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Last modified: Tue Jul 30 20:04:54 2002
Because of the transient nature of the Web, some of the links may, at times, point to an endless void. On such an occasion, the reader is urged to avail themselves of one of the numerous search engines and find alternate sites for the particular package; the Google engine merits a mention (if you are searching for an application by name, then this site will find it the fastest, as the Altavista index grows, it becomes too cluttered with useless stuff).
FTP URLs that locate files, have been split up into 2 components: the host-path and the file-name. Click on the file-name component of the URL to download the file; click on the host-path component, to browse the directory where the file resides.
Visit the FAQ Consortium (www.faqs.org)for centralized access to other USENET FAQs.
With the release of R6, the H U G E collection of clients in R5contrib is considered "old" (although they will still work with R4 & R5 servers). The file 0ftpxorg.dir, maintained by Daniel S. Lewart, is a concerted attempt at organizing the plethora of packages available. It contains descriptions of the more popular (and sometimes obscure) packages.
If you cannot connect to ftp.x.org, you may wish to try a mirror:
and clients contributed by others, in:
The complete R6 distribution, including contibuted clients, is also available on CD-ROM. Information on purchasing the CD-ROM is available in the file:
Please use the geographically closest one:
(Op-Ed: If at all possible, try not to ftp large packages during prime-time (08:00 - 18:00 ftp-site local-time) so as not to load-down the computing resources at the sites that graciously make these facilities available. Also, try to use a ftp-server that is geographically near your own site.
Now, I don't expect everyone to stay-up past their bed-time just to ftp a package in the middle of the night. I have some nifty shell-scripts to perform unattended ftp'ing using cron(1). If anyone wants a copy of these scripts, mail me a note and I will mail them off to you) or you can download them directly from here (21K shar-file).
In addition to its powerful native command set, extensions which emulate other popular editors (vi, EDT (DEC's VMS editor) Wordstar, and Gosling (aka Unipress) Emacs) are distributed. An extermely short list of features making emacs a full computing-support environment include: pull-down menus, multiple fonts, multiple windows with multiple views into the same file, on-the-fly syntax highliting for various languages including C.
Users seeking help or guidance with using or installing Emacs can post queries (after consulting the GNU Emacs FAQ (please!)) to gnu.emacs.help (a mailing-list gatewayed to USENET), comp.emacs.xemacs and comp.emacs. (alt.religion.emacs offers support for the truly devout seeking enlightenment.)
Donald Knuth is an Emacs user.
User contributed additions in the form of LISP packages (games (tetris), PIM's, databases, calendars, mailers, news-readers, binary hex-editors, etc.) are available from the definitive LISP archive:
GNU Emacs (or sometimes, a less feature-laden derivative) is available for every system on this earth; the latest version 20.4 is available for ftp at various GNU archive sites around the world.
What's GNU? GNU's Not Unix!
Binaries are avilable for:
Some of XEmacs' popular features include:
Since ftp.xemacs.org has a 10-user limit on simultaneous users, you are advised to seek the distribution at one of the following mirror sites:
The latest version of aXe, 6.1.2, is avaliable for ftp from:
The latest version of xcoral, 3.14, is available for ftp at:
Version 1.3 of asedit (International Free Release) is available for ftp from:
sam was developed as an editor for use by programmers, and tries to join the styles of the Unix text editor ed(1) with that of interactive cut and paste editors by providing a comfortable mouse-driven interface to a program with a solid command-language driven by regular expressions.
sam extends the regular expression paradigm beyond line-oriented ASCII files by introducing "structural regular expressions", which can partition a file into arbitrary textual units.
sam supports the UTF-8 file-format-- an 8-bit encoding of the 16 bit Unicode character set which has nice properties like ASCII being preserved. This feature allows sam to simultaneously represent multiple languages in a single file. Although full Unicode support is unavailable, sam's flexibility with international text is still beyond that of most text editors.
The latest version of sam is available for ftp from:
The latest version of wily may be fetched from:
xvile features all the features of vile and additionally:
The latest version, 8.3, is available for ftp at:
Pre-built DOS, Win32, and OS/2 (requires a 386 or better) executables (vile52b.zip) are sometimes available.
