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Time Saving Tuesday – Part 1




Sometimes it’s nice to know what the most popular pieces of software are, because that could help you decide what you want to use. It wasn’t that long ago that I noticed SourceForge (the largest open source development site) supplied stats for each of their products so that visitors knew how many downloads a particular project has received. They even provide detailed stats for all of the projects such as these for Azureus:

Azureus Stats

From the chart in the upper-right corner you can see that Azureus gets nearly 100,000 downloads per day and the site receives around 8 million pageviews every day! Now that is some serious traffic!

What I’m going to focus on in this post is giving brief explanations of each SourceForge project in the top 25 list, as well as provide the total number of downloads (as of 3/4/2007) and what operating systems the software is compatible with.

  1. eMule
    Total Downloads: 292,372,052
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: File sharing application that utilizes the eDonkey2000 network. Unlike the BitTorrent network the eDonkey2000 network actually uses a built-in search to find the files you are looking for instead of a website.
    Screenshot:
    eMule
  2. Azureus
    Total Downloads: 138,614,512
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems:  All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), OS X
    Description: Azureus is one of the most popular BitTorrent clients currently available. It runs on Java which is, in my opinion, a downfall because it seems a bit sluggish. My personal preference for a BitTorrent client is uTorrent.
    Screenshot:
    Azureus
     
  3. Ares Galaxy
    Total Downloads: 85,011,556
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems:  32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP)
    Description: Continuing with the trend is yet another file sharing client. I haven’t gotten around to trying this one out, but it uses a decentralized network much like BitTorrent so that it is next to impossible to be shutdown.
    Screenshot:
    Ares
     
  4. BitTorrent
    Total Downloads: 51,850,559
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes)
    Description: This is another BitTorrent client that I quickly turned away from. It may not seem bad to the casual user but it includes a lot of bloat that most people won’t find necessary.
    Screenshot:
    BitTorrent
     
  5. DC++
    Total Downloads: 43,970,756
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: 32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP)
    Description: DC++ is a file sharing client that uses the Direct Connect network to transfer files between users. I only used this for a brief amount of time because it creates what I consider to be clubs. In order to join some of the clubs, you have to share a certain amount of data (sometimes in the GB range) which most people won’t want to do.
    Screenshot:
    DC++
     
  6. Shareaza
    Total Downloads: 35,738,378
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This is kind of the all-in-one file sharing utility, and I used this for several years. It supports the Gnutella2, Gnutella1, eDonkey2000/eMule and BitTorrent networks which is great. However, I always had less than stelar speeds/performance when downloading from the BitTorrent network, so if your after torrents then I recommend getting an actual BitTorrent client.
    Screenshot:
    Shareaza
     
  7. CDex
    Total Downloads: 31,337,826
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This program will rip CD’s and let you store them in a variety of formats, such as MPEG (MP2,MP3), VQF, and AAC.
    Screenshot:
    CDex
     
  8. VirtualDub
    Total Downloads: 31,141,457
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: I’ve known about this program for a long time, but have never found the need to try it out myself. It should be great for anyone looking to capture some video from a device or clean up an existing video.
    Screenshot:
    VirtualDub
     
  9. GTK+ and The GIMP installers for Windows
    Total Downloads: 24,043,976
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: Gimp is considered to be one of the best Photoshop replacements available, and it won’t cost you a thing just like the rest of the projects mentioned in the article. It does things a little differently than Photoshop, but it includes many of the same image editing tools.
    Screenshot:
    Gimp
     
  10. 7-Zip
    Total Downloads: 21,248,059
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This is a file extractor that is extremely easy to use. It adds an option to the context menu (also referred to as the right-click menu) so that extracting a 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB is only a click away.
    Screenshot:
    7zip
     
  11. eMule Plus
    Total Downloads: 20,991,374
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: Just like the number 1 application listed above, this is a file sharing client that utilizes the eDonkey2000 network. It is considered to be more feature intensive, more efficient, and sports a cleaner user interface…that’s why it is the “plus” version. :)
    Screenshot:
    eMule Plus
     
  12. Audacity
    Total Downloads: 20,833,213
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), OS X
    Description: An audio editor application that is cross-platform and supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg, and MP3 files. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo.
    Screenshot:
    Audacity
     
