Five Great Open Source Software Options For Free

Dragon-Radar-icon Technology today has made software manipulation incredibly easy and an large number of average people are using open sourced software (OSS) to do a number of things. You can use online video platforms to streamline your workflow and integrate video into your site and also use OSS to create a site with your own unique look and feel. There are many other tools that you can use to optimize and customize your site or blog. Here’s a list of some of the best, and free, OS software on the market today.

1. WordPress:

The vast majority of these software programs are cross-platform and have proven indispensable for a variety of source applications. WordPress is probably the world’s most popular blogging platform that’s used by millions of sites. It’s very user friendly and a user can make it as simple or complex as they want. WordPress is supported by a multitude of plug-ins, which allows users to transform a run-of-the-mill blog into anything you can imagine. It has a pretty straightforward content management system that is applicable to most needs.



2. Mozilla Firefox:

Mozilla Firefox accounts for almost a quarter of the share of web browsers. This is an impressive figure that’s made this OSS the browser of choice among many web-based professionals. Its growth in popularity has much to do with the add-ons that have been included, which lets users have increased control over their browsing environment. It’s incredibly detail oriented and has made it a top contender among the vast array of OSS options.



3. Magneto:

Not only does it have a cool name, this OSS is currently used by tens of thousands of merchants and is one of the world’s fastest growing e-commerce platforms. There’s a Magneto Community Edition that’s offered at no charge under the Open Software License and has proven an essential tool. There’s an Enterprise Edition that you have to pay for but, if you choose this option, it’s well worth the price. It offers many increased capabilities like multi-store capacity.



4. LibreOffice:

This program was created due to rising concerns that Oracle would turn into a commercial product and, though Oracle remains to date a purely community-based project, LibreOffice has become a true contender and alternative to Microsoft Office. Much like it’s counterparts, it comes with a world processor, spreadsheet program, presentation tool, and database manager. It offers many additional features and is fully compatible with standard Microsoft Office file formats. The one downside is that users must remember to save or export their files in the respective format. Even with this, it’s still a solid choice among OS software.



5. Inkscape:

This OSS was meant to replace CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator. It’s a vector graphics editor that uses W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics file formats. It supports many advanced SVG features including, but not limited to: clones, alpha beginners, and markers. Simply put, this is a great tool for beginners in the world of graphics editing. It’s free and a rather intuitive program that takes little handholding and is a great alternative to some of the other big boys on the block.



Any of these choices are perfect for any user. All of them are free and user-friendly and are able to meet most any need. You can do anything like archiving files, creating PDF’s, free sound editors, and many more. These are just some of the options that offer a polished level of functionality that can rival many of the commercial rivals that charge for their services.

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