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Open Source is a very good alternative to buying software or even Os`s.Linux is the highest profile in this grouping. There are many great windows alternatives ,free for downloading,and totally comparable.

Debian Linux

Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project; hence the name GNU/Linux.

GNU/Linux provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 15490 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.


Iso Images to Download are HERE

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Linux is an operating system for which the source code is available free without restrictions on use or requiring royalties. It can save organizations significant amount of dollars compared to the use of proprietary, licensed operating systems.

Highly regarded for its speed, reliability and security, continues to evolve through contributed efforts from developers worldwide and is being used in all industries.

Linux is one of the world's fastest-growing operating systems. Open standards allow the interoperability of various applications, technologies, and computer devices, providing customers with a wider choice and flexiblity to deploy applications.

Linus Torvalds created Linux in 1991, in Helsinki, Finland, when he was a graduate student. He wrote the first kernel, which is the core part of the operating system that provides basic services for all other parts of the operating system.

Torvalds posted his code on the Internet and invited developers from around the world to improve it. He provided the source code, free of charge, with the provision that developers share their work. Developers enthusiastically accepted Torvald's invitation.

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Mandriva One

Formerly Mandrake this is an easy to install,easy to use distro.Very Windows like.These free version downloads by the bigger outfits always leave something or other out hoping you will purchase the full versions,but its enough to start with.

If you are a novice or first time user this is a very good and easy system.Will reside on another partition with Windows.Tons of documentation in PDF or Html formats.I was a Mandrake user at first on a fat32 partition with Windows,then on a spare computer(safer and better).

I found this Linux to be very easy and very stable.Have some fun try it out!

This is the link to the download version and documentation pages.....Mandriva

Live & Install CD

Everything for your office work, Internet and multimedia

Unmatched stability and hardware recognition

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Using an iPod In Linux

What can you do with an Apple and Linux that you can't do with Apple's iTunes? Plenty.

Burt Hayes wrote.....

The market for portable MP3 players has exploded in the last few years, and Apple's iPod is considered by many to be the gold standard to which other players are compared.

Despite the fact that Apple does not offer a flavor of its iTunes music application for Linux, the iPod still is a good MP3 player for Linux users everywhere.
Read more....Here

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Open Source For Windows

This site is a great place to look for any Open Source Apps you may need. Check here before buying your preferred software for a comparable solution.

The OSSwin project:
for Windows!

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Open Source Definition

- 1) In general, open source refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. (Historically, the makers of proprietary software have generally not made source code available.) Open source software is usually developed as a public collaboration and made freely available.

2) Open Source is a certification mark owned by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Developers of software that is intended to be freely shared and possibly improved and redistributed by others can use the Open Source trademark if their distribution terms conform to the OSI's Open Source Definition. To summarize, the Definition model of distribution terms require that:
The software being distributed must be redistributed to anyone else without any restriction
The source code must be made available (so that the receiving party will be able to improve or modify it)

The license can require improved versions of the software to carry a different name or version from the original software

The idea is very similar to that behind free software and the copyleft concept of the Free Software Foundation. Open Source is the result of a long-time movement toward software that is developed and improved by a group of volunteers cooperating together on a network. Many parts of the Unix operating system were developed this way, including today's most popular version, Linux.

Linux uses applications from the GNU project, which was guided by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation. The Open Source Definition, spearheaded by Eric Raymond (editor of The New Hacker's Dictionary), is an effort to provide a branded model or guideline for this kind of software distribution and redistribution. The OSI considers the existing software distribution licenses used by GNU, BSD (a widely-distributed version of UNIX), X Window System, and Artistic to be conformant with the

Prior to its acquisition by AOL, Netscape, in an effort to stay viable in its browser competition with Microsoft, made its browser source code (codenamed Mozilla) freely available, encouraging hacker to improve it. Possible enhancements will presumably be incorporated into future versions. The open source movement has gained momentum as commercial enterprises have begun to consider Linux as an open alternative to Windows operating systems.

The Original Article resides at......http://searchopensource.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid39_gci212709,00.html

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