Why don’t we talk a little about the Open Source Software (OSS) which can be used freely and ease our online life? Let’s start with a brief explanation why the OSS should be preferred, then we can list some of the very handy software that is produced for ordinary internet users.
Why Open Source Software?
There are several reasons for me to prefer open source software as much as possible. First and foremost, I prioritize my online security. The OSS is definitely more secure as the code behind it can be viewed and inspected. Do I have the knowledge or the talent to inspect the source code and spot the mistakes or malfunctions behind a software? No, I’m not a computer scientist or a programmer. But I know that thousands of people across the globe are able to do it and they actually perfect the software together.
My second reason is to have more control over what I use. I don’t want to shape my life to fit it to the hardware and software I use. I want to shape these to fit them into my life. I’m not a coder or a programmer but I know how to search for certain codes online and just paste them into the source code.
Finally, they are free of charge, although there may be some open source software in which there are ads or some of the features may be for the paid customers. Not to pay for the software is actually liberating. You can always quit using it and switch to another OSS. Furthermore, you can support the producers with donations after you use the software and be satisfied.
Let’s list 5 very handy Open Source Software which can be used by anyone freely.
Firefox is a web browser which is available for almost all the operating systems like Windows, macOs, Linux, AndroidOS, etc. This browser is a free open source software developed by The Mozilla Foundation which is a not-for-profit organization. To check out details and download the software, you can visit Mozilla.org.
This is a very good alternative for the most popular office software, Microsoft Office. Although it uses ODF (OpenDocument file format) as its native format to save your documents it also supports other major formats like DOC. It is available for nearly all the operating systems like Windows, macOS, Linux, etc. It is manufactured by The Document Foundation which is a not-for-profit organization as well. To check out details and download the software, you can visit LibreOffice.org.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player is a free and open source software which is developed by a not-for-profit organization called VideoLan. It is available for desktop operating systems like Windows, macOS and Linux as well as mobile platforms like AndroidOS and iOS. One of the best features of this media player is that it includes a very large range of free decoding and encoding formats so that you don’t have to search for codecs. To check out details and download the software, you can visit VideoLAN.org.
The previous ones for ordinary users, but GIMP is more for enthusiast like me. If you don’t have enough money to finance Adobe Photoshop or prefer using an OSS alternative, this is a very good free and open source raster graphics editor. It can be used in Windows, Linux, macOS and etc. To check out details and download the software, you can visit GIMP.org.
Here is my favorite open source software, which enables me to run this website. WordPress (don’t confuse with the WordPress.com, which is a blog host) is a content management system. If you have a hosting, you can upload WordPress and start creating your website even if you have absolutely no idea how to code the simplest thing. To check out details and download the CMS, you can visit WordPress.org.
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