freesoftware

Software that is free to use


This page lists various software.  All of the packages are free to use, that is: there is no charge for individuals to use them. Many of the websites say that individuals are free to download and use the packages. In some cases, there may be charges to institutions. Some of the packages are also open, that is, they are free to use and the source code is freely available so anyone can make modifications to the programs if they wish to.  At the bottom of this page, I list a few sites that have information about what "free" means.


Please note: I've only used a few of these software programs a little bit, so I can't say much about how good they are, whether they crash, have viruses, or much else about them.  If you use them, please let me know how well they work.  If there are any major problems, I'll take them off this list.  I'm sorry to add the usual disclaimer that, while I don't expect any problems with them, if you use any of these, I can't be responsible for any problems that may occur. Also, I'm not necessarily recommending any, just providing info and links.

Portals


Unesco free software portal  http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=12034&URL
_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html   info about and links to free software.


Download.com  http://download.cnet.com/windows/   Find lots of stuff here. You can search for many of the software listed here, and see how popular or well rated they are.


The Free Software Foundation   http://www.fsf.org/    The directory   http://directory.fsf.org/   has lots of software, but probably lots of technical stuff. The GNU project   http://www.gnu.org/   also links to the same directory.


Open Source Alternatives   http://www.osalt.com/   lists open source alternatives to commercial software.


Idealware   http://www.idealware.org/   provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits.


International Free and Open Source Software Foundation    http://www.ifossf.org/    actually, I'm not sure what this is, whether it has software or not. But it seems like an interesting organization.


PC World had this list  "10 open-source alternatives for small business software"  http://www.pcworld.com/article/2047347/10-open-source-alternatives-for-small-business-software.html    This article is from August 2013. Another article is  how to declutter your computer   http://www.pcworld.com/article/2064514/declutter-your-pc-for-better-security-and-more-storage.html   from November 2013


Check out PC Mag  software reviews   http://www.pcmag.com/reviews/software   and click on "free" for some reviews of free software


Free Country   http://www.thefreecountry.com/   has pages for word processors and office suites   http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/wordprocessors.shtml   and free security stuff, and all sorts of free stuff.
   Freecountry.com is listed here
   http://www2.dir.state.tx.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/Document_Library/Policy-Stds-Guides-Procs/saleortransfer.pdf 
   http://www2.lc.edu/bbweb/  
   http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/Resc/netres.html    


Gizmo's free software   http://www.techsupportalert.com/    has for example   http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-backup-sites.htm  
   Gizmo is listed here  
   http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/codec/cc/Pages/Editions/navig_02_04.pdf  
   http://ppa.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Best-Free-RSS-Reader.pdf   
   http://www.collincountytx.gov/law_library/newsletters/Newsletter2012_03.pdf   
   http://cisam.ossb.oh.gov/docs/Brochures/MiscArticles/TheSoftwareFreeLunch.pdf  

Office suites, word processors,


This recent Earthlink newsletter   http://www.earthlink.net/elink/issue121/home.html   lists some free suites and stand alones, includin OpenOffice, NeoOffice, ThinkFree, Google Docs and Spreadsheets, AbiWord, Ajax13 and others.


Abiword   http://www.abisource.com/    free word processor, good for basic stuff, according to reviews in pc world and msnbc. These reviews are linked to from the abiword site. Abiword also runs on any platform, e.g., windows, linux, mac, etc.
    Abiword is from Gnome Office  http://live.gnome.org/GnomeOffice  which also has Gnumeric  http://projects.gnome.org/gnumeric/   mentioned below in the spreadsheet section.


IBM® Lotus® Symphonytm   http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/home   documents, presentations, spreadsheets. Based on open office.  Also here   http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/lotusymp   Then you need to click on "Product Support" and
   Announced here   http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/22326.wss   and "Download"
   reviewed here   http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9780362-7.html    a C|Net story posted on Sept 18, 2007
   and here   http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2338820,00.asp   best free software of 2009


NeoOffice   http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php   a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X
   listed here    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2338820,00.asp   best free software of 2009


OpenOffice   http://www.openoffice.org/   OpenOffice is another office suite.  Based on staroffice. OpenOffice 2.3 is now (sept 2007) available. Pretty good, almost comparable to MS Office suite. One main advantate (besides being free) is you can save to pdf.  Get more info on the support page,   http://support.openoffice.org/index.html   with forums, faqs, tutorials, etc.
    Hmmm, Open Office 2.3 was posted to download.com on Sept 18. On Sept 21, there had been 880,000 downloads. Popular! Five stars rating from downlaod.com, and 4 1/2 stars from users/reviewers.
    StarOffice is no longer available for free from Sun, but it is from twocows.com.

