10 Greatest Open Source Software Of 2009

These are full-featured cross-platform softwares, free as in beer and speech. Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2009.

#1: Inkscape ( Vector Graphics Editor )

Fig.01: Inkscape is used by artist/illustrator/designer as vector graphics editor

Inkscape is a vector graphics editor. It is similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Xara X. This is perfect for object manipulation and styling objects. From the project home page:

Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

#2: 7-Zip ( Archiver )

Fig.02: 7-Zip is used as archiver

Fig.02: 7-Zip is used as archiver

7-Zip is a file archiver and open source software. No need to use winzip or anything else. It does everything for you without paying a single penny:

  1. Supports many formats:
    1. Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
    2. Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.
  2. Fast.
  3. Free and open source.
  4. High compression ratio.
  5. Works best with Windows operating systems.

Note: For Linux / UNIX desktop I prefer to use native tools such as zip/unzip, tar etc.

#3: VLC ( Media Player )

Fig.03: VLC is similar to QuickTime / Windows Media Playersimilar

Fig.03: VLC is similar to QuickTime / Windows Media Player

Great media player which supports almost all formats (audio, video formats DVDs / VCDs, and various streaming protocols) and is stripped down to its most fundamental features (i.e. portable media player). A must have software for all anim and movie fans.

#4: VirtualBox ( Virtualization )

Fig.04: VirtualBox is used for virtualization

Fig.04: VirtualBox is used for virtualization

Run Linux / MS-Windows or any other supported os directly without removing Windows, Linux, OpenSolaris or Macintosh (OS X) host operating systems. A professional class software that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). I recommend this software to all users to try out Linux or learn Perl / Shell scripting using UNIX development environment. VirtualBox is similar to VMware workstation.

#5: Miro ( Internet TV )

Fig.05: Miro is used for Internet TV and as video player

Fig.05: Miro is used for Internet TV and as video player

Miro is a free, open source, video player and podcast client. The official site described it as:

Torrents made easy, RSS made beautiful, with tons of gorgeous HD video.

I love Miro and I use it for Internet TV and video player which comes with a library of more than 6,000 Internet streams and podcasts.

#6: TrueCrypt/veracrypt ( Disk Encryption )

Fig:06: TrueCrypt is used for disk encryption (image credit official website)

Free open-source disk encryption (real-time on-the-fly encryption) software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (for Linux I prefer native disk encryption). From the wikipedia:

It can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file or a device-hosted encrypted volume on either an individual partition or an entire storage device. It supports Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (using FUSE) and encrypted volumes can be made portable. The version for Windows Vista or XP can encrypt the boot partition or entire boot drive and has the ability to create and run a hidden encrypted operating system whose existence is deniable.

On 28 May 2014, the TrueCrypt website announced that the project was no longer maintained and recommended users to find alternative solutions. VeraCrypt is a fork of the discontinued TrueCrypt project. It was initially released on June 22, 2013 and has produced its latest release (version 1.21) on July 9, 2017.

Linux user should use LUKS. See “How setup Hard Disk Encryption With LUKS [ cryptsetup Command ] in Linux” for more info.

#7: Calibre ( eBook Converter and Reader )

Fig.07:  Calibre is used for: ebook converter / reader

Fig.07: Calibre is used for: ebook converter / reader

calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application. It supports the following features:

  1. It manages your e-book collection for you. It can sort the books in your library by: Title, Author, Date added, Date published, Size, Rating, Series, etc.
  2. Tags – a flexible system for categorizing your collection however you like
  3. Comments – a long form entry that you can use for book description, notes, reviews, etc.
  4. Search local ebooks or over the Internet using title/author or ISBN.
  5. E-book conversion
  6. Syncing to e-book reader devices
  7. Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form (e.g., NYT, TOI, ESPN etc).

Without this software Sony or Amazon ebook reader is virtually useless for non-ebook format pdf reading.

#8: GnuCash ( Financial Management )

Fig.08: GnuCash is used for financial management / accounting

Fig.08: GnuCash is used for financial management / accounting

GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Personally I like it because of its rich functionality and easy of use. GnuCash is similar to Microsoft Money and it is used by accountant, small business/home user etc. Features:

  1. Double-entry bookkeeping
  2. Scheduled Transactions
  3. Mortgage and Loan Repayment Druid
  4. Small Business Accounting Features
  5. Transaction-Import Matching Support
  6. Multi-Currency Transaction Handling
  7. Stock/Mutual Fund Portfolios
  8. Online Stock and Mutual Fund Quotes

#9: GIMP ( Graphics / Simple Photo Editing )

Fig.09: GIMP quality photo retouching program

Fig.09: GIMP quality photo retouching program

I’m not a professional artist/illustrator/designer/web designer (read as Photoshop expert), but gimp is used for simple photo editing of my personal work such as photo retouching, image composition, simple effects, image authoring, and much more.

#10: Audacity ( Sound Editor / Recorder )

Fig.10: Audacity is used for audio / sound recorder & sound editor

Fig.10: Audacity is used for audio / sound recorder & sound editor

Audacity is a free all in one audio editor and recorder like GoldWave software. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, and edit sound files or just create personal ringtons for mobile phones.

My Favorite Software Of 2009:

VirtualBox – It is a life saver for sys admin and perfect free software loaded with tons of features. It offers great performance and stability, and supports a wide-variety of guest operating systems.

This is my personal FOSS desktop software list and it is not absolutely definitive, so if you’ve got your own software, share in the comments below.

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  • Alexandre Haguiar Dec 25, 2009 @ 11:59

    My opinion for best 10 final user open software is:
    1 – Ubuntu – Best linux distribution
    2 – OpenOffice – Office suite best than MS
    3 – Firefox – Chrome is the best but is not GPL like
    4 – Netbeans – Great development tool
    5 – Gimp – Best design tool for raster pictures
    6 – VirtualBox – Virtualization is every day more easily
    7 – Thunderbid – Best email client
    8 – Eclipse – Other greate development tool
    9 – VLC – Great multimidia player
    10 – MPlayer – Another great multimidia player

  • kubrick Dec 25, 2009 @ 12:05

    I’d add Google Chrome (Chromium).

    • Tuerdi Aug 1, 2011 @ 9:08

      Agree. After use it quite some time I felt my other browser is like a rubbish.

    • Livin4Jesus Sep 16, 2011 @ 3:42

      Honestly, Google Chrome looks SO much better in Windows… :/

      • Philippe Petrinko Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:58

        Dear Living,

        I am afraid I disagree, gCr is fine under Linux/Gnome (Debian).
        I have been using gCr for months.

        Furthermore, under Linux/Gnome, user can use mouse rolling button to switch forth and back between tabs, which cannot be done under Windows CMIIAW.
        I really need this feature.

