Many of us have found software which we consider indispensable, the fun part is that much of it is freely available on Usenet and the Internet. This software can be: as simple as a paginator (eg. less), as useful as a mail reader (eg. mutt), as technical as a compiler (eg. gnu gcc) or as complicated as a network fax server (eg. hylafax). Combinations of such software have been built into extensive operating environments (eg. Linux). Organizations such as the Free Software Foundation (www.fsf.org) have been formed to promote the development and use of this software (GNU Project).
But, just where do you look to find all of this stuff?
Description of Talk:
Typically, one of the best ways to find out about the most useful software tools has been through word of mouth from friends, associates, and of course, user group meetings.
The goal of this month's Unigroup meeting is to discuss the Freely Available Software which we find the most useful, and that falls into the category of must-have. We intend to present short descriptions about our favorite utilities, as well as information concerning: What they do; How they are used; and Where they may be obtained.
We ask that everyone attending this meeting bring with them a list of their favorite Unix software, and for each, note down the URLs from where they were obtained (ftp site, web page, Usenet news, etc). If you've read about something and didn't get a chance to try it out yet, bring that information with you as well.
Here is a list of a few packages we've come up with thus far:
(FreeBSD) gcc libtiff par tk (Linux) gcpio listproc perl top (OpenBSD) gcut lynx pgp tripwire ImageMagick gdiff majordomo pine trn amanda ggrep mawk plan unzip+zip apache ghostview metamail procmail xanim bind gmake most qpopper xmgr bison groff mpack rcs xloadimage bzip gs mpage samba xmcd emacs gtar mpeg_play sendmail xpaint expect gzip mutt smail xpdf flex hylafax nas tcl xv freewais-sf kermit ncurses tcpd xxgdb fwtk less nenscript tcpdump zlib gawk libjpeg ispell
The initial panel will be made up from Unigroup members. If you know and
use Freely Available Software for Unix, we would encourage you to
participate and join our panel. Feel free to Email the board if you want
to arrange anything special before the meeting (uniboard
Complimentary Refreshments will be served.
Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!