly Network. The...

EverNote 1.5
I tend to use either a Wiki page (if I'm connected to a network) or Microsoft OneNote for free form notetaking. However, if neither of those options appeals to you, you might want to take a look at the freeware version of...

EverNote 1.5 capture your notetaking typing, freehand drawings, and web clippings.

There is also a $39.95 EverNote Plus that synching with USB drives, handwriting/shape recognition, and searching handwritten notes.

Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for use with Vista
Microsoft Windows Vista changed something about its Remote Desktop Connection requirements. I found that out the hard way when installed Vista as a Virtual Machine in Virtual Server 2005 R2 and tried to RDC to it. No luck back then. Today, however, Microsoft released a new RDC client for XP and Server 2003 that should work with Vista (I haven't tried it yet).

Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (English Only) released...


Andreas Ostheimer
2006-12-14 04:28:02
@RDC: remoting one of THE most important tool in everyday work, developing software. Making it hard to connect to Vista is the least I expected from it...