Best Open Source apps at your finger tips….

Apple, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Windows
Are you constantly hearing about Open Source software and are wondering how to go about getting started. Do you want to cleanse your Mac or PC from all those so called advanced applications that don't do what they advertise, yet take up all the diskspace on your computer. Or maybe you're just sick of BSOD'n/Beachball'n apps that you brand new computer came loaded with and are ready for some Open Source Lovin'. Well WinLibre and MacLibre have your answer. Both are free to download and both offer you an easy way to install the best Open Source Apps that are out there.MacLibre Featured applicationsCreateAudacityBlenderGimpInkscapeInternetAdiumColloquyCyberduckFireFirefoxNvuThunderbirdViennaMultimediaHandBrakeMPlayerVLCOfficeAbiWordNeoOfficeUtilitiesClamXavDesktopManageriTermVirtueDesktopsX11WinLibre Featured applicationsCreateAudacityBlenderGimpInkscapeInternetNVUFirefoxGaimThunderbirdFileZillaMultimediaWinLAMECDexVLCZinfOfficePDFCreatorOpenOfficeUtilitiesClamWinNotepad27-ZipTightVNCNetTime
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Stream your Linux/Windows/Mac Desktop as video using VLC

Apple, CLI, Darwin Streaming Server, Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Video, VLC, Windows
A buddy of mine (thanks Mike) showed me this today. There is a input Access module in the newer versions of VLC (0.8.6+) called "screen" which makes this possible. To stream your desktop to another machine (ip address: in this case) just use the following command in Linux (sorry command line only):vlc screen:// :screen-fps=30 :screen-caching=100 --sout '#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,vb=4096,acodec=mpga,ab=256,scale=1,width=1280,height=800}:rtp{dst=,port=1234,access=udp,mux=ts}'or in Windows (slightly different syntax) use this command:vlc screen:// :screen-fps=30 :screen-caching=100 :sout=#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,vb=2048,scale=1,acodec=mpga,ab=192,channels=2}:duplicate{dst=std{access=rtp,mux=ts,dst=}}This is one massive command, so lets take a look at it in more detail:screen:// is our input module selection (if you just run vlc screen:// you'll see your own screen on the server inside vlc....kinda cool):screen-fps=30 specifies that we want to screengrab at 30 fps (from default 5 fps):screen-caching=100 sets the internal caching to 100ms (from default 300 ms)--sout is…
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ItunesFS….MacFUSE rocks!!!

Apple, MacFUSE, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX
Okay so hot on the heels of my MacFUSE install, I find iTunesFS which is a FUSE module for iTunes written by Marcus Müller.....YUMMY :-). Now it's a read-only module (ie: it lets you take stuff out of itunes/ipod/iphone storage, but most of the time that's all you want to do anyways. If you want to try it just download the FUSE module from Mulle KybernetiK. Make sure you have the MacFUSE core package installed first.
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MacFUSE….ready for primetime?

Apple, MacFUSE, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, sshfs
I think so, you see I've been waiting for about a year -- since last years Mac World announcement -- to try MacFUSE, but to be honest I've been a bit of a chicken. In my book you rarely, if ever, play around with the filesystem. Specially with ported beta code and all the "uncertainties" of Apple's latest feline.Anyways, today I finally got up the courage and had enough time to try out MacFUSE 1.1.1 (specially compiled for leopard). You can download the required files from the Google Code's download page. For those of you who don't know, FUSE stands for Filesystem in USErland, and it provides a generic interface that lets the operating system see virtually anything as a filesystem. FUSE provides a single interface that filesystem modules use…
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Tablet Puppy….

Linux, N800, n810, Nokia, Opensource, robotics
For all the Nokia N800 fans out there......this is what happens if Nokia was sponsoring your High school :-). Seriously though, this is a fantastic example of what kids (and adults) can do using the opensource N800 platform for robotics control. Now who's gonna stick one of these things on a gas powered RC car.....Dibs on the Remote :-)
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screen…it’s not just for nerds anymore.

CLI, Opensource, Tutorial, Unix
So after hearing from people at work how great the "screen" command was (yeah welcome to gnuland boys and girls), I decided to do a short tutorial on screen. This way I can stop telling them to RTFM and instead tell them to RTFB (Blog). Anyways, What is "screen" first of all....From the pages of wikipedia:GNU Screen is a free terminal multiplexer developed by the GNU Project. It allows a user to access multiple separate terminal sessions inside a single terminal window or remote terminal session. It is useful for dealing with multiple programs from the command line, and for separating programs from the shell that started the program. GNU Screen can be thought of as a text version of graphical window managers, or as a way of putting virtual…
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Second Life developers start thinking big…

Metaverse, Opensource, Second Life
So this week marks a beginning for Second Life and Linden Lab to truly start to open up second life and think about interconnected worlds and a standards for connecting them. Well, welcome boys and girls, now maybe you can throw your weight in with Intel and HP to further the standards that Croquet has been working on for years. You see Croquet has been doing exactly that for a long time (ie: being truly open source and working towards standards). For those not familiar, here is a short explanation from their site:Croquet is a powerful open source software development environment for the creation and large-scale distributed deployment of multi-user virtual 3D applications and metaverses that are (1) persistent (2) deeply collaborative, (3) interconnected and (4) interoperable. The Croquet architecture…
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Google, Opensource
So google does it again, as promised by Eric Schmidt earlier this summer, google presentations was released on the last official week of summer. Now it's not quite power point yet (remember they have had a couple of years of head start), but is quite usable and actually offers some neat features missing from the standard power point. One of them is sharing and shared editing, the other is online presentation where you can actually invite people to look at your presentation, go through it with them and discuss your points over text chat. Now I know it's not quite like standing in a room and presenting to real people, but something tells me that voice chat is right around the corner.My biggest problem -- and it's not so much…
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Free your Office….

Apple, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX
While we're on the subject of saving you some money. NeoOffice, the OSX native version of Open Office, has just released their latest. This release includes support for the Mac OS X Spellchecker and Address Book and experimental support for Office 2007 Excel and PowerPoint files. From the overview page:NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the office suite, NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office.Released as free, open source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is fully functional and stable enough for everyday use. The software is actively developed, so improvements and small…
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Manage your Projects FREE….

Linux, Opensource, OSX, Windows
You all know my dislike for Microsoft and their products. Whenever possible I've tried to get away from having to use their software. Here is another opensource product that allows us to do our thing without them. From their overview page:OpenProj is a free, open source desktop alternative to Microsoft Project. The OpenProj solution is ideal for desktop project Click to enlarge in a new windowmanagement and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. OpenProj is a complete desktop replacement of Microsoft Project and even opens existing native Project files. OpenProj shares the most advanced scheduling engine in the industry with Project-ON-Demand. The OpenProj solution has Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more.You can get more detailed information on OpenProj or…
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