Free software sites review - December

Free software sites review - December

In this newsletter I’m going to try to point out the paramount free software sites. Or at least try to point out a few that will make you think for a minute, and maybe get your older computer to do something new.

I’ve asked around a bit to try to see what others feel are the best free software sites around, and I’ve chosen 5 of the best to show you for this article. Don’t be afraid to explore for yourself and find your own favourites.

I’m going to try to point out the paramount free software sites


The website for the K Desktop Environment(KDE) is simplistic in style, but contains all the information you’ll ever need on what some will argue is the Linux world’s most popular desktop environment.

K Desktop EnviromentK Desktop Enviroment

KDE includes a file and web browser with a modern look and feel and various integrated applications.

The KDE website also has sub-sites for each of each applications and projects. There is also a flock of sites for themes, artists and blogs.


DistroWatch does just what its name suggests, it watches various distributions of *nix and BSD systems. It should be the first place you look for information on finding the perfect OS for that old PC sitting in the corner... yeah... that one.

DistroWatch also announces new releases, including releases of major software packages.

Don’t want to sort though the entire website? Go for the weekly edition and keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the wonderful world of free software OSs.


Spreadfirefox is “the original community project” in my books, but then again I’m biased. That said SpreadFirefox (or SFX as it’s affectionately called) is a huge community marketing site that really shows just how much a community can do.

SFX also offers various prizes and awards, including fully loaded computer systems for extension developers.

Ultimate Boot CD

The Ultimate Boot CD website might not look like much, but the documentation here, along with the software of course, can save many a PC (and many a PC repair fee).

Ultimate Boot CD provides all the tools you need to get your PC up and running from a crash, and also has tools like web browsers and antivirus tools included on this disk.

Book Competition!

This week we are giving away a copy of Deploying OpenLDAP.

All you need to do to enter is check out the latest book competition announcement on our blogs page.


Thanks go to _Apress for providing this fantastic prize._


Epiphany HomepageEpiphany Homepage

Epiphany is GNOME’s built-in web browser. Light and modernistic, it’s based on Mozilla’s Gecko engine. The Epiphany website, like the browser, is clean and easy to navigate.

The website’s contribute section and online documentation is formatted to be easy to use, and easy to read.


Now for the best part, discovery. There are literaly millions of projects out there just waiting to be discovered! And if, on your travels, you come across a site you want to share with our readers and would like me to review, add a comment with your suggestions here. Happy surfing!



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Submitted by admin on

Date: 2005-12-14
Subject: Free / OSS games

Free and Open Source (and some commercial) games for linux can be found at

Useful tip (not obvious by site layout): use the "By category" link in the top left to search e.g. for children's/educational, cards, arcade, puzzle, rpg etc.

Worth bookmarking!


Date: 2005-12-14
Subject: Full-featured accounting package to download or order CD

TurboCASH.7 is an open source accounting package that is free for everyone to download and distribute under the terms of the General Public Licence (GPL).

Although aimed at the small- to medium-sized business market, TurboCASH is not a simple 'home finances' bookkeeping system (compare us to QuickBooks and Sage and see why). TurboCASH features everything one would expect from accounting software $450 or more. And since it's governed by the GPL, TurboCASH is FREE !! - no 30-day trials or restricted versions.

The developers of TurboCASH have been around for over 18 years and have an impressive client base throughout the world; with a current user base of around 15,000 registered small business entities, and hundreds of others being added every month; some of these users keep a book of over 3000 debtors and process 12000 invoices per month.

Plugins, tutorials and support come at a price (but not unreasonable).

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Robin Monks is a volunteer contributor to Mozilla, Drupal, GMKing and Free Software Magazine and has been helping free software development for over three years. He currently works as an independent contractor for CivicSpace LLC