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Today the future of internet begins - and open source is ready

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:23:44 GMT

Companies world-wide start to embrace the new standard for communication on the internet; the Internet Protocol version 6 - also known as IPv6. IPv6 will at some point replace existing IPv4 which have been used to transport our data through the internet for more than 30 years. The main reason to switch is that IPv4 only allows around 4 billion internet addresses. In order for one device to communicate with another on the internet each of them has to have a unique internet address (IP address). With the number of devices currently on the market - computers, smartphones, smart tvs and set-top boxes - we are already out of addresses. However, clever manipulation allows some devices to share IP addresses with other devices, but this is not an ideal situation. The sharing of addresses makes it difficult for devices to communicate freely on the internet, thus limited functionality. IPv6 solves the IP address issue simply by introducing a new type of IP address that can handle 3.4e+38 - or 4 billion times 4 billion times 4 billion times 4 billion. It a huge number - difficult for most people to understand. But lets just assume that we will not be running out of IP address ever again. Today (6/6/12) was been chosen by the Internet Society to mark the launch of IPv6 . IPv6 has been around for many years but the deployment very limited - and mainly used for research within companies and institutions. ISP, hosting providers and other companies on the internet have been repluctant to start offering services on IPv6, primarily because of the investment required both in hardware, software and training. The Internet Society on the other hand has tried to initiate a movement encouraging ISP, webiste and hardware vendors to take the leap to IPv6 anyway - and thus promote their businesses by using cutting-edge technology. Another reason why IPv6 has taken such a long time to be accepted is that it is not compatible with IPv4, even though they can exist side by side. But not being compatible means that every piece of software communicating on the internet has to be re-written to support IPv6. Luckily, a lot of software already supports IPv6 - and especially open source software. The communities around each of the open source projects have a natural interest to support new features; and many projects strive to be forerunners in these areas. On Open Source Alternative we have tagged each open source project that supports IPv6 with an IPv6 tag - making it easy to see and search for software that supports IPv6. A list of all IPv6 enabled open source projects is available here: Open source alternatives with IPv6 support One of the most important projects is Apache - the open source web server that hosts almost 2/3 of all websites on the internet. Apache is also the web server used by Open Source Alternative to make our website available on both IPv4 and IPv6. The software, however, gets you nowhere, unless your hosting provider also supports IPv6, which is the reason why Osalt switched to Linode VPS for great hosting and IPv6 connectivity to the internet. On the other end of a connection to an IPv6 webserver is of course an IPv6 web browser. Again, the open source community has the answer in terms of Firefox and Google Chrome. If you want to explore the new world of IPv6 - either check if you ISP offers IPv6 or visit http://www.tunnelbroker.net/ Finally, you can also just wait, because sooner of later IPv6 will come to you... Click here for more. [...]



NeverNote added to osalt.com

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:49:02 GMT

Nevernote was created in response to popular demand of Linux users. A clone of Evernote, it was originally intended for Linux but can also run on Windows. Nevernote is a note-saving program that also lets you save photos, sound files and documents.

One of the first things a person will notice is that the interface, written in Java, is not slick and attractive. It is, however, very functional and does exactly what it is supposed to do. The interface is very easy to interact with and largely self-explanatory, making for a very short learning time. You'll see different sorting options; for instance, if you click on a tag like "business meetings" you will see all the notes you've made for that subject as well as photos you took of presentation material, etc. In the largest space on the screen the actual note you selected appears.

Nevernote will sync your notes and other saves across all your computer, iPad and SmartPhone. You can save notes, photos, anything you see or hear and even leave yourself a voice memo if you like. Just type a note and it is saved automatically.

At this time, Nevernote doesn't have Ink Notes; you cannot write in cursive or print and have it show up on your Android or be able to edit them on your iPad. However, you can make ink notes on your computer and file them for future reference. You will also find that the search function is adequate but the more specific you are in titling your notes the easier it is for the search function to find them.

Nevernote is an easy to use, viable alternative to those Linux users who want a program nearly exactly like Evernote.

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FreeCAD added to osalt.com

Tue, 10 May 2011 14:33:55 GMT

FreeCAD is general purpose CAD (computer aided drawing) software that targets product design and mechanical engineering. It can be easily used for any engineering specialty, featuring tools that are modeled to function like SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Catia. Its main focus is dynamic simulation and analyzation.

It has a GUI (graphical user interface) based on Qt framework and its 3D viewer allows quick rendering of 3D scenes. It is simple to use and easy to quickly figure out its special functions.

