Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a strong supporter of FOSS, free and open source software. I’m not going to write an apologia for such software (at least not now); that job has been done much better by many others. (See GNU’s philosophy page for some pretty good ones.) What I do want to do right now, though, is spread around to the world my own small contributions to the FOSS community. They are small, but I believe that, having received so much of use from the community, I ought to give back what I can.
bibsearch: a little Perl program that provides extensive search and work capabilities with the Bible. It’s currently set up to work with the Latin Vulgate (the Clementine version, using the texts from the Clementine text project that formed the basis for the excellent Windows-based Vulsearch utility) and the English version (the Douay-Rheims, the text taken from the same project), but it’s easily extensible to other languages, if only I could find some free text translations of the Bible into those languages. (If you know of any, please let me know.) It allows searching the entire Bible, in either language, with the full power of regular expressions; it also allows saving results to buffers, searching those buffers, and writing those buffers to disk if you want to save them permanently. You can receive search results by book, chapter, and verse, or that information with the actual text. You can also search by book, by testament, or by groups of books (such as the Books of Moses or the writings of St. Paul). Finally, you can also use it simply to read the Bible or to get particular verses. It’s text-based and powerful, with full documentation. God bless you, and I hope you find it useful.
makebook: A bash script for imposing multiple pdf pages onto a single sheet in a configuration suitable for binding. Flexible and powerful.
catechis: This is a macro package for the excellent LaTeX document formatting system (which uses the TeX typesetting engine) for typesetting traditional catechisms. For more information on TeX and LaTeX, visit the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network.
liturg: A macro package for LaTeX for typesetting Catholic liturgical texts, particularly those of the traditional Roman liturgy. Special macros are defined particularly for the Missal and the Breviary.
dozenal: A macro package for typesetting documents using the dozenal numbering system. It includes Metafont characters for the numerals ten and eleven, designed along the lines of the Pitman characters (essentially, an inverted two and a reversed three). It also inclues (now) Type 1 versions of the fonts, sadly enough.
GoodClock: A simply clock program in fvwmscript for the fvwm desktop. Uses the system date command to display the time and date. As configurable as fvwm itself.
FOSS logos: Some vi logos and a general FOSS logo, all drawn in the GIMP. Very simple and basic, but I like them.
I hope that some small part of the world finds these programs useful. As always, in the true spirit of FOSS, if you think of any changes or improvements to any of these programs, please contact me, or feel free to change them yourself, in accord with the applicable license. God bless you all.
Praise be to Christ the King!