        — Philippe

  • M.S. Babaei Dec 25, 2009 @ 14:16

    Merry Xmas Vivek!! 🙂

  • deerawan Dec 25, 2009 @ 14:21

    One of my favourite is AIMP – Multimedia Player. It is really winamp killer

    • raxosz Oct 1, 2010 @ 13:44

      very nice player 4 me..but VLC better than that..huhu

      • smlier Mar 25, 2011 @ 11:00

        I Agree VLC is the best media player. No codecs, no load time, no bulk. perfect =)

  • Richard R (Dick) Rutledge Dec 25, 2009 @ 15:02

    I wish to thank those who put Nixcraft together and publish the many answers to various questions. I have learned, in my opinion, from these emails enough about (?)nix OS’s to not feel so dumb when I make a mistake. I wish everyone involved a most Merry Christmas time and a prosperous New Year.

  • Giorgos Dec 25, 2009 @ 21:33

    Azureus here, for my downloading needs.
    IPblock for….blocking specific IPs. 🙂 (I was using peerguardian at windows).

    Cdcat for archiving and keeping track of my backup dvds.
    Meds ( http://xmm.sourceforge.net/ ) for a nice movie database.

    Webilder for using webshots fotos. (I was using UWC ( http://uwc.apinc.org/ ) at windows).

    OK! Nothing very important. Just my 2 cents.
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone!!! 🙂

  • Emanla Eraton Dec 26, 2009 @ 3:07

    Technically, TrueCrypt is not Open Source software, although it says so on their homepage. TrueCrypt’s licensing terms contain a non-commercial clause.

    Nevertheless, it is still a very easy and useful piece of software that I use daily.

    • Carlos Oct 10, 2011 @ 12:11

      Hi, I use TrueCrypt too, but does anybody have noticed that when you mount an encrypted volume, it suddenly increase the internet traffic?? !!! Does this program transmit something somewhere ????? your privacy??
      Check it out, any comment is welcome…

      Have a good day !


  • Steven Tuxfield Dec 26, 2009 @ 6:18

    This is a great post. It lets me know a few software applications I had never used before. Thanks a lot, Vivek.

  • Mrpant Dec 26, 2009 @ 8:37

    Chromium desrves to be on the list. Inkscape FTW!!

  • Philippe Dec 26, 2009 @ 11:11

    To MrPant: just to be sure, what does “FTW” mean to you ?

  • Mrpant Dec 26, 2009 @ 11:50

    I used it here for, “For The Win”. 🙂

  • Linux Blogger Dec 26, 2009 @ 14:03

    To Philippe:

    To Vivek:
    Why website field is removed from the comment form?

  • 🐧 nixCraft Dec 26, 2009 @ 14:49

    @Linux Blogger,

    It will back in new year 😉 I’ve some problem with my current theme and spam filters. Once fixed, I will turn it on.

  • ezuall Dec 26, 2009 @ 22:59

    Hey, I’m using 7 of those, that must meen something. Good list!

  • jose Dec 27, 2009 @ 8:25

    HomeBank is better than GNUCash, IMO

  • Giammarco Schisani Dec 27, 2009 @ 18:03

    Looks great, thanks for sharing. I haven’t tried Incscape yet, but I agree with 7zip, TrueCrypt, VLC and Audacity. Couldn’t live without them!

  • Giammarco Schisani Dec 27, 2009 @ 18:04

    I would also argue that WordPress is definitely a valuable open source product for many of us.

    • Brian Charles Clark Feb 1, 2011 @ 0:33

      With 10% of the non-HTML-only Web, yeah, WordPress is rockin it.

  • art Dec 28, 2009 @ 6:33

    GIMP is a very powerful image editing application that can do most of the things Photoshop does. Professional and serious amateur photographers who support free software use GIMP instead of Photoshop. So “Simple photo editing” is not at all an accurate description.

  • 🐧 nixCraft Dec 28, 2009 @ 7:01

    @ art,

    I mean.. “*I use* GIMP for simple photo editing”..

  • Lisa Bennett Dec 28, 2009 @ 9:23

    Great list. I suggest you also check out Kaltura – we’ve developed an open source online video platform, that is fully flexible and extendable. We also have pre-packaged video extensions for many web platforms, including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, BuddyPress, Elgg, MindTouch, Moodle, MediaWiki, TikiWiki and more.

    You can learn more and try out the platform at http://www.kaltura.org.

  • Marc Schwartz Dec 28, 2009 @ 15:07

    I would add R to the list: http://www.r-project.org

  • Unixpert Dec 28, 2009 @ 15:45

    I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. 9 times out of 10 when someone writes a list like this, almost all of the items listed are applications that the most people have never even heard of, let alone use frequently. I doubt anyone will argue that making a top 10 list for best FOSS is absolutely impossible. Especially if you try to do it in order. But this is pretty good.

    • Lie Dec 22, 2011 @ 17:15

      Because it will be boring if the list of software is something that you already used everyday. One of the reason people looks for “List of X” is for software discovery, and people want to discover new software they never heard of.

  • Abraham Menza Dec 28, 2009 @ 18:30

    It is good software I can not installed I seen in some were. Send the software to install in my computer instead of Microsoft XP.Thankyou!!

  • Abraham Menza Dec 28, 2009 @ 18:33

    It is good.

  • Wii Dec 28, 2009 @ 19:18
  • ezuall Dec 28, 2009 @ 19:43

    @Wii -> Right on, Blender rocks big time.

  • vlado Dec 29, 2009 @ 6:42

    blender 3d is missing as number one

  • Nada T Nyabas Dec 30, 2009 @ 5:35

    good softwares

  • Nilesh Dec 30, 2009 @ 11:03

    Nice one !
    Here are mine –
    Arch Linux – The OS for the geeky and Linux enthusiasts
    Pidgin – The best IM Client I found
    JDownloader – Download files from sites like rapidshare, etc. automatically
    FFMpeg – Very good AV encoder/decoder
    Mplayer – Easy to use Player for audio & video like VLC

    iTech7.com | Explore Technology

  • Nobody Dec 30, 2009 @ 13:56

    Thanks for not including OO.org software in top 10. It sucks big time. It looks aged and outdated compared to MS Office. It takes a while to load and who designed ugly looking software? Look I’m all set for open and free stuff but it should work as advertised.

    I do use VLC and 7zip. It rocks!!!

    • James1st Dec 17, 2010 @ 14:55

      What a silly post. OO.org is one of the greats.

  • RudyD Dec 30, 2009 @ 16:07

    I can agree with the above. To Nobody – do you know a better alternative than OOo for the office needs? Anyhow compare it to MS Office as a design. I think MS messed up with their new uglyness called as a design. And finish this flamewar up here – there are a galaxy divided on this i think. But please suggest! to deerawan: would be fine at least point out. I know only aimp2, but that seems to be freeware and not open source.

    My addition beside 7z is peazip. looks nice to me, knows great new compression formats too. Also would mention srware iron – that is an un-google-ised chromium. Nice portable versions for win I use often.

