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Micropolis is one of the oldest and greatest city-building games based on the original code for SimCity. Features: * Unlimited playability offers hours of fun * Eight included scenarios, each a game in itself, with an unlimited number of ways to win or lose * Multiple Views allows you to open up any number of animated city maps and editors at once * Micropolis features pop up "pie menus" for quickly selecting city editing tools
LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation:
Octopussy - Open Source Log Management Solution: Features: - LDAP supported for Octopussy Users & Contacts - Send Alerts by Email, IM(Jabber), NSCA(Nagios) & Zabbix_sender - Export Reports by Email, FTP & SCP - Create Map to show your architecture - Input & Output Plugins for Reports - Reports Scheduling - 'RRDTool' to graph syslog activity - Lot of Services already supported: Bind, Cisco Router, Cisco Switch, DenyAll Reverse Proxy, Drbd, F5 BigIP, Fortinet FW, Ironport MailServer, Linux Kernel/System, Linux IPTables, Monit, MySQL, Nagios, NetApp NetCache, Juniper Netscreen FW, Juniper Netscreen NSM, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Samhain, Snmpd, Squid, Sshd, Syslog-ng, Windows Snare Agent, Xen... - Wizard to easily create new Message/Service for Unrecognized logs - Online Updates for Services, Tables & Multilanguage - Multilanguage support - Themable Interface & Report
dtrx is a tool for that takes all the hassle out of extracting archives: Features: * Handles many archive types: You only need to remember one simple command to extract tar, zip, cpio, deb, rpm, gem, 7z, cab, lzh, rar, gz, bz2, lzma, xz, and many kinds of exe files, including Microsoft Cabinet archives, InstallShield archives, and self-extracting zip files. If they have any extra compression, like tar.bz2 files, dtrx will take care of that for you, too. * Keeps everything organized: dtrx will make sure that archives are extracted into their own dedicated directories. * Sane permissions: dtrx makes sure you can read and write all the files you just extracted, while leaving the rest of the permissions intact. * Recursive extraction: dtrx can find archives inside the archive and extract those too.
It's still a pre-alpha at version 0.13.0. See also this note by the developer.
OCHD (1/43 on Virus Total): Features: -Download acceleration (AKA multi-part) whenever possible (up to 40 connections per file). -HTTP links support (direct download). -Resume download support whenever possible. -Global download speed limit. -Slot limit (up to 20 slots) for simultaneous downloads. -Automatic retry on download fail. -File list Drag&Drop (Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click or Shift+up and down arrow keys) -Lightweight: you can add thousands of links. -HTTP Proxy support. -History. -Automatic Extract/Uncompress files. -IP Renewer. -Automatic system shutdown. -Clipboard monitor.
"... Tomahawk is a music player that fundamentally changes the way music is consumed and shared. It decouples the name of the song from the source it was shared from - and fulfills the request using all of your available sources ...":
CodeBlocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable:
completeme is a python script that'll allow you to auto-complete filenames and launch them in an editor: Alchemy (beta) is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways:
One Late Night is a short immersive horror-game experience, starring an unnamed graphic designer employee, working late one night at the office, until strange things start to happen:
Data Visualization is a free generic cross platform and cross db reporting tool. You can easily create report layout and import data from almost any data base (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, Interbase, SQLite, Sybase, Amazon SimpleDB, KDB+, Apache Derby, HSQLDB) or from external files and create hundreds of documents in whatever format you want (PDF, HTML, XLS(X), XML, CSV, RTF, DOCX, LaTeX, JSON, YAML, etc):
PoxNora is a collectible, turn-based, tactical, online fantasy game. Players command armies of fantastic creatures, cast spells of devastating power, and summon relics and equipment of ancient renown in order to defeat their opponents: FoFiX is a fork of Frets On Fire:
Nikki and the Robots Free Version 1.0 is a 2D platformer game with a cute protagonist, various robots and diverse levels. It combines modern gameplay — including simulated physics and wall-jumping — with innovative überpixel retro style (download can be found under the picture):
Ostinato is an open-source, cross-platform network packet crafter/traffic generator and analyzer with a friendly GUI. It aims to be "Wireshark in Reverse" and become complementary to Wireshark:
"... Xonotic is a free and fast-paced first person shooter. It combines addictive, arena-style gameplay with rapid movement and a wide array of weapons ...": "... Kernel Panic is a game about computers. Systems, Hackers and Networks wage war in a matrix of DOOM ...":
NeonView - lightweight image viewer:
Textroom is a free full screen rich text editor developed with especially writers in mind:
"... Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands ...":
Rapid Photo Downloader - photo and video downloader: Features: * Generates meaningful, user configurable file and folder names * Downloads photos and videos from multiple devices simultaneously * Backs up photos and videos as they are downloaded * Is carefully optimized to download and back up at high speed * Easy to configure and use * Runs under Gnome, KDE and other Linux desktop environments * Available in thirty languages * Program configuration and use is fully documented