Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Ning: Build Your Own Social Network Site
Sat, 21 Jul 2007 22:39:12

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GnuCash 2.2.0: First Windows Release
Thu, 19 Jul 2007 21:24:28

GnuCash 2.2.0. is an Open Source finance software that has been available for Linux and Mac OS X for a while now. However, this recent release (July 15) is the first production release that provides a binary version for Microsoft Windows.

Democracy Player Changed Its Name to Miro
Wed, 18 Jul 2007 23:11:14

The Open Source online video player formerly known as Democracy Player got a new name...

Miro (version 0.9.8)

I've had problems with the Windows version. But, the Mac OS X version worked fine the last time I tried it.

The Open Library: Online Book Library
Tue, 17 Jul 2007 23:13:32

The Open Library

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Unlocker: Deal with Hard to Delete Files in Windows
Mon, 16 Jul 2007 23:05:18

Windows does weird stuff with files. That's not a secret, right? :-) In general, I've found that I can usually deal with those messages about being unable to delete files by stopping a service from Service, using Task Manager to terminate a process, or even reboot. But, if those options don't appeal to you, this freeware utility might...

Unlocker 1.8.5

Head over to its website to see the simple process to delete stubborn files. I haven't tried it yet. But, it looks like something useful to note here for future reference.

Babelgum 0.9.1: On Demand TV
Sun, 15 Jul 2007 22:22:09

Babelgum touts itself as an on-demand free broadcast quality service. This sounded a lot like Joost. So, I decided to visit their site and try it out. Unfortunately, I was using a Mac at the time and Babelgum only offers a Windows client. I could have fired up Parallels and run Windows in a virtual machine. But, my interest had already waned. If you've tried both Babelgum and Joost, please let me know how they compare.