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Wily Werewolf

October 22nd sees the release of the latest edition of Ubuntu – version 15.10 “Wily Werewolf”. It doesn’t promise anything especially exciting but it’s always good fun to struggle through the upgrade or download the latest ISO to make virtual machines or bootable USBs and be first to review it in action.

Windows Slideshow

Marking the 20th birthday of Windows 95 on the 31st of September, the BBC revisit their 2009 slideshow of Windows through the ages. We’ve been using all of them in virtual machines in System Software class. I’m still not quite sure if anyone actually ever used Windows 1, but Windows 3.1 was as normal as you could get on…


Free and open-source, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, Code::Blocks is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for programming in C++ and others. Download from Installation tutorial available from

22 Things for Ubuntu 15.04

The latest edition of the free and open-source operating system Ubuntu, version 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”, is available from to download and install; or to try as a live-CD or virtual machine. have compiled a helpful lists of next steps to make it your own at: 11 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 15.04 11 Useful Utilities To Supercharge…

Looking for the latest, best, free and open-source software for Windows? As recommended and tested by Level 6 Networks and Software Development students at Mallow College, you won’t find easier and better than the fastest way to get a new computer or a friend’s computer up to grade with essential legal software for free. Simply select the programs you…


The essential tool for programmers and web editors, Notepad++ is entirely free – free as in beer, and free as in speech. Download it for free from Unzip the zip package to your USB and run it on any machine without installation. Perfect for students. Coloured syntax highlighting and folding. Advanced search and replace. Customisable GUI. Auto-complete: words, functions…

GIMP Photo Editor

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program – it’s the free software alternative to PhotoShop. GIMP is more than a simple paint program; it is a photo retouching tool, image filter, poster editor, converter (bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, …), animation editor, and comprehensive tool for preparing website images. GIMP is free…

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