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* M O V E D * to Interesting.Places.to/Browse/forSoftware/index.html
* The official location of the ``Interesting Places''
* series of link pages is Interesting.Places.to/Browse/ .
* The official location of ``the Starport in Cyberspace''
* is now theStarport.com/
These pages have moved once again; the domain name
Being a compendium of links to sites and pages in the World Wide Web that
have something to do with free software, computers, or the Web.
The links in this file are mostly obtained from announcements posted in Usenet
newsgroups. It is not intended to be complete or comprehensive; instead, it
is very much like a lightly-edited hotlist, containing things that looked
interesting at the time. I use it as a personal reference tool and
jumping-off place, but don't expect it to be of use to anyone else.
been sold. Please visit the new owners (sometime in mid-August 1999), and
wish them well. Their generous offer has made it possible for me to
continue providing these pages free of advertising of any kind.
Blurbs in ``quotes'' are actual quotations from the linked page or its
announcement on the net; others are by me.
- ``is a hierarchical hotlist for the World Wide Web.'' People can contribute via a
form. Best place to start if you know what category of site you're
CERN's list of World-Wide Web Servers
- The authoritative list for the Web. By domain, so it's best if you
want to find a specific site.
- The InterNIC
central Internet registry
[Directory & Databases],
Comprehensive HTTP Site List
Mkgray@mit.edu's new "Wow,
It's Big" Comprehensive HTTP Site List. Automatically collected.
The Awesome List
- at ClarkNet; essentially an
alphabetical list of lists and other things, intended to be ``a
hypertext document that journalists and trainers could use easily''.
Commercial servers listing at
- Also includes
FineArt Forum List of Art Related Web Resources
- Said to be a wonderfully comprehensive listing
- Books On-line
- Including links to listings by
as well as pointers to many other repositories. It almost isn't
necessary to list anything else.
- [Planet Earth Home Page], /Image
- It's big.
World Wide Web Worm and the
an automatically updating hotlist database page
- a free phone and e-mail directory; their initial database comes from Database America. It turns
out they're a division of Coordinate.com, ``the Internet
Division of Banyan Systems''.
guide to internet (
narrative, and several other versions available)
- A particularly good Web-friendly hypertext guide to Internet resources.
Available in several versions. Some of its highlights include
Entering the World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace
- Good overview of the Web; mostly all in a single piece with
Cultural Aspects of the Internet
Entering the World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace
Jerry and Dave's Guide to WWW
Guide to the Web
DEC Network Systems Laboratory, features some interesting and
- Internet Services
List by Scott Yanoff
- An extensive (but probably not complete) list of finger daemons, telnet
sites, gophers, web sites, and so on.
WWW & HTML Developer's JumpStation
- A very comprehensive set of pointers to developers' resources, hosted by
OneWorld Information Services
- Web Developer's Virtual Library
the Web Weavers' Page
- More resources for authors, at the Numerical Aerodynamic
Simulation division of
Ames Research Center
detailed series of notes on writing HTML documents
The WebCrawler Index
The CyberWeb: resources for WWW developers.
The Whole Internet Catalog
- The BBC Networking Club
- sponsored by BBC Education. Some good pointers, including a
guide to the Internet
- The Web at NEXOR
- Has many interesting resources, including
- ARPA MADE/DICE
- The InterNIC InfoGuide
- ``The primary purpose of [which] is to provide the necessary tools
for finding information on the Internet quickly and easily. It also
acts as a repository of all sorts of information about the Internet,
from gaining access to its history and culture.''
- ``the first virtual world you can travel in, build in, and visually link
to other parts of the World Wide Web.''--Essentially a Web-based MUD.
Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML) Forum
- In a similar vein, `` an open forum discussion for the design and
implementation of a platform-independent language for virtual reality
- IKE - IBM Kiosk for
- ``is a free information service for IBM users in the higher
- Selected U.S. Phone Books Online
- (Free; they charge for ads on Web pages)
- San Francisco Bay Area
- A Web guide to the Bay Area.
- San Jose Living On-Line
- A Web guide to San Jose
- The WWW FAQ
- 1994 San Miniato Topical
Seminar on: "World Wide Web and beyond in Physics Research and
Second International World Wide Web Conference
- A proposal for X
over the Web
- ``some ideas on how to architect a system that would allow remote
programs (such as X clients) to be activated and render themselves
directly onto Web browser screens''
- An article on
World Wide Web Wanderers, Spiders and Robots
A Tutorial on HTML
- by Wm. Dennis Horn of Clarkson's Technical Communications Department
A 1-hour slide talk about the WEB
- by Dan Wallach,
- Stuff on National Information Infostructure:
the NII stuff;
general white-house stuff (NII, Performance review, etc)
- A paper
- Also points to an
interactive control panel which can be used to
try out the conversion mechanism on different small examples and see
- A report on
- by Ron Wilhelm
State of the Art Review on Hypermedia Issues And Applications
- by V. Balasubramanian.
