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Here are some links to some sites and tools that I have found useful, informative, or just plain cool. It is not exhaustive, and I will try to update it from time to time.

Disclaimer: I do not own or operate any of these sites, and cannot attest to their accuracy, readability, usability, nor any other qualities. Any issues with these sites need to be taken up with their respective owners. If you find a broken link, though, please let me know at parthias [at] users [dot] sourceforge [dot] net. Thanks!

7Zip: 7Zip is an open source archiving and file-compression utility. It can open and create a variety of archives, including the excellent *.7z format.

Allegro: Allegro is an open-source, cross-platform C library for game programming. Primarily intended for 2D sprite-based games, it's very lightweight and pretty easy to use. is a community site for the Allegro game programming library. It hosts or links to many games and tools developed with or for the Allegro library.

Blender: Blender is an open-source 3D modeling program. It is quite powerful, and plugins or extensions can be coded in Python. There are import/export plugins for a variety of 3D model formats.

Boost: Boost is a collection of portable, open-source C++ libraries, useful across a wide range of applications. Several Boost libraries have been recommended for inclusion in future standards of C++.

CMake: CMake is an open-source, cross-platform build management system. It is compatible with several make utilities and IDEs.

Code::Blocks: Code::Blocks is an open-source, cross-platform C/C++ IDE.

Cygwin: Cygwin is an open-source Linux emulation system for Windows. There are quite a few prebuilt packages available for it, and more can be built from source just as on Linux systems.

GIMP: The GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a powerful open-source graphics program. All images on this site were edited with the GIMP.

MinGW: MinGW is, among other things, a port of the GCC compiler toolset to the Windows platform.

OGRE: OGRE is an open-source, cross-platform 3D graphics library, written in C++.

Panda3D: Panda3D is an open-source, cross-platform 3D game engine, scriptable in Python.

PyGame: PyGame is an open-source, cross platform Python game programming library, primarily used for 2D sprite-based games.

Python: Python is an open-source, cross-platform programming language. It has a quite extensive standard library, and there many extensions are available for it.

Slackware: Slackware is one of the oldest Linux distributions, with a focus on stability.

SourceForge: SourceForge is a site dedicated to open-source software. It is home to more than 200,000 projects, in addition to hosting this site.

Subversion: Subversion is an open-source version control system.

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