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Windows Open Source Software



Title Description License Type
MPEG StreamclipVideo converter/editor.FreewareVideo
Scite A free source code editor for Win32 and X.GPLProgramming
IZArcZip utility. Opens everything and has File Explorer support.Freeware/OtherUtility
FlockWeb browser based on Firefox with blogging utilities built in.GPLWeb
OperaWeb browser.FreewareWeb
PuttyTelnet/SSH application.GPLNetwork
7ZipZip utility with File Explorer support.GPLUtility
DVDShrinkDVD ripper (rips encripted discs) that compresses for burning to DVD-r/CD-r. The best DVD backup tool I could find. Highly recommended.FreewareVideo
ISOrecorderISO burn utility! Add an option to Explorer to burn .iso file to cd. HIghly Recommended.FreewareUtility
AB Commander LiteFile explorer replacement.Freeware/OtherUtility
Burn4FreeCD/DVD burner application, works oh so well! p.s. Run Adaware after installing to remove the spyware piece ;)FreewareUtility
FlacLossless audio compression tool. Rips tracks without the quality loss like you find in mp3 format.GPLAudio
RazorlameAudio to mp3 ripper. Uses Lame EncoderGPLAudio
VideoLanMovie player, plays most everything including DVD!GPLVideo
JahshakaVideo editor for Windows. Very nice.GPLVideo
AVI MakerMakes avi video from images.FreewareVideo
DorgemVideo/webcam capture.GPLVideo
NeuromixerNeuromixer Innovative software solutions for visual artists and musicians for live video production.Freeware/OtherAudio
CinepaintImage editor geared for video production.GPL2D Graphics
SemagicBlog clent for Live journal. Has the best features for Lj.GPLWeb
Chronicle LiteBlog client that works with xmlrpc - works with Drupal and any other blogapi supporting blog.GPLWeb
W.BloggerBlog client, the best ever imo. Supports Drupal, Word Press, Live Journal, and many other blog types and even FTPs files and tags them with either link or image. Too many features to list here, highly recommended application. Highly recommended.FreewareWeb
EtherealPacket sniffer.GPLNetwork
VNCRemote desktop tool.GPLNetwork
TightVNCRemote desktop tool.GPLNetwork
TeraTermTerminal.GPLNetwork
Bid O MagicEBay bidding/selling utility.GPLWeb
Open SSHSSH Remote administration.GPLNetwork
AdawareSpyware removal tool.Freeware/OtherUtility
Crap CleanerCleans up Windows, internet cache, temp files, registry entries, etc. Also has a kick ass uninstaller that works and a startup editor. Highly recommended.FreewareUtility
Registry FixFixes the Windows registry.Freeware/OtherUtility
FilseclabInternet personal firewall - NiceFreeware/OtherSecurity
Kerio FirewallInternet personal firewall. Highly recommended.Freeware/OtherSecurity
Zone AlarmInternet personal firewall. Highly recommended.Freeware/OtherSecurity
AntiVirAnti-virus. I have been using this for awhile and it kicks ass. Beats the shit out of Norton and it's free! Highly recommended.Freeware/OtherUtility
Open AntiVirusAnti-virus framework.GPLUtility
CD ImageISO ripper. Like UltraISO, create convert disk images. Supports all the main images types.GPLUtility
G4U ghost utilityGhost a drive. I have not used this, but it says it supports win2k.BSDUtility
Boot manager/partition managerPartition magic like clone and boot manager.GPLUtility
BitTorrentMultipeer downloading!GPLPeer2Peer
BurstA bittorrent creation and management tool! Highly recommended.GPLPeer2Peer
EMulePeer2peer client for file sharing!GPLPeer2Peer
EMule PlusPeer2peer client for file sharing with added features!GPLPeer2Peer
FileZillaFTP Server and client. Highly recommended.GPLServer
Mozilla Web applications like Thunderbird mail client, Firefox web browser, and Sunbird Calendar. Highly recommended.MPLWeb
FireFox TuneThis will automatically tune Firefox for speed. Damn, I tuned manually, but this thing sped it up three times as much. It worked wonders on verion 1.04 of Firefox.FreewareWeb
IM2Chat client. Works with Yahoo, MSN, AOL, ICQ, IRC. Features voice\video and encrypted chat. Skinnable :)FreewareChat
TrillianChat client. Nice, Works with Yahoo, MSN, AOL, ICQ, IRC. Highly recommended.SharewareChat
RainlendarVery cool skinnable calendar for windows, will set events from Outlook/Exchange!GPLUtility
SysmetrixVery cool skinnable clock system meters with weather, email, and trash indicators as well as music playback.FreewareUtility
SamurizeAnother skinnable clock, system meters, weather, email, and trash indicators as well as music playback, but with so much more - like multiple machine support! Highly recommended.FreewareUtility
Virtual DimensionMultiple desktops in Windows. I love this app, it actually makes your desktop sessions separate and lots more cool features. Highly recommended.GPLShell Enhancement
Skin CalcCool skinnable calculator.FreewareUtility
PearPCRun Mac OS X or Linux on Windows ! This works as I was running Mac OS X panther on my Windows XP laptop. My screenshots Mac on win 1 Mac on win 2GPLVirtualization
SynergySynergy is like dual monitors, a kvm switch, and vnc on speed! If you want to operate multiple machines with one keyboard and mouse, move files between them, and have both screens at your disposal this is for you. Works between platforms also!GPLUtility
CygwinCygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows.GPLUtility
Cygwin/xCygwin/x allows x11 (Linux apps) to run on Windows.GPLUtility
AbiWordWord processor with all the bells and whistles! Highly recommended.GPLOffice
