Last Updated: Mon Jun 25 21:12:10 BST 2007
This page is collection of links (and descriptions) of software and
Web Sites that I use on a daily basis.
- Linux 2.6.18
- The fastest growing operating system in the world and the most
popular server platform on The Net. Linux is a clone of the UNIX
kernel, originally for the PC platform, but now ported to many
other architectures. Started in 1991 by Linus Torvalds and
subsequently developed co-operatively over The Net by hundreds of
hackers. It beats the pants off commercially available competition.
Jim's Use: Unix since 1986, Linux since January 1996. I use the Debian distribution.
- GNU (various)
- Along with the Linux kernel, the GNU tools
provide a fully operational UNIX clone system made available as
There are hundreds of excellent GNU utilities
(gcc, libc, less, make, find, tar, grep, bash, gzip, ispell, Emacs,
- XFree86 4.3.0
- A freely distributable implementation of the
X Window System
for x86 (PC) and other platforms. This provides
the basic GUI for the
Jim's Use: X since 1988 (X10/X11), XFree86 since 1996
- zsh 4.2.5
- The most powerful interactive shell.
Jim's Use: zsh since October 1991
- Apache 1.3.33
- The most popular Web Server in the world.
Jim's Use: Apache since 4th May 1995 (NCSA httpd since January 1994)
- GNOME 2.8.3
- A GUI Desktop Environment for X11.
provide a slick install/upgrade interface.
Jim's Use: GNOME since October 1999
- Enlightenment 0.16.5
- A way cool window manager that works with GNOME.
(Actually I use sawfish now)
Jim's Use: Enlightenment since 1998
- XEmacs 21.4.17
- Emacs is "The Swiss Army Chainsaw" of editors.
And XEmacs is it's most featured incarnation.
It has truckloads of useful features that I use every day and I've
on any other editor (dynamic abbreviations (M-/),
ediff mode, incremental search (on regexps), the ability to have
windows editing different places in the same file and lots of other
As well as editing files I use XEmacs to read my Email
Jim's Use: Emacs since 1988, XEmacs since 1995, VM since 1995, Gnus since 1996
- Perl 5.8.4
- A superbly pragmatic programming language.
Responsible for most of the scripted content of The Web.
The CPAN archive provides
a vast repository of add-on Perl modules.
Jim's Use: Perl since August 1994
- ePerl 2.2.14
- Lets you embed Perl into text files.
Can be used to generate Web Sites - this one is entirely
scripted in ePerl.
Jim's Use: ePerl since July 1999
- The GIMP 2.2.6
- An awesome program. Professional quality image editing for UNIX.
Even better it's fully scriptable (in Perl,
among other languages).
Jim's Use: The Gimp since 1997
- Mesa 4.3.0
- A 3D Graphics Library with an OpenGL style interface.
Has support for the 3D hardware acceleration on my
Voodoo Banshee (as well as other cards).
Excellent for screensavers and
- Mozilla 1.8b2
- A capable cross-platform Open Source browser - what more could
you want? Mozilla took the Netscape 4 source code, ditched
it and rewrote the best browser available today from scratch.
Jim's Use: Mozilla since December 2000. Netscape since 1995.
- w3m 0.4.1
- A text based WWW browser (that understands tables).
- links 0.98
- Another very good text based WWW browser.
- fetchmail 6.2.5
- An excellent "on-demand" POP/IMAP mail retriever that collects
mail from an ISP and delivers it to the local system.
Works well with dial-up (modem) links.
Jim's Use: fetchmail since 24th March 1999
- leafnode 1.10.8
- An excellent "on-demand" local news server.
Only gets newsgroups you've visited, and ditches ones
that are you no longer read.
Works well with dial-up (modem) links.
Jim's Use: Leafnode since September 1999
- gFTP 2.0.17
- A nice user interface to the FTP protocol.
Shows you the local and remote directories side-by-side and
lets you synchronise them.
Jim's Use: gFTP since 13th July 1999
- iptables 1.2.11
- An excellent tool for fire-walling your machine
(although it does take a while to get your head round, but once
you do it's awesome).
It will also masquerade for machines inside the firewall
and log "suspicious" accesses by machines outside the firewall.
It can also be used to enable transparent proxying of various services.
Everyone who runs a machine connected to the Internet should use this.
Jim's Use: ipchains since September 2000, iptables since August 2001
- XMMS 1.2.10
- A slick MP3 (and other formats) player - fully customisable.
Jim's Use: XMMS (formerly x11amp) since January 1999
- TiMidity++ 2.13.2
- A MIDI renderer. Play MIDI files using high quality sound patches,
rather than the bleeps found on many budget sound cards. (And some
sound cards, like my SoundBlaster PCI64V, don't have onboard MIDI
Jim's Use: Timidity since 4th April 1997
- Grip 3.2.0
- An excellent all-in-one CD player, Ripper and front-end
to various MP3 encoders (for example GOGO).
- GOGO 3.10pl3
- A fast MP3 encoder.
- Sweep 0.8.1
- A very nice single track audio editor.
Jim's Use: Sweep since 2003?
- Audacity 1.2.3
- A multi-track audio editor. Originally I came across Audacity
in 2002 when I was looking for a simple audio editing package for Mac OS X.
Since then it has come along in leaps and bounds and I recently used it (under Linux)
to remix a Macaroni Penguins track from the 4-track
master and was impressed at it's quality and usability. I hope it will continue to improve in
the same way.
Jim's Use: Audacity since October 2002
- Ghostscript 7.07.1
- Print Postscript to your cheap inkjet.
Also includes Ghostview that allows you to preview
your Postscript before printing it, and lets you do manual
duplexing (see Printing Tips).
- SANE 1.0.15
- "Scanner Access Now Easy" - lets me use my Epson GT-7000 SCSI scanner
with Linux, and version 1.02 supports
the Photo Adapter too.
- XSane 0.96
- An X11 front-end to the
SANE Scanner drivers. Also acts as a plug-in
for The Gimp.
- GIMP Print 4.2.7
- A plug-in for The GIMP
(and for Ghostscript)
that does very high quality image printing to my Epson Stylus Color 740
(and lots of other printers).
Jim's Use: GIMP Print since 24th June 2000
- patch 2.5.9
- An excellent tool in the hacker's toolbox.
- Internet Movie Database
- Everything you always wanted to know about films
(and lots of stuff you didn't).
- The best search engine out there.
- Find the latest version of lots of software.
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