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Finding open source software

Deciding which software to use?

Freshmeat is an index of Linux/Unix software.

Wikipedia maintains software comparison pages which can be a good starting point for deciding which software to install.

Package management tools

The best way to install open source software is usually through a package management tool or installer because this ensures that lists of installed or available software can be accessed; software can be uninstalled and dependencies between different software tools can be tracked.

For Linux: Synaptic, Aptitude, yum, Urpmi (for Mandriva), YaST (for SUSE)

A search engine for finding packages for Linux: RPM Seek

For Mac OS X: Fink, Macports

For Windows: Cygwin

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