Firebird databaseFirebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL standard features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers.GPLDatabase
Jedi databaseDatabase for Windows. I haven't played with this one.GPLDatabase
OpenOffice.orgOffice suite, like Microsoft Office and compatable with MS Office formats. Word processor, Spreadsheets, Publisher, Presentation, HTML, and Powerful database (like Access) products. Impress (Like Powerpoint) exports to many formats including SWF (Flash). All can be exported as PDF. Highly recommended.GPL/LGPL/SISSLOffice
QuasarNice replacement for Quickbooks.GPLFinance
PDF CreatorCreate PDF documents.GPLOffice
SketchboardCAD software. 3-DGPL3D Graphics
QCadAutocad application.GPL3D Graphics
DiaBasically Visio.GPLOffice
JMoneyPersonal banking and accounting app.GPLFinance
EclipseEclipse java IDE for Windows.EPLProgramming
OpenLaszloFlash creation, plus much more. Kind of like Macromedia Flex. For everything you need for this visit my Laszlo article.CPLProgramming
GNUStep objective CObjective C lib, compilers, etc.GPLProgramming
Python programming language!So much power and easy to pick up! Has an included programming editor/IDE called PythonWin.exeACLProgramming
Python Enthought editionScientific power packed Python install! This has wxWindows installed by default.GPLProgramming
Boa ConstructorA visual GUI designer and IDE for PythonGPLProgramming
SPEIf your a Python programmer working on Mac or Windows and your looking for a kick ass IDE Spe is for you! Highly recommended.GPLProgramming
WXWindowsBOA uses wxWindows backendGPLProgramming
RUBYPerl/Python like programming language.GPLProgramming
RadRailsRuby On Rails IDE.EPLProgramming
PERLPerl programming language.ACLProgramming
LazarusDelphi/Kylix like programming environment using Pascal, compiles to exe, gui designer.!GPLProgramming
Envelop VBasicVisual Basic clone; compiles to exe, gui designer!GPLProgramming
TSWebeditorHTML/PHP IDE. Has FTP, projects, and css support built in. Very nice! Highly recommended.FreewareProgramming
XinhaHTML editor also has a Firefox extension.BSD/OtherProgramming
Crimson editorProgrammers text editor. Features tabbed interface, html, php, c, python syntax highlighting, code output window, and built in FTP! Highly recommended.FreewareText/Programming
NVUHTML wysiwyg editor, supports CSS, Javascript, etc. Highly recommended.MPL/LGPL/GPLProgramming
WebniacHTML editor, CSS, ETC.GPLProgramming
Balthisar Cascade 2.0CSS level 2 editor available for the Windows platform.FreewareProgramming
SimpleCSSCSS Editor.FreewareProgramming
Photoshop PluginsPhotoshop plugin listingFreeware/Other2D Graphics
Python for PhotoshopPython Actions Plug-in for Adobe PhotoshopGPLProgramming
Hugin - Panorama ToolsMake panoramic photos out of normal images.GPL2D Graphics
Fractal-ExplorerFractal generator with landscape and script lib.Freeware2D Graphics
XaosFractal generator.GPL2D Graphics
Planet GenesisTerragen clone - creates 3-d landscapes, planets, etc.BSD3D Graphics
GimpshopGimp restructured like Photoshop. Very nice and you only need install this one file as opposed to Gimp's GTK lib install. If your a Photoshop junky like me this will fit nie into your tools and may save you money down the road. Main page is hereGPL2D Graphics
The Gimp 2Very much like Photoshop, tons of great plugins including a Flame fractal generator! Highly recommended.GPL2D Graphics
ArtRageNatural Painting Application, like Painter. and so worth the download!Freeware2D Graphics
PixiaPainting/Image editing application. This reminds me of Open Canvas.Freeware2D Graphics
Serif SoftwareSeveral FREE apps - Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design, Image and Photo Editing, 3D Animation, Web PublishingFreeware/Other2D Graphics
Paint.NetCool Photoshop like application.Freeware/Other2D Graphics
SodipodiIllustration (vector) application.GPL2D Graphics
InkscapeIllustration (vector) application, similar to Illustrator. The interface may be more friendly to an Adobe person than Sodipodi. Get the latest win32.exe installer here. Highly recommended.GPL2D Graphics
Blender 3-D3-D modeling, design\illustration, animation, game development. I like to call it the Free Maya 3-D! Highly recommended.GPL3D Graphics
Truespace 3.13-D modeling, design\illustration, animation, game development. I've used this since version one, nicest 3-D app next to Cinema 4D. You must register for the free serial number.Freeware/Other3D Graphics
Moonlight/3D3-D illustration, modeling, etc. A little easier learning curve than Blender..GPL3D Graphics
PovRay3-D illustration - code based. Moray Interface for modeling, etc - not free, but cheap.GPL3D Graphics
Anim8or3-D animation, modeling, rendering.Freeware3D Graphics
3D Canvas3-D animation, modeling, rendering.Freeware3D Graphics
ArbaroMake 3-D trees.GPL3D Graphics
PoseRaySo Nice! Poser like software, but much more with lots of 3-D file support. Also see DazStudioGPL3D Graphics
Wings3dWings 3D is a 3-D subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.GPL3D Graphics
DustyDusty is a nice realtime 3D Smoke Simulator. It allowes to simulate smoke and fire in realtime.GPL3D Graphics
UVMapperMap textures to 3-D objects.Freeware/Other3D Graphics
Texture ProcessorCreate nice textures (seemless).Freeware2D Graphics
EZThumbsBatch thumbnail creator.Freeware2D Graphics
