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Software Philosophy

I love open source software, not just for technological reasons, but also for philosophical reasons. Isn't it lovely to be able to share things freely and build a better world together? Over the past few years I have tried to convey this love to students, but generally have failed miserably. This year I will try once again, and to help me I have put together a visualisation in order to try and make the situation clear. In designing this I have tried to be as impartial as a fanatic can be, showing that open source is not the right choice for everything, but that it has its place and does some things incredibly well. Software Philosophy_web

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Klok – Personal Time Tracking made Easy

http://klok.mcgraphix.com/

Klok is a free desktop application that allows you to track your time. This can be useful for seeing where your days go, but also for tracking project time in order to bill customers. In ICT projects, students can be asked to track their …

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Firefox

http://firefox.com/

Firefox is a fast, simple, sophisticated web browser, which provides a secure alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Whilst a great choice for all users, it is particularly useful to web developers, who can use the multitude of add ons (Firebug, Foxy Proxy, Firesizer, Snapper, …

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OpenOffice

http://openoffice.org/

Can’t afford a license for Microsoft Office? Open Office provides a free (open source) solution that is completely compatible with Microsofts formats for spreadsheets (xls, xlsx), documents (doc, docx) and presentations (.ppt, .pptx).…

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Inkscape

http://inkscape.org/

When working with graphics (particularly when designed website and print layouts), it is often useful to deal with vectors (drawing based on lines) as well as rasters (drawings based on pixels). Inkscape provides a free, open source, environment for creating and editing vector graphics. …

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GIMP

http://gimp.org/

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), is a graphic editing tool that provides a set of tools almost as complete as Adobe’s Photoshop (without the hefty price tag). I use this software to meet all of my web and graphic design needs, and it …

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Thunderbird

http://mozilla.com/thunderbird/

Thunderbird is an email client available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Built by Mozilla, it provides a clean, easy-to-use system for managing email on the desktop. With advanced spam filtering and search, as well as the ability to add in calendering (which can be …

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