It provides users who are accustomed to modern GUI-based environments with the standard dialogs, menus, graphics, and keyboard shortcuts that are absent in most other X-based editors. NEdit is also one of the most mouse-interactive text editors available, with support for both primary and secondary quick-action selections, rectangular selections, interactive dragging, and complete integration into the X/Motif environment.
Supported executables are available for Silicon Graphics, Sun (Solaris & SunOS), HP, OSF/1, DEC Ultrix, IBM AIX, Linux, and VMS systems. Contributed executables and makefiles are available for many other systems.
Sources and executables of the latest version, 5.0.2, are available from:
ce is available for IBM AIX, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, Sun SunOS & Solaris, HP Apollo Domain/OS, DEC OSF/1 & Ultrix, SGI IRIX, and Linux.
Evaluation binaries, that normally expire 30-60 days after downloading (see the README file for more details), are available for various platforms, at:ftp://ftp.std.com/ftp/vendors/ETG/
The latest version is available at:
The latest version is available at the primary site (and various mirrors):
Note: Dedicated news readers may be interested in the GroupLens Project, "a collaborative filtering system that helps you work together with other people to find the quality news articles out of the huge volume of news articles generated every day", available for gnus, tin and xrn.
Gnus 5.x is designed to be a drop-in replacement, and thus fully compatible, with GNUS 4.x (developed by Masanobu Umeda). Almost all key bindings have been kept. More key bindings have been added, of course, but only in one or two obscure cases have old bindings been changed.
The gnus FAQ is at: http://www.ccs.neu.edu/software/contrib/gnus/
You need Emacs 19.30/XEmacs 19.13 (or better) to use versions after 5.1. Gnus 5 features:
The latest version of Gnus, 5.2, is available at:
The latest version 9.02, is available for ftp from:
A mailing-list dedicated to announcements of new releases and bugs is available; see the README accompanying the distribution.
The latest version is 6.18, but 6.17 seems to be the only one widely available for ftp at the following sites:
The latest release, 2.3, is available for ftp from:
On March 31st, 1998, the source code to the Netscape browser, Mozilla, was made available and in true Californian style, there was a party to celebrate the occasion. Netscape is available from the Netscape Comm. home-page at:
or via ftp at:
Support for kill-files still missing from Netscape but now that it's in the hands of the proles, this may soon be a thing of the past.
The latest version is available for ftp from:
The latest version, 1.0b.1, is available at:
xxgdb is an X front-end to the gdb debugger. Some people prefer using gdb through this front-end rather than via the command-line. mxgdb is a Motif front-end to the gdb debugger. xdbx is an X front-end to the the popular dbx(1) debugger; xxgdb, xdbx, etc. are available for ftp from:
Version 3.35) has many enhancements and bug fixes. It supports C, C++ and limited FORTRAN debugging on SunOS, Solaris, Linux and FreeBSD. It has been compiled and tested on Solaris 2.5, Solaris 2.6 and SunOS 4.1.3, with the Sparc Compilers SC4 and SC4.2, gcc/g++ 2.7.2 and 2.8.0 and the Centerline C and cfront/C++ compilers; and also for Linux ELF 2.0.31 (Red Hat 5.0).
The latest version, 3.35 is available from:
The theme-song is available at:
The latest version, 1.4, is available at:
Pre-built binaries are available from:
Pre-compiled binaries (for Sun, Linux, etc.) are available for ftp; see the DDD home-page for details.
xwpe can also be used as a simple editor (when run as 'xwe') without the programming environment, and may be run under vt100 terminals as 'we'.
The latest version, 1.4.2, (see xwpe website for 1.5 alpha) is available at:
There are several popular calendar packages with more features than the standard calendar client xcalendar.
The latest version, 1.20, is available at:
Release 2.0 of ical is designed to work with Tk4.0. If you are using older versions of Tcl/Tk, you will need to upgrade.
See the Appendix, for information about obtaining Tcl/Tk.
