Amateur Radio Software:
If your looking for Amateur Radio Software go to the Radio Software page by clicking this link or go to the Comms tab and look at the bottom of the dropdown menu. This page is for Alternative Computer Software.
Tired Of Overpaying For Software? and Subscription / Cloud Based Software
I detest the subscription / cloud based software control freaks at all the corporate software companies. So If you’re tired of overpaying for subscription based software and all the big brother spying and collecting your personal information and data then I encourage you to look into the following open source software, operating systems and other search engines and web browsers listed on this page.
This is not an all inclusive list by any means but it should be enough to get your workflow and freedom back up to speed.
Alternative Operating Systems:
If your tired of your operating system leaking your activities, data and personal information like a sieve, then you should seriously look into using Linux. Linux Operating System is a Free Operating System that can and IMHO should replace your current OS. Linux just works like an Operating System should. There is a ton of free software that typically comes in each distro. There are many linux distributions to choose from so I’ll include a few of the most popular. The first four have server counter parts so be sure to download the desktop iso unless you need to build a server, you will have to burn the iso file to a cd / dvd or make a bootable usb stick.
Ubuntu is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Debian. Ubuntu is officially released in three editions: Desktop, Server, and Core for the internet of things devices and robots.
Debian, also known as Debian GNU/Linux, is a Linux distribution composed of free and open-source software, developed by the community-supported Debian Project, which was established by Ian Murdock on August 16, 1993.
Fedora Linux is a Linux distribution developed by the community-supported Fedora Project which is sponsored primarily by Red Hat Inc. with minor support by other companies