As you would have seen several times on Technotips we talk about the free or open source alternatives to conventional programs, in many cases, they are better than those paid applications.
Perhaps the difficulty is finding the right choices, as the number of open source applications available is very large. For this task of finding the best software for us is that we can use the directory Free Software foundation, which was recently relaunched .
John Sullivan, executive director of the Free Software Foundation says:
“The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. ”
The directory has been developed using MediaWiki, the free software that Wikipedia uses, for a participation of more users. Also added Semantic MediaWiki extensions called for improved search capabilities within the site.
Imagine how many programs are available in this directory? At this time, around 6500. A huge number, considering that each of these programs takes hours and hours of programming.
The good thing is that this directory does not focus only on the amount (which is obviously good to say “we have 6500 free software” and ready, regardless of quality) but each entry of each program has been reviewed and tested properly, for directory users know that any software you download and use will be truly free software.
Programs that run on like Mac OS X and Windows are also listed, but most of them are for Linux.
Free Software Foundation is a large library of universal and free programs. Free and unrestricted software to everyone.
Link | Free Software foundation