The latest version of ical can be ftp'd from:
The interface uses XView (2.X or 3.X) to present an Open Look style user interface (including the Help key!).
The latest version of calentool, 2.3X, is available for ftp from:
Requires procmail, slocal, etc. for multi-user communications.
The latest version, 1.2, is available for ftp at:
The latest version, is available for ftp at:
The latest version, 3.0 is available for ftp at:
xfig is now maintained by Brian V. Smith (he certainly answers all the queries posted); the latest version, 3.2.2, is at:
You also need to get the TransFig package which contains the post-processor needed by xfig to convert fig files to one of several output formats.
The TransFig package is in:
I'm including the url for a list of CTAN (Comprehensive TeX Archive Network) archives here because it's handy.
Ian MacPhedran maintains a page about other software that use the FIG protocol.
tgif also supports the retrieval of tgif (obj and sym) files from HTTP servers. Hypertext jumps are supported using the old tgif teleporting or traveling mechanism.
The latest version, 4.1.22, is available at:
Also see the Guide to Window Managers
fvwm is a derivative of twm, redesigned to minimize memory consumption, provide a 3-D look (indistinguishable from Motif's mwm) and provide a simple virtual desktop.
The latest version of fvwm is available at:
You switch from one workspace to another either by clicking on a button in an optional panel of buttons (the workspace manager) or by invoking a function. Each workspace can be customize by choosing different colors, names, and pixmaps for the buttons and root windows. It also features:
The latest version of ctwm, 3.5, is available for ftp from:
The latest version, 1.8, is avilable at:
The latest version (stable alpha) is available at:
Various binary RPMs are available at: ftp://scwm.mit.edu/pub/scwm/RPMS/
Pete Phillips maintains a Project Management Software FAQ that is posted regularily to comp.software-eng. The FAQ, reviews and glossary documents are available at:
The latest version, 2.1.1, is available at: ftp://ftp.x.org:/contrib/applications/xpaint-2.1.1.tar.gz
Xpaint 2.4.4, has been released by Torsten Martinsen. It has some nifty filters built-in and bug fixes.
The latest version, 2.6, is available at:
The current version is 1.0 and available at:
It requires the GTK, available at:
There are 3 gimp related mailing majordomo lists available: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Periodic updates are available at:
This program's appearance is based upon a program called gdiff, available for Silicon Graphics workstations.
The latest version of mgdiff is available for ftp at:
It is available at:
The latest version, 3.3 is available at: http://reality.sgi.com/rudy/xdiff/
A less restrictive (wrt license), and older version, is available at:
The latest version, 2.20, is available at:
The various tools allow:
The current version of ImageMagick, 4.0.5, is available at ftp://ftp.wizards.dupont.com/pub/ImageMagick/ImageMagick-4.0.5.tar.gz
and ftp.x.org and its mirrors:
The latest version, 1.6 is available at:
Note that most other sites still archive the R5 version and the patches to take it up to R6.
ftp://ftp.sunlabs.com:/pub/tcl/exmh/exmh-1.6.7.tar.Z The following packages are also required:
ML requires X11R4, Motif 1.2, IMAP2bis, and optionally PGP 2.6.2.
The latest version, 1.1.1a is available at:
Pre-compiled binaries are available for SunOS, Solaris and linux in:
The latest version of xanim, 18.104.22.168, is available at:
Also see the Moving Pictures coding Experts Group home-page.
The latest version, 5.0.1, is available at:
The latest version is available at:
Christopher B. Browne has a comprehensive discussion of word-processors for Unix.
The source is available at:
Pre-compiled binaries for common paltforms are available at:
Pre-compiled binaries are available for Solaris, Irix, & Linux 2.0. The latest version of SciText is available at:
Current features are:
It is available at:
It also requires the XForms library.
It's available at:
Version 0.7.7 is available for download.
Tk is an extension to Tcl which provides an interface to the X. Note that many users will encounter Tk via "wish", a simple windowing shell which permits the user to write Tcl applications interactively.
The latest versions of Tcl/Tk can be obtained via ftp from:
Tcl/Tk related announcements may be mailed to to the moderator of comp.lang.tcl.announce at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.