Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's a summary of Freeware/FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) for Windows I mentioned in my personal blog last week...

Inside Port 25
I just started contributing to a new O'Reilly Network website named Inside Port 25. O'Reilly's official definition of the area reads In partnership [Microsoft] with O'Reilly, Inside Port 25 take that dialogue to the community for an objective, outsider's perspective on lab's research, insights and bloggers. I'm one of those outsiders looking in at Microsoft's Port 25 website who will be reflecting (through blogging) about the interoperability discussions on the Microsoft Port25 site. I've already blogged about a couple of items that caught my attention. I hope you can find the time to visit Inside Port 25 and join the discussion of the intersection of the Microsoft and Open Source worlds.

DVD Shrink
I mentioned two apps to backup DVDs for Mac OS X users last week. So, here's one for Windows users. I haven't tried it myself. So, please let me know how well it works for you.

DVD Shrink

Its site describes it like this: DVD Shrink is software to backup DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc.

Note that it does not burn DVD and requires some other software (it seems to prefer Nero) for that task.

VirtualBox Goes Open Source
I've been doing a lot of virtualization work over the last year or so. But, I have to admit that I never hard of VirtualBox before this week.

VirtualBox.org

It looks like it was a for-fee proprietary product prior to January 15, 2007. But, as of today, is a Free and Open Source Software product.

It hypervisor appears able to run on top of Microsoft Windows or Linux (but not Mac OS X). And, it can host various flavors of Microsoft Windows and Linux as Guest Operating Systems.

I guess Microsoft's Virtual PC (which is a freeware product now),...

WinDD: Disk Dump for Windows
The UNIX dd command is an incredibly powerful low-level data copy and conversion utility. You can, for example, use it to create disk image copies.

It turns out that there is a version for Microsoft Windows too...

WinDD: Disk Dump for Windows

Its developer has a short but accruate description for it: WinDD - Disk Dump for Windows! Windows XP version of Unix 'dd' command. Safe, effort-free backup for FAT, FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 partition.

Dia - Open Source Diagramming Tool for Windows & Linux
I have to admit that I like Microsoft Visio and prefer to use it when a licensed copy is availble. However, if one is not available for you, you might want to take a look at the Open Source diagramming tool...

Dia

It is available for Linux and Windows (no Mac OS X version from what I can tell). You can find some screenshots on Dia's website linked here.

Mozilla SeaMonkey 1.1
The SeaMonkey community at Mozilla.org announced the release of...

SeaMonkey 1.1

SeaMonkey is the offshoot of the all-in-one Mozilla Suite that included a browser, email client, HTML editor, and IRC client in a single unit.

I prefer using Mozilla's Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client myself. But, I've recommended SeaMonkey to a few people who liked the old Mozilla all-in-one format.

Here's a link to the SeaMonkey What's New page.

OpenOffice.org 2.1
OpenOffice.org version 2.1 was released a few days ago. You can find the Release Notes here. This Open Source office suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, database, and drawing program.

It uses the OpenDocument XML file format as its default file format. However, it can read and write Office 2003 or older Microsoft Office files. I'm guessing that it cannot (yet) read the new Office 2007 file format.

Note that if you plan to run it under Mac OS X, you...

2 Comments

Scott
2007-02-01 18:20:51
A fairly new one, still in beta but check out the screen shots of where it's heading.


SharpForge 0.5 is an open source, c#, dot net 2.0, project management web application. It supports multiple portals, multiple projects, subversion administration, work item tracking, project forums, release management, subversion wiki, subversion browsing & news feed aggregation. Similar to SourceForge, TFS or CodePlex but for your own team or organisation. The software is released under the New BSD License.

Todd Ogasawara
2007-02-02 00:52:59
Scott: Thanks for the pointer to SharpForge. You might be interested in the O'Reilly Inside Port 25 site. I've been blogging about the intersection of Microsoft and Open Source there. I'll probably mention SharpForge and SharpDevelop over there in the near future.