  13. FileZilla
    Total Downloads: 19,905,338
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: 32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This is an amazing little application for connecting to a FTP/SFTP server. I’ve used this for quite some time and wouldn’t switch to any other FTP software. It is small, fast, and reliable which is something I look for in every application.
    Screenshot:
    Filezilla
     
  14. guliverkli
    Total Downloads: 17,136,850
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This program is a media player for Windows. It is often referred to as “Media Player Classic” because of the non-elegant interface that it has. Despite the lack luster appearance it does have a lot of useful features under-the-hood.
    Screenshot:
    Guliverkli
     
  15. Gaim
    Total Downloads: 15,859,593
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems:  All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All BSD Platforms (FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD/Apple Mac OS X), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes)
    Description: This is one of the most popular cross-platform cross-network instant messengers available to download. It supports a wide range of networks including AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster, Gadu-Gadu, Zephyr, and SILC. All you’ll need is one messenger!
    Screenshot:
    Gaim
     
  16. TightVNC
    Total Downloads: 13,998,840
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems:  All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes)
    Description: TightVNC is a remote-desktop tool that is used to remotely connect to PC’s and control them no matter where you are at via an Internet/network connection.
    Screenshot:
    TightVNC
     
  17. phpBB
    Total Downloads: 13,998,599
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: Any operating system that already has PHP installed.
    Description: Many forums that you visit are probably running this software because of the extensive list of features it has to offer. In order to use it you’ll need to have PHP and a few other dependencies already installed to get it running.
    Screenshot: Online Demo
     
  18. ZSNES
    Total Downloads: 13,866,999
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), MS-DOS
    Description: This is a SNES/Super Famicom emulator that will let you play all of your favorite games that you thought you’d never see again. Of course, you’ll need to find the ROM’s to play using ZSNES, and they are considered illegal if you don’t own the game.
    Screenshot:
    ZSNES
     
  19. phpMyAdmin
    Total Downloads: 12,702,612
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: Any operating system that already has PHP installed.
    Description: phpMyAdmin is used by website administrators all over the world. It makes it easy to manipulate databases in various ways including adding, dropping, and altering tables.
    Screenshot:
    PhpMyAdmin
     
  20. NASA World Wind
    Total Downloads: 12,377,384
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This application will reach the heart of any geek. It lets you zoom from a satellite view into any place on Earth. Using Landsat satellite imagery and the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, you can view the Earth’s terrain in 3D…just as if you were really there.
    Screenshot:
    NASA
     
  21. aMSN
    Total Downloads: 12,148,409
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), OS X
    Description: This is probably something you would only use if you were on an operating system other than Windows, but it allows you to connect and chat with your friends on the MSN Instant Messenger network.
    Screenshot:
    aMSN
     
  22. WinSCP
    Total Downloads: 11,177,892
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: With WinSCP you can connect to a remote computer using SSH so that you can securely transfer files between two PC’s.
    Screenshot:
    WinSCP
     
  23. Dev-C++
    Total Downloads: 10,895,941
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes)
    Description: This is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C++ programming language. I use this all of the time when writing C++ code and prefer it over any editor available (even commercial software). The debugger isn’t the best, but I would say that is the only downside to it.
    Screenshot:
    Dev-C++
     
  24. UltraVNC
    Total Downloads: 10,715,604
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This is remote desktop software that allows you to control a PC remotely and transfer files between the computers.
    Screenshot:
    UltraVNC
     
  25. AC3Filter
    Total Downloads: 10,182,496
    Useful Links: Homepage
    Operating Systems: All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    Description: This is a DirectShow filter that can be used for real time audio decoding and processing.
    Screenshot:
    AC3Filter
     

Those are the top 25 applications in the open source community right now, and range from file sharing clients, all the way to an SNES emulator. An overwhelming amount of the applications in the top 25 are for file sharing, which is understandable because everyday people share more and more files.

In a few weeks I will develop a similar list for some of the other open source projects in hopes to familiarize you with them. These posts will also give you a quick reference for applications when you’re looking to complete a specific task. Stay tuned for the next parts to be included in this series!