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The Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization, offers a powerful, efficient, and secure feature set for virtualization of x86, x86_64, IA64, ARM, and other CPU architectures.


Wine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.

Windows Virtual PC

VMware Player

VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC.


VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).


ReactOS is a free, modern operating system based on the design of Windows XP/2003.

OpenVZ wiki


Linux-VServer provides virtualization for GNU/Linux systems. This is accomplished by kernel level isolation. It allows to run multiple virtual units at once. Those units are sufficiently isolated to guarantee the required security, but utilize available resources efficiently, as they run on the same kernel.

Kernel-based virtual machine

KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko. KVM also requires a modified QEMU although work is underway to get the required changes upstream.


JPC is the fast pure Java x86 PC emulator.


iRODS is an integrated rule-oriented data system. It is an open source data grid that helps people organize and manage large collections of distributed digital data.

Dioscuri - the modular emulator

Dioscuri is an x86 computer hardware emulator written in Java. It is designed by the digital preservation community to ensure documents and programs from the past can still be accessed in the future.

IBM Digital Asset Preservation Tool

IBM's Digital Asset Preservation Tool is a proof-of-concept demonstration of the Universal Virtual Computer solution that provides long-term access to JPEG and GIF87a files.


CodeWeavers delivers compatibility for Mac and Linux.


DiskView shows you a graphical map of your disk, allowing you to determine where a file is located or, by clicking on a cluster, seeing which file occupies it. Double-click to get more information about a file to which a cluster is allocated.

AT&T Labs Research

This page links to open source software from AT&T Labs.

GNU utilities for Win32

This page links to ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not an emulation layer like that provided by Cygwin tools.

Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications


GnuWin provides ports of tools with a GNU or similar open source license, to modern MS-Windows (Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7).


Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.

Cygwin project


ActivePerl is the industry-standard, commercial-grade Perl distribution used by millions of developers around the world for easy Perl installation and quality-assured code.

Debian wiki

This is a list of packages for the Debian-Forensics project.

NDIIPP Partner Tools and Services Inventory

This is a list of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program's Partner Tools and Services.

Pandora - Australia's web archive

This page links to tools for use in archiving QA.

Forensics Wiki

The Forensics wiki is devoted to information about digital forensics (also known as computer forensics).

PADI Digital Preservation Tools

The purpose of this topic page is to list, describe and evaluate open source digital preservation tools.

Digital Curation Centre Tools

This is a list of tools from the Digital Curation Centre.

CASPAR Software Releases

This page links to software releases from the CASPAR project.

Open Source Digital Forensics

The Open Source Digital Forensics site is a reference for the use of open source software in digital investigations (a.k.a. digital forensics, computer forensics, incident response). 

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