Best Pieces of Open-Source Software

Right on! Now that we’ve had our week of vacation, let’s get back to business and make a list of the greatest free and open-source software (FOSS) choices for the regular Joe!

We’re not going to put them in any particular order or categorize them, as they’re all just equally great at doing the things they’re made for. Here we go!


Mozilla Firefox

Fox Yeah! The best web browser around. Nice, clean, simple and fast. Available for both desktop and mobile devices.



The Onion Router circulates your network traffic through anonymous relays, effectively concealing your location and browsing habits. Get through those ISP and country restrictions while protecting yourself from eavesdropping! Enjoy responsibly.



The core (kernel) of the greatest operating systems out there. Made in Finland. Choose your favorite distribution, install and you’re good to go! Oh, but you’re already using Android, aren’t you??



Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and Base. All that office stuff for free! Yes, you can do that macro thing as well. Even using Python! Why would you pay $100 for those MS products?



The FOSS alternative for Adobe Photoshop. I don’t use it much, though, it has done everything I’ve ever needed it for. It’s pretty advanced, and, as such, I don’t know how to use it, really. I’m not an image manipulator, even if I just happen to know what an alpha channel is!



The free and open-source audio editor and recorder! I’ve tried this in the past, but I just preferĀ playing the guitar. Great for multi-track recording!


VLC Media Player

The greatest media player out there. Supports tons of formats out of the box. Feature-rich, yet simple to use replacement for those Windows Mediaplayers and Rhythmboxes!



Backing up (=ripping) DVDs, converting Matroska to MPEG-4 and burning subtitles into movies made easy! Simple, fast and effective.


Any others? There must be millions of free and useful applications around, so share your thoughts!



One comment

  1. Blender, Chrome, Mplayer


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