Google PicasaDownload your images directly from your digital camera, share and organize photos on and off line, edit and print, post on-line, or create a cd. You can chat about your photos through Picasa also with Hello and works with Google blogger, which can be found here.Freeware2D Graphics
White_DuneWhite_dune is a low level VRML97 tool.GPLProgramming
Black BoxAlternative Windows Shell. I found this to be more stable than XOBlite2. http://www.bb4win.org/news.phpGPLShell
XOBLiteAlternative Windows Shell. Screenshot of my machine running XOBLite (blackbox) hereGPLShell
Black Box LeanAlternative Windows Shell.GPLShell
LitestepAlternative Windows Shell.GPLShell
SharpEAlternative Windows Shell. More info and screen shots Here.LGPLShell
3DNAAlternative Windows Shell in 3-D. I thought these were cool, well amusing so I listed a few. Here is a screenshot of 3dna in action.SharewareShell
Clockwise3dAlternative Windows Shell in 3-D.FreewareShell
BlueberryAlternative Windows Shell in 3-D.LGPLShell
Sphere3-D effects in Windows similar to Beryl, Compiz/Metisse.SharewareShell
VSpeechVoice command your Windows computer.GPLUtility
AudacityWav editor with VST support and can export to mp3. Highly recommended.GPLAudio
MixxDj software.GPLAudio
Acid ExpressDigital sequencer and loop based music production software, this is a Sony free download #B0( See Gungirl for a free alternative ;)Freeware/otherAudio
JazzwareMidi sequencerGPLAudio
ZinfMp3/Ogg player, skinnable.GPLAudio
QCDMP3/Ogg player and OGG encoder plugin Screw MP3 - rip to OGG!!! Better and free! Highly recommended.Freeware/OtherAudio
HydrogenDrum and synth application like Fruityloops.GPLAudio
Konfabulator IIDesktop widgets and toys. Now owned by Yahoo.FreewareUtility
Gungirl SequencerGungirl Sequencer is an easy to use Audiosequencer. It includes a simple Filemanager and uses Drag & Drop to arrange Audiosamples.GPLAudio
JeditJedit is a mature and well-designed programmer's text editor with a big focus on Java. Has nice Jython support!BSD/GPLText/Programming
SepyFlash Actionscript IDE. This is really nice! Has class list, auto complete, and compiler. Highly recommended.GPLProgramming
RSS OwlRSS news reader.CPLWeb
FlameFractal Flames are algorithmically generated images and animations.GPL2D Graphics
SFLphoneThe SFLphone project aims to provide a multi-platform, multi-protocol (SIP/IAX2), and multi-GUI desktop VoIP phone.GPLWeb
MegaTrackMegaTrack is an application that tracks Atlantic and eastern Pacific tropical storms. It uses the HSQLDB engine and is updated from the tropical storm data repository from the Unisys weather center.GPLWeb
Pegasus MailEmail client, very mature and feature rich.FreewareWeb
GrisbiPersonnal accounting application.GPLFinance
Dr DivxOfficially the unofficial DivX encoding tool to create DivX media files for playback on DivX hardware and software players.LGPLVideo
BlitzMax IDEBasic programming IDE for use with the Blitz game development environment.Public DomainProgramming
HasteHaskell TurboEdit - is an IDE for the functional programming language Haskell, written in Haskell.GPL/OtherProgramming
SpybotSpyware removal tool.GPLUtility
RecDecompiler, breaks exe files into C/C++ code.GPLProgramming
FrhedHex editor.GPLUtility
VirtualdubVideo capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms.GPLVideo
AvidemuxVideo editor.GPLVideo
UBCD4WinUBCD4Win is a bootable CD which contains software that allows you to repair/restore/diagnostic almost any computer problem. Also see Win/Linux Version.FreewareUtility
FontforgeFont creation application. Requires Cygwin.GPLFont
DoubletypeFont creation application.GPLFont
Ogg VorbisOgg is like an open source version of mp3. They list many ripping, playing, and utilities on their site also for use with this format. I like it better than mp3.GPLAudio
CdexosCDex a CD-Ripper, thus extracting digital audio data from an Audio CD. The application supports many Audio encoders, like MPEG (MP2,MP3), VQF, AAC encoders. Highly recommended.GPLAudio
Spyware BlasterBlocks spyware/adware. Highly recommended.FreewareSecurity
EwidoBlocks spyware/adware and trojans.Freeware/OtherSecurity
Clam WinAnti-virus program.GPLUtility
MucommanderFile Explorer replacement. If you liked Norton Commander you will love this.FreewareUtility
Free commanderFile Explorer replacement. This is one of the best file explorer replacements I have ever used. Highly Recommended.FreewareUtility
InstantrailsInstant Rails is a one-stop Rails runtime solution containing Ruby, Rails, Apache, and MySQL, all preconfigured and ready to run. No installer, you simply drop it into the directory of your choice and run it.GPLServer
Apache2TriadInstalls a developer preconfigured environment with Apache, PHP, mySQL with control panel/PHPMyAdmin, xMail, ftp, and a Apache Web based Control Panel, etc. Power packed with new cool things like Python/Pearl mods, ASP support, SSL and so much more. Highly recommended.GPL/VariousServer
EasyPHPReally nice Apache install with PHP and mySQL included and configured. If you need a heavy duty Apache web development environment look at Apache2Triad.GPL/VariousServer
Apache TomcatApache Tomcat is the servlet container that is used in the official Reference Implementation for the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages (jsp) technologies.ASF/GPL/OtherServer
SQLCCGUI Frontend for mySQL.GPLDatabase
Apache Web ServerWeb Server, the best imo.ASF/GPL/OtherServer
MySQLSQL Database.GPL/OtherDatabase
PostgresqlSQL database. Heavy duty relational database.BSDDatabase
