There are a large number of open source software programmes for
everything from editing photographs
to GIS analysis. Many are available directly from the Linux software center while others have to be down loaded using package managers like Synaptic . Much of this software also runs under Windows or the Apple operating systems. This section will be added to as the web site is expanded.
The browsers listed below are all usually available as download from Linux distributions. They also work with Windows and Apple
Firefox: Mozilla Firefox is often loaded when Linux is installed or is at least available from the software repository. Versions of the browser for Linux, Windows and Apple are also available from https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/
Google Chrome: Chrome is usually available from the Linux software repository. It can also be downloaded for Linux, Windows and Apple from https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/
Opera:> Opera is usually available from the Linux software repository. It can also be downloaded for Linux, Windows and Apple from http://www.opera.com/computer
QGIS or Quantum: This is a powerful GIS application. It is usually available in the Linux software package but can also be downloaded for Linux, Windows and Apple at http://www.qgis.org/en/site/. Documentation, user manuals, etc. can be downloaded at http://www.qgis.org/en/docs/index.html
Open Street Map and Humanitarian Open Street Maps (HOT) : Open Street Map is not strictly an application, it is an online world map on which users can insert features such as roads, rivers, houses using simple software and underlying digital satellite photography. Open Street Map is available at http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=5/51.500/-0.100. Training in the simple application software is available on YouTube at http://mapgive.state.gov/learn-to-map/ To find other training search with your browser for "Open Street Map training"You must sign on to modify maps. Humanitarian Street Map (HOT) is a group of volunteers who build maps to help countries deal with humanitarian crises-- for example HOT mapped most urban areas in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia down to the individual building level to assist in the identification and eradication of Ebola in the 2014/15 epidemic. HOT is available at http://hot.openstreetmap.org/.
LAMP/WAMP/MAMP: The AMP in the preceding abbreviations stands for Apache (a web server), MySQL (a database) and PHP (a general purpose scripting language)--the initial L, W and M stand for Linux, Windows and Macintosh. The Apache/MySWQL/PHP combination, usually associated with one or two programming languages, is the basis of a powerful online database development system. Discussion of this software is beyond the scope of this website but for those interested, the combination can be loaded from the Linux repository-- there are several sources for the Windows or Apple equivalents-- some free versions of more sophisticated commercial products. Searching for LAMP, WAMP or MAMP will bring up links to suitable sites.
GIMP: Gimp is a powerful photo editing software which can be downloaded from the Ubuntu software centre. It is relatively difficult to use. Gimp for Apple is available at http://www.gimp.org/ and for Windows at http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
Games: A number of simple games including various card games, minefield, etc. are downloaded at the installation of Ubuntu. Others are available from the software center.