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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.


Information about the Internet and the Web

Blurbs in ``quotes'' are actual quotations from the linked page or its announcement on the net; others are by me.

Comprehensive Lists

``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 looking for.
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
[InfoGuide], [Directory & Databases], [[Registration], {search}
Comprehensive HTTP Site List'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 Open Market
Also includes alphabetical listings
FineArt Forum List of Art Related Web Resources
Said to be a wonderfully comprehensive listing
Books On-line
Including links to listings by Author and Title, as well as pointers to many other repositories. It almost isn't necessary to list anything else.
[Planet Earth Home Page], /Image Map/, /Floor Plan/, /text index/, {Search Engine}
It's big.
The World Wide Web Worm and the Mother-of-all BBS
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, ``the Internet Division of Banyan Systems''.

Guides and Resource Lists

guide to internet ( no iconsno icons, 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 internal links.
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
from DEC Network Systems Laboratory, features some interesting and useful resources.
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 NASA's 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 Resource Page
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 scene design.''
IKE - IBM Kiosk for Education
``is a free information service for IBM users in the higher education community''
Selected U.S. Phone Books Online
(Free; they charge for ads on Web pages)
San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond
A Web guide to the Bay Area.
San Jose Living On-Line Guide
A Web guide to San Jose


The WWW FAQ list
1994 San Miniato Topical Seminar on: "World Wide Web and beyond in Physics Research and Applications"
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
HTML-2.0 spec
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, CS Department, Princeton University
Stuff on National Information Infostructure:
for the NII stuff; for general white-house stuff (NII, Performance review, etc)
A paper on LaTeX2HTML
Also points to an interactive control panel which can be used to try out the conversion mechanism on different small examples and see the results.
A report on Online Publishing
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

Document Collections

Usenet FAQ's in WWW format or here
Presumably derived from the original ascii versions at
Internet Drafts
Nice presentation, but takes a long time to come up. Try The InterNIC
comp.risks archive
C++ Virtual Library
which hangs off here
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.

Individual Documents

comp.object FAQ
Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury Primer Web page
Paul Haeberli's ``compilation of technical notes, pictures and essays'', including some RICOH RDC-2 Images
Inter-Network Mail Guide by Scott Yanoff
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 bibliography
Computer 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

Archive Sites

Major mirror site for almost everything in the Unix world.
Archives for Usenet source groups, and more.
The OAK Software Repository (
mirrors SimTel and others.
Mirrors many places
/ 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 and compress/gzip.
InfoMagic (
mirrors the following Linux and Unix(tm) related archives:

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.soft-sys or comp.infosystems newsgroup or two devoted to the system is a good indication.)
GNU (GNU's Not Unix):
Available from the Free Software Foundation at; support and hypertext manuals at Cygnus Support. More info at the DESY GNU Project Overview.
GNU Emacs
has its own FAQ (also here), plus a list of Emacs Implementations and Literature supposedly has information on Emacs for MS-DOG.
GNU software on DOS
The X Window System:
Available from; info at X Consortium. On the West Coast, ftp from 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 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, and
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
Linux (A free Unix clone)
Available from, with information from the Linux Documentation Project (mirrored at Infomagic), Linux Links, and the home page. The Slackware distribution can be found at Computers with Linux pre-installed are available from VA Research (formerly Fintronic) in Menlo Park, CA. There is also information about the WINE Windows ``emulator'', and online help for kernel configuration.

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 Linux.

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 Microkernel

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">Java <a">Java and the Gamelan archive
``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 visualization.''
PERL and the CPAN archives
at 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 systems.''
DTP Internet Jumplist
The Ray Tracing Home Page
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 old home, wuarchive
A freeware ray-tracing system with lots of associated goodies. There is also a copy of the User 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 CERN's list of WWW Software products.
The WWW FAQ list
Web Software at EIT
Free, even for commercial distribution, provided you register and acknowledge the source. Fine with me.
The World Wide Web Security FAQ
Java and Gamelan
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
w3new v0.4
Package for creating "what's new" lists.
W3Kit (3d graphics on the Web.)
a guest book
based on e-mail and perl.
LPAGE guestbook
which keeps the script, and the guestbook itself at Bizarre!
Hypermail: An EMail to HTML compiler
mail2html 3.0.0
in this file
Copenhagen SGML Tool (CoST)
TreeLink Home Page
A program that makes graphical maps of HTML.

Icons and other graphics

Icons and Clip art at Yahoo
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 Archive
Gizmos and Icons at
Graphics for your pages at
Available as a tar file. (They encourage other sites to mirror this collection).
Daniel's Icon Archive (about 5000 of them) at
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.
Anthony's Icon Library by Anthony Thyssen
Available as a tar file. (Widely available and archived as AIcons).
Icons Icons at WWW.BSDI.COM
Icons Icons at Rutgers University
Wuarchive Icons Search Wuarchive Icons Search
Images, Icons, and Flags (pointers to other resources)
Icon browser at Department of CS at the University of Pisa
Mosaic Rulesz
to even more.
Underground Picture Collection
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 1.2.

``You can use the Cypherpunk remailers via a Web interface page... Tools exist to automate the chaining. For details, see [this] remailer page.''

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 Media Lab.
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, Inc.
has sources for cdwrite and mkisofs

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