free and open source software
We were going to write a piece about the advantages of open source software, but somebody’s already done it. Check out the People & Planet site for a good article on free software.
Here’s some of the free software we like. As far as we’re aware, it will run on Linux, Windows and Macs.
- Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that’s reliable and very well supported. For Windows users, you might prefer Kubuntu, which has a look and feel that’s a bit more Windows like. If you’re not ready to junk your Windows or Mac system just yet, you might consider setting up a Linux partition on your PC. This means you can choose between your current closed source OS and Linux when you boot up.
- If you use Linux, you’ll automagically have access to a huge range of free & open source software that’s really easy to install.
media players and editors
- VLC is probably about the best movie player there is.
- Audacity is a sound editor.
- Avidemux Is a video editor.
- GIMP is an advanced graphics editor that’s a good replacement for PhotoShop.
- OpenOffice is an office suite that has a word processor (to replace Word), spreadsheet (to replace Excel), presentations (to replace PowerPoint), as well as a drawing and a database program.
- This is only a very small list of all the open source software that’s out there. We’ve limited ourselves to what you might want to run on your PC, but there’s loads that’s for running networks at home, in the office, or on the web. If you want to have a look at some of this, you could do worse than seeing what software People & Planet use.