  • Vamsi Dec 30, 2009 @ 17:46

    Nice List..
    I use 80 % of em 😀

  • Keith Dec 30, 2009 @ 20:52

    Ubuntu? I hate Ubuntu! It’s just dumbed down Linux for people who don’t know what they’re doing and won’t let people who know what they’re doing do it. (My suggestion: Mandriva)
    Firefox? How can you love Firefox with its awful UI? (My suggestion: SeaMonkey)
    MPlayer? Yay, a program that consistently crashes halfway through your ten-minute MP3 clips. (My suggestion: XINE)
    OpenOffice? Start it up, go out shopping, and it might be ready for you to use when you get back. (My suggestion: GNOME Office)

    Others suggestions:
    * VIM – best text editor ever!
    * PHP – how can we make blogs, forums, or any server-side application without PHP?
    * Midnight Commander – Small, fast, configurable, and does everything I want.
    * Privoxy – how do people browse without this?

  • qualsdad Dec 31, 2009 @ 3:43

    Thanks nixCraft! Your a great teacher.
    I don’t know if these would make the top ten because they’re kinda specialized but the Jack Audio Connection Kit, jackcontrol and jack timemachine are very cool. I use them to grab sound bites from movies to use as sound themes for the desktop. I like my Bladerunner sound theme but it drives my son crazy!

  • qualsdad Dec 31, 2009 @ 4:23

    Keith, upgrade your 386 and you’ll see a difference!

  • menard sikana Dec 31, 2009 @ 6:46

    Ubuntu is the best open source

  • dinesh Dec 31, 2009 @ 6:57

    Heard about 7-zip and peazip.What do you think about IZArc?Please do reply vivek and everyone here coz I using it and kinda feel it can be part of list replacing 7-zip!

  • dinesh Dec 31, 2009 @ 7:01

    using IZArc in windowsxP.

  • Matt E. Dec 31, 2009 @ 7:41

    @Keith: Explain your statement about Ubuntu. What won’t it allow you to do?
    @Vivek: Great site! Good list. I use about %60 of them.
    @Nilesh: If you like FFmpeg, then you should get WinFF. For converting vids for my Samsung LED, I just set it and forget it. It uses the FFmpeg engine and converts mostly everything to everything.

  • Nilesh Jan 2, 2010 @ 11:34

    @Matt E.: I don’t like WinFF that much. With the command line & some Google research, I could convert 2*700 M video files (AVI) into a single file of 575 M (H. 264, MKV).

  • NutMotion Jan 4, 2010 @ 2:04

    Happy new year everybody:)
    re: RudyD 12.30.09 at 4:07 pm
    “I can agree with the above. To Nobody – do you know a better alternative than OOo for the office needs?”

    For “basic” word processing, I personally use zoho . I like having access to my docs no matter where I am. Guess google docs should do the trick nearly as good.

    re:Alexandre Haguiar 12.25.09 at 11:59 am

    ” My opinion for best 10 final user open software is:
    4 – Netbeans – Great development tool”

    +1 ! been using Eclipse since I began programming Java (spanning 4 years of J2EE, though not full time, been on and off a lot), and have tried Netbeans recently. No offense meant to anyone, but after trying Netbeans, I feel Eclipse is awkward. I feel more comfortable using Netbeans (namely because most important features are shipped with the install).

  • Naresh Jan 6, 2010 @ 12:10

    Hi (¯`·. ♥-HaPpY nEw YeAr -♥ . ·´¯)
    this software is good XMedia Recode
    and its free…. So try it
    may be it won’t get place in top 10 but its worth waiting for replys

  • starkx Jan 12, 2010 @ 22:01

    Keith (et al):

    “Ubuntu?” … Yes, sorry, but Ubuntu is useless. Been using Linux for many years (and generally Unix for many more) and Ubuntu is just a braindead version of a ridiculously neutered distro (Deb). Not wishing to start a flame-war but, that’s my opinion. For one example: overuse of Sudo == Windows Vista.

    “Firefox? How can you love Firefox with its awful UI?” … Yup, it has (sadly) grown beyond it’s station and is now bloated, and runs away with my processor at every opportunity (Chromium, sad to say, seems much better nowadays)

    “MPlayer?” … I love Mplayer and don’t get the regular crashes you mentioned. Maybe you should try a fresh compile from source for your box?

    “OpenOffice?” … I’m still unconvinced on this one. I love OpenOffice and use it wherever I can. *However* I’m still forced to maintain an M$ box and use Word for work. OpenOffice started out so good (thanks to it’s StarOffice background I suppose) but lately it seems to have dropped a peg or two behind the commercial stuff 🙁

    “Others suggestions:
    * VIM – best text editor ever!” – It’s true.

    “* PHP – how can we make blogs, forums, or any server-side application without PHP?” – http://tryruby.org/

    “* Midnight Commander ” – All good

    “* Privoxy” – Stay away from the pr0n? 😉

  • starkx Jan 12, 2010 @ 22:06

    re: NutMotion 01.04.10 at 2:04 am
    re:Alexandre Haguiar 12.25.09 at 11:59 am

    ” My opinion for best 10 final user open software is:
    4 – Netbeans – Great development tool”

    +1 ! been using Eclipse since I began programming Java (spanning 4 years of J2EE, though not full time, been on and off a lot), and have tried Netbeans recently. No offense meant to anyone, but after trying Netbeans, I feel Eclipse is awkward. I feel more comfortable using Netbeans (namely because most important features are shipped with the install).

    Personally I’ve always been an Eclipse man, mainly because it easily supports not just Java but C/C++, Ruby, D, and the various other languages I work with on a day-to-day basis.

    Don’t get me wrong, I also use NetBeans (mostly when I’m stuck on Windows because Eclipse does suck on win) but my main work is all Eclipse…

  • Deb Jan 28, 2010 @ 11:00

    I use a few of these, suggested by Vivek. Thanks a ton.

  • m@x Jan 29, 2010 @ 17:50

    Thanks buddy for the list
    note that the format 7zip(.7z) will not contain user permissions and other info ( please check with their manual)

  • Josh Miller Feb 3, 2010 @ 22:51

    Looks like a lot of good stuff, and I’d agree on most except for #9. GIMP just blows. Gimpshop makes it marginally more usable but basic GIMP is more annoying and unintuitive than anything.

  • Adrian Feb 4, 2010 @ 1:57

    I use Linux since 1998 (I was 14 years old then), In 2003-2004 I knew nearly everything about Linux, GNU software, distros (e.g. I was hacking LFS disro), I’m Linux admin since 2002, know how to write any software in this operating system and I’m glad that someone took all of this randomly written stuff and packaged it into Ubuntu giving me distro which is working exactly like it should and do not waste my time. Without Ubuntu my productivity would be seriously cut down. On production servers I use Debian and wish to switch to Ubuntu when it will be secure enough, because of commercial support.