PHPWeb programming language used to make PHP server pages.PHPProgramming
ZoomifyFlash image gallery creation.FreewareWeb
GaimChat client. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.GPLChat
SkypeInternet phone. Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. Its free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers so your not limited to call friends using the same operating system. Skype also has other services that allow the calling of actual phone number and cells, plus video options for a small price.FreewareWeb
LimewirePeer2peer software. The servers generally contain a lot of viruses so be sure to scan zips, jpg, exe, etc before using or opening.Freeware/OtherPeer2Peer
PGPA free encryption software program that is the de-facto global standard for E-mail and file privacy. Pretty Good Privacy (or PGP) offers full-strength, 128-bit encryption. PGP has constantly been upgraded over the years and now offers loads of useful features, including secure file wiping; advanced keyserver searching; and seamless integration with Qualcomm's popular Eudora E-mail clientFreeware/OtherSecurity
Whisper32Password Manager with encryption.FreewareSecurity
OutpostFirewall.Freeware/OtherSecurity
AVGAnti-virus, free for non-commercial use.Freeware/OtherUtility
SynfigCartoon animation - industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. Highly Recommended.GPLVideo
WinplannerProject management application.GPLOffice
ClamAVAnti-virus program.GPLUtility
VexVex is an editor for XML documents. The "visual" part comes from the fact that Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing instead a wordprocessor-like interface. Because of this, Vex is best suited for "document-style" XML documents such as XHTML and DocBook rather than "data-style" XML documents.GPLProgramming
CeltxCeltx is a comprehensive software package designed for people who work in the film, TV, theatre, and new media industries. It combines full-feature scriptwriting with media rich pre-production support and enables online collaboration.MPLOffice
Foobar2000Audio player.FreewareAudio
TugzipZip/archive application. Really nice and opens most everything including rar.FreewareUtility
IrfanviewPhoto manager with some editing and plugin ability.Freeware/Other2D Graphics
SkaleThis is a Freeware Music Creation Program, This means you can create your own music with this software completely for free. All you need is your creativity and a big bunch of good sound samples to create all you want.FreewareAudio
Resolution AXSAXS is a combination of an analog synthesizer, a sampler, two effect units and a sequencer.FreewareAudio
CooktopXML editor.FreewareProgramming
XerlinXML editor.GPLProgramming
GnuLedgerOpen source financial solution. GnuLedger includes all of the functionality that home users need to manage their finances.GPLFinance
ScribusDesktop publishing application similar to Pagemaker. Look here if you have trouble finding the exe installer.GPLOffice
UnxutilsLinux/Unix command line tools, like grep, written natively for Windows.GPLUtility
JuiceIf you want to listen to podcasts, this program is for you.GPLWeb
DelineateRaster to Vector coverter. NiceGPL2D Graphics
WinMorphMorphing app for video. Also look at Wax and Wink.Freeware/OtherVideo
ExplorerXPWindows File Explorer replacement.Freeware/OtherUtility
OpenVMSDefrag and hard drive utility.FreewareUtility
IE Password UncoverReveal web passwords in Internet Explorer. I haven't tried this one since I avoid IE like the plague. Maybe I will try it for Firefox or Opera.FreewareUtility
DogwaffleNatural painting application similar to Open Canvas. It limited, but pretty full featured at the same time.Freeware/Other2D Graphics
TransCoderVideo\DVD ripping and conversion tools.Freeware/OtherVideo
SharpDevelopIDE for C# and VB.NET projects on Microsoft's .NET platform..GPLProgramming
TurboCashAccounting personal finance software.GPLFinance
KmelonWeb browser, very lightweight.GPLWeb
FoxitPDF reader and Adobe PDF reader replacement. Very fast and lightweight.Freeware/OtherWeb
Task SchedulerTask Schedule replacement.Freeware/OtherUtility
DaisyWindows updater replacement that does not use IE settings.GPLUtility
Project Looking Glass3-d desktop. It reminds me of os x in three dimensions. Note: This is under development and requires lot's of Java setup. I would not use this unless you want to test and develop and arn't worried about your Windows installation.GPLShell
JapAnonymous proxy. JAP makes it possible to surf the internet anonymously and unobservably.GPLWeb
Speak-freelyVoice over ip, Internet phone.GPLWeb
Explore2fsLet's you see and explore a Linux partition, and do file operations, from Windows. Highly recommended if you dual boot.GPLUtility
CD burner XPCD Burner.FreewareUtility
GourmetRecipe Manager is a simple but powerful recipe-managing application.GPLMisc
Partition UtilitiesPartition resize, delete, create, etc...GPLUtility
Freeguide-tvFreeGuide is a TV guide. Download TV listings from the Internet, view them offline, create a personalised TV guide and choose favourites. It uses the XMLTV tools to grab listings for lots of different countries.GPLMisc
GizmoprojectInternet Phone. Gizmo Project uses your internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers.GPLWeb
SharpConstruct3D modeling program that paint depths on to polygon models in real-time. Like Z-Brush. Is being adding into Blender 3-D! GPL3D Graphics
