The following is a list of the Top 7 free open source software downloads you might be interested in using.
All of these powerful software products are absolutely free.
Notepad++ is the ultimate notepad tool. I’m not talking about sticky notes or crap like that. Notepad++ is a simple text editor which will let you quickly open and edit all sorts of files including txt, html, php, py, c, java, etc… If you work on software development, Notepad++ is the best IDE there is, especially when you just want to make a few quick edits to a file and don’t need to recompile.
For those times when you need something with more features than Notepad++, LibreOffice is the best replacement for Microsoft Office. You’ll have all the same functionality as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, except you’ll be using free open source software.
Need to do some image editing? No problem! GIMP is basically the free open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop. For the simple use I make of graphics editing software, I’ve found it can do everything I could with Photoshop and more. And well, when the cost is $0, it’s hard to complain…
Audacity is a free open source audio editor and recorder. Excellent for creating that music mix to play in the background of your YouTube videos!
So far all the tools introduced have been great for editing and creating files. Eventually, you’ll want to upload and share these files somewhere. If you have a website or web server FileZilla is a Free FTP client and server.
FreeMind is a very easy to use mind mapping tool. It’s a great way to brainstorm with yourself and discover new ideas you didn’t even know you had! Excellent tool for bloggers to use in order to come up with new article ideas and great for making something logical from spaghetti ideas in your head, especially if you’re trying to figure out how to conquer the world.
You know, if you’re going to be using all of these open source tools, wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool that actually lets you take a look at all that source code? Eclipse is an open source integrated development environment (IDE) used for programming. It gained popularity as a JAVA IDE, but plugins and extensions now exist making it an excellent option for any programming language.
Bonus Item – Battle City
Every now and then you need to take a break from work. Battle City is a free open source game that’s a great download if you’re looking for something to play and even better if you’re a programmer or kid in school looking for an interesting project to learn some new things.