    You picked great software, but none of them was created in 2009, so subject of this article is somewhat misleading in my opinion.
    My personal list (overall, not 2009):

    0. Linux (kernel)
    1. GNU software (compilers, editors etc etc) – without them there would be no free software at all
    2. Kubuntu
    3. Komodo Edit – AWESOME
    4. PostgreSQL – free Oracle
    5. Python – makes programmer life much easier, don’t give me a crap with PHP or Java…
    6. Firefox – who cares about look? It is the best development platform available and it is fastest browser available, and yes – it is faster than Chrome and Opera
    7. OpenVZ/ProxMox/all virtualization products – making the world greener
    8. Amarok
    9. Nginx – where Apache needs 2GB RAM, Nginx needs 2MB RAM:)
    10. KDE4 – looks great


    • Tuerdi Aug 1, 2011 @ 9:44

      Agree with most of them, but not with Firefox. I don’t now about Opera but I am using Firefox, IE9 and Chrome on several different computers. My feeling is Chrome is much faster, easy and friendly to use; IE9 was improved quite a lot than it is predecessor on all aspects, it is not the worst anymore; when it comes to Firefox I can’t see much change on it, I mark it as same with IE. Some time, I am also getting touch with Safari and I am feeling that was the worst browser ever. Of course, it is just my personal opinion.

  • Sridhar Dhanapalan Feb 6, 2010 @ 2:32

    Truecrypt is *not* open source. Its licence is not OSI approved and it never will be since it does not abide by the Open Source Definition.

    It is dangerous in the long term to lock away your data with software that is not open source. You are handing control of your information over to someone else. You may have convenience now, but that cannot be guaranteed in the long run.

  • Giorgos Feb 6, 2010 @ 7:50

    Truecrypt IS open source (at least according to Sourceforge).
    Truecrypt page on SF.NET is there: https://sourceforge.net/projects/truecrypt/ .

    Αcording to open source purists, even Debian isn’t open source. Personally I disagree.
    OK! Just my opinion. 🙂

  • Sridhar Dhanapalan Feb 6, 2010 @ 8:01


    Saying it does not magically make it so.

    See http://michael-prokop.at/blog/2008/12/12/truecrypt-open-source-or-not/

    There is no room for personal opinion here. A licence is a legal document.

    Sourceforge does not police licensing. It just lists the info it is given.

    In contrast, Debian is open source. Free software, in fact.

  • Giorgos Feb 6, 2010 @ 8:54

    Hi Sridhar! 🙂

    OK! I’m not a lawyer, but sourceforge is checking the distributing software, not just accepting the word of the publisher. Projects has banned from sourceforge at past, for violating the open eulas.
    Eg. look at the recent case of mediacoder. Mediacoder recent versions banned from sf.net for eula violation, even the program itself was OK.

    > There is no room for personal opinion here.
    Oh yes! There is plenty of room for disagreement here! 🙂

    GNU doesn’t accepting Debian as open source.
    I’m using Debian and I have only open source programs AND flash and nvidia.
    That’s it! Since I’m using nvidia drivers and flash player at firefox, according GNU, I don’t have an open source system. (and debian comes with flash preinstalled at firefox).

    On the other hand, Debian is not accepting Mozilla license as open source and redistributing firefox as Ice Weasel, because according to Debian…..Firefox is not open source!!!

    Look, I don’t want to disagree with you, I’m a personal admirer of Richard Stallman and for my personal documentation projects, I’m using the official latest gfdl lic, but I can understand that there are many many types of open source licenses. (and many disagreements too, for the purity of them). 🙂

    Specifically for truecrypt, it has to bypass also, the obstacles of us law that prohibits the sharing of this kind of programs outside US.

    Anyway! Any suggestion of similar programs? The more we have, the better for us and the scene.

  • Sridhar Dhanapalan Feb 6, 2010 @ 11:37

    Hi Giorgos,

    I can’t speak for SourceForge, but the simple legal fact is that the TrueCrypt licence does not meet the Open Source Definition. We have a definition for a good reason – to avoid misuse of the term ‘open source’.

    There are other better ways to encrypt your data. I personally use the cryptsetup/LUKS/dm-crypt encryption that comes with Fedora. It’s a simple option that you can activate at installation. More information at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureEncryptedFilesystems

    Ubuntu has encryption available as well: http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7568/1.html

    Both of these methods are Free Software, meaning that they meet both the Free Software and Open Source definitions. It is important to use Free/Open ways to encrypt your data to guarantee that you can access it forever.

    I haven’t used Debian in a while so I can’t comment directly, but I’m sure there are ways to get this stuff going with it.


  • Giorgos Feb 6, 2010 @ 13:22

    Hi Sridhar! 🙂

    Anyway! It’s still an excellent software (even with somewhat wierd license) and I can use it for encrypting and transferring volumes to a windows machine.
    Unfortunately, I can’t go on and encrypt a usb stick from debian with the methods you suggested and giving it to a friend of mine, because he probably won’t be able to decrypt it, on his windows machine.

    With truecrypt, the only thing I’m doing, is installing it with windows compatibility.
    I know some commercial freewares with (very limited) similar features for windows only, but none for unixes.
    I think, although truecrypt has a bit obscure license, it remains the best option available.

    For the legal meaning of term, Wikipedia seems to agree with Sourceforge.
    Clicking on the “source available” link (just under its screenshot), redirects you at “open source” term.

    Greets!!! 🙂

  • Sridhar Dhanapalan Feb 6, 2010 @ 13:49


    Wikipedia is not a lawyer – it is written by random people online. The TrueCrypt licence has been widely inspected by knowledgeable people, and the consensus is that it is not properly open source.

    You should also notice that the Wikipedia article on TrueCrypt mentions the same issues with licensing that I have raised.

    It is important that open source has a clear definition, or else it loses its meaning and is open to abuse. That is why the Open Source Initiative exists. Otherwise, we’d have rubbish like Microsoft’s ‘Shared Source’ being touted as open source. Please don’t encourage this, as it only hurts open source.

    There is far more to open source than just source code being visible.

    I’ll also reiterate that it is dangerous to trust your valuable data to something that is not properly open. You have no guarantee that you will be able to access that data in the future.


  • Giorgos Feb 6, 2010 @ 13:56

    Correct! 😉
    OK! I agree!

    I wasn’t aware of these issues. 🙁
    I hope, that a really open replacement will be written.

    THANKS for getting our attention to it! 😉

  • Francis Feb 10, 2010 @ 0:07

    BIG BIG thanx to VIVEK and everybody. I know you all can help me..:-)

    Anyway, I am an Electronics and Communications Engr. and i’ve been working in the telecommunications industry(technical side). Now, i’m very very much interested in pursuing to learn linux as SysAd/NetAD, an opportunity opened and i’ve only limited time to learn.

    With This, Do you have something very very good tutorial made for a newbie for desktop and server….I’ve search a lot on the net and got somehelpfull tips too.

    Thanx again


  • Philippe Feb 10, 2010 @ 8:16


    First of all, Welcome Francis, here and into Linux community.
    You need to know that this is not a Forum,
    and that a nice place you could find help
    and information you need is nixCraft Forum http://nixcraft.com/

  • Babar Zahoor Feb 25, 2010 @ 6:07

    Very nice information………………………..Keep it up……….

