There is literary thousands of Open Source software out there but what programs are actually useful and what people use.
So here is a list of software we use, not all is Open Source but nevertheless very useful. One thing we have noticed is that people are aware of these programs but also are the spammers and hackers so a search on Google click the wrong link and your installing the wrong one which can lead to all sorts of problems!
But still be aware that even on some of the links below there may be adverts and links to software you don't want or need and espiacelly if they use a software download service.
Most of the list below have versions not just for Windows bu Macs and Linux.
Antivirus, malware proctection
Office - word processer, spreadsheet etc
- Libreoffice http://www.libreoffice.org Full office software
- Notepad++ http://notepad-plus-plus.org not just a repacement to notepad that comes with windows but so much more, usefull for coders as well.
- Gimp http://www.gimp.org photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
- Paint.Net http://www.getpaint.net Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software
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Open Source software is generally misunderstood and certainly people do know the extent of how much Open source contributes to their daily lives when they interact with the internet or even the device they carry in their pocket.
From the mobile phone to servers that hold and generate webpages in the billions.
Most people seek out software as an alternative to say Microsoft office for example.
A site that helps is alternativeto.net which gives those handy recommendations but also it will list paid for alternatives as well.