Open Office has a good review here  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2332502,00.asp   from pcmag

The Open Office forum is here   http://www.oooforum.org/   I have a lot of trouble copying data from calc to impress, but one person said how to do it here      http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=69087&highlight=impress+copy+paste   

Open Office add on stuff   http://www.ooomacros.org/   includes stuff for the writers, spreadsheet, etc. Some of this is statistical analysis.
Open Office tutorial   http://www.learnopenoffice.org/tutorials.htm   brief tutorials of many topics in OO


OxygenOffice Professional   http://sourceforge.net/projects/ooop   This "is an enhanced version of free OpenOffice.org what is a multi-platform office productivity suite. OxygenOffice Professional contains more extras like templates, cliparts, samples, fonts and VBA support."


LibreOffice   http://www.libreoffice.org/    Apparently when Oracle bought Sun, who supports Open Office (OO), a lot of OO people were unhappy with possibly problematic support and future of OO, so they left to create LibreOffice. So LibreOffice looks a lot like OO, for now, many of the same features and funtionality. However, the people at LibreOffice seem to be developing their package more.

See the story and some comparisons here  


Kingsoft office   http://www.kingsoftresearch.com/   There appears to be a free version at cnet, see below, but I don't see it at the kingsoft website.
    Highly rated by cnet editors   http://download.cnet.com/Kingsoft-Office-2012/3000-18483_4-75563178.html   and positively reviewed here
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-57364785-58/a-free-microsoft-office-alternative-thats-actually-good/  


Siag Office - A Free Office Package for Unix   http://siag.nu/   I found this through the Unesco free software portal. Spreadsheet, word processor, file manager, etc, for unix.


EditPad    http://www.editpadpro.com/    text editor.  Listed as editpad lite on the site.  Easy to use.



Web based suites or word processors/spreadsheets stuff

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9152118/Zoho_slows_frantic_growth_works_on_integrating_Web_apps_instead  
article from 2010 about zoho, but also says thinkfree is fading
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9007884/Online_Office_Suites_The_Winner_Is_Clear  
Review of zoho, google and thinkfree, from 2007.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/128248-2/the_webs_most_useful_sites.html
reviews several, including thinkfree and zoho.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/reviews/business-productivity/2006/11/28/type-and-travel-web-based-word-processors-39284895/  
review of google docs, zoho and thinkfree


google suite   http://docs.google.com   docs and spreadsheets.
  see support here   http://docs.google.com/support/   including a tip on making motion charts here   http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=91610    
  google fusion tables   http://www.google.com/fusiontables/Home   for sharing and animating data, putting data on maps, etc
Reviewed here   http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2032344,00.asp   from 2006, in general, very good review
and this   http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2209724,00.asp   from 2007.  PC mag likes it.
But also, check google.doc's terms of services   http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS?hl=en   because it seems to say that you, the creator, have copyright of any material you create and post, but they, google, have the right to publish and redistribute anything you save on their hosted server. Other on line services may have similar policies.


ThinkFree   http://www.thinkfree.com/    free office suite, MS compatible.
   Listed here  http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/critical-mass-the-reason-alternative-office-suites-stumble/4451  positive mention, but article from 2007
   and here   http://ux.brookdalecc.edu/fac/tlc/fac/tlc_blog_post.php?id=11   along with google docs
   and here  http://training.tamu.edu/tips/index.php?tipId=78   as a computer tip.
   and here   http://statelibrary.alabama.gov/Content/News/TheBestofWeb2.ppt  


Zoho   http://www.zoho.com/   also office suite.
    Listed here   http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_office_update_aug06.php   .
    Listed here  http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/critical-mass-the-reason-alternative-office-suites-stumble/4451   positive review, but from 2007


Zoho and Thinkfree are listed here   http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/productivity.html  


editgrid   http://www.editgrid.com/   on line free service for delivering data on demand



