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Top 10s

May 29th, 2015

open4.jpgWith hundreds of softwares and programs available out there, which ones are the most popular and possibly most useful? Your answer would surely depend on your particular needs and specific background. For instance, artists need graphic softwares more than computing programs. Similarly, those in research would find good use for database programs that make data collection and retrieval much easier.

But which softwares take the top spots in the list? Open Source Alternative gives a list of the Top 10 Open Source programs and Top 10 Commercial softwares.

Top 10 Open Source
1. OpenOffice Draw
2. Dia
3. Gimpshop
4. Partition Image
5. Paint.NET
6. InfraRecorder
7. Ghost for Unix (G4U)
8. Kivio
9. Quanta Plus
10. Avidemux

Top 10 Commercial
1. Photoshop
2. Visio
3. Norton Ghost
4. Nero Burning Rom
5. AutoCAD
6. Dreamweaver
7. Illustrator
8. Final Cut Pro
9. Publisher
10. Premiere Pro

Photo credits: Gary McCord


The open source and free software market is rising high with its continued user appreciation. The free software products like Linux and others are moving from the boundaries of servers, to personal desktops and laptops. But the idea of free software and open source projects and softwares is ever so unclear to many of the people who use them. Somehow, we interchange both terms. We use free source and open source side by side, leading us to believe that these things are available for free. The word “free” is actually a misnomer. “Free burgers” should not be confused with “free speech”. Thats why, some of the softwares from both communities are available for free. Just download it. But not all of its utilities. These communities work hand in hand to offer options and freedom for developers but with different approaches. Different prospective and different philosophy.

Vyatta Community Edition 5 (VC5) user rejoice! Based on the latest news Vyatta is adding intrusion preventors for SSL and VPN in VC5. Also included are features for URL filtering and Web caching.

Open-source routing vendor Vyatta is adding SSL VPN, intrusion prevention, Web caching, URL filtering and other features in Vyatta Community Edition 5 (VC5), the latest version of its software. In VC5, Vyatta supports OpenVPN, an open-source version of SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) software. SSL joins IPSec (Internet Protocol Security), PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) and L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) as VPN alternatives included in the routing platform. Frequently used to secure Web-based transactions, SSL is a relatively lightweight encryption system that works more easily with NAT (Network Address Translation) than do alternatives such as IPSec.

Another positive development for open source. See the whole story here.

Want to quickly find and fix potential problems across all of the servers in your farm? Then don’t forget to take a look at SharePoint Health Analyzer. SharePoint Health Analyzer is a feature in SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 that allows administrators to schedule regular, automatic checks for potential configuration, performance, and usage problems in the server farm. Any errors that SharePoint Health Analyzer finds are identified in status reports that are made available to farm administrators in Central Administration. Status reports that are produced by SharePoint Health Analyzer explain each issue, list the servers where the problem exists, and outline the steps that an administrator can take to treat the problem. In some cases, errors are repaired automatically as soon as they are found, and farm administrators are informed of the repairs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Battle Continues

May 1st, 2015

open2.jpgWith the growing competition from the open source software suppliers, Microsoft is ready to cooperate for sharing some source licenses which will be made available soon. This move is believed to face a much bigger competition from its rivals such as Sun Microsystems. Microsoft’s liberal motion appear to be geared toward keeping a solid grasp on the public division, which awards the largest software contracts in any country not only in the US but in Europe. Furthermore, they want to keep this contracts for greater stability of the company and to still stay in power as number one in the software industry.

The world has been hearing about open source for quite sometime and as usual most do not know them even if it has been staring them right at their nose. Most know of the selling term Android-Based phones well then they are most partly developed on open source but from the rest it is considered to be the least open for developers when it comes to infusion of ideas. Mainly owned by Google(which is undoubtedly the biggest company that deals on the internet today), it seems that they are keeping their lips shut on some key areas of the platform, any system which wishes to use it has to go through an extensive testing/evaluation phase by the internet giant.

Other open platforms used for developing apps on the mobile market are Eclipse, the Linux kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, Symbian, and WebKit, all of whom allow free range on the use and exploration of their base platform.

Even though most freelance web programmers choose to work on their own and take up projects autonomously, there are some who manage to work out good relationships with other programmers, and develop a strong partnership, providing a much more solid and worthwhile service. Of course, working as part of a team isn’t suitable for everyone out there, especially when it comes to being a programmer of any sort.

If you’re wondering whether you should start looking for a team to join, you should consider some things about yourself. Do you always manage to deliver by your arranged deadlines? Remember that when you’re working alone, a delay means the burden is on yourself entirely. However, working in a team would mean that the same delay can hinder the progress of the whole team and cause more problems down the road.

Also, how manageable is your code – even by you? Some people need a lot of extra training and practice until they’re able to write code that can be understood – let alone modified – by others. If you have similar problems, you should definitely take some time to clean up your coding style. If your work takes hours to just “decode” by your partners, you can be sure this partnership wouldn’t last very long.

Last but not least, think of your extra skills – is there anything you can bring to a potential team besides programming? On the other hand, is there something you really need but can’t do yourself? These can play an important role in making the right decision as well.


オープンソースと無償ソフト市場はユーザーアプリケーションの継続で活発になってきました。 Linuxやその他のような無償ソフト製品はサーバーの境界から個人のデスクトップやラップトップに移動しつつあります。 無償ソフトとオープンソースプロジェクトとソフトウェアのアイデアは使用者にもあまりよく理解されていません。 なぜか、私達はこれらの言葉を混同して使っています。 私達は無料のソースとオープンソースを平行して使用するため、これらのものは無料で使えると考え込んでいます。 実際には「無料」というのは誤った名称です。 「無料のハンバーガー・Free burgers」は「言論の自由・free speech」と混乱すべきではありません。 このため、両方のソフトの幾つかが無料なのです。ただダウンロードすればよいのです。 しかし、全部が全部公共というわけではありません。 方法は違いますが、これらの組織は協力して開発者にオプションと自由を提供します。 見方と哲学が違います。

Cloud Computing to the Max

April 3rd, 2015

With cloud computing growing day by day, the limits are really looking indefinite to its reach and potential. Cloud computing has applications run from the cloud or a collective of computer systems linked such as the internet. The program never resides on one specific system but is rather juggled around in cyberspace used by who ever wishes to or has access to it.

This being said, security is one of the major issues yet to be concretely solved for as secure as most are, applications such as social media(known as one of the most hacked form of application running on the net) are in a constant battle to keep legit users in and others out.

Open Source Information

March 27th, 2015

Very swiftly, Wikipedia became the tail that swallowed the dog (Nupedia). In less than a month, it had 1,000 articles; by the end of its first year, it had 20,000; by the end of its second year, it had 100,000 articles in just the English edition. (By then it had begun to spawn foreign-language editions, of which there are now 185, from Abkhazian to Klingon to Zulu, with the German edition the largest after English.) Sanger himself did not stay around to enjoy Wikipedia’s runaway growth. By late 2001 the tech boom was over, and Bomis, like most other dot-coms, was losing money and laying off employees. An effort to sell ads to pay Sanger’s salary foundered as Internet advertising tanked, and Sanger lost his job in February 2002. He continued intermittently as a volunteer but finally broke with the project in January 2003 over the project’s tolerance of problem participants and its hostility to experts.8

Since then, Wikipedia’s growth has accelerated. It had almost a half million articles by its third anniversary in January 2004; it broke the million mark just nine months later. More than fifty-five thousand people have made at least ten contributions to Wikipedia.9 Over this short history, it has also evolved a style of operation and a set of operating principles that require explanation before any discussion of history on Wikipedia.