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2009/08/28 10:20 AM RssIcon

freeware Free software is a matter of freedom not of price. So says the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Open Source Software although mostly free is slightly different. The term “open source” software is used by some people to mean more or less the same category as free software.

Open Source Licensing does have some sort of restrictions placed on them as well as not accepting all free software. However, the differences in extension of the category are small: nearly all free software is open source, and nearly all open source software is free.

We all want something for free. But many would argue that free or cheap software is of low quality. You get what you pay for. While in many cases this might be true, it is not so of all free software. There are in fact loads of award winning fantastic free software packages out there that you would be willing to pay for.

Some of the more famous ones include:

  • Firefox
  • MySQL
  • Open Office
  • PHP
  • Linux
  • Firebird

You might not know this, but there are literally thousands of free and open source software packages available to you for download on the internet. All you have to do is look.

What I have done is compile a short list of lists or directories of free and open source software. I make no guarantee to the validity of any of these lists or software.

This is not by any stretch of the imagination an exhaustive list. There are obviously some great lists or sites that I have left out.

A word of caution: There are many gimmicky sites that point you to “free” offers all over the Web, but most are disappointing because they lead you to enter contests that promise free gifts to the winner. Free contests almost always require you to input your name, e-mail address, and other personal data. Steer clear of such sites, since in giving out your e-mail address, you open yourself up to receiving unsolicited marketing materials of all kinds. Your inbox will quickly be flooded and unmanageable on a daily basis.

Do you have a great list of free and open source software you would like to share with us? Leave your list in the comments below

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It's great that there are so many unselfish people out there who devote their time and effort to developing open-source and freeware. I take my hat off to them. They have a true spirit of generosity as far as I'm concerned.

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