Feb 142009
 

Spindown, as the name suggests is a free opensource command line utility to spin down your disks when no data is read or written of it. This should help save the precious energy and give the disks a longer life. It works by checking the number of blocks read from and written to the disks. When no blocks are read or written to the disk then it is considered idle. When a disk stays idle long enough spindown uses sg_start SCSI scripts to spin the disk down. It also works with usb disks and hotswappable disks because it doesn’t watch the device name (hda, sdb, …), but uses device id.

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Feb 142009
 

Leafpad is a GTK+ based simple easy to use free opensource Text Editor for Linux. Leafpad requires few libraries, and starts up quickly. The user interface is similar to “notepad” with minimal menu items, and it aims to be lighter than GEdit and KWrite and to be as useful as them.

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Feb 072009
 

pngcrush is an optimizer tool for PNG (Portable Network graphic) files. pngcrush is an excellent batch-mode compression utility for PNG images. Depending on the application that created the original PNGs, it can improve the file size anywhere from a few percent to 40% or more (completely losslessly). It reduces the size of the PNG IDAT datastream by trying various compression levels of PNG filter methods. It also can be used to remove unwanted ancillary chunks, or to add certain chunks including gAMA, tRNS, iCCP, and textual chunks and it can fix incorrect gamma info written by Photoshop 5.0 as well as the erroneous iCCP chunk written by Photoshop 5.5.

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Feb 042009
 

rpmorphan is a free opensource utility to find orphaned packages on your openSUSE installation. rpmorphan determines which packages on the system has no other package(s) depending on their installation, and lists these packages. rpmorphan intends to be a clon to the deborphan utility for Debian Linux. rpmorphan has a simple GUI interface to list the orphaned packages and to show the details of the packages and to delete them if you choose to. rpmorphan can also run from commandline as a normal user.
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