Best Free and Open Source Software

Best Free and Open Source 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 have commissioned an expert in the field. Most of the articles include a legendary rating chart. In time, we’ll update all articles to include a chart.

Here’s the latest updates to our compilation of recommended software.

October 2020 UpdatesCategory
Python Maths ToolsScience
Documentation GeneratorsDevelopment
Revision ControlDevelopment
JavaScript FrameworksDevelopment
Ruby-Based CMS Web Apps
Archive ManagersUtilities
Python ShellsDevelopment
Python-Based CMSWeb Apps
Google Analytics AlternativesWeb Apps
Social NetworkingInternet
Console Web BrowsersInternet
PDF Development LibrariesDevelopment
MongoDB GUIsDocuments
Internet ForumWeb Apps
Data Recovery ToolsSystem Administration
Music ServersAudio
Partitioning ToolsSystem Administration
System ProfilersSystem Administration
PHP Web CMSWeb Apps
Terminal MultiplexersUtilities
DebuggersDevelopment
Business Process ManagementDocuments
Caching SystemsDocuments
Orthodox File ManagersProductivity
OS-level VirtualizationInternet
Network Inventory ManagementInternet
Console Based Network ‘top’ ToolsInternet
Disk Encryption ToolsSystem Administration
Command Line Navigation ToolsUtilities
Clipboard ManagersUtilities
Subtitle EditorsVideo

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.

There are many advantages in using free and open source software. For example, software licensed in this way lets you use, copy, study, and change the software. The source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software. 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(s).

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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