Using Tcl to Process HTML Forms
- A DEC technical note.
Using WWW to Deliver Complex E-Docs
- Mainly about the deficiencies of HTML vs. unrestricted SGML, and some
ways of getting around them. Supposed to have active links, but in
fact it doesn't.
Computers and Computer Science
Usenet FAQ's in WWW format or here
- Presumably derived from the original ascii versions at rtfm.mit.edu
- Nice presentation, but takes a long time to come up. Try
- comp.risks archive
- C++ Virtual Library
- which hangs off
Computer-Mediated Communication Studies Center
- DIMUND Document Image
Understanding and Character Recognition WWW Server
Collection of Root X Windows
- I'm not sure how to classify this. It's a collection of screen dumps
of various people's X desktops. Quite odd. But interesting. Find out
how people the world over organize their screens.
- Computer Related
Repetitive Strain Injury Primer Web page
- GRAFICA Obscura
Haeberli's ``compilation of technical notes, pictures and essays'',
including some RICOH
Inter-Network Mail Guide by
- though plain text, is a very thorough treatment of how to send mail
between any two networks (say, between Genie and Prodigy).
- XEmacs (Lucid Emacs) FAQ
- SigGraph online
Science Bibliography mirrored here
- Alife Online
- The Artificial Life Online/BBS is intended to be a central
information collection and distribution site on the Internet
for any and all aspects of the Artificial Life endeavor. The
system is sponsored by MIT Press and the Santa Fe Institute.
The Gnuplot faq
- Gnuplot is a free graph-plotting utility. Excellent.
Data Powers of Ten
- From 1 bit to 200 Petabytes. Illustrated.
Sources of Free Software
- Major mirror site for almost everything in the Unix world.
- Archives for Usenet source groups, and more.
- The OAK Software
- mirrors SimTel and others.
- Mirrors many places
- /ftp.cdrom.com/ and
- Mirror for almost all software that runs on PC's, including
all the major Linux sites. Belongs to Walnut Creek CDROM,
whose business is selling shareware and freeware. Rapidly becoming my
favorite archive site. Has an ftp daemon that supports automatic tar
- mirrors the following Linux and Unix(tm) related archives:
- The Bogus Distribution
- Slackware and Slackware_Source
- Wine (Windows Emulator)
- Sunacm (Alan Cox Networking Code)
- Flagship (Clipper compiler for Linux)
- GNU archive from Prep.mit.edu
- JE & JF (Japanese Extensions and Japanese HowTo's)
- Kernel Sources from nic.funet.fi.
The Big Stuff
(``Big Stuff'' is defined as not merely a single program, but a whole
collection of related software, e.g. a framework or system. The line is
somewhat arbitrary, but the presence of a
comp.infosystems newsgroup or two devoted to the system is a
- GNU (GNU's Not Unix):
- Available from the Free Software Foundation at
support and hypertext manuals at
More info at the
DESY GNU Project Overview.
- GNU Emacs
- has its own
FAQ (also here), plus a list of Emacs Implementations
http://www.diku.dk/~terra/ supposedly has information
on Emacs for MS-DOG.
- GNU software on DOS
- The X Window System:
- Available from ftp.x.org; info at X Consortium. On the West Coast, ftp from
gatekeeper.dec.com. XHibition is an X-oriented conference.
For X Toolkit widgets, see the Widget FAQ and the Free Widget Foundation (FWF) Home
Page. For the Fresco C++ library, see the Fresco Web
Pages, which will be moving to
http://www.faslab.com by the end of January.
The XFree86 Project is dedicated
to putting a free X system on Intel architectures. There are benchmarks.
- TeX and LaTeX
- The world's best typesetting system, by Donald Knuth. Available from
Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN) sites
- TCL (Tool Control Language) and Tk (an X Toolkit)
- an interpretor for a shell-like language that can be embedded in C
programs, by Dr. John Ousterhout at UC Berkeley. WWW information
is here. The archive for extensions is at harbor.ecn.purdue.edu.
- Linux (A free Unix clone)
- Available from sunsite.unc.edu, with
information from the
Linux Documentation Project (mirrored at Infomagic),
Links, and the linux.org home
page. The Slackware distribution can be found at ftp.cdrom.com. Computers with Linux
pre-installed are available from VA Research (formerly
Menlo Park, CA. There is also information about the WINE Windows
``emulator'', and online help for kernel
The following Linux documentation is online:
Linux NOW! is a major
collection of links.
the Linux Gazette
is an online monthly publication. The Linux Weekly News is (surprise!) weekly.
There's also the Linux Forum
Russ Nelson has a list of hardware vendors that support
Red Hat is the Linux distribution
I use most.
