How to Find a Particular Application

Look first in the Linux Software Map. It's at:, and on the other
FTP sites. A search engine is available on the World Wide Web at

Also check out the Freshmeat Web site:, which
is where many new announcements of free software first appear.
Freshmeat is basically a site index that continuously updates the
notices of new or upgraded software for Linux, and maintains indexes
of the announcements and links to their URL's.

The FTP sites ("Where Are the Linux FTP Archives?") often have ls-lR
or INDEX directory listings which you can search using grep or a text
editor. The directory listings files can be very large, however,
making them unwieldy for quick searches.

Also look at the Linux Projects Map:

There's a search engine for Linux FTP archives at:

Searching for "Linux" on the World Wide Web provides copious
references. ("Where Is the Linux Stuff on the World Wide Web?")

If you don't find anything, you could download the sources to the
program yourself and compile them. See (See: "How To Port XXX to
Linux.") If it's a large package that may require some porting, post a
message to comp.os.linux.development.apps.

If you compile a large-ish program, please upload it to one or more of
the FTP sites, and post a message to comp.os.linux.announce (submit
your posting to

If you're looking for an application program, the chances are that
someone has already written a free version. The comp.sources.wanted
FAQ has instructions for finding the source code.
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