Open Source Software

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Free & open-source software is good for you & for the world. This is the best Windows software that we know of. No adware, no spyware, just good software.

WEB BROWSING

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    Mozilla Firefox

    The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world’s best browser.

VIDEO PLAYER, BITTORRENT, PODCASTING

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    Miro

    Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.

IM – INSTANT MESSAGING

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    Pidgin

    Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber.

VIDEO CONVERTER- MP4, IPHONE, ANDROID

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    Miro Video Converter

    Convert any type of video to mp4 or theora. Convert any video for use with iPhone, iPod, Android, etc. Very clean, easy to use interface.

DOWNLOAD HELPERS

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    SkipScreen

    A Firefox extension that skips unnecessary clicks and wait times on Rapidshare, Megaupload, Mediafire, zShare, and more.

E-MAIL

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    Mozilla Thunderbird

    Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.

RSS

PEER-TO-PEER FILESHARING

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    Cabos

    A simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.

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    Gnucleus

    A very good Gnutella search and download filesharing program.

VIDEO PLAYBACK

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    Miro

    Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.

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    VLC

    Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.

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    MPlayer

    Similar to VLC– plays loads of video formats.

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    Media Player Classic

    Compact, but powerful media player. Plays anything under the sun. No install necessary.

WORD PROCESSING / OFFICE SUITES

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    LibreOffice

    Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with and a free replacement for Microsoft Word documents. Also supports OpenDocument Format.

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    AbiWord

    A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.

PODCASTING

FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

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    Bitcoin

    A “peer-to-peer” digital currency so you can buy things without paying transaction fees.

SOUND RECORDING

GRAPHICS / PHOTO EDITING

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    GIMP

    Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.

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    Inkscape

    Vector graphics application.

FTP / SFTP

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    Filezilla

    Excellent FTP program. 100% free and open source.

IRC

ARCHIVING

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    PeaZip

    Fantastic archiving utility to extract and pack archives of an extensive amount of formats. PeaZip also features password protecting archives, keyfile support, system integration, a lovely interface, and much more.