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Old 09. Feb 2009, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This Thread is for Software Suites which are compilations of various utility software - not to be confused with Office Suites which usually contain a word processor and another office productivity program.
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Old 21. Feb 2009, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that would be quite a vast topic to discuss all kinds of software suites here. Would be better to discuss seperately based on their functions like Office Suites seperate, Security suites seperate and so on.
Just a suggestion
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Actually, the category centers on utility software. Programs that combine many utilities into a single download. What did you have in mind?
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Sorry, i misread your topic. Thanks for clearing it up, and sorry once again .

So, can you give some examples of such software?
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Old 01. Mar 2009, 01:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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To me, a software suite is a collection of software. It's vast, it can contain many software products. Like OpenDisc, which "offers for free a wonderful collection of just about every application software product you need to run a PC...", as mentioned in Best Free Software Suite.

A software suite can be useful for me to install all free software products needed, say onto a new PC, at one go, instead of one by one. But another interest is to see how many programs I need in a suite. So it depends how good the software suite that can suit my need.

I'd expect a good software suite installer to allow users not only to choose the size (the number of software products), but also to select individual software I need to install. Just like when I install an Office suite, I can select not to install Access, One Note, etc. It's a downside for Liberkey not allowing you to pick and choose what programs in each size.

Perhaps someone can shed some more light on this.
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I'm not altogether a fan of suites as I believe they do not encourage open thought and choice through research, but yes it's an easy option if you want it and I agree that if chosen selectively then the content can be very useful. The one comment I would make is beware of such suites which come attached to various media magazines. Some are OK but others contain multiple malware such as dialers, trojans and other spyware.
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Sorry - should also add that some of what is contained in media published disks will already be out of date by the time the mag hits the streets.
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I personally do not like the idea of software suites. I would rather download the individual programs, and keep them. I checked out one of the software suite mentioned in the topic. I found, I had almost all the freewares already downloaded on my PC.

Also, if some programs get updated in the software suite, dosen't make sense to download the big software suite once again.
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Nah...no software suites for me. I prefer to make the selections myself rather than install the choices made by someone else. Just about every suite I have tripped over includes software which I would not pick or is superfluous to my needs.

Good point from Anupam too, just one updated item would require downloading the entire suite again.

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Old 30. Jun 2009, 02:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have installed Liberkey on my 2GB memory stick and it is actually not bad. I installed the basic version, and they have a page on there site where you can choose all software separately, essentially customising liberkey for your own needs, there is an uninstaller for any programs you wish to remove although that function is only a beta at the moment. There is also the option to install your own portable apps, which will sit in a category called, my programs.

Its not an essential piece of kit, but I can have pretty much any application at my fingertips even if it is not on the machine installed, which is sometimes a problem for me.

Im in agreement though, even the basic liberkey application has alot of programs preinstalled that I have no use for whatsoever. And for that reason would probably never install it on a local machine, but for a customised portable app solution, it does its job well.

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