Applications Archives

How To Run Linux Applications in Windows

Interested in running Linux Applications in Windows?  andLinux actually loads the Linux kernel on your Windows desktop and makes it appear as though your Linux applications are running like any other Windows application.

Linux fans that need a Windows app or two can take advantage of WINE, but what about Windows fans that need to run Linux apps? If you’re lucky someone has already ported your favorite Linux app over to Windows, but if they haven’t, you might want to check out andLinux.


Command Line Progress Bar

Have you ever had to copy a fairly large file on the command line and wondered what the progress was? The command line progress bar seems to do a decent job at showing the percentage and estimated time of a copy.

Description from the site:

Bar is a simple tool to copy a stream of data and print a display for the user on stderr showing (a) the amount of data passed, (b) the throughput of the data transfer, and (c) the transfer time, or, if the total size of the data stream is known, the estimated time remaining, what percentage of the data transfer has been completed, and a progress bar.

Bar was originally written for the purpose of estimating the amount of time needed to transfer large amounts (many, many gigabytes) of data across a network. (Usually in an SSH/tar pipe.)

Go check it out!

ColorMake: A colorful make output

ColorMake is a neat wrapper script written in Perl that generates a colorful make output when compiling an application on the Linux command line. Once installed, basically all you need to do is type “cmake” or “clmake” whenever you would ordinarily type “make”. This is useful for those of us who like to compile from source and want to be able to distinguish between output lines. Go check it out.

Educational Linux Software

The FileGate File Distribution Network has a huge collection of educational software and games available for free and licensed under the GPL. Linux4Kids includes software like Math Scrabble, Tux Typing Tutorials, Pitacard Flash Cards and tons more! I would recommend any of these edutainment Linux applications to parents and college students wanting to study and learn in a fun way.