PyScripterA very powerful, full featured, professional Python IDE written in Delphi. Highly recommended.GPLProgramming
AlienGuiseTheme engine like Windows Blinds, by the same guys, and brought to you from Alienware computer systems.FreewareUtility
Sketch It Up3-D design, illustration, and modelling brought to by Google.Freeware/other3D Graphics
OpenFX3-D design, illustration, and modelling application.GPL3D Graphics
MaxthonWeb browser, similar to Firefox, but uses the Internet Explorer backend and settings.FreewareWeb
SeleniumWeb application test tool. Tests run directly in a browser, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Firefox. Supported platforms Windows, Linux, and Macintosh. Languages include C#, Python, PHP, Ruby, etc.GPLProgramming
Notepad-plusNotepad replacement with tabs, plugins, no file size limit. Highlights many langauges included Python, Java, Html, etc. Highly Recommended.GPLUtility
PhotofiltrePhoto editing application similar to Paint Shop Pro. Nice app.Freeware2D Graphics
SuperIf you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file SUPER © is all you need. I haven't used this, but it looks cool.FreewareVideo
MediacoderMediaCoder is an open source universal audio/video batch transcoder (converter), which puts together lots of excellent audio/video codecs and tools from the open source community into an all-in-one solution.GPLVideo
BartPEWindows live cd. Now you can boot Windows from a CD-Rom and have full read/write access to NTFS volumes!.FreewareUtility
VMWareRun Windows, Linux, etc. in virtualization. Like Vitual PC, but 1000 times better! I am running Windows in Linux and it's absolutely flawless!FreewareVirtualization
FarPyAwesome wxPython and .Net GUI designer.GPLProgramming
AptanaDevelopment environment geared towards web development, Ajax style! Autocomplete and assistance for HTML, CSS, Java Script.EPLProgramming
FeedreaderNews aggregator that supports RSS and ATOM formats.GPLWeb
RSSBanditNews aggregator that supports RSS and ATOM formats. Requires .NetGPLWeb
Democracy PlayerBest damned video player! Play virtually any video-- Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more. Video blog, YouTube, hell it does everything including BitTorrent.GPLVideo
BitTyrantBitTorrent protocol compatible client. Faster than traditional BitTorrent, read more on their site.GPLPeer2Peer
PortableAppsNow you can carry your favorite computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you. Use them on any Windows computer via USB Flash device, iPod, or portable hard disk, and it works like a start menu. Includes Firefox, Open Office, VideoLan, to name a few. GPLUtility
HymnThe purpose of the Hymn Project is to allow you to exercise your fair-use rights under copyright law. The various software provided on this web site allows you to free your iTunes Music Store purchases (protected AAC / .m4p) from their DRM restrictions with no loss of sound quality. These songs can then be played outside of the iTunes environment, even on operating systems not supported by iTunes and on hardware not supported by Apple.GPLAudio
EmailXTEmailXT is an open, patent-free protocol that replaces your current email with a more secure, full-featured system. EmailXT is a relationship-based email system where unauthorized bulk emailing is no longer possible. No more spam and mass mailing viruses. You don't need spam filters or service subscriptions any more.GPLWeb
FyreFyre is a tool for producing computational artwork based on histograms of iterated chaotic functions. If you wonder how those cool wispy blue OS X like backgrounds are made this will show you the way. I use this on Linux and it's excellent, but I haven't tested the Windows version.GPL2D Graphics
Shapeshop3-D modeling application that is a sketch-based 3D modeling tool for creating procedural hierarchical implicit volume models, also known as "BlobTrees", basically metaballs.GPL3D Graphics
MuteVJMute is VJ software which aims to facilitate improvised, unique visuals.GPLVideo
Web-Dev. Server SuiteWAMP-based [Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP] web-server distribution for Windows that is fully configured and ready to run. This has every thing from a Web Application firewall to ASP.NET Host Interface. Security hardened and even includes some open source CMS software, like Joomla.GPL/VariousServer
ActiveGrid StudioActiveGrid Studio enables developers to rapidly build enterprise-level Web 2.0 applications with a minimum of training, time, and effort. Supports Java, PHP, Python. Database supports is the best I've seen in an open IDE. Has built in Python and Java environments plus a built in running Apache web server. Highly recommended.APLProgramming
XAMPPApache, MySQL, PHP web development environment install. Takes care of most configs and setup issues so you don't have to.APLServer
GSculptgSculpt is an open source, procedural subdivision modeller. It has a comprehensive set of polygon modelling tools, including most of those found in Wings 3D, and more.GPL3D Graphics
MegaPOVMegaPOV is a custom unofficial version of POV-Ray with a lot of additional features.GPL3D Graphics
BRL-CADThe BRL-CAD package is a powerful Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) solid modeling system with over 20 years development and production use by the U.S. military. Visit the project page for downloads.LGPL3D Graphics
