Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/)

Wiki: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu)

Its an Operating System based on Linux. Its free – you can download it now, install it and replace Windows XP/Vista/7 or use it in conjunction with Windows – as I do. Ubuntu has a massive user base, a huge base of supported applications and many of these are also free, released under the same license as Ubuntu itself. Ubuntu has also made new and successful efforts to bring Linux to the Desktop. A very impressive project.

In time I will write some guides to install it and use it and post them here.


WordPress (http://www.wordpress.org)

Wiki: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress)

WordPress is another Open Source Content Management Solution. Again, freely available to download, install and use right now. Developed as a blogging platform, WordPress has evolved and can be used as a CMS without learning any coding. Functionality is extended by using plugins – there are just about as many as you could find use for. Visually WordPress can be customised by altering builtin themes or simply downloading new ones with a click. There is a vast amount of free themes and plugins and for business there is also a very strong developer community offering paid themes or plugins for professional use.

WordPress can be downloaded as a package to be installed if you have your own hosting (or even a local web server); alternatively you can visit http://www.wordpress.com and create a free blog hosted for you. (Customisation options are more limited this way, but it is an excellent way to have a look at WordPress without fiddling around with hosting).

This site is built with WordPress.


Android (http://www.android.com)

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)

Being another Open Source Development, Android is accessible to all, for free. The Android Developer Site provides and excellent guide for setting up the software required to get started. The guide provides instructions for setup within Windows or Linux and I have successfully setup on Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.10 using the guide. The IDE (Integrated Development Environment) or software they recommend is Eclipse, which is also free. They provide instructions for setting up Eclipse itself, the ADT (Android Development Tools) plugin for Eclipse and the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) itself. There is also a simple tutorial for writing the traditional “Hello World!” App.

The setup guide can be found here. Everything you need for free.

The Developers guide can be found here.