I have seen a few list recently of essential applications people install on their PCs, so I thought I would put together my own list:
For web development
- Firefox, with the following extensions:
For Windows apps:
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- YAReg for dual booters needing to access Linux partitions
Anyone who has searched through the massive list of projects at Sourceforge and other places will know they are full of interesting ideas that never got off the ground, or stall after a couple of releases. And it is not an outrageous statement that a group of developers with all the required technical skills does not necessarily make a successful project, especially when the target audience are not fellow developers. At the same time FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) has the ability to draw on such a diverse range of people in both background and abilities and the potential is enormous when properly harnessed and directed.