Open-Source ProgramsBrian Gongol
The following are programs recommended for a variety of applications. They are all open-source programs, meaning they are (a) developed by users, for users; and (b) free.
|FTP client program for updating websites and transferring files
|Firefox - most-used plugins
|Links to the plugins for a variety of media players, including products from Adobe, RealPlayer, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player
|Open-source e-mail program. Better protection than Outlook.
|Open-source instant messenger, with compatibility across AOL-IM (AIM), IRC, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo services
|Image editor. Lighter (that is, smaller in file size and quicker to run) than PhotoShop. Does most everything you could want.
|Image editor for vector graphics
|Word processing, spreadsheet, and other office functions, including a PDF maker. OpenOffice extension files offer additional utilities.
|Word processing, spreadsheet, and other office functions, including a PDF maker.
|Prints virtually anything to PDF
|LMMS - Linux Multimedia Studio
The following programs are not open-source, but they are available free of charge:
|Anti-virus software for home use only.
|Anti-virus software for home use only
|Web browser. Doesn't offer add-on tools like Firefox, but another good alternative to Internet Explorer.
|Spybot Search and Destroy
|3D modeling tool
|Offers music downloads and streaming audio
|A program that allows web designers to create custom search engines for their sites
|For users of PDAs running on the Palm operating system
|Pazera 3GP to AVI converter
|For converting movies recorded in the 3GP format on mobile phones to AVI format, which is more widely-used
|Verizon Access Manager
|For Verizon users who need to tether their mobile phones to their computers