Tech Support Alert offers its annual “Best 46 Free Utilities” list this year with few surprises, but it still is a great resource if you are looking for solid and excellent software for no or low prices. Open source software is really leading the pack, sometimes ahead of its commercial brethren, for top quality programs.
Firefox, the replacement for Internet Explorer, leads the pack, as do many other spyware, anti-virus, and firewall programs. To replace Microsoft Word, consider The Open CD, aka OpenOffice, for quality word process, spreadsheet, graphics programs, and more.
There are a lot of great resources listed and many I use on a daily basis, so check it out and see if you can save some money and get some great or better software programs. Oh, and about saving money. These utilities and software packages don’t really come free. The developers do pay a price for their development, sharing, support, and upkeep. If you really enjoy using it, consider shoving a few bucks in their direction to keep the project going, or if they have a volunteer program, then get involved and donate a few hours a month to help offer technical support or documentation writing or editing, or something to help out. Let’s all work together to help keep open source and free FREE.