For instance, FreeCAD has a plugin/module framework, divided into the core software and modules that can be added when they are needed. Geometry types and nearly all the tools are stored in the modules that can be added or taken off as needed. Tools are grouped around workbenches so that only the tools you need are displayed according to the task you are doing. This provides an uncluttered workspace that is both functional and easy to work with.

This 3D CAD modeler has the ability to sketch in 2D or to take details from a 3D model and create 2D production drawings. Its focus is not specifically on 2D drawings or animation although it does have advanced motion simulation features; it is very adaptable and can be used in a broader area than software like Cinema 4D or Maya.

A user can create a collection of parts and manipulate it with open or closed 3D loops. The parts can be connected with motors, springs, joints, torques or gravity; a multibody dynamics analysis can be used to predict its motion according to the laws of gravity.

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RedNotebook added to osalt.com

Wed, 04 May 2011 16:29:57 GMT

RedNotebook is an electronic journal that allows you to do much more than old-fashioned analog journals used to. As well as keeping track of your thoughts, important events and all the daily notes we make to ourselves, RedNotebook gives you other options to make your journal more interesting, more engaging and better able to keep all those daily memories as fresh as when they first happened.

This journaling software is very easy to use. Just click the New Entry button and you'll see a window with two fields, one for a category and the other for naming your entry. Once you choose and name you'll get a pane in which to enter your text. You can use the Insert button to add links, pictures from your own files or from the internet or take advantage of other options. You will not see images until you go to the preview function. When you are finished, just hit Save and you are done.

RedNotebook allows you to export your journal entries in text, html and latex; this means you can transfer your content to a personal online blog without having the edit the format.

You'll be able to backup your journal entries to a zip archive and since data is stored in plain text files you do not need a database. RedNotebook has a search feature, the ability to export directly to PDF and drop and drag support to make using its features very simple. There are templates to choose from and you can add your own categories if you wish rather than use the ones included.

RedNotebook is available in 16 languages.

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Pingus added to osalt.com

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:39:01 GMT

Pingus is a game created in 1998 as a free clone of Lemmings for Linux, Windows, MacOSX and more. It is a puzzle game that tests your strategy and planning skills as much as your reflexes.

The game begins with a community of penguins living happily at the South Pole. However, they notice the weather is getting warmer and realize that if it continues their home will be ruined. An expedition is dispatched to find out the cause of the warmer weather and the adventure begins. The player must guide the penguins safely through various dangers, instructing them to dig holes, build bridges and other actions to help them progress unharmed. One of the reasons the game is challenging is that the player has no direct control over the penguins but can only give them tools that they can use to herd the rest of the group.

For instance, at the beginning of the game a penguin appears and will fall off a cliff if you don't take action. By giving him a bridge set he will build a bridge for the other penguins to safely cross to the next terrain. It takes all of the player's attention to keep the penguins from drowning, burning, falling off cliffs and other unpleasant deaths.

Unlike Lemmings, Pingus has a world map, secret levels and a few different actions like jumping. In order to move on to a higher level you must guide a certain percentage of the penguins to safety. The levels get progressively more difficult and challenging.

There are more than 100 extra levels available besides the 22 that come in the basic game. Since Pingus is open source, players can and do create levels themselves and make them available to others.

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Create Synchronicity added to osalt.com

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:27:34 GMT

Created in 2009, Create Synchronicity is a backup tool for Windows that helps protect your files and keep your data current. It can copy documents, music, pictures and videos to a backup drive or a USB Key. Once you download Create Synchronicity just unpack the zip file to any folder you like, create a profile and start using it.

You can schedule server backups with regex filtering and DST compensation; this fully customizable tool has multiple synchronization modes. You have a choice of three synchronization methods-mirror, one-way incremental and two-way incremental. Once you choose the method you want you can start synchronizing the folders and files of your choice.

Create Synchronicity's intuitive interface is very user friendly and easy to use. It can be set to backup on a daily, weekly or monthly basis at any time of day you choose or you can backup manually. In addition, you can select exactly what you want to backup and what to leave out. It offers multiple file systems support and it supports all files that the host operating system supports.

Create Synchronicity is available in more than a dozen languages including English, Swedish, Czech, Hebrew, Korean and Italian.

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vtiger CRM added to osalt.com

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:45:01 GMT

VTiger CRM (customer relationship management) is software intended for small and medium sized businesses that have a need to manage their customer base, customer service, marketing department and other functions. It is currently being used in dozens of countries by thousands of users.

This CRM is quick and easy to install and has all the necessary software for both Windows and Linux systems in a single executable file. The automatic installer handles the setup of the web server, database and other software. It also provides add-ons like a customer portal and an Office plug-in for Microsoft Word users; there are also extensions for Thunderbird/Mozilla users.

