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Free Softwares

Open Source software is free for both private and commercial use. You can also redistribute these softwares as long as you abide to the GNU General Public License.

For other free softwares and freewares, make sure you read the terms of use if you are going to use them for other computers than your Private PC.


Open Source Applications (ALL 100% FREE):


OpenOffice (Open Source)

It is a nice open source alternative to Microsoft Office. The French Police is using that on their computers.

Very easy to use .Some people find it a little more difficult than Microsoft Office, but once you get used to it after a day or two you'll adopt it and save your money. Some advanced users of Excell say that Open Office cannot replace Excell.

Open Office can read and write in the same file format as Microsoft Office.


Open Office includes:

- Calc - A spreadsheet program also capable of saving spreadsheets directly as a PDF file.

- Writer - A word processor that also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format PDF, and also function as a WYSIWYG for creating websites.

- Base - A database program able to work with Access databases JET, ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL.

- Impress - Similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, and can export to Flash SWF and PDF formats.

- Math - A tool for writing mathematical formulae, that can export to PDF.

- Draw - A vector graphics editor.

- Macro recorder - Records actions and replays them to automate tasks.


Download OpenOffice


Thunderbird (Open Source)

The best alternative to Microsoft Outlook. An Open Source Mail Client. I personally use that. Safe Secure and user friendly

- Email - Thunderbird supports IMAP and POP mail protocols, has a spell check and as well an HTML mail formatting.

- Junk Mail Filter - Designate a mail as a spam for Thunderbird to block it.

- Anti-Phishing - Protection from email scams called “phishing” that try to trick you to type your passwords and other personal information at a link the'll provide you.

- Advanced Security - Enterprise grade security including digital signing, S/MIME, message encryption and support for certificates.

- Automatic Updates

Download Thunderbird


SmoothWall (Open Source)

SmoothWall Express is an open source firewall distribution based on the GNU/Linux operating system. Designed for ease of use, SmoothWall is configured via a web-based GUI, and requires absolutely no knowledge of Linux to install or use.


ZoneAlarm (Free Version)

Best Free Firewall! Download ZoneAlarm free version. It is actually superior to many commercial firewalls.

ZoneAlarm FireWall


ClamWin Free Antivirus (Open Source)

I would recommend that to advanced users who would modify the code to personalise this antivirus, but I am sure they know more than me and do not need my advice. I really respect all these Open Source projects and I tought I'd throw this one too.

Download ClamWin Free Antivirus

Avira Antivirus (Free)

Best Free Antivirus with the highest benchmark score for free antiviruses. If you want a free antivirus you've found what you were looking for.

It is easy to install, takes very low ressources to run, good virus detection and makes itself forget.

Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic


EasyCleaner (Free)

Registry Cleaner. EasyCleaner is a small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. A little housekeeping for your Windows XP.

Download EasyCleaner


FileZilla (open Source)

FileZilla is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features. It is very robust and stable and yet simple to use. Best of all it is free! That's the FTP client that I use to upload my site pages.

Download FileZilla


Linux (Open Source)

Linux is a free Open Source Unix based operating system. It is a very good replacement for Windows XP except if you are into gaming. It has a desktop very similar to Windows XP and comes pre-loaded with all kinds of applications.

An excellent choice if you run a small business, do programming or simply want to surf the web.

There are many different versions of Linux. At the core they are very much the same and they mainly differ by how the packages are put together.

Mandrake is one of the closest Linux systems to Windows XP, that also offers a free Version.

You will have the choice between i586 and x86-64. i586 is for 32 Bits Processors, and x86-64 for 64 Bits CPUs. If you don't know which one you have, get the i586 as you most probably have a 32 bit CPU, otherwise you would have noticed the price difference..

Download Mandriva Linux


Trend Micro

Trend Micro also offers affordable Advanced security for your enterprise, and can be assured your corporate data will remain secure. You can download a free trial on their website.

Download Trend Micro


There are many other open source softwares. Do a search for the kind of software you are looking for and add the open source keywords.



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