  • daweed66 Mar 2, 2010 @ 20:05

    Ardour also

  • Toby Richards Mar 3, 2010 @ 21:46

    I disagree with the person who put the Linux kernel above the GNU utilities. Without the Linux kernel, we’d still have FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD, but we wouldn’t have those BSD’s if it weren’t for the GNU C compiler.

    Of the BSD’s, OpenBSD is among my top 10 FOSS. I don’t actually use OpenBSD the operating system, but it’s thanks to that project that we have utilities like openssh, openssl, and a host of other security utilities that I need on a daily basis.

    Good FOSS missing from everybody’s list so far:

    FileZilla – connect to FTP, S/FTP, FTP/S, and FTP/ES with equal ease.
    Samba – Without it, we couldn’t connect Linux to Windows file & print shares.
    Rsync – The utility that mirror servers use to synchronize.
    Darwin BSD – The open source operating system that Apple Mac OSX is based on.
    Notepad++ – The best text editor for Windows.
    Xorg – There’s no other GUI engine for Linux or BSD that I’m aware of.
    VNC – Everybody’s favorite Open Source & cross-platform remote control utility.

  • Tom Mar 15, 2010 @ 2:25

    Great list. My personal list:
    1 – Fedora
    2 – Lamp suite (Linux OS,Apache web server, MySQL database and PHP)
    3 – VLC media player – simple, effective, searches for codecs if non existant locally
    4 – Firefox browser – greates browser ever
    5 – trueCrypt (altough hard to install in fedora, easy on windows)
    6 – VirtualBox – no comments. easy, fast, effective
    7 – netBeans – great development suite for Java/C++/PHP/…
    8 – SSH server
    9 -OpenBSD OS

    • Tuerdi Aug 1, 2011 @ 9:46

      “Firefox browser – greates browser ever” it was.

  • Arnold L Johnson Apr 10, 2010 @ 18:21

    Your list is good and general. I’m sure folks have their personal favorites. I think Ubuntu is great, great, great for what it is and what it does, run my programs. If I am doing other things, who knows what, other distros might be better. Even other OSs might be better. The cool thing is when the same application can run on Mac, Linux and MS. This is the open source charm.

    1. Guake Terminal – terminal with invisibility cloak and one key pop up/vanish.
    2. KeepNote – a text and picture note taking app. Great for research and scrapbooking.
    3. Synergy – a software KVM lets you operate many networked PCs from one keyboard and mouse (cross platform too!).
    4. Blender 3D – with video tutorials, not so hard to learn after all!

    Talk about a disturbance in the source. I guess some of you Linux old hats carry a grudge against Linux made friendlier for folks who couldn’t care less about stone and chisel computing or giant server networks. The same Linux that can run the whole internet can be whittled down to run on a wristwatch. Maybe we need to fork the system admin tradition of Linux to include a desktop user support offshoot. Then the only link between you and me is an I/P address!! Go figure, open source software, closed source user. Real Linux users don’t use a mouse, they use a green text CRT, 5-1/4″ floppies and reboot by pulling the plug, right? NO! 10 years using Linux made easier every year on a desktop.

    • Mark Apr 20, 2010 @ 15:15

      Hey, you should try Tilda if you haven’t already. It’s like Guake, but I prefer it for reasons I can’t quite remember 🙂

  • K.Mohan Apr 18, 2010 @ 14:34

    I want software

  • Tensigh Apr 20, 2010 @ 4:08

    This is a pretty good list, although I thought some of these would have been made or released in 2009.

    On the ‘honorable mentions’ list, I have to say I’m becoming more and more disappointed with Firefox as of late. For one, it CONSTANTLY updates itself and forces me to wait while it does so. Isn’t this something we hate Microsoft for? And it crashes a lot on me when I use Java, even though Java is up to date. This has been increasingly getting annoying.

    OpenOffice isn’t a bad substitute, but MS Office still comes out as a better product. It just seems to run better, at least, for most of the things that I use it for.

    I loved this list otherwise!

  • BC Apr 20, 2010 @ 4:33

    Calibre is definitely great in theory. It’s really the only program that has the features to manage a large ebook collection.
    Unfortunately it’s horribly horribly executed. Among other things shockingly bad performance on large collections (bulk edit is one it’s key features), frequent lockups and one of the most frustrating interface layouts I’ve seen.

  • Philippe Petrinko Apr 20, 2010 @ 8:46

    To Tensigh:
    “OpenOffice isn’t a bad substitute, but […] for most of the things that I use it for.”

    Well this comment is off-topic, which is openSource SW, doesn’t it?

    BTW, having using OpenOffice and lot of proprietary softwares for years, I can make my day (professionaly and privately) just using OpenOffice.

    You could try using it on genuine OOO files, and not complain if it does handle more or less any other proprietary file format. Using more and more OOO, you’ll get better at it.

    Most problems that user face, using OOO, are due to importing and using those proprietary file formats with OOO, which OOO was not built for. OOO has tried to manage after those formats anyway, to help those billions addicted users to proprietary SW to try something new, and free.

    • Tensigh Apr 20, 2010 @ 9:50

      Hey Phillippe,

      Thanks for the reply. No, it’s not off topic. The comment above calls it a great MS Office substitute, so the author introduced the subject.

      My problems with OOO aren’t file conversions, it’s the programs themselves. I can’t recall having any problems with files converting, and I think OOO does a great job with that. My problems are ease-of-use and efficiency, and as much as it pains me to say it, MS Office wins hands down.

      When I use Excel, for example, the autofill function just works more intuitively. When I type in the first 3 letters of a cell that exists previously on the worksheet, Excel almost always fills in the correct word. I can TAB in OOO and eventually get to the right one, but I have to keep doing that. It’s just less efficient. I’m not using it right now so I can’t think of any other examples.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying OOO sucks. It’s not a bad substitute and it does a sufficient job. But if money weren’t an issue and you just go by features and ease of use, most people would choose MS Office. Because they want to support FOSS people often overlook the shortcomings of FOSS to promote it over commercial software. When FOSS is clearly superior to its commercial counterparts, I say it. But I don’t think we do the FOSS world any favors when we put blinders on and say a FOSS is better when in many cases it’s not. That’s all I’m saying.

  • Philippe Petrinko Apr 20, 2010 @ 10:03

    Hey Tensigh,

    As far as I understand your need for auto-completion in a spreadsheet, Auto-Completion works in OOO.Calc. It’s an option.

    See, you come to my point. If you used OOO more, you would get to know it better.

  • Tensigh Apr 20, 2010 @ 11:17

    Hey Philippe,

    It might be true that had OOO come out at the same time as MS Office did and I used it at then, OOO might feel more intuitive. Point well taken. Auto completion does work in Calc and I have been able to use it, it’s just that for some reason, the auto-completion in Excel tends to read my mind a little bit more. It’s almost as though the engineers at Microsoft peeked into my brain when I was asleep and wrote the algorithm based on what kind of words I’m looking for. Other users may not have the same experience, but it worked this way for me.

