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LINUX ONLINE

HELP

Providing online help is where Linux shines. It's free, quick, easy, highly expert, and far friendlier than what you're used to from other OS's.

VENDORS

Several stores in Australia sell Linux Live CDs and install disk sets. Click here for a short list.

DISTROS

Linux is available as a large number of distributions or distros. Those below are recommended, but a full list is at  DistroWatch.com

KNOPPIX

The original and still one of the best Live Distros that runs directly from CD without being installed. Best choice for Beginners, and as a rescue disk.

UBUNTU

Enormously popular, simple Gnome desktop, very helpful forums, a good 'plain vanilla' choice for new Users.

PCLinuxOS

Very easy to install, powerful KDE desktop, friendly forums, more 'ice-cream sundae' than 'plain vanilla'.

VECTOR LINUX

"Keep it simple, keep it small" is the idea behind a fast system that still has everything needed.

PUPPY

Small, fast, many features, ideal for older machines. Can be run from a USB stick

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All of the software listed below is freely available for download from the Internet. It can legally be copied and passed to others for their free use. If you're concerned about the legal aspects of this, visit the GNU website for more information, and the Philosophy page which explains the philosophy under which FOSS is developed, distributed and maintained.

 
APPLICATIONWEBSITECOMMENTS
Office Applications Suite
Open Office www.openoffice.org Office applications suite
Internet Browser and Email
Firefox www.mozilla.com/firefox Web browser
Thunderbird www.mozilla.com/thunderbird Email client and manager
Seamonkey www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey All-in-one Internet application suite
Website Creation and Design
Nvu www.nvu.com Web Authoring System
Text Editors
Notepad 2 www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html Fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting
Graphics and Image Editing
WinGimp www.wingimp.org Windows-port of the GNU Image Manipulation Program
Inkscape www.inkscape.org Vector graphics editor
Blender www.blender.org 3D content creation suite
TuxPaint www.tuxpaint.org Drawing program for children ages 3 to 12
Desktop Publishing
Scribus www.scribus.net Desktop publisher
Science and Astronomy
Celestia www.shatters.net/celestia Free space simulation
Stellariumwww.stellarium.org Free open source planetarium for your computer
Sound and Music
Audacity audacity.sourceforge.net Powerful soundfile editor
Internet Utilities
Pidgin www.pidgin.im Multi-protocol Instant Messaging client
RSS Owl www.rssowl.org Reader for RSS, RDF, and Atom newsfeeds
eMule www.emule-project.net Filesharing client based on the eDonkey2000 network
Azureus azureus.sourceforge.net Java BitTorrent client
Filezilla filezilla.sourceforge.net Fast and reliable FTP client and server
Winscp winscp.net SFTP, FTP and SCP client for Windows
MoinMoin moinmoin.wikiwikiweb.de Advanced, easy to use and extensible WikiEngine
Tight VNC www.tightvnc.com See the desktop of a remote machine and control it
Free Download Manager www.freedownloadmanager.org/index.htm Download accelerator and manager
MultiGet multiget.sourceforge.net Easy-to-use GUI file downloader for Windows/Linux/BSDs/MacOS
Windows Utilities
PDF Creator www.pdfforge.org Easily creates PDFs from any Windows program
ClamWin www.clamwin.com Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows
Health Monitor sourceforge.net/projects/healthmonitor System monitoring tool for Windows
7zip www.7-zip.org File archiver with a high compression ratio
Games and Toys
Wesnoth www.wesnoth.org Turn-based strategy game
NeverBall icculus.org/neverball Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course
Enigma www.nongnu.org/enigma A puzzle game
FreeMind freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Free mind-mapping software written in Java
WorkRave www.workrave.org/index.php Assists in the recovery and prevention of RSI
RSS www.reallyslick.com Really Slick Screensavers

 
 

LINUX ONLINE

HELP

Providing online help is where Linux shines. It's free, quick, easy, highly expert, and far friendlier than what you're used to from other OS's.

VENDORS

Several stores in Australia sell Linux Live CDs and install disk sets. Click here for a short list.

DISTROS

Linux is available as a large number of distributions or distros. Those below are recommended, but a full list is at  DistroWatch.com

KNOPPIX

The original and still one of the best Live Distros that runs directly from CD without being installed. Best choice for Beginners, and as a rescue disk.

UBUNTU

Enormously popular, simple Gnome desktop, very helpful forums, a good 'plain vanilla' choice for new Users.

PCLinuxOS

Very easy to install, powerful KDE desktop, friendly forums, more 'ice-cream sundae' than 'plain vanilla'.

VECTOR LINUX

"Keep it simple, keep it small" is the idea behind a fast system that still has everything needed.

PUPPY

Small, fast, many features, ideal for older machines. Can be run from a USB stick

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