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Power Up Your ASUS Netbook With 24 Free/Open Source Apps - page 2

Netbooks Change the Landscape

  • May 5, 2009
  • By Cynthia Harvey

4. FBReader

Want to use your netbook like a Kindle? This ebook reader supports multiple file formats and works on the Eee, other netbooks, and Linux-based PDAs, as well as desktops. Operating System: Linux, Windows, BSD

Educational

5. GCompris

Since the whole netbook phenomenon was inspired by the one laptop per child project, it makes sense that kids educational software is among the most popular with Eee users. This package has very simple, basic graphics but fun and (mostly) educational activities for kids age 2 to 10. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

6. Stellarium

Want to take your netbook stargazing? Stellarium recreates the night skies from any coordinates at any time, making it easy to spot constellations, planets, and other objects. It's so accurate, it's even used by many planetariums. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, BSD

Eee Clone

7. ModEee

Want to run an Eee-like OS on a Windows system? This clone lets you run the Eee interface through the .Net 2.0 framework. Operating System: Windows

Finances

8. KMyMoney

This double-entry accounting system also comes in an Eee PC edition available at the Eee PC Web site. The latest version includes new tools for tracking investments and creating reports. It's not nearly as robust as Quicken or MS Money, but it's free! Operating System: Linux, Unix, BSD

Games

9. EeePoker

Another work in progress that's interesting but not quite ready for prime time, this Poker-scoring app runs on any OS, but was specifically designed to to be light enough for netbooks. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

10. BosWars

In this real-time strategy game you must balance building your economy with creating an army in a futuristic setting. It's among the most popular apps for Eee users and can be played against the computer or against human opponents via LAN or the Internet. Operating System: Windows, Linux, BSD, OS X

11. Enigma

This highly addictive puzzle game has also become popular with Eee users. The play is simple, but the increasingly difficult levels can pose quite a challenge. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

Instant Messaging

12. Kopete

Many Eee users have expressed dissatisfaction with the default IM application, and Kopete is among the most popular to replace it. It works with multiple IM networks and includes webcam support. Operating System: Linux

Article courtesy of Datamation

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