Thursday, February 28, 2008

Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications?

Been toying with the idea of rolling my own server and adding the applications I am interesting in. I read a couple of articles today and thought the following applications my be worth considering if I go down this road:


Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates.


OpenSSH is a FREE version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users of the Internet rely on. Users of telnet, rlogin, and ftp may not realize that their password is transmitted across the Internet unencrypted, but it is. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks. Additionally, OpenSSH provides secure tunneling capabilities and several authentication methods, and supports all SSH protocol versions.


PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.


VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to view a computing ‘desktop’ environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures.


Many people know from their own experience that it’s not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.

Some more potential solutions from as energetic article about home servers over at the Ferdy Christant blog:

A streaming server for MP3s, OGG vorbis files, movies and other media formats.

It is designed to be:

  • Small, stable, portable, self-contained, and secure.
  • Simple to install, configure, and use.
  • Portable across different varieties of Unix, the GNU Operating System, and Microsoft Windows platforms.
The Webalizer
A fast, free web server log file analysis program. It produces highly detailed, easily configurable usage reports in HTML format, for viewing with a standard web browser.

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