Best Free and Open Source Software

Best Free and Open Source Software

Open source software is any program where the developer releases the source code for free. Whenever software has an open source license, it means anyone in the world can download, modify and distribute it without paying fees to its original creator.

Open source doesn’t just bestow a “free” download. Many companies develop software without charge but don’t publish the source code preventing other developers improving the code base. By contrast, open source projects are built on the endeavours of many collaborators who give up their time and expertise to create sublime software.

This is the largest collection of recommended software. The collection includes hundreds of articles, with comprehensive sections on internet, graphics, games, programming, science, office, utilities, and more. Almost all of the software is free and open source.

Documents
Documents
Internet
Internet
Education
Education
Graphics
Graphics
Videos
Video
Audio
Audio
System Administration
System Admin
Desktop
Desktop
Productivity
Productivity
Science
Science
Games
Games
Security
Security
Utilities
Utilities
Programming
Development
finance
Finance
Web Apps
Web Apps
Other
Other
Documentation
Books

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The compilation is being frequently updated and new articles added on a regular basis. For each article, we commission an expert in the field. Almost all the articles include a legendary rating chart offering you a succinct way of knowing what to try next.

Here are the latest updates to our compilation of recommended software.

October 2021 UpdatesCategory
JSON ToolsDevelopment
Issue Tracking SystemsWeb Apps
GUI Batch RenamersUtilities
TypeScript Static Site GeneratorsWeb Apps
Desktop Search EnginesProductivity
Comic Book ViewersOther
PHP Static Site GeneratorsWeb Apps

The original objective in starting the compilation was to dispel the FUD that Linux does not have the necessary software to compete with Windows. Over time, the aim of the compilation was to enable Linux users, whatever their level of computing experience, to identify software of all types that is worth exploring. With the huge range of open source software available, there is simply not enough time for users to evaluate every application even within a single category of software.

Open source software is often confused with freeware, but the two are very different. Freeware refers to software that users can download and use entirely for free, at no cost. However, they don’t have the right to change the source code.

The opposite of open source software is proprietary software, where only the individual creator/s, or the business who created it, has the right to control or modify the source code.

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