List of Free Computer Software

This list of free computer software is designed to help you get a full suite of software completely free. From Operating System to Office, Internet and Image editing software this guide will detail as much great, free editing software around. Best of all the software is all completely legal, none of these downloads are illegal.

Operating System: Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a linux distribution which aims at user friendliness. It serves the same role as Microsoft Windows does. While it is not as polished and easy to use as Windows, it gets the job done and is becoming increasingly user friendly. As such it is the perfect choice for this list of free computer software and a great free operating system.

Office Software: Open Office

Open Office is a free replacement for the Microsoft Office suite of applications. It has features comparable to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. If you want free Office software this is your best option.

Internet Browser: Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is an Internet browser similar to Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. It was tempting to go with another browser, such as Google Chrome, but the main thing is that Firefox is a completely free and opensource browser rather than owned by a corporation. Firefox has long been a great browser due to its combination of efficiency, simplicity and streamlined features. An easy choice for a free Internet browser.

E-mail Client: Mozilla Thunderbird

This is a fairly simple free E-mail client similar to Outlook and is also completely free.

Media Player: VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is, overall, the best current media player which is all the more impressive on account of it being free. It plays FLV, MP4, MP3, AVI and any other format you might imagine.

Image Editing: GIMP

GIMP is as close to PaintShop Pro that you are going to get for free. While it does not have the same level of polish that PaintShop does, for the casual user it fulfils many of the same purposes. It also works very well as a photo editor.

PDF Viewer: Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a PDF viewer similar to Adobe Acrobat. It has basically all the same features of Acrobat, functions very much the same and is completely free.

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