PDFCreatorTool to create PDF files, like Adobe PDF Writer.GPLOffice
FrostwirePeer2Peer and BitTorrent client.GPLPeer2Peer
K-3D3-D animation, modeling, and rendering application. Uses multiple rendering engines including the renderman engine; Aqsis. Also see Yafray and Povray.GPL3D Graphics
Ivy GeneratorCreates realistic ivy, including leaves.Freeware3D Graphics
FS-driverMount Linux Ext2/Ext3 file systems on Windows.FreewareUtility
GriffithMovie collection manager, which fetches movie info, supports cover art, etc.GPLVideo
ConTextProgrammers text editor, supports most languages, shell scripts, plugin support.FreewareText/Programming
FlashdevelopActionscript 2 IDE with seamless swfmill and MTASC integration. FlashDevelop is the first alternative opensource IDE to feature AS3 & MXML completion, including Flex2 compiler integration (the best compiler integration after Adobe FB) and AS3 syntax checking. Highly recommended. Requires .Net.MIT/OtherProgramming
XMMMeD's Movie Manager is a simple to use, yet customizable, movie manager. Info is automatically retrieved from IMDb and tv.com. Technical info can also be retrieved from media files like AVI, OGM, MPEG and DVD (ifo). It's written in Java and should therefore run on most desktop systems supporting Java.GPLVideo
AvastAnti-virus applcation. Free for personal use. I have not tried this software, but it works with Kerio so it can't be bad.Freeware/OtherUtility
UltraExplorerFile Explorer replacement.FreewareUtility
RoughDraftReally nice word processor geared towards authors created by an author.FreewareOffice
SnarferRSS with very powerful features, like search, web broswer, sharing, and embedded video playback. Highly Recommended.FreewareWeb
InfrarecorderCD/CDR burner.GPLUtility
ZipgeniousZip utility that supports all the major archive types, zip, s7, gz, etc. Skinnable.FreewareUtility
RocketDockRocket dock is a Mac OS X like launcher complete with fisheye effect, taskbar features, and even themes well with other engines. They also have a cool icon enhancer for your desktop and file explorer with cool effects, plug-in based.FreewareShell Enhancement
XMPlayReally nice music player with plugin support. Supports all the major formats.FreewareAudio
Media Player ClassicMedia Player Classic looks like the original Windows Media Player, but with more codex support. Tons of other downloads can be found here also, audio and video...GPLAudio
WinRollLets you shade your windows like in Linux.GPLShell Enhancement
TaskSwicthXPTask switcher (alt+tab) replacement.Freeware/OtherShell Enhancement
WinPoochWinpooch is a Windows watchdog, free and open source. Anti spyware and anti trojan, it gives a full protection against local or external attacks by scanning the activity of programs in real time. Associated with ClamWin antivirus, Winpooch keeps safe your computer against virus.GPLSecurity
StickiesPost it notes for your desktop.FreewareUtility
StickiesforWindowsPost it notes for your desktop.APLUtility
GPG4WinFile, email encryption and other encryption utilites, like a file shredder.GPLSecurity
Password GorillaPassword manager.GPLSecurity
DAVIDLaserscannerDAVIDLaserscanner is too cool not to mention! DAVID-Laserscanner is a freeware software for 3d laser range scanning. All you need to build a 3d scanner is a PC, a camera (e.g. a webcam), a background corner, and a laser that projects a line onto the object you want to scan. So everyone can use it to scan objects without high costs.Freeware3D Graphics
UniformserverThe Uniform Server is a WAMP package that allows you to run a server on any MS Windows OS based computer. It is small and mobile to download or move around and can also be used or setup as a production/live server. Developers also use The Uniform Server to test their applications made with either PHP, MySQL, Perl, or the Apache HTTPd Server.BSD/VariousServer
Hitman LiteHitman Pro is a freeware tool that combines a number of powerful anti-spyware programs in one integrated solution. Hitman Pro combines Ad-Aware SE, SpyBot Search & Destroy, Spy Sweeper, Spyware Doctor, CWShredder, Spyware Blaster, NOD32, Sysclean package. Most of the included programs are freeware. Freeware/VariousSecurity
GroovyGroovy is an agile, dynamic programming language for the Java Virtual Machine. Groovy includes features found in Python, Ruby, and Smalltalk, but uses syntax similar to the Java programming language.APLProgramming
ConsoleTerminal enhancement. Ever wanted a transparent background in the command prompt window like in Linux?GPLUtility
WinSCPSCP for Windows. I have need for this on my Windows machine so I haven't used it, but I ran across it tonight and it looks good, plus it's open.GPLNetwork
DoISOCreate and burn ISO disk images.GPLUtility
VirtualWinVirtual desktops in Windows.GPLShell Enhancement
Download CheckerThe Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to filehippo.com to see if there are any newer releases. These are then neatly displayed in your browser for you to download.FreewareUtility
Visual TooltipsEnhance the Windows taskbar with thumbs ans 3-d effects. Check out Yod'm while you're there for a 3-d cube virtual desktop.FreewareShell Enhancement
Madotate3-D effects for Windows similar to those found in Project looking glass. This is a direct download link and is the english version.FreewareShell Enhancement
