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A few weeks ago I came across a utility which listed good quality free/open source software and made it easy to install - stuff like Firefox, Open Office, GIMP etc....

...and now I can't find it. Clues gratefully received!

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Do you mean Ninite? They have changed their name recently.

Install multiple apps at once without toolbars or clicking Next.

  1. Pick your favorite software below.
  2. Click "Get Installer" and run it.
  3. You're done!

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  • No Toolbars
  • Ninite says "No" to toolbars and other junk.
  • No Clicking
  • Ninite automates installers offscreen.
  • 32 and 64-bit
  • Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC.
  • International Ninite installs apps in your PC's language.
  • Fast
  • No manual labor means installs finish quickly.
  • And More
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that's it! thankyou! –  SarahJCD Nov 12 '09 at 21:34
Ninite beats them all :-) Especially the run once, don't come back part –  Ivo Flipse Apr 22 '10 at 19:46
Still the easiest. It's a shame they don't support more apps. –  CAD bloke Feb 22 '13 at 9:43

This obviously isn't the one you were looking for, but you might also want to get a Dropbox account and install PortableApps on it. ;)

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That's an interesting thought! I made give that one a go to keep stuff synced between computers. Why didn't Google or Microsoft think of something like that? –  Ivo Flipse Apr 22 '10 at 19:39
Dropbox + schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html is great for keeping settings in sync between computers. Move the settigns files to Dropbox an drop a Symlink in where they came from. –  CAD bloke Feb 21 '13 at 22:36

Google pack

Which installs:

  • Google Apps: Gmail, Calendar, Docs
  • Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus
  • Picasa
  • Google Talk
  • RealPlayer
  • Google Earth
  • Google Toolbar for IE
  • Google Desktop
  • Adobe Reader
  • Firefox with Google Toolbar
  • Skype
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Like that, but it wasn't that site. –  JB Apr 20 '10 at 20:41
Google pack was discontinued in Sept 2011 and is no longer available for download. –  Jim McKeeth Jun 5 '12 at 19:09

Smart Installer Pack

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  • Easy, intuitive user interface design
  • Contains usual start-up software*
  • Greatly reduces the time needed to install that software, eliminating some of the unnecessary searching, waiting, etc.
  • All free
  • The installer comes packed in a convenient executable file
  • You can choose which software you want to download and install from within the program using suggestive icons
  • The application is made as small as possible
  • Install fast, fast, faster!
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  • AppUpdater - automates the process of installing and maintaining up to date versions of programs, customizable for use in a corporate environment, similar to apt-get or yum on Linux.

Appdater screenshot

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GetIt - quickly install software, by using Windows Start Menu Search on Windows 7/Vista, or by picking them from a list on Windows XP. ... repositories are indexed locally, so you choose which program to install from a master list of all available programs.

GetIt from Startmenu

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great screenshot –  Jader Dias Feb 23 '11 at 1:14

Use ZeuAPP.

Pick software that you want, start download and install it. One click download the application you want to install, ZeuAPP in its list contains 160 applications. All applications are freeware or open source, and you are free to download them.

ZeuAPP has 14+1 categories: Archivers, Audio, Video, Chat-IM, Internet, CD Burners, P2P-File sharing, (Games), Programming, Graphic, Text editors, Office, Security, Utilities, Runitmes +My Software.

License: GPLv3

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If you're handy with PowerShell: http://chocolatey.org/ - it's a NuGet app fetcher that looks promising.

If you're even handier with PowerShell try http://boxstarter.codeplex.com/

I just set up a few Virtual Machines using NiNite to install what it could get (soooo easy) and AllMyApps to do the rest. AllMyApps is nearly there but a lot of the versions it instaleld were one behind the latest release.

So I just made a couple of checklists in http://Trello.com with the download links of what I want. Every tiem I had a new install to do I copied the checklists and worked through them.

My Recommendation: NiNite + the Trello list. Also handy if you already have the files locally if you're setting up a few at a time. If I was better at PowerShell I'd use Chocolatey. I probably will sooner or later - it is gathering momentum quite quickly.

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Why do you need to be good at powershell? It's more about just knowing what to type in the shell. cinst somepackage is about 90% of the work in using chocolatey. :) –  ferventcoder Mar 27 '13 at 2:45
That's a pretty good point. Also -GUI!- blogs.lessthandot.com/index.php/DesktopDev/MSTech/… –  CAD bloke Mar 27 '13 at 3:26

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