Useful Software for Windows
Sometimes I have to work with Windows systems (company policy or special
software requirements). First step is to install essential software the
default install is lacking. This collection is biased towards network
administration. I prefer
is a free editor with good Windows integration.
is available for Windows as well.
- The FileZilla project
provides free FTP and FTPS client and server software, as well as an
- Image manipulation
the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is also available for Windows.
It can even be used to scan documents.
- Network scanner
- Angry IP Scanner
is a free, easy to use network scanner.
is available for Windows. It includes netcat as well.
- Network sniffer
the network sniffer, is available for Windows as well.
is a free and full fledged office suite.
is a free file archive with support for many archive formats.
- Password manager
- Password Safe
is my preferred password manager, some co-workers prefer
- I have not (yet) decided on which PDF reader to recommend, but the
site by the
(Free Software Foundation Europe) lists and recommends free ones.
a free PDF toolkit, is available for Windows as well (called
pdftk-server). This is a command line program, to use it
you have to put up with the very crude Windows command shell (or
install a real one, e.g.
is a free program to create a PDF document from images.
is a virtual printer driver that can save any print job as a PDF file.
is a very nice and free graphical SCP and SFTP client.
is my preferred SSH and telnet client on Windows. Works well to access a
switch's command line via serial connection, too. PuTTY is free software.
is another free SSH/telnet/serial client for Windows. It also supports
file transfer over serial connections (XMODEM, YMODEM, ZMODEM, and more).
is a free software PuTTY fork providing many additional features.
- TFTP server
- Tftpd32 resp. Tftpd64
is a very good free TFTP server. Includes DHCP, DNS, SNTP and Syslog
servers as well.
- Video player
- VLC media player
is a very good free media player that is available for Windows as well.
My preferred GNU/Linux media player,
for Windows, too.
is a fine free cross-platform virtualization product.
OpenVPN GUI for Windows)
is a nice free cross-platform VPN solution.
- Web browser
is my preferred (and free) web browser, available for Windows as well.
GNU or UNIX Like Systems for Windows
I do not like the GNU/Windows efforts (like Cygwin)
very much, because they all lack integration with Windows
applications. This is because Windows applications do not know about
GNU. The same holds for the Windows
Subsystem for UNIX Applications (SUA), with the added constraint of
less powerful non-GNU software. If you can do your work using those,
you can do it much more comfortably using GNU/Linux.
Of course there are other web pages linking to or providing free software for
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