Caldera describes itself as ``the
company who will deliver the power of Linux to business, ... [and]
bring commercial accountability and viability to Linux through the
release of its Caldera Network Desktop for Internet Access.''
The Debian distribution is
``upgradable incrementally and "in place". This means that users
can upgrade individual packages or entire systems when they become
available without having to reformat and reinstall.''
Linux for Power Macintosh
is a joint venture of Apple and OSF, who have a page on Linux on the OSF
For laptops, see Linux on
Thinkpads and the Linux
Laptop Web site. Fringe Ryder's Corral
has a lot of info on who makes which laptop, but not much on Linux.
- <a hrefhttp:www.javasoft.com">Java <a hrefhttp:www.javasoft.com">Java and the
- ``is is a powerful, integrated software development environment that
allows users to harmoniously compose and perform a variety of tasks
related to image and signal processing, data exploration, scientific
- PERL and the CPAN archives
- at www.perl.com. CPAN is a multiplexer -- it finds
you a fast FTP site and redirects you to it.
- ``The ambitious objectives of the Ptolemy project include most aspects
of designing signal processing and communications systems, ranging from
designing and simulating algorithms to synthesizing hardware and
software, parallelizing algorithms, and prototyping real-time
- DTP Internet
- The Ray Tracing Home
- points to other ray-tracing packages and information. The Ray Tracing Discussion
Page is an ongoing discussion to which one can contribute.
- Persistance of Vision, also
- A freeware ray-tracing system with lots of associated goodies.
There is also a copy of the
Documentation on the Web, and a few issues of Ray
Tracing News have also been webbified.
- And of course, the World Wide Web...
- Brought to you from all over the world, with most tools accessible
from either the
WWW & HTML Developer's JumpStation or
WWW Software products.
- The WWW FAQ
- Web Software at
- Free, even for commercial distribution, provided you register and
acknowledge the source. Fine with me.
- The World Wide Web Security FAQ
- Java and
- an alternative Mac web browser that does forms. WinWeb is also
available, in alpha form.
- A browser, still in beta form, that serves as a testbed for HTML3. The
only browser I know of that does equations and tables.
- Adding HTML links to .dvi files for typesetting hypertext.
- an HTTP server written in Java
- Package for creating "what's new" lists.
W3Kit (3d graphics on the Web.)
- based on e-mail and perl.
- LPAGE guestbook
- which keeps the script, and the guestbook itself at
Hypermail: An EMail to HTML compiler
- mail2html 3.0.0
- Copenhagen SGML Tool (CoST)
TreeLink Home Page
- A program that makes graphical maps of HTML.
Icons and other graphics
and Clip art
- This listing is up-to-the-minute and extremely comprehensive, with at
least 30 entries the last time I looked; I'm not sure why I bother
listing anything else, except that they don't have much information
about each item, just the bare links.
- EFF Graphics
Gizmos and Icons at colargol.edb.tih.no
- Graphics for your pages
- Available as a tar file. (They encourage other sites to mirror this
- Daniel's Icon
Archive (about 5000 of them) at www.jsc.nasa.gov
- Available as a tar file. Very well organized, with the ability to view
a ``contact sheet'' of each section, which in this case means a simple
alphabetical list of icon + name, in link format.
Icon Library by Anthony Thyssen
- Available as a tar file. (Widely available and archived as AIcons).
Icons at WWW.BSDI.COM
Icons at Rutgers University
Wuarchive Icons Search
Wuarchive Icons Search
Images, Icons, and Flags (pointers to other resources)
at Department of CS at
the University of Pisa
- Mosaic Rulesz
- to even more.
- Underground Picture
- 3D objects in a variety of formats.
Individual Programs and Smaller Packages
- PGP cryptography
package, (with hypertext
manual) and FAQ. Also see The
Cypherpunks Home Page. RSA's home
page may provide some additional information. The software itself
is available in the US via the Web from MIT.
Also see NCSA
httpd/Mosaic: Using PGP/PEM authorization for details on using this
stuff in Mosaic. It's supposed to be in Mosaic/X 2.2 and NCSA httpd
``You can use the Cypherpunk remailers via a Web interface page...
Tools exist to automate the chaining. For details, see [this]
Adam Back maintains a site
with a number of tiny cryptographic programs, including the infamous
``rsa in three lines of
perl'' .signature file.
- The ultimate network security analysis tool--coming April 5.
Will be on the following FTP sites (among others):
Also see the
Admin Guide to Cracking and The
Uebercracker's Security Web
- from the MIT
Fractal compression software
- an improved FTP client that can handle host:dir and host:file on the
command line, among other things.
- Multimedia Internet Mail Extensions -- the document type description
system used on the Web.
- An approximate Korn-shell clone
- CD Archive,
- has sources for
Copyright © 2000, Stephen R. Savitzky.
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