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    Illuminati's Avatar Simple Bystander BT Rep: +7BT Rep +7
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    Okay, apparantly my new sig has been getting a lot of attention recently despite only being about two days old - I've been getting PMs from a few people and also there's been a few arguments with others (say no more ). As I know it's likely to happen anyway, I'll open the floodgates myself

    That signature of mine shows open-source alternatives to Microsoft products, naturally sparked by the recent EU case As you guys are putting a lot of alternatives down (especially for Minesweeper) - Why don't you guys think of some more?
    • Must replace an aspect of Microsoft, be it part of Windows, Office, etc. There's no point putting down an alternative to Photoshop, as it's Adobe that run that - Other companies may be in another version of the sig
    • Must be free in one sense or another (Fits practically all open-source though due to the GPL Licence)
    • Must work on all popular platforms - At the mininum, Windows or Linux. If it also works on Mac, good job. Bonus points if it works on more platforms (e.g. OS/2)
    • Must be easy for a casual user to use - The most obvious way to say this is GUIs. If it's a command, it better have a command language that's verging on retarded

    I'll use as many as I can, but in the end I may have to pick only the best - The sig rules apply even for text

    You guys have been bitching to me about the programs in the signature, now b***dy do it here!


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    out look express > Thunder Bird

    (good idea for a sig by the way )

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    D&#39;oh - Can&#39;t believe I forgot that one, especially as I use it myself >_<

    A very worthy addition to the sig if I do say so myself

    EDIT: 7th, you added a text limit to the sig system as well??? It&#39;s getting too long, so for now just keep giving the alternatives and any more important than the ones shown will replace some.

    I&#39;ll try to get the load of these in a Lamsey-esque interactive sig when I can


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    How about you mirror SourceForge and put it in your sig.

    *sighs*

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    Originally posted by shn@25 March 2004 - 09:59
    How about you mirror SourceForge and put it in your sig.&nbsp;

    *sighs*
    a) Too easy to link, B) which projects are the best alternatives are unknown to me as I only use GAIM from SF (and I&#39;m not going to proclaim myself an expert on what I haven&#39;t seen), and c) Not always the best open-source options - But close

    SourceForge is a great source of open-source but open-source doesn&#39;t start & finish there - None of the alternatives run so far is run under SourceForge (though honestly that was a co-incidence - I thought there would&#39;ve been one in the sig already )


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    Open source only? Can&#39;t be freeware only?

    Guess you&#39;re familiar with these open source windows apps: http://osswin.sourceforge.net/

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