by Marc Majers
Free legal software is everywhere today due to the open source revolution. Thousands of developers from around the world are constantly building software in the belief that programs should be free for all. There is a consortium of intelligent computer users that believe the software we use to run our computers shouldn’t be subject to control by the big guys. However, there is one caveat when it comes to free software. There is always a threat that the free program you are downloading could have malicious code hidden inside it that could be activated crippling your computer. This is not the most pleasant thing to think about, but it could be a possibility.
Below is a list of potential programs I have used that are free to use:
Audacity – http://audacity.com
(This program is owned by Adobe and isn’t open source, however the free version works great.)
Smart FTP – http://smartftp.com
GIMP – http://www.gimp.org
Bamboo Invoice – http://bambooinvoice.org/
Screen Capture Software
ScreenHunter – http://www.download.com/ScreenHunter
ZS4 Video Editor – http://www.zs4.net
VLC Player – http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
AVG – http://free.avg.com/
SpyBot Search and Destroy – http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Open Office – http://www.openoffice.org
Please contact us to add your favorite open source program.
This page was last updated on 9/16/09.