The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world’s best browser.
Video Player / Video Podcasting
Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.
IM – Instant Messaging
Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber.
Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
Solid cross-platform RSS client.
A simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.
A very good Gnutella search and download filesharing program.
A powerful, but complicated BitTorrent client. So many features you’ll lose your mind.
Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
Similar to VLC– plays loads of video formats.
Media Player Classic
Compact, but powerful media player. Plays anything under the sun. No install necessary.
DVD Ripping / Video Conversion
Great tool for ripping CDs, DVDs, etc and converting between tons of video formats.
Word Processing / Office Suites
Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with and a free replacement for Microsoft Word documents. Also supports OpenDocument Format.
A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
Solid podcasting client.
DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter.
Simple sound recording tool.
Graphics / Photo Editing
Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.
Graphics editor with a very nice interface.
Vector graphics application.
FTP / SFTP
Excellent FTP program.
An innovative application for note taking and outlining. Takes time to get used to, but some people swear by it.
Open Source note taking application written in Java
Open Source note taking application, very good. I use this myself extensively
Simple, easy to use application for managing personal finances.
Easy to use Accounting package
MSN Messenger client written in TCL/TK aMSN Messenger
IRC Client X-Chat
More Web Browsing
Fast, nice web browser.
Amaya Browser for Windows
W3C developed web browser and editor for multiple platforms
Immersive, trippy screensaver.
GNUTella client based on the Limewire codebase.
3D Graphics and Modeling
Powerful 3D Modeling software.
Stars and Outer Space
Open-source 3D planetarium software. Akin to traveling through space (outer space).
“Renders realistic skys in realtime.” See what you would see if your city wasn’t so light-polluted. Used in real planetariums.
Marathon: Aleph One
Engine for Bungie’s free FPS series Marathon. Play online, solo play with rich original story, many total conversions and thousands of maps.
3D zombie strategy game.
3D Tron game.
First-person tank game.
Battle for Wesnoth
Fantasy / Strategy Game
Free File Hosting
Host Creative Commons video or audio files for free on archive.org with this easy uploader.
Easy to use port scanner for Windows
Network Protocol Analyzer, formerly called Ethereal
Creates encrypted virtual hard drives for extra security
Open Source Anti-Virus. Very good at detecting viruses. Can be plugged into hMailServer for e-mail protection LIMITATION: Real Time scanning not implemented yet
Delete files securely off your hard drive utilizing DoD standards
MP3 and Audio Tools
Easy to use MP3 manipulation tool for Windows. adjusts sound levels on MP3’s so they are all the same
MP3 Book Helper
This program provides rapid Mp3 (ID3v1, ID3v2) and Ogg/Speex/Flac Vorbis tags editing and file renaming functions. Mass Tag editing is done using special variables and Regular Expressions.
Open Source MP3 Player, ripper and organizer written using the .NET Framework
The classic, super customizable editor, for Windows.
Easy to use, open source WYSIWYG html editor
Open Source IDE for the .NET Framework. Utilizes the multiple programming languages and Windows forms
Open Source programmers notepad for Windows
Source code Editor for Windows and X
Web Developer Server Suite
Very good WAMP Stack (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) Very thouroughly tested on Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server (preliminary testing on Longhorn Server underway). Highly Recommended.
Nasa World Wind
Mapping tool similar to Google Earth for Windows. Must have the .NET Framework installed.
Graph (graph plotting software)
Startup Manager (pick what you want to launch on startup)
freeotfe “on-the-fly” transparent disk encryption program for PCs and PDAs.