RRDToolThe industry standard data logging and graphing application. Use it to write your custom monitoring shell scripts or create whole applications using its Perl, Python or PHP bindings. RRD is the acronym for Round Robin Database. It is a system to store and display time-series data (i.e. network bandwidth, machine-room temperature, server load average).GPLNetwork
CreamA modern configuration of the powerful and famous Vim, with full GUI.GPLProgramming
WavosaurWavosaur is a free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert. Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing.FreewareAudio
KristalPowerful multi-track recorder, audio sequencer and mixer - ideal for anyone wanting to get started with recording, mixing and mastering digital audio. KRISTAL Audio Engine is free for personal, educational and non-commercial use.Freeware/OtherAudio
PidginMulti-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once, used to be Gaim. Supports all the major IMsGPLChat
SpketIDE for JavaScript, XUL/XBL and Yahoo! Widget development. It provides features like code completion, syntax highlighting and content outline that helps developers productively create efficient JavaScript code. Supports Laszlo and Silverlight. Requires Java.Freeware/OtherProgramming
Creatoon2D cartoon animation application.FreewareVideo
SongbirdDesktop Web player, digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source. Reminds me a bit of Amarok. Also runs on OS X and Linux. Very nice player indeed!MPL/OtherAudio
WikidPad wikidPad is a real-time wiki. wikidPad is not a web server, or application server, or groupware solution. wikidPad is a standalone notepad like application, albeit notepad on steroids. wikidPad is like an IDE for your thoughts.BSDUtility
Resource Hacker Utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems.FreewareUtility
PitaschioPitaschio is the essential tool to use windows efficiently. Adds some interesting features.FreewareShell Enhancement
Gcad3D3-D CAD design.Freeware3D Graphics
BlockCADBlockCAD is a freeware program for building virtual models with Lego-like bricks.Freeware3D Graphics
Komodo EditFree, feature-rich editor for JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl, on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.FreewareProgramming
LaunchyLaunchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes! Similar to Quicksilver on OS X and Katapult on Linux.GPLUtility
K-Lite Codec Pack Just about every codex you will ever need in Windows XP (Vista?). Also provides DVD (encrypted) playback in Windows Media Player. Highly recommended!FreewareVideo
Free2Design CAD.Freeware2D Graphics
Netstumbler Network Stumbler is a neat little program that allows you to see all the available Wi-Fi access points and networks that are in range of you and your active Wi-Fi computer. Network Stumbler is for desktop and laptop machines, and Mini Stumbler is the equivalent for the Wi-Fi enabled PDA.FreewareUtility
DVDStylerDVDStyler is a cross-platform DVD authoring application that makes possible for video enthusiasts to create professional-looking DVDs.GPLVideo
DVDFlickDVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks as well as subtitles of your choice. Highly recommended.GPLVideo
VeohTVVeohTV is a free specialized video browser that turns online video into Internet Television. Watch video from thousands of web sites, in one easy-to-use full screen application. Watch streaming video from major television networks such as Fox and CBS, to independently-produced content available on sites such as YouTube, Google Video, Veoh.com and MySpace. Highly recommended. FreewareVideo
JoostWhat's Joost? It's video – more than 15,000 shows, with more added daily. It's online – all you need is a broadband internet connection. And it's free. Between this and VeohTV I hardly turn on the television anymore. FreewareVideo
MovicaVideo editor. GPLVideo
UTorrentBittorrent. Highly recommended. JabberPeer2Peer
Videora iPhoneConvert video to iPod/iPhone format. Cues to iTunes for easy syncing. Highly recommended. FreewareVideo
EphpodCopy iPod music to your PC.FreewareAudio
EkigaEkiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323 and SIP protocols. It supports many audio and video codecs, and is interoperable with other SIP compliant software and also with Microsoft NetMeeting.GPLWeb
StopMojoStopMojo is cross-platform stop-motion animation suite designed to aid in the creation of stop-motion animations. Currently it includes a capture program supporting capture of image files from various video capture devices, overlay of previous frames (onion skinning), and export to AVI and QUICKTIME video formats.GPLVideo
Floola Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes). Floola supports all common used iPod features including artwork, podcasts and smart playlists! It's also able to convert audio or video incompatible with the iPod so that you can copy almost any file to it. It even allows adding youtube and myspace videos just entering the page url! FreewareUtility
IronPythonStudio IronPython Studio is a free full IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for the Python programming language. It is based on the existing IronPython example that is included in the VS SDK. IronPython Studio is based on the Visual Studio 2008 Shell runtime (royalty free) and can be installed without requiring any version of Visual Studio. Read up on or download IronPython.Ms-PLProgramming