Web browsers, ftp, etc

Lesser knows webtools   http://www.pcworld.com/article/130009-2/discover_these_lesserknown_web_and_email_tools.html   story about browsers. Mentions Mozilla, Avant, Maxthon, others.


http://www.thefreecountry.com/webmaster/htmleditors.shtml    lists free html wysiwyg editors. Freecountry is listed at these sites
Kent State   http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/Resc/netres.html   resources page
U Hawai'i 's   http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/706   Info Tech page


Web Dwarf   http://www.virtualmechanics.com/products/dwarf/   free program for web page, wysiwgy web editor. Almost 500,000 downloads at download.com and good user reviews.   http://download.cnet.com/WebDwarf/3000-10247_4-10068166.html  



Maxthon browser   http://www.maxthon.com/    free. mentioned here
     http://techcrunch.com/2006/02/28/maxthon-the-browser-that-rocks/  
     http://download.cnet.com/Maxthon/3000-2356_4-10681895.html   high ratings, almost 600,000 downloads
     http://www.memphis.edu/itd/webdev/resources/software/browsers.htm   University of Memphis web developers page


Avant  home page is here   http://www.avantbrowser.com/   Also free, and can be found at download.com, here  http://download.cnet.com/avant-browser/   rated very high and over 20 million downloads.

Opera   http://www.opera.com/   also free download and rating here   http://download.cnet.com/Opera/3000-2356_4-10005498.html   rated very high, over 9 million downloads.


Google chrome   http://www.google.com/chrome/   the newest, from google.


IZArc  http://www.izarc.org/   create and read compressed files of various formats. This program is rated very well at http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Reviews/r676.html and  http://www.snapfiles.com/get/izarc.html.
 

Mozilla   http://www.mozilla.org/start/     Mozilla is no longer being developed, the new all in one application is seamonkey    http://www.seamonkey-project.org/     which has browser, email, html editing, and so forth. Mozilla also has firefox  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/   a free browser, pop up blocker, other stuff.    


Flashpeak   http://www.flashpeak.com/   has many freeware programs, such as slimbrowser, blazeftp and intelliEdit.  Slimbrowser has a good review here 
http://download.cnet.com/SlimBrowser/3000-2356_4-10101563.html   from cnet, and a good user and editor rating. Over 5 million downloads.


NVU   http://download.cnet.com/Nvu/3000-10247_4-10412423.html    4 stars, 364,000 downloads as of March 2010, web authoring program.


pagebreeze   http://www.pagebreeze.com/   html editor with wysiwyg and html


Operating Systems

cnet reviews   http://reviews.cnet.com/operating-systems/   lists OS systems, prices, brief reviews. Ubuntu has a good review, but it's not for everyone.

http://www.tech-faq.com/where-to-download-unix.html   describes bunch of OS systems, including Ubuntu, which says it's for laptops, desktops.

Freebyte's Guide to... Free and non-free Operating Systems   http://www.freebyte.com/operatingsystems/   lists a bunch with brief technical descriptions.  I, a non techie, don't understand a lot of it.

pcmap   http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,2362,00.asp   brief reviews, mostly windows and commercial stuff, but also ubuntu

review  http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9124087/Hands_on_Linux_New_versions_of_Ubuntu_Fedora_and_openSUSE_push_the_envelope_   December 2008 review of Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE.  Says all are easy to install. Ubuntu is the best for beginners.

PC world   http://www.pcworld.com/article/146400/desktop_linux_faceoff_ubuntu_804_vs_fedora_9.html   review of Ubuntu and Fedora, from June 2008.  Both good, Ubuntu better.

Guide to linux   http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/158059/dont_fear_the_penguin_a_newbies_guide_to_linux.html   using Ubuntu as an example. Jan 2009.

Running linux in windows   http://www.pcreview.co.uk/articles/Windows/Run_Linux_in_Windows/   how to.



Ubuntu   http://www.ubuntu.com/    "Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more."

Easy Instalation guide to Ubuntu.   http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/155517/ubuntu_linux_the_easy_installation_guide.html   from December 2008

How To Install Ubuntu On Any PC   http://www.pcworld.com/article/164927/how_to_install_ubuntu_on_any_pc.html   "In this walkthrough, senior editor Robert Strohmeyer walks you through the steps needed to install Ubuntu--a popular distribution of the Linux OS--on a PC. This fast, simple operating system runs well on limited system resources, boots quickly, and is very easy to operate."


