The Surfer's Guide to Free Software

Ogg Vorbis:

Ogg Vorbis is the opensource-successor of mp3. It provides higher compression rates with better audio quality. In Linux, the ogg vorbis format is already the standard format for audio compression and everything necessary to create/playback ".ogg"-files is already included.

For Windows, the following tools/plugins are recommended:
  • The DirectShow Filters from www.illiminable.com/ogg/ make ".ogg"-files playable in all DirectShow based media players (e.g. Windows Media Player).
  • Some multimedia players already support Ogg Vorbis natively, for example the VLC media player.
  • To create Ogg Vorbis files, I recommend OggDropXP (www.rarewares.org/ogg.html), which is a drag-and-drop Ogg Vorbis encoder/decoder/player.
  • For further information on Ogg Vorbis (encoders/players for Mac, etc.), visit www.vorbis.com.
Play Ogg

FLAC:

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player just like you would an MP3 file.
You can download the encoder from http://flac.sourceforge.net.


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Index:
7-Zip
Audacity
Blender
Bluefish
CDBurnerXP
DVDStyler
Eclipse
Firefox
FLAC
FreePDF
GCC
GIMP
Git
Inkscape
IrfanView
Kile
KompoZer
LaTeX
LibreOffice
MediaPortal
Mixxx
OGG Vorbis
OpenDocument
Openshot
Pidgin
pdftk
R
Scribus
Texmaker
Thunderbird
VLC media player