As for inventory control VTiger CRM provides price books, products catalogs, purchase orders, vendor management, sales orders and more. Keeping track of current inventory is simple and insures that you will always have product on hand when you need it.

There is sales force and marketing automation, inventory and security management, email integration, calendaring, activity management and allowances for customer service and support. VTiger allows prospective customers to receive quotes online, saving them time and providing the convenience they need. Customers can fill out a trouble ticket, take advantage of the online knowledge base or access customer self service.

VTiger also aids sales departments with marketing automation and mass mailing with templates for email and campaign management. It manages accounts and contacts, provides to-do lists and reports, community calendars, activity history, a place to list recurring events and handle email notifications.

Currently VTiger CRM only has commercial support for smartphones (Android and iPhone).

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zNotes added to osalt.com

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:57:12 GMT

zNotes is a note management application. It has a user friendly, attractive interface and has vertical tabs that can be placed on any side of your text area. Use it to organize your daily tasks as well as future activities like meetings, interviews, appointments, shopping, phone calls and anything else that would normally prompt you to jot down a note.

When you first open zNotes you'll need to create a folder where it can store your notes, saving them as plain text. You can create notes using another application like KWord or OpenOffice and they'll show up in zNotes. You can turn on directory scanning or turn it off for new notes on startup, depending on what you prefer.

To make a new note you just click the green "plus" sign in the toolbar which makes a new tab that is numbered sequentially starting with "0" and moving up. Of course, you don't have to number your notes; you can change their name. Notes are kept in their original order at first but the next time you start up zNotes they'll be alphabetized.

As you type your notes zNotes will highlight links, although it doesn't have HTML editing. Just as in Word, you can hold down the CTRL key while clicking the link and it will open from inside zNotes.

The application also offers scripts and commands; you can script the commands you want and they will be in a drop-down menu. There are just two commands at first use, to print the contents and upload the text of a note to paste but you can add others if you wish.

zNotes has search capabilities, too. It's a great way to jot down quick notes such as a link you want to remember, phone numbers, an email address if you don't want to bother opening your word processor, web browser or email client.

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BleachBit added to osalt.com

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:31:41 GMT

BleachBit is an application that frees disk space and guards your privacy. It cleans the cache, clears internet history, deletes cookies and logs, shreds temporary files and gets rid of junk that you don't know is there. Created for both Linux and Windows, it wipes 90 applications clean including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Adobe Flash and more. It not only gets rid of files, it shreds them to prevent recovery and wipes the disk to get rid of traces of files deleted by other applications.

BleachBit is simple to operate. Just check the boxes you want it to clean like download history, form history, backup files, temporary files, etc. Then click preview to see how much space you will regain and double check your choices. If you're satisfied with your choices just click "delete" and BleachBit cleans up your disk. You can also "vacuum" Firefox to clean the database fragmentation to improve your speed without removing any data.

While making your choices of what to delete and shred you may find a box or two that you don't quite understand. Just click the title and a brief explanation will pop up.

You will have a choice of two icons when you start, one that runs BleachBit as the current user and limits the cleanup to that user's home folder. The other starts it up with root permissions. BleachBit will warn you when you select options that might lead to data loss. The options window has three tabs; the first allows you to choose whether files are overwritten so they can't be recovered. The second lets you choose the folder where files will be created when you overwrite free space. The third lets you select which locales you want to keep.

User-friendly BleachBit is translated into 32 languages.

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ZScreen added to osalt.com

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:18:55 GMT

Many people enjoy captures images to share with their friends and family or use in their blogs or on their websites. ZScreen is a capture program for Windows that allows region, window or full screen screenshots. You can upload screenshots, pictures, texts and files and ZScreen will place the URL in your clipboard with one keystroke.

ZScreen an interface with the imaging software you're used to working with, too. Those with limited time find the single keystroke operation convenient and easy. You can capture an entire screen, an active window, a crop shot, or a selected window. There is also a feature that will capture your last shot and one that can make periodic screenshots by using the "auto capture" feature.

Once you capture your screenshot, ZScreen will automatically upload them to one of several online servers, placing the URL into your clipboard so that you can share it. It is pre-configured for online services such as Twitter, TinyURL and others. You can add custom upload configurations so that you're able to upload files to your hosting account or other destination where you can share it instantly with others; just remember your activation code to Twitter or other sites so that ZScreen can use it to interface with the site.

You can also send the screenshot to an image editor, upload it to an FTP site or save it to a file of your choice. There are optional watermark overlays, automatic image resizing and ZScreen has customizable file naming patterns. It can also process files or snippets of texts that you can copy to the clipboard and upload to destinations of your choice.

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