    I have used OOO to a certain extent, although not as extensively as I have MS Office. So far, OOO keeps up decently, but it still feels a few steps behind. I’ve had other minor problems (I had a B*TCH of a printing problem with envelopes in OOO that was immediately fixed in MS Word) that keep me from using it exclusively.

    Like I said, OOO works decently. But in my experience, it just hasn’t worked as well as MS Office.

  • Philippe Petrinko Apr 20, 2010 @ 11:33

    Hey Tensigh,

    […] Auto completion does work in Calc and I have been able to use it, it’s just that for some reason, the auto-completion in Excel tends to read my mind a little bit more.[…]
    Please be serious here. I do not believe in magic. Give us a spreadsheet file sample, to understand what you say, and see if you would get it better with OOO or not.

    But anyway, that’s not the point. We are talking OpenSource, and in this case, free software.
    You criticize a free program, and, as you are rich enough to get a authorized proprietary SW, you just omit two points: Autocompletion would not be a sufficient reason to drop OOO if you did take into account all criteria, including cost.

    Second, people who criticize FOSS software comparing to proprietary are most often the same that have never ever done something to help FOSS developers or community. Why? because, if they did, they would get to know the real value of FOSS software, and will decrease the importance of small differences that are always a good excuse of rich and not so generous people who dismiss FOSS.

    Did you submitted your supposed OOO envelope printing bug to the developers?
    Did you send them sample data to reproduce the bug?
    Hope you did.

    • Tensigh Apr 20, 2010 @ 12:21

      Hey Philippe,

      Whoa, I thought we were having a friendly discussion here. Don’t take it so personally. I’ll “be serious” if you calm down a little.

      I didn’t say autocompletion was enough; I cited it as merely one example (you might want to re-read my original comment). I said that there are a number of features that I found better in MS Office, that was just one example. I also said that this was my personal experience. Please don’t jump down my throat when I made every attempt to qualify my statements with disclaimers.

      Yes, I had the audacity to criticize a free program. I thought the point of Open Source/Free software was contribute opinions and make things better! Is it better to have an inferior program but never say anything about it? I thought this was a “substitute” for MS Office! My goal is to make it BETTER than MSO, not concede defeat. Not giving feedback on crappy parts of software does NOT make them better!

      Second, I use FOSS on a regular basis (I’m writing this on an Ubuntu PC, for example), and probably was using FOSS before you were in Jr. High. But like many in the FOSS community, you take any criticism of FOSS as a personal insult. This is exactly why FOSS improves at a snail’s pace and will have a long time to surpass commercial software. As long as objective criticisms are taken as personal insults, people just won’t bother, and problems will remain. Chill out, dude, and be a little more objective.

      Incidentally, I have donated money AND translation help on a small number of FOSS projects, so your rant is without merit. And no, I didn’t submit my “bug” to the developers. I’ve seen so many bug posts that say “don’t post that crap here” that make me shrug them off. You just said I’m not supposed to complain about free software, but I’m supposed to send feedback. Which is it?

      If you’re going to be intellectually honest, you’ll have to admit that SOMETIMES commercial software is going to be better (very few people criticize Adobe Photoshop, for example). It makes FOSS worse to bury your head in the sand.

  • Philippe Petrinko Apr 20, 2010 @ 13:45

    Hey Tensigh,

    Calm down pal – I am trying to get factual here.

    You said AutoCompletion needs enhancement in OOO.Calc, I still wait for you sample data to make things improve, just as developers didn’t get your bug report for your envelope issue.

    Great to know you were using FOSS from a long time, may be or not as I did (what’s the point here? mine is bigger than yours ? Very clever debate 😛 ), since 1994 with slackware, after years using *nix systems. [even learning first *nix on i86 – Xenix in 1987 (alas! proprietary owned – even if bought from SCO by Bill G.) ].

    Great to hear your personal experience – better to know exactly upon what facts it is based. Don’t take it personally if I ask exactly what.

    I get your point on one experience: FOSS Developers tends to explode really fast, because tons of Fantactic Users usually claim “Your crap does not works like xxx proprietary SW” – and those very same users are not able or don’t take time to read documentation to check an option or two, nor make a decent bug report. /* don’t take it personally */

    Great to know you contributed. I said “hope you did”. So that’s fine and don’t take it personally.

    The main point here, instead of arguing if proprietary is better, could be helping FOSS community to make things better. We may agree on that one.

  • Toma Apr 23, 2010 @ 1:12


    Google Chrome? 🙂

  • Andrew Apr 24, 2010 @ 19:04

    One more you could add is Opera web browser. Not as popular as firefox but very innovative. There latest big development allowing the browser to one’s computer into a server, allowing web access and/or network access to any chosen location of one’s computer.

    • Philippe Petrinko Apr 25, 2010 @ 6:46

      Sorry Andrew,
      but as long as Opera WB is proprietary (may be freeware on specific platforms),
      it is off-topic, since this is Open Source Software best of.

  • ottox May 4, 2010 @ 10:51

    I would add Last.FM player to that list.
    This is a totally new concept of an online radio (player) where the music you hear is tailored to your taste. This is achieved by statistically analyzing how others with similar taste have rated the songs they have been hearing.
    It is a great way to get to know new songs and artists.

  • Philippe Petrinko May 4, 2010 @ 11:46

    @ Ottox: AFAIK, Last.FM is not an open source software.

  • Saurabh May 20, 2010 @ 13:17

    Totally Agreed, Virtual box is the easiest way to virtualization, very intuitive interface. Loved it. Inkscape is amazing , Made me leave photoshop

  • Burak Jul 14, 2010 @ 10:41

    Count qtcreator as a best ide for c/c++ qt development.

  • tercüme büroları Jul 16, 2010 @ 8:43

    nice collection…

  • Rebeca Mabrey Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:45

    Have you ever thought about adding more videos with your web site articles to have the readers even more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was very fantastic but since I am significantly more of a visual learner, I found that way to be much more useful. well, let me know what you think.

  • Rob Kingston Nov 28, 2010 @ 5:06

    My list would go…

    1. Nginx
    2. WordPress
    3. PuTTY
    4. FileZilla
    5. Freemind
    6. 7 Zip
    7. VLC
    8. Chromium
    9. Tight VNC
    10. Android

  • Sid Dec 2, 2010 @ 10:29

    I agree with the list you have here. I have most of these packages/software and use them daily. GIMP is such a great deal for photographers as myself, although Photoshop CS5 EXT / windows xp pro , is hard to beat. Just itś price is way out there for my budget, but it is such a great photo everything package. There are some other great graphixs packages out there now to include Adobe prem 5, I have not used it but LumaPIX is endorsed by renown wedding photographer David Ziser and I have heard good things about it and the best part it´s much less expensive than Photoshop.
    That´s my 2 cents worth!

  • Stuart Crudd Dec 2, 2010 @ 15:35

    Hey great list, plus interesting comments.

    My list of open products I use a lot and like are:
    Loads of Java libraries; e.g. Axis and Log4j etc

  • MrOz Dec 23, 2010 @ 5:19

    Did you seriously just say that GIMP is for “simple” image editting?

