Firefox is an open source web browser. Firefox supports private browsing, anti-phishing and anti-malware, tabs, personas, easy customization, auto form complete, bookmarking, automatic updates, and has a password manager. Firefox supports most typical plugins, such as Flash, and is capable of supporting advanced extensions as well, including Zotero, an extension that helps individuals collect, manage, cite, and share research sources.
Thunderbird is an open source email client similar to Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. Thunderbird supports tabs, searches, customization, junk mail tools, remote image protection, phishing protection, automatic updates, and an address book. Thunderbird, like Firefox, also had a tremendous number of add-ons, like Lightening, which allows you to manage your daily schedule.
CamStudio is an open source screen recording software. CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs). CamStudio can also add high-quality screen captions to recordings in seconds and can even personalize recordings by including a web cam movie of oneself “picture-in-picture” over the desktop.
FileZilla Client is an open source, fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. Filezilla supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), IPv6, a tabbed interface, bookmarks, drag and drop, remote file editing, file logging, and much more.
OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It includes Writer for word processing, Calc for spreadsheets, Impress for presentations, Draw for drawing, and Base for databases. Each application supports a plethora of features.
NVU is an open source software program that allows you to build websites and web pages using a simple WYSIWYG editor (what-you-see-is-what-you-get). NVU makes creating web pages as easy as using a word processor and rivals such programs as Adobe’s Dreamweaver and Microsoft’s Expression Web. With Nvu’s built-in site manager, connecting to your website and making changes is a snap.
Audacity is an open source software for recording and editing sounds. Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Audacity can record live audio; convert tapes and records into digital recordings; edit audio files (OGG, MP3, WAV, AIFF); cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds; modify the speed and pitch of sounds, and much more.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open source and versatile graphics manipulation package. GIMP supports a customizable interface, photo enhancement features, perspective transformations, sample coloring, digital retouching, colors palettes, and much more. GIMP supports a number of file formats, including JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, and many more.
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is an open source web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. It is comparable to Blackboard, Angel, Sakia, and many other popular LMSs. It also includes a large number of free extensions.
NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as small and flexible as possible and is therefore very suitable for internet distribution. NSIS is script-based and allows you to create the logic to handle even the most complex installation tasks. Many plug-ins and scripts are already available: you can create web installers, communicate with Windows and other software components, install or update shared components and more.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system that can be used to design and develop a wide-range of websites and applications. To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server with PHP and MySQL instaalled, which would either be part of an Internet hosting service or a network host in its own right. WordPress can integrate with different themes that control the look-and-feel of the site. Additionally, there are literally thousands of plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress.