Friday, October 10, 2008

My Top Windows-based GNU Software

I am a Mac user, but we all know that we have to use Windows from time to time. I run a Windows XP virtual machine in VMware Fusion on my Mac.

When I must use Windows this is my list for my top GNU solutions. This set of tools make my Windows experience much better.
  1. 7-zip - Archive manager that kicks WinRAR's butt 7 days a week.
  2. Cygwin - I just have to have my BASH shell and Perl at all times.
  3. Notepad++ (Notepad Plus Plus) - It takes the pain away from dealing with (Note|Word)pad.
  4. Wireshark - Formerly Ethereal. Yeah I'm a packet head.
  5. Snort IDS - Snort can be a packet head's best friend.
  6. Mozilla Firefox - I'm typing this in it right now.
  7. NoScript - "Hopefully" keeps my (browser|Mac) from getting 0wn3d.
  8. VLC - Highly compatible video player
There are so many. More to come.

MJC

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