Asked to choose the ten top free and open source (FOSS) programs, Bradlug members suggested over forty; so this list has been whittled down and is in alphabetical order because we probably couldn’t agree on an order for those that made it to the top ten.
Everyone uses FOSS programs when they go on the Internet or use any of the most popular sites and nine of these top ten programs work on Windows.
Apache: the server which powered the rise of the Internet and runs on most of the computers connected to the Internet – also available for your home or office network
Audacity: for editing sounds and music from all sources
Chromium: a FOSS version of Google’s Chrome browser for those who want to get on and off the Internet quickly
GIMP: superb picture and photo editor
MySQL: the database used by many well-known names on the Internet to handle your searches; it can also be used with MS Access giving you greater flexibility in managing access to MS Access queries and reports
OpenOffice: an office suite to meet the needs of most offices and all those who need office facilities at home
Scribus: a desktop publishing program written to produce professional quality output but also usable by home users
Tomboy: a note-taking program which allows formatting of notes and links with email addresses and websites
Ubuntu (Linux only): a collection of Linux programs which offers a one-stop replacement for other operating systems or can be run alongside Windows, giving access to both where a user needs Windows for some purposes
VLC: a media player to play CDs, DVDs and streaming audio or video from all sources.
John Hudson: Sept. 2010