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.

Latest Software RecommendationsCategory
Load BalancersInternet
Configuration ManagementSystem Administration
Web ServersInternet
Terminal-Based Music PlayersAudio
Music PlayersAudio
Office SuitesDocuments
Diff ToolsUtilities
Internet RadioInternet
Console-Based DiffUtilities
Disk CloningSystem Administration
Frameworks for EmacsDocuments
Vim-Like Text EditorsDocuments
Emacs-Like Text EditorsDocuments
Neovim GUIsDocuments
Test AutomationDevelopment
Window ManagersDesktop
Compositing Window ManagersDesktop
Dynamic Window ManagersDesktop
Tiling Window ManagersDesktop
Stacking Window ManagersDesktop
KDE Plasma Widgets Desktop
Crafting ToolsOther
File Systems for Big DataInternet
CLI Time TrackersProductivity
GNOME Desktop ExtensionsDesktop
Time TrackingProductivity
Font ToolsUtilities
This covers the period from July 2020 - September 2020. We're constantly adding and updating. If you have any suggestions, drop us an email.

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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