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About the free software, At the office, Intranet and internet.

Here, you will find links to informations which could be useful to any control engineer, about tools essentially issued of the free software world, for uses in engineering, design, drafting, data display, projects management.

You will also find links to free software developers sites very rich (thousands of projects), where you will find technical or specialized applications : software in CAD, projects management.

You can also get informations about instrumentation and control software, about Ethernet tools or about computers prevention software.

Free Software And Open Source Software

SourceForge, Free Software foundation, GNU.


"SourceForge" is a site animated by developers proposing resources in developing and publishing free to use software, with open source code published in the public domain (read the licences attentively).

"SourceForge" publishes a large number of software in many various domains, as well applications for general public as specialized software tools for professionals.

In particular, you can find free software for factory automation about control systems, MMI, networking (modbus, canbus, open powerlink) or about SCADA systems.

You can also get there software libraries for image processing, for networking and for many other things.

For instance, "SourceForge" proposes downloading the excellent free and open source control system PROVIEW, including a programmable logic controller (PLC), a man machine interface (MMI) and a SCADA system, as well a common embedded client-server data base, all in one.

Free Software Foundation  

The "Free Software Foundation" (FSF) is a non profit association which promotes the liberty for the users of computers and defends the rights of the free software users.

Among many things, "FSF" offers resources in free software and a list of links towards free software licensing.

It publishes a free software library (more than 6500 software at the end of the year 2013), after having defined what is a free software.


"GNU's" (meaning "GNU's Not UNIX") is a free operating system (the free usage does not necessary implied it is free of fees) with public source code looking like UNIX.

Once its development has been finished, it adopted the LINUX kernel to manage the whole of its modules.

The GNU's original goal is to give the liberty to the computer users, and to promote the usage of the free software.

Thus, GNU quickly needed to define the terms for publishing, to prevent the free software getting away into proprietary software.

The first result has been the GNU GPL licence (General Public Licence), and other licences for well defined specific needs have followed.

Office Automation, Engineering And Project Management

7-zip, OpenOffice, OpenWorkBench, Gantt Project, INRIA.

7-zip - Packing And Unpacking Software  

"7-Zip is a file archiver with high compression ratio.

It is a free and open source software distributed under the GNU LGPL licence (except for the RAR plugin)."

The main features of 7-Zip

Igor Pavlov -

OPEN OFFICE - An Office Automation Suite  

Finished the multiple versions of text editors, according to the providers and/or the clients !

This package is build with all the components usually provided in this kind of product : text editor, drawing, spreadsheet, data base editor, slides editor, mathematics editor.

Several extensions are available.

A possible alternative to standardize execution and exchange of documentations?

GanttProject - A Project Management Software  

"Gant project" provides the the most used functions in project management, but it is more simple than Openworkbench.

The interface is attractive and pleasant, it proposes Gantt and Pert diagrams, resources management, but not costs management (not yet?).

Briefly, very convenient for all kind of projects. And it is free and open source too.

Openworkbench - A Project Management Software  

Openworkbench is a very full software to manage your projects.

It provides Gantt and Pert diagrams, resources and costs management.

It offers the possibility to create his own views, to integrate sub-projects.

It is largely equivalent to the commercial software the most widely sold and is able to manage important projects. And it is free to use.


Free Software Published By INRIA  

The french Computing and Automatics National Research Institute (INRIA) publishes its own software under the CeCILL licence - A free software licence compliant with the european legislation, according to the philosophy of GNU. You will find SciLab there, for instance.

You can look for a software through an alphabetical list or by theme, where you can discover development software in Man Machine Interfaces (MMI), tools and languages for real-time systems, networking and communicating systems tools, data processing software, image processing, languages tools, software and library for geometry, algebra, arithmetic and combinational, scientific computing tools and many others.

Intranet And Internet Utilities

Mozilla, Opera, Remote control.

Internet Suite of The MOZILLA Foundation  

Suite of very safe and useful software to use Internet as well : a WEB browser (Firefox), and an email manager (Thunderbird).

Whether you want to browse the internet securely and confidentially, you can do it with the Firefox version embedded in the TOR browser, and to keep your confidentiality for your mail activities, you can use TORbirdy.

The Opera Browser  

Not well known by the general public, Opera is very largely widespread as a web browser for mobile phones though.

PC Remote Control

Computer remote control software are very useful for maintenance and diagnostic of automated applications (Human Machine Interfaces - MMI, programmable logic controllers etc) and the systems on which they are running.

You know "PC anywhere". Here are some free software which offer these functions.

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