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gecko-based browser that can be extensively extended using open-source plug-ins.
Currently supports HTML, XML, XHTML, and CSS.
"This also makes K-Meleon less resource-intensive and more responsive to user input (than Firefox), which is important for users of low-end hardware." -

Operating Systems

  • Ubuntu, supported by DELL Systems.
"Ubuntu is a community developed, linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers." - Ubuntu Homepage
Downloads available: From the homepage, a free CD, or ordered on CD or DVD
The free (no shipping or handling fees) Starter Kit includes three OpenSolaris distributions and step-by-step instructions on how to install and boot.
A free and easy-to-use desktop operating system for home users - See the Wikipedia page for this


The wikimatrix website and the wikipedia page comparing different wiki software are both very complete. We've listed some of our favorites below.

  • Deki Wiki, sponsored by MindTouch
  • MediaWiki, the most popular Open Source wiki software in use right now. Uses PHP and MySQL by default. This is the software powering this wiki and also powering Wikipedia.
  • MoinMoin, a very lightweight wiki engine suitable for small sites or sites with very few editors.

E-mail clients

Thunderbird (see our "Open Source at UNC" page)


SeaMonkey (was Mozilla Suite)

Chat Clients

Miranda IM

Pidgin (was GAIM)

Server Software

All of the server software below is Open Source and included in the server install of Ubuntu. Be sure to choose the server edition and when you boot, choose the LAMP option.