Essential Open Source Software for MS Windows

If you want to save a few bucks, and in the mean time run a powerful MS Windows environment, you can find in this post some open source, free to download, software that will give you the same high performance and services offered by high cost software packages.

I personally always use the following open source software on my MS Windows XP and Vista desktops :

  • Mozilla Firefox Web Browser.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client.
  • GIMP – the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
  • Clamwin – an open source Antivirus for MS Windows.
  • OpenOffice – open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
  • MPlayer – multi-platform movie player.
  • KeePass – Password manager.
  • Notepad++ – a powerful free text and source code editor and MS Windows Notepad replacement.
  • PuTTY – an SSH and telnet client.
  • FileZilla – free FTP solution, both client and server.
  • 7-Zip – a file archiver.
  • Pidgin – easy to use and free chat client used to connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.
  • TurboCASH -Simple, easy to use application for managing personal finances.
  • Electric Sheep – free, open source screen saver.

Do you have a preferred open source package to share with others ?

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