02/2009 FOSS Sig

Items discussed and demoed at the February FOSS-SIG

winessentialscodecpackThe Windows Essencials Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Codec Pack, or WECP, is one of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools that will enable you to play 99% of all the movies, music and flash files you download off the internet. WECP also includes powerful filters that can enhance the video and audio quality and it comes complete with an automatic update service that keeps your computer up-to-date with the latest upgrades as soon as they become available.

WECP is clean and compact, it has no spyware / adware / or viruses, it’s easy to use and even easier to install / uninstall and it’s published under the GNU GPL open source license so it’s 100% free. But more importantly, it was especially designed to fix the many errors and software conflicts caused by other codec packs which routinely install obsolete or overlapping codecs.

UNetbootin (and here ) allows you to install Linux distros without burning discsflash drive300

Wubi has been demoed at our SIG, but unlike UNetbootin, Wubi installs Ubuntu on a file stored in a Windows environment and creates no actual partitions. Another wubi example is Mint4win.

UNetbootin creates a partitioned dual-boot system as though you installed with a CD. It’s useful if you’re working on a machine with a slow or no CD/DVD drive or don’t have any spare discs to burn.


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