The Free Software Foundation has published a list of software projects that are considered high priority – “…that are important for increasing the adoption and use of free software and free software operating systems…“
The projects on the list are not maintained by the FSF but are entirely supported by the free software community.
“…Some of the most important projects on our list are replacement projects. These projects are important because they address areas where users are continually being seduced into using non-free software by the lack of an adequate free replacement…”
Following the list of the most important projects. Further details and links at the FSF web site (link below):
- 1. Gnash — the free software Flash player
- 2. Coreboot — the campaign for a free BIOS
- 3. Free software replacement for Skype
- 4. Membership and donor transaction and contact system
- 5. Free software video editing software
- 6. Free Google Earth Replacement
- 7. gNewSense — The all free software GNU/Linux operating system
- 8. GNU Octave — free software Matlab replacement
- 9. Free replacement for OpenDWG libraries
- 10. Reversible debugging in GDB
- 11. Free software drivers for network routers
The FSF High Priority List web page
- Microsoft provides free developer tools to students worldwide
- Humor: Old software never dies
- Software: World Clock Screen-Saver
- Data-Visualization: OpenStreetMap London Progress
If you’re a student of an university around the world Microsoft today is giving you a late Christmas present.
From today on Microsoft allows students worldwide to download developer tools including VS Professional 2008 and 2005, a copy of MS Server 2003, VirtualPC, SQL Server 2005 Dev. Edition, Expression Studio plus additional development tools free of charge.
All you have to do is to use your MS Live account (or a newly created one) to log into the site and provide the country and name of your university. The verification of your student status will then be done within about a minute via a web service ( we learned this from someone who has done it with an UK university, might take longer with others). The license key allows you to use the software for student projects and research. Teaching staff and commercial use is excluded…
So that’s how Web 2.0 companies are created. I wonder if the VCs are calculating a full system rewrite into any of them…
The World Clock by Simon Heys is an interesting screen-saver for Mac OS X, Windows PCs and the Apple iPhone. Very interesting typography and eye friendly dark background…
You might have heard about the “OpenStreetMap” project that creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to everyone. What most users of mapping software and services don’t know – there are often license or technical restrictions how you can use data and maps available commercially or by other providers. That’s what OpenStreetMap is trying to overcome.
Particularly with mapping data from the UK, where the government agency in charge…