[This project has been discontinued due to license compliance issues. Thanks everyone who assisted with your ideas and feedback.]
- What is this? - this was a project dedicated to building an up-to-date collection of great, free portable software for easy installation and use.
- What's in it? - list of included freeware
- v. 1.3 beta - note that this release is over a year old and contains very out-of-date software. I haven't worked out how to solve licensing issues. Download
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thanks to Joby and Ennovoy over at PFW.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
By this rationale, it looks like either my self-updating idea is going to happen or this project is going to hit too big of a snag to continue.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It will be difficult but if I can pull it off, I can kill several birds with one stone:
- You will be able to download the core Kitchen Sink almost anywhere -- it will be tiny compared to the previous version
- I can get around almost any license issue I've come across so far
- It will self-update and (hopefully) keep all your settings the same each time it does
Saturday, August 22, 2009
with a temp job and not having much time, this is moving slowly.
Combined with updating all the increasingly old software, I hope to
have a fresh, license-friendly release sometime mid-September.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
- Easy to use
- Ideally using Gnu Privacy Guard
This further highlights the importance of having Firefox in the Kitchen Sink: its becoming a platform for so many other great things.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
High priority / key stuff:
- Help fill out this spreadsheet listing licenses and homepage / source code.
- Discover if we need to remove programs or ask the author for permission if they don't allow for redistribution.
- Help develop the wiki over at SourceForge. Just general updates and improvement. Once they've matured I'll remove the Google Docs pages that make up the current documentation. Note: I may need to add you as an editor -- can't seem to fix those permissions to allow just any SourceForge user.
- Send ideas, feature, and program suggestions. It might take a while, but I always read those carefully.
- Contribute ideas and bring power over at PFC Forums -- their work impacts this project more than any other.
Wish list / low priority:
- Everything from the Roadmap page
- Help me put together something to download and auto-install programs (such as windows scripting tool Auto-It). That way, I can just allow users to get programs that prohibit redistribution from legit sources.
- Develop a Secure Add-On Collection to share Kitchen Sink's Firefox security settings with everyone.
(I apologize to Guiness who left some comments and are no longer there. Please re-post if you can.)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I've tried 7 different converters for MS Word, OpenOffice, and others and having absolutely no luck.
This is why self-contained software is so important. They are so very lacking in BS: stupid file dependencies (you need Java! Oop wait that doesn't work either!), version numbers (wrong version of Word!), and out of date software.
Update: I directly installed OpenOffice with Java. It has an export-to-MediaWiki by default. That did the trick.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
HTML to Wiki conversion tool. Although I was annoyed that you have to be logged on to edit the sourceforge wiki, I suppose that will avoid problems with spam.
Also, I would also like to apologize for the recent political link posted here: its presence was purely by accident and this is not a forum for my views. I am very interested in the Kitchen Sink transcending that sort of thing.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Its also important for me to put out the best quality Kitchen Sink I can with all programs as up to date as possible, so it seems unlikely I'll finish by Sunday. More as things progress.
Update: I timed myself today and found that I completed about 10 entries every hour. Tracking down licenses is just hard sometimes.
With about 120 licenses still undiscovered, that's a lot of work ahead.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
- Update a list spreadsheet of included software that now has a list of licenses and the respective web site where source code can be reasonably found (e.g. Audacity would be "Audacity , GPL , http://audacity.sf.net").
- Put the spreadsheet in the collection so there's a local copy on everyone's computer.
- Put links to information on the BSD, MPL, FDL, LGPL, GPL v2 and v3 licenses inside the README.TXT file just in case I accidentally delete the individual notice included in the software.
If you'd like to help out in this process, I can send you an invite to edit the document directly through Google Docs, or you can just download the spreadsheet, fill in the values, and email them to me. Its boring data entry, but there's no way around it.
I'm disappointed that this process is going to find a lot of programs that -- like Firefox -- are not redistributable. Not much of a "Kitchen Sink" at that point.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Its unlikely I'll take the same track and spend a lot of time dealing with sourcecode. Instead I'll focus on encourage users at install to download and install Firefox and Thunderbird themselves with an optional pre-packaged and frequently-updated XPI file to put in the plug-ins for recommended security. (Similar to these collections of plugins.)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Although I'm disappointed to be doing this without having cleared things up, its is important to continue development and improvement independent of legal questions. People not having the software because I have an emotional attachment to having all my programs how I want them is absurd.
That said, I'm not sad to be throwing out Winamp, which was on its way out anyhow. Foobar2000 is proving to be the replacement I've been looking for all these years.
On a side note, I'm deeply disappointed that Firefox is not as freely distributable as other GPL programs, which you are free to modify and distribute so long as you include the source code. Still, I understand Mozilla has a huge organization to protect and the good here obviously outweighs the bad by a substantial margin. Still, I find myself hearing RMS's words echo in my head about the four freedoms.