Fedora   http://fedoraproject.org/   another free linux based OS.



Misc


Scribus   http://www.scribus.net/   opensource professional page layout, desktop publishing.
  Scribus is listed as part of a class, introduction to linux, at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick, here   http://css.ncifcrf.gov/training/catalog.asp  
  and listed in this presentation from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Social networking and other new technologies. See the Feb 2008 minutes  http://www.nitc.ne.gov/cc/meetings/  


J    http://www.jsoftware.com/   "a modern, high-level, general-purpose, high-performance programming language. ... J is particularly strong in the mathematical, statistical, and logical analysis of data. "   (I'm not exactly sure what it is, but I've seen it mentioned many times.)
    This page  http://webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~smillie/Jpage/Jpage.html   has some tutorials.


paint.net   http://www.getpaint.net/   image and photo editing software


gimp   http://www.gimp.org/   another image manipulation package



Project managers

GanttProject   http://www.ganttproject.biz/    project management


PHProjekt   http://phprojekt.com/   is a modular application for the coordination of group activities and to share informations and document via the web.


OpenProj   http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/   desktop replacement of Microsoft Project.


Saving files on line

There are a whole bunch of sites to which you can upload and save files.  Some examples are

Mozy   http://mozy.com/home   up to 2 gig free
Mediafire   http://www.mediafire.com/   free to upload and save files.  But they say this is meant to share, not save.
Idrive  http://www.idrive.com/  
Adrive   http://www.adrive.com/   50 gb free,   reviewed here   http://pcbackupreview.com/adrivereview.php  

One review is here   http://www.pcworld.com/article/125729/store_it_on_the_web.html    with useful info


gspace, described here   https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gspace/   lets you use your gmail account to upload and save files. I've used this. Seems pretty easy to use. Large files look funny on the gmail accounts, broken into several parts. Get a seperate gmail account just to back up stuff so it won't interfere with your regular email.


Free web hosting

sites.google.com, yet another google thing.


Transfer big files via email

This page   https://commons.lbl.gov/display/itfaq/ShareAndTransferLargeFiles   lists a bunch of free services, and says you can do it via google docs too.
   the services it lists are yousendit.com, transferbigfiles.com, sendspace.com, dropsend.com and mailbigfile.com/free  

This page   https://kis.kellogg.northwestern.edu/Pages/SendingLargeFiles.aspx   also lists yousendit.com


Working together on projects

Activity info   http://www.activityinfo.org/   "ActivityInfo is an online humanitarian project monitoring tool, which helps humanitarian organizations to collect, manage, map and analyze indicators."


Open Knowledge Pad   http://okfnpad.org/   share documents

Open Science Framework   http://openscienceframework.org/   share data, papers, etc



Not free but cheap

CoffeeCup HTML Editor 2008   http://download.cnet.com/CoffeeCup-HTML-Editor/3000-10247_4-10003347.html   highly rated. 3 million downloads as of March 2010. $50, 5 stars.


SiteSpinner 2.7c   http://download.cnet.com/SiteSpinner/3000-10247_4-10194134.html   also highly rated. 360,000 downloads as of March 2010. $50, 5 stars.


Namo WebEditor Professional   http://download.cnet.com/Namo-WebEditor/3000-10247_4-10009532.html   465,000 downloads as of March 2010, $100, 4 stars.

GoBeProductive   http://www.gobe.com/index.html    not free but $50, so cheap. Mentioned here   http://www.zdnet.com/news/fresh-rivals-take-on-microsoft-office-goliath/136136  along with others.
  but according to this review   http://office-software-review.toptenreviews.com/gobe-productive-review.html   possibly from 2011, it can't import recent ms office docs



What is free software? Sites that explain what free means and/or lists free software.

Free Software Foundation   http://www.fsf.org/    

GNU   http://www.gnu.org/   especially see this page   https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html  

Open Source Alternative to Commercial software   http://www.osalt.com/  

International Open Source Network,  http://iosn.net/    

International Free and Open Source Software Foundation    http://www.ifossf.org/    actually, I'm not sure what this is, whether it has software or not. But it seems like an interesting organization.



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 International Open Source Network,  http://www.iosn.net/   stuff about open source. See FOSS general, then software. I think the portal to software is here   http://www.iosn.net/foss/software/ 



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