Extras and Additional Software

Mozilla Software

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers that you can find.  It is a safer, faster, more complete browser than most of the browsers available for your computer platfor. Mozilla Firefox has many useful functions, such as a "Popup Blocker" that hides on demand advertising windows pop up to without being asked.  There are many security options, tab options, and most anything you might need for your browsing.  You may find more options online at itsextensions pages at this link.

Information on the Internet

Web Of Trust

web site download required - Web of Trust browser extension.  The WOT add-on is a safe surfing tool for your browser. Our traffic-light rating symbols show which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web. Use with Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and others.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is the email and news application. The program offers spam filtering, digital signature, message encryption, support for certificates and more.  You may add on other useful options at the extensions page at this link. 

NOTE:  Some Windows users of Thunderbird have had some troubles with the newest versions of Thunderbird.  I [the LibreOffice-NA.US webmaster] have not, but if you do, the 3.1.20 version is still being offered by Thunderbird as an alternative to the newest, cutting edge user, versions.  It is still the defaultsome Linux repositories and it a good and stable email client, for personal and business users.

Thunderbird Lightning

Windows 1.9.xpi

Linux 1..9.xpi

Mac OSX 1.9.xpi

To install this extension, you will need to save the file to your hard drive and use Thunderbird's Tools - Add-ons - Extensions - Add, and follow the instructions.


Inkscape 0.48.x.x

Window  0.48.4-1       .exe  installer          - Note: may not install properly on Vista
Windows 0.48.4-1   .7z  archived folder  - Note: works directly from an .exe file in the unarchived folder

Linux - Note: many Linux versions have this in their repository/archive already.

Ubuntu's one-click install link: https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/inkscape/

Mac OSX - 0.48.0-1 - for PPC - Tiger
Mac OSX - 0.48.0-1 - for Leopard
Mac OSX - 0.48.2-1 - for Snow-Leopard

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities comparable to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using them. Inkscape uses the W3C standard SVG file format (Scalable Vector Graphics).  Under Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, effects (alpha), transforms, gradients, patterns and groups.

Inkscape also supports Creative Commons metadata, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-bound path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and much more. Its exports PNG as well as various vector-based formats. More detailed information is available on the English websiteSpanish website, French website.


Archive file - Packer / Unpacker

7-Zip 9:20

Windows - 32 bit
Windows - x64.msi

7-zip is an archiver which supports many formats like zip, tar, rar, and others. As a compression program, it offers very high compression rate. English language web site here.

Note:  With Linux, you should have a default archive manager already installed.  For Mac OSX, users have a native archiver available.

Text and other Editors

Text Editors

Language Aids


[from the Artha website]   Artha is a free cross-platform English thesaurus that works completely off-line and is based on WordNet. Stable releases for download are currently available for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows; it is tested on major Desktop Environments like GNOME, KDE, Xfce, etc and on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7. Artha is released under the GNU General Public Licence version 2; hence you are free to copy/redistribute it.

Windows Package:

Linux Packages -  Installation instructions:

If you are using Debian or its derivatives like Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. then Artha is already available in the repositories. You can install it by:

$ sudo apt-get install artha

Ubuntu Karmic has 0.8.0, Lucid has 0.9.1 and Debian (Lenny or greater) has the 0.9.1 versions of Artha in their respective repositories; so by installing using the above command, you'll not get the latest 1.0.2 release. Hence if you prefer to have it, you can download the deb file below for your architecture and install the same.

Please use gdebi to install this deb package. Do not use dpkg, since it does not have the ability to automatically resolve dependencies and will lead to broken dependencies. Should you end up in broken dependencies give sudo apt-get install -f to resolve it; apt will take care of fixing it. On most Debian based distros, gdebi-gtk (GUI front end of gdebi) comes pre-installed. If you have it installed, you can simply double click the downloaded .deb file and gdebi will show you a graphical interface to install Artha. Follow the instructions and it will install Artha resolving dependencies.

$ sudo gdebi artha_1.0.3-1_i386.deb

Fedora (Leonidas/11 or above) has version 1.0.1 in it's repository right now. This can be installed in Fedora/Redhat thus:

# yum install artha


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