IronPythonIDE IronPython IDE is a GUI application written in C#. It is dedicated to the IronPython language which is a .NET implementation of the Python language. It is aimed at providing a nice, easy, full featured development environment for IronPython. Read up on or download IronPython.FreeProgramming
YamipodYamiPod is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation. Take a look at the feature list to find out what it can do and feel free to suggest anything that might be missing.FreewareUtility
FreyjaFreyja 3d is a modeler and animator focusing on low polygon game content with wide range of model import/export plugins. Freyja has some unique features such as Lua macros, tools for reverse engineering, and use of GLSL shaders while editing.GPL3D Graphics
VirtualBoxVirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.Freeware/OtherVirtualization
WOS XWOS stands for the three letter abbreviation Webserver On Stick and makes it possible, to run a webserver based on Apache, MySQL and PHP from an USB Stick or any other writable media (harddrive, flash cards etc.) without installation under Windows (98 to Vista).GPLServer
HomeBankHomeBank is free software. Use it to manage your personal accounts. It is designed to easy to use. Analyse your finances in detail using powerful filtering tools and graphs.GPLFinance
ZipegZipeg allows you to open and explore content of zip, rar and other archives, preview files and images before you extract/unzip them. Extract only the files you want. Zip thru photo archives. See image thumbnails. Zipeg allows you to decide what do you want to extract. You can choose what to extract and where to put extracted files or just drag and drop them.Freeware/OtherUtility
EnticeEntice Designer is a Form Designer for DFL and a rich code editor, and is on the path to becoming an IDE. D programming languageFreeware/OtherProgramming
ComodoFirewall, Anti-virus, anti-spam, malware utilities.FreewareSecurity
NetbeansIDE with the following features and language support Ajax | C/C++ | Databases | Debugger | Desktop | Editor | GUI Builder | Java EE | Java ME | Java SE | Javascript | Mobile | Profiler | Refactor | REST | Rich Client Platform | Ruby | SOA | SOAP | UML | Web | WSDL | XML.GPLv2/CDDLProgramming
ZScreenZScreen is an open-source screen capture program that allows for region/window/full-screen screenshots. It can FTP screenshots and put the URL in your clipboard in a single keystroke. It supports automatic custom naming conventions with variables. It can also interface with image editing software. It is a C#.NET 2.0 program hosted on Sourceforge.net and built by BrandonZ (inf1ni).GPLUtility
TraversoCross platform multitrack audio recording and editing suite, with an innovative and easy to master User Interface. It's suited for both the professional and home user, who needs a robust and solid DAW.GPLAudio
Hotspot ShieldHotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop and the wireless router. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers and hackers from viewing your email, instant messages, credit card information or anything else you send over a wireless network. Which means you remain anonymous and protect your privacy.FreewareSecurity
TruecryptOpen-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP , Mac OS X, and Linux. TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g.., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc).GPLSecurity
My LockboxMy Lockbox™ is a security software enabling you to password protect any folder on your computer. The protected folder (lockbox) is hidden from any user and application of your system, including Administrator and System itself. It is impossible to access the lockbox not only from the local computer, but also from the net.FreewareSecurity
OpenWorkbenchOpen Workbench is an open source Windows-based desktop application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality and is free to distribute throughout the enterprise. Like MS Project.MPLOffice
PencilPencil is an animation/drawing software that lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.GPL2D Graphics
MediaPortalMediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more.GPLMultimedia
FeedDemonRSS Feed reader. Get your news and information instantly. Customize the way you read and organize feeds. Feeds are stored on NewsGator. I highly recommend this and NewsGator.FreewareWeb
UltraVNCUltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it.GPLUtility
SesamTVSesamTV is an freeware application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more.FreewareMultimedia
LyXLyX combines the power and flexibility of the TeX typesetting system with the ease of use of a graphical interface. This results in world-class support for creation of mathematical content and structured documents. In addition, staples of scientific authoring such as reference list and index creation come standard. But you can also use LyX to create a letter or a novel or a theatre play or film script. A broad array of ready, well designed document layouts are built in.GPLOffice
Code:BlocksThe IDE with all the features you need, having a consistent look, feel and operation across platforms.GPLProgramming
XBMCXBMC media center is a free cross-platform media-player jukebox and entertainment hub.GPLMultimedia
EyelineProfessional Video Surveillance Software with multiple camera support.FreewareSecurity


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