  • Tony Saratonev Dec 26, 2010 @ 0:35

    I installed ubuntu on any customer who wants to repair his windows, but does not show a valid serial number for that, and add on both windows and ubuntu :
    gimp ( + python scripts ),
    audacity + LAME ,
    open office,
    stelarium ( for opengl/directx tests ),
    World Wind,
    and few small movies, created to show possibilities of programs

    each client oriented to don’t play games, remains of ubuntu

  • YTHT Jan 22, 2011 @ 23:23

    Hi all! I was wandering if there’s a way with VLC to download You Tube videos for my website, anybody knows anything about it?

    • murchadhbhaba Jan 26, 2011 @ 20:12

      Check out DownloadHelper – Firefox addon. Can also convert to many formats; uses ffmpeg to do this I think. Downloads most stuff, so worth a look.

  • D. Strout Feb 5, 2011 @ 12:16

    Well, this is a “best of” list for ’09, and here it is ’11! Anyway, a few notes: My personal all-time favorite: Notepad++. Sad to see it was only mentioned once here. It is mostly for programmers, your average user probably wouldn’t have it. One thing I really like about it is that it works under Wine in Linux. As to GIMP, it is too complex for what I do. I am a web designer, not a graphics designer, so when I need to edit an image, it is only the most simple things (moving/erasing one part of an image, basic cropping). For that purpose, I have honestly not found anything better than MS Paint. I know it’s not FOSS, but it works. I have not found any FOSS to replace it.

  • jas Feb 12, 2011 @ 15:27

    Ubuntu? I hate Ubuntu! It’s just dumbed down Linux for people who don’t know what they’re doing and won’t let people who know what they’re doing do it. (My suggestion: Mandriva)
    Firefox? How can you love Firefox with its awful UI? (My suggestion: SeaMonkey)
    MPlayer? Yay, a program that consistently crashes halfway through your ten-minute MP3 clips. (My suggestion: XINE)
    OpenOffice? Start it up, go out shopping, and it might be ready for you to use when you get back. (My suggestion: GNOME Office)”

    sounds like you should be working on your computer issues instead of posting on blogs.

    • Philippe Petrinko Mar 6, 2011 @ 19:18


      To your comment: “sounds like you should be working on your computer issues instead of posting on blogs.”

      Free and Open Source ethics ban on using such dismissive, violent, inconvenient and inappropriate comments, which lead to nothing positive.

      It does not makes you better.

      You should have known this – if you knew FOSS better.

      You and us FOSS users deserve better behavior. Do your best, it’s on your own.

      — Philippe

    • Tuerdi Aug 1, 2011 @ 9:52

      Interesting. All do respect, it is only your choice not majority. You should think about why many others uses different than you?

  • Andrew Feb 17, 2011 @ 7:04

    Thank you very much for this list of software

  • Melanie Feb 20, 2011 @ 5:38

    Hi chaps, just been reading this with great interest – I’m just coming to the open-source market having used commercial software since I started using a Windows PC, and I have to say that it’s extremely exciting! The range and complexity of software available, and the maturity of the products is incredible – I’m trying to replace all of my old windows applications with foss ones now, I’m already using GIMP and find it brilliant and I’m delighted to replace Photoshop with it. My next step is to replace MS Office with open office – I’ve just switched from IE to Firefox and I’m investigating email clients…

    It’s all going to be a bit of a learning curve – translating my existing MS skills into the chosen FOSS packages, but sooooooo worth it in the long run.

    I just wanted to say that as a newbie user, I’m full of gratitude, respect and admiration for the dedication and committment of the developers and the Open-Source community as a whole. Thank you all. So many people are benefitting from your efforts and the future looks so exciting…

    So there’s a newbie perspective for ya!

    • RudyD Feb 25, 2011 @ 20:39


      Welcome Melanie! Keep up the philosophy. Just a few tips which probably helps if you stay on WinOS. Try http://alternativeto.net/, take a look at portableapps (albeit they started to package freeware stuff too. Sad that they do not indicate wich is true fw and which is only free for home.)

      You can consider OOo is divided – LibreOffice is the ‘most open’ successor to it. Albeit I hope there is going to be a next version of the OOo based OxygenOffice too.

      @VIVEK: Mentioned above. This list is over a year old and the discussion is yet attracting people. Lot has happened over that 1.2 year(s). I hope you going to have time and probably call opinions for an updated list. Perharps until easter (?) 😉 . Thanks anyway! Keep up! and Best Wishes!


      • Melanie Feb 25, 2011 @ 22:12

        Hi Rudy, thanks for the link. It would be nice to be able to contribute to the effort, but my programming skills are extremely poor. There may be other ways like reporting bugs and producing video tutorials etc that I can do. Once I’ve figured out how to use everything, that is!!!! The documentation and help seems to be thin on the ground with some applicatons – openproj is one that’s puzzling me at the mo – I guess that these open source projects evolve so much that the documentation gets kinda left behind. And it’s incredibly difficult to derive from the software at a later date. Certainly for a user.

        Anyway, I’m not sure I know what I’m talking about because last time I was involved with systems development was 20 years ago on ICL mainframes using SSADM and Prompt. Then CASE tools using dictionaries to derive schema from, I suspect that there are different systems development models being used now. Are there any open source help systems? It would be nice to be able to include tutorials on a moodle site…

        Meanwhile I’m playing with the database and forms part of OOo (which I assume means OpenOffice.org?) and how linking to an excel spreadsheet works (or doesn’t!), and trying out openproj to see if I can use it to project management my business (niche perfumery).

        Thanks for the warm welcome and is there a forum I could join?

        Best wishes,


  • J Mar 6, 2011 @ 16:18

    Great list.

    Here is my list.
    +DWG True View
    +Google Sketchup
    +djv_view, an image sequence player, very nice one.
    +openproj, a project time tracking and managing tool for small size project.
    +xnView, an image viewer tool, if you know ACDsee.
    +Q-dir, a very powerful tool to keep your task bar clean and the author is updating this frequently.

    inkScape, I found out it is extremely tough to handle complicated drawings, always crash at somewhere.


    • Philippe Petrinko Mar 6, 2011 @ 17:31



      I am afraid I disagree with OP (OPENPROJ) choice.

      Although it seems quite handy, OP originally built by PROJITY company has been put to a stop by the acquirer, SERENA company.

      All we can see is that SERENA is advertising OP only to sell its proprietary similar software.
      See sentence: “For more comprehensive project and portfolio management (PPM) functionality, many organizations turn to Serena XXX” on : http://www.serena.com/products/openproj/index.html

      OP hasn’t been modified since version 1.4, more than two years ago.
      Last version 1.4 lasts from 2008-oct-02 precisely.
      see http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/files/OpenProj%20Binaries/

      I am using TaskJuggler, which is fine,
      It has all functionality one would need,
      but User Interface is a kind of “Write project source & compile to generate Graphical and interactive Reports(GANTT, etc)”-design, which may turn repulsive/surprising to full-GUI interaction addicts… (you been warned ! 😉 )

      Taskjuggler has been rewritten for its version III, which is Beta, so I currently use last stable version 2 : http://www.taskjuggler.org/download.php =>

      — Philippe

    • Philippe Petrinko Mar 6, 2011 @ 17:55


      Due to ORACLE questionable behavior in OpenOffice community, (after ORACLE bought SUN which owned OOO), a fork has started months ago to really free this project: LibreOffice


      LibreOffice willl supersede OpenOffice in UBUNTU and DEBIAN next releases.

      Enjoy !

      — Philippe

  • DD Mar 12, 2011 @ 6:08

    I really like and use OpenOffice all the time. I will try out Miro.

  • kik Mar 24, 2011 @ 18:27

    I would add Sribus

  • mutuelle handicapé May 18, 2011 @ 12:36

    hello i thiink this article is very fantastic

  • TC Jun 9, 2011 @ 19:28

    no one really mentioned:

    Perl – deep, wide, and rich, off the scale good
    PDFCreator – handy, probably cuts into Adobe’s revenue

  • SamHoratio Jun 10, 2011 @ 3:30

    LibreOffice may trump OpenOffice now. It also seems to have a greater potential for growth and change after the split and the creation of the Open Document Foundation.
    Regarding it being better than Microsoft Office however, let’s be honest our patriotism and loyalty to the Unix/Linux world and open source aside, there never is an office production suite that comes even close to Microsoft Office. It is simply the best there is.
    I love Ubuntu and Debian, and Microsoft would give anything to make an operating system half as great. But in my opinion, Microsoft is still the best in making three things;
    1. Microsoft Office (currently MS Office 2010)
    2. Microsoft Visual Studio (DE)
    3. Microsoft Encarta (an Encyclopaedia with some student essentials later shipped as Microsoft Student and discontinued in 2009) Wikipedia took its toll.

    As for my favorite open source apps, I’d add
    Movie Player (totem) — Very stable and quite simple.
    Cheese (webcam handler)
    XSane (image scanner) — Feature-rich

  • papin1 Jun 16, 2011 @ 18:17

    Hi everybody,

    Stumbled upon this page, quite interesting. The software list seems OK to me, given the preamble some people forgot to read thoroughly (“cross-platform FOSS”).

    Like me, you’ve noticed how short the list is. I don’t believe you’ll find more than 20 cross-platform FOSS, but the job is well done and software quality is here. Not all people may like/use them (I tried many times to use TheGimp but failed miserabily) though.

    My machine has a genuine XP Pro SP3 nlited because I absolutely need to run MS Office 2000 Premium and other software not available elsewhere (they might be FOSS but not cross-platform).

    I will stick to MSO 2000 for a while because :

    1. OOO or LibreOffice cannot simply do the job. My Excel sheets are way too complicated for OOO Calc and I’m only using 45 basic functions plus MSQUERY for *.rqy scripts. Besides, Excel loads in a blink of an eye, creating VBA macros and forms is easy while OOO macros lack documentation *and* are way too complicated for me.

    2. Support for laptop’s touchpad is still lacking… support! For instance, touchpad is clearly stated as “no supported” in the OOO Calc documentation as well as the unabiliy to handle names. Alas, bad support for laptop touchpads is widely generalized in the Linux world.

    3. OOO Writer is not better than Word, excepted for the style/object panels. On the other hand, I’m tired of Word, so I use OOO Writer instead, but only because I exchange files with other people.

    4. MSO 2007 is a no-no (that ribbon!). Newer versions could oblige me to buy newer hardware because they tend to be hungrier on resources.

    5. Last, OOO and the like are too heavy, too bloated, too slow and too often provide features unusuable or do not provide useful features. These software need a serious rewriting from scratch. They’ve done their job, which was showing the world that Microsoft is not the only one that can make professional office software. In their current state, they will never drain the masses to FOSS (and Linux for what it matters).

    For the record, I used to promote OOO (or LibreOffice) everytime I could. I installed LibreOffice but removed it as quickly because I felt it would be less usable than OOO. Now I let people do what they want unless they try to send me MS Works files, in such case they’ll have to get OOO or else.

    Now, for the FOSS point. IMHO, I have to admit I prefer usabilty and work quickly and efficiently done with the less effort over having a pure FOSS computer that is useless.

    Purity is like water purity: nobody will ever drink pure H2O liquid. Just take the damn Flash necessary to watch youtube videos, for example. And how my ATI video card would do without proprietary software? And why should I have java, which is not FOSS? What about the PDF file format (it has become an ISO standard but is still proprietary software –remember the GIF turnmoil)?

  • cypherb0g Jul 4, 2011 @ 18:28

    i think i add a lot but for star will be pdfcreator, peazip, eclipse,….

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  • Philippe Petrinko Aug 2, 2011 @ 13:40

    we are half of 2011,
    may be time to close this topic
    and switch to a new one.
    For instance, LibreOffice is born, OpenOffice may be dead soon.

    IMNSHO, such topic may require sub-sections such as “Best File Explorer” ” Best Browser”, “Best professional Linux distrib”, “Best CD-DVD burning SW” and so on…

    What’s your point?

    — Philippe

  • Katie Cuti Aug 18, 2011 @ 14:35

    Great post, I found you site when I was on my phone. I’ll check back later when I am on my desktop

  • Georgine Sep 13, 2011 @ 19:11

    Good Night… your site is absolutely cool!!!! I think Im coming back to see postings

  • Raver Sep 20, 2011 @ 0:08

    Always interesting to see peoples opinions on software. You can guess based on their list what area of interest they have. web designers, programmers, etc.. We I have been looking at Ubuntu for a long time. I have used it on and off, playing with it from the Live Cd. I’d been playing with the latest version when my wife’s and daughters laptops died (hard drives). I likes what I saw with the new version of Ubuntu and so decided to load the newly installed hard drives with it. Installation and configuration went great. Wireless setup was a snap. They were already using both Open Office and MS Office from their previous systems with ran Vista so no learning curve there. The real treat was me no learning how to do things in Ubuntu. Sudo and all the little things you have to learn. Thanks to various how to’s that too was no problem. Installed ESET Nod 32 and had a hitch. Went to there site and found the cure. Cure also had a hitch but at close observation I saw they had a error in their post. Changed it and boom, Nod 32 was up and running. Very happy so far. Wife’s and daughter’s requirements are small: Spreadsheet, word processor, database program, browser, email client, music player, graphics editor, etc.. Use a number of the software listed here 🙂 . Loaded VirtualBox and loaded Windows$ for the software that they needed but that was not available for Ubuntu (to my knowledge) They are happy …….. so am I.

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  • NMixt Aug 29, 2012 @ 0:49

    Don’t forget openstreetmap.org, an open source project that lets people create and edit maps and use them however they wish. People can add their own points of interest, trails or any other feature they want.

  • John Step Oct 24, 2012 @ 17:23

    Finally, an accurate list!
    Good job. I agree with every one of these and use all of them. I would add Filezilla and a couple of others but this is a very accurate list.

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