Open Source Revolution

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:

Audio Editor:
Audacity – http://audacity.com
(This program is owned by Adobe and isn’t open source, however the free version works great.)

File Conversion
Power Archiver – http://www.powerarchiver.com/
7Zip – http://www.7zip.com

FTP:
Smart FTP – http://smartftp.com

Graphic Software
GIMP – http://www.gimp.org

Invoice Creation
Bamboo Invoice – http://bambooinvoice.org/

PDF:
PDF995 – http://www.pdf995.com
Go2PDF – http://www.go2pdf.com

Screen Capture Software
ScreenHunter – http://www.download.com/ScreenHunter

Video Editor
ZS4 Video Editor – http://www.zs4.net

Video Player
VLC Player – http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Virus Protection
AVG – http://free.avg.com/

Virus Scanning
SpyBot Search and Destroy – http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Web Stat Counter
Stat Counter – http://www.statcounter.com
Google Analytics – http://analytics.google.com

Word Processing:
Open Office – http://www.openoffice.org

WSIWIG Editor
NVU http://nvu.com/
Tiny MCE http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/index.php

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This page was last updated on 9/16/09.

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