This page is about all the software I like, use and/or work on, and I
really would like you to give it a try. I seperated it from my personal
page for it has no special connection to my person (on the other hand, some
people say that they can judge persons by the tools they are using...
Anyway, here it goes :-)
A short list of great programs I like, use and which I think should
be more widely used:
- vim: Vi Improved - the ultimate
texteditor. It is a greatly enhanced version of the standard vi,
available for almost any platform, and has a great load of features
including but not limited to syntax highlighting, autocommands, visual
mode (even block mode!), multiple windows, multi level undos, GUI, repeat
command series, online help, etc etc ...
- mutt: IMO the greatest
MUA available. It has color support, lets you use the
editor of your choise, completely change the keybindings to your like,
hooks for sort of autocommands, multiple mailbox handling, threading,
POP3, IMAP4 and even full PGP support, etc etc ...
- slrn: Again IMO the best newsreader
out there. It also has color support, threading, and lets you choose your
editor (you can even choose different editors or commands for replies,
followups!) but also offers scoring (defining prefered messages or weed
special posts) and most important: You can set up your own functions and
bind them to the so-called any-key ...
- w3m: Another webbrowser for the console. It is better
than lynx for it is able to render tables in a proper
way. It even renders frames - it simply converts them into a table
:) It also uses colors but lets you even bind the keys to where
ever you like, and lets you set up some menus. Always worth a try...
- irssi: One of the best irc clients around. Supports
multiple server connects, different ircname/nickname settings depending
on the server you connect to, colors, easily extensible through perl
scripts and a huge amount of easy accessible settings.
- wml: The Website MetaLanguage.
It's a collection of great tools which helps you producing nice websites.
It's really mainly useable for greater projects (e.g. you can seperate
the design completely from the contents) but then you'll be happy to use
it. I used it for all the alfie.ist.org pages, and some
more. If you like you can have a look at my
wml sources - but don't expect too much for I'm
currently not using all it's great features. You can
mail me if you have any questions or sugguestions
for that files.
- gimp: The GNU Image Manipulation
Program. It's a great and famous graphic program that is also
easily extensible for new functions for automated graphic
generation. Most of the images you see on this page are created with
- WindowMaker: A real famous window manager. It's
quite similar to afterstep, but lets you change the configuration via a
nice graphical interface (easy and simple!) and even let you configure it
to be _completely_ usable using the keyboard. Give it a try
- gnome: The GNU Network Object
Model Environment. It's a desktop environment which offers
you different great things: session management, icons on the desktop, a
file manager (with file<->application connection), drag & drop,
chos: Choose OS - an alternative
bootloader. Although most linux-users love/hate their LILO, I've choosen
chos for it has a nice interface at boot: images in the background (ANSI
or even VGA!), a displayed timer, hotkey-image selection, emergency
fallback, ... You should really give it a try!
Sorry, this bootloader is not developed anymore upstream. It's sad but
sometimes things like this happen. It was fun using chos, I really loved
it but now I had to change to grub, finally. Never would touch lilo
- francine: This is a spin-off of the
fancylogin project. It's aim is to provide a powerful
and easy to configure login program with theme support that will be
extensible through slang macros.
Well, that's all, folks. For the moment, that is. If you think
theres something more to mention just let me know.