Tuesday, April 26th 2005
I’ve been thinking for a very long time that I should put together a list of the free software I use. Free in the $0, no nags, no ads, we-want-you-to-use-it-for-free way. (If for no other reason, then at least so as to give them some well deserved Google juice.) So, here it is:
- FTP client: FileZilla
- Drive emulator: Daemon Tools
- CD ripper: CDex (Latest ogg codecs here.)
- Music/video player: Winamp
- Calculator: GraphCalc (For those who feel limited by the windows calculator.)
- Image editor: GIMP (Feels a little strange to begin with, but is pretty powerful once you get to know it.)
- Office Suite: OpenOffice (Will rock even more once version 2.0 is out.)
- Web browser: Firefox (Goes without saying.)
- Email: Thunderbird
- Anti-spyware: Spybot Search & Destroy
- Antivirus: AVG (Not free for businesses. Now even easier to get – no registration necessary.)
- Bittorrent client: Azureus
- Instant messenging: Gaim (Chat without those pesky msn ads!)
- PDF maker: Ghostword (Short guide here.)
- Website/HTML editor: Nvu (The preview release still has some bugs, but v1.0 should be out pretty soon.)
Edit: As I see it there are three levels of free:
- Free: Use this software, but you’ll have to put up with enless nags about paying and/or ads.
- Free-er: Use this software without paying, and with no nags or ads.
- Free-est: Use and alter our software in any way you like.
Software classed as free-est can be counted as belonging to the free-er class too, since it to most users is simply free – $0, 0 nags.