Links to popular Open Source and
Free Software Applications
- RedHat Linux - The
biggest Linux distribution, good choice for newbies and an
excellent one for high-end machines. Robust, stable and with very
- SuSE Linux - SuSE
Linux has been with us for something more than 10 years. SuSE is a
Linux distributor based in Germany that is famous for its ease of
installation and use when compared to other distros. Great choice
for newbies but for experienced Linux users as well!
- Mandrake Linux -
Mandrake Linux is perhaps the easiest to install and set up Linux
distro. Featuring HardDrake, an excellent hardware recognition and
setup tool, Mandrake Linux is really child's play.
- Debian Linux -
Debian Linux is certainly not a Linux distro for newbies. It is
really powerful and contains one of the best package management
tools around! Extremely stable and robust, Debian is directed
towards more experienced users.
- Slackware Linux -
Slackware Linux, or Slack as many people prefer it, is an excellent
Linux distro. However, compared to Mandrake Linux or RedHat and
SuSE, it is more difficult to install and configure.
- Knoppix -
Have you ever wondered if there is a Linux distro out there that
you could run locally without having to re-partition your hard
drive? Well, stop wondering! The answer is YES! And Knoppix is a
Linux distro that runs off a CD! It is therefore excellent for
beginners who would like to test a Linux distro before having to
re-partition their hard drives. Get it!
The BSD family
- FreeBSD - FreeBSD
is derived from the original BSD Unix-like Operating System, which was originally developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is considered
as a really stable and robust OS, although it is still difficult to set up. It is being used mostly as a server and high-end machines solution.
- OpenBSD - OpenBSD is yet another BSD derivative and all in all a great Operating System. However, it is addressed to more experienced users.
- NetBSD - Another BSD-like OS, similar to the above. It's all a matter of taste actually :)
- OpenOffice -
OpenOffice is a totally free M$ Office compatible Office suite. It
is based upon StarOffice's source code which was released by Sun
Microsystems. All in all OpenOffice is an excellent Office suite
that should work flawlessly with every major M$ Office file format
like *.doc, *.ppt etc. And most of all, it is cross-platform,
meaning that there are versions available for Linux, Windows, Mac
OS X etc. Get it! ;-)
- KOffice - KOffice
is a complete office suite featuring spread-sheet, presentation and
word processing features. It is distributed and works with KDE the
desktop environment for Linux and Unix-like Operating
- Amaya - Amaya is
an absolutely great Web editor! It is HTML 4.01, XHTML and other
formats compliant and certainly guaranteed since it comes highly
recommended from the World Wide Web Consortium!
Image Manipulation and
- GIMP - GIMP (GNU Image
Manipulation Program) is an EXCELLENT Image editing tool similar to
Adobe's Photoshop! No need to say more. Go there and check it out
for yourselves. ;-)
- Mozilla - Mozilla
rocks! Period! It is absolutely the greatest browser out there and
if you don't allready know it, then go to their page and get it!
And don't forget that Mozilla is cross-platform, meaning that it
runs on Linux, Windows, Mac OS and OS X and many more.
- Phoenix is a browser that comes from the Mozilla development
team. It is extremely lightweight and fast! This one is also
- Konqueror -
Konqueror is the file manager in KDE, a desktop environment for
Linux and other Unix-like Operating Systems. It is also a
lightweight and fast web browser.
- Galeon -
Galeon is a web browser for GNOME, the desktop environment for
Linux and other Unix-like Operating Systems, based on the Gecko
rendering engine. It is standards compliant, fast and
- Samba - Samba is a
program that permits Linux or Unix machines to communicate with M$
Windows boxes through the implementation of the SMB/Cifs core
network protocol Windows use into the TCP/IP protocol that Linux
and other Unices are based upon.
- Apache - Almost
everyone knows Apache, which is by far the most used Web server
software out there. Apache, as mentioned, is a web server meaning
that it serves web pages upon request by a client. Now in stage
2.*, Apache can be used on Windows machines and comes with every
- PHP - PhP is a widely
used object-oriented scripting language
- MySQL - MySQL is a
database software, also released under the GNU/GPL license!
- PostgreSQL -
Another free software, commonly used database!
FTP servers and clients
- Filezilla is both a FTP server as well as a client. It is
distributed under the GNU/GPL license and can also be run on
Windows. Really cool and stable!