Funtime Extreme

November 16, 2006

Top 10 Windows open source (and free) applications

Filed under: Technology — feldmans @ 8:09 pm

All this software is free to download and use. However, feel free to donate to to whatever applications are most useful to you.

1. Mozilla Firefox (web browser)
Simply the best open source browser out there. Cross platform, meaning it is useable on Windows, Linux, and Macs. Allows tabbed browsing, and has an included pop-up blocker.

2. Mozilla Thunderbird (E-mail Client)
E-mail client provided by Mozilla. Again with open source, and with the proper add-ins, allows for much of the same functionality as Microsoft Outlook (which by the way costs $500 with the Microsoft Office suite).

3. Open Office (Office Suite)
No need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars purchasing Microsoft (M$) Office just so that you can save a document as a .doc or .xls file. No more need for struggling college students, or entrepreneurs starting off to spend all that money on M$ products.

4. Gaim (Instant Messenger)
Chat using any service you would like to — AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, IRC, ICQ, Jabber — with this multi-platform, tabbed IM client.

5. ClamWin (Antivirus)
Sick and tired of paying every year for another subscription to Norton, or McAfee? No more need to break out the credit card and spend all that money, ClamWin is a free open-source Antivirus application that allows automatic updates and scheduled scans.

6. VLC Media Player (Audio/Video Player)
Sick and tired of not having the right codec to play video or audio files in Windows Media Player or Quicktime. VLC Player is a robust media player that plays almost any type of file.

7. KeePass (Password Manager)
Do you have multiple different passwords for multiple different sites and e-mail accounts? No need to remember them, and ensure you remember when they have been changed. Check out this article on Securely tracking your passwords for more on using Keepass

8. Cygwin (Unix Command Line Emulator)
No more using the DOS command line. Download Cygwin and check out these tutorials (part 1, part 2, part 3).

9. Eraser (Data Deletion Utility)
Just in case you need to keep your government information confidential, this software securely deletes all files on the hard drive. Dont deal with government classified, this will also permanently delete all your date prior to selling or throwing your hard disk away.

10. TrueCrypt (File Encryption Utility)
You’ve got a folder full of files you don’t want anyone to access but you. Lock it (or an entire thumb drive) up with the free TrueCrypt software. Check out this Encrypt your data article for more on using TrueCrypt.

Got any other open source software you think needs to be added to this list? Tell me about it in the comments section and I will check it out and post it.

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