As much as I enjoy finding great open source software, often the process can become frustrating as many of the sites seem like they were designed without the end user in mind.
That’s changed with the Open Source Living archive which is clean and easy to use. It won’t overwhelm the first time user in the way it only includes the top few program in each category instead of an exhaustive yet confusing boatload of options.
Here are a few of my favorites that I use at least once a week:
- Mozilla Firefox – Don’t tell me you’re still using IE? Seriously.
- Paint.NET – Gimp is fantastically powerful but overkill for most. Paint.NET is sharp looking, easy to use and includes what I actually need.
- Miro – If you don’t already have this, download it now! A life saver for those times I forget to set my Tivo. See here for how I use this program.
- Audacity – Easy to use audio editing. I’ve used this for years.
- CDex – Amazingly fast mp3 ripper. I use this all the time.
- WordPress – Want to run your own blog? Look no further.
- PeerGuardian 2 – IP blocker for those who use P2P apps.
- FileZilla – I recently moved from SmartFTP to this great FTP program.
- 7-Zip – The best archiving program I’ve come across.
It’s been a few years since I’ve tried an open source office suite but I’m going to do that very soon. I’m ready to give up Microsoft Office but am considering moving everything online so I’m not sure what I’d gain by going with a program that requires installation, updates, fixes and all that crap.