Is there a Open Source Windows Software Archive? (relates to Debian)
Is there an Open Source Software archive for MS
Windows software? I am not asking about "freeware" or
"shareware" but the true Open Software (ie source code
is available and has reasonably free/open license like
BSD, X, or GNU), or at least those which are compliant
with the DFSG.
I have searched on WWW and dejanews for such an
archive but to no avail. There are many software
archives, even some for "freeware" only, but those
don't/won't speak about source code or licensing
issues. Its not clear to me whats "free" and whats
not really "free" or open (ie, those such as
If such an archive exists, I would like it to be
similar in nature to the Debian Linux package
collection. I am a Linux (Debian) user, however, I
also use Windows at work, etc. It would be nice to
have a source of true Open Source software for Windows
to "wean" off of the closed software so prevalent
www.Cygnus.com does make some Open Source software
work in a "un*x-like" environment but thats not what I
am searching for. Cygwin is basically a Windows
version of a linux/un*x environment.
My goal is to identify unique Windows Open Source
software for porting to Linux using Open Source
(BSD/GNU) licensed porting tools like WINE, Twin, and
I think there is much good Open Source
software available for Windows, but its trapped there
because its so hard to port to linux/un*x and the
general non awareness of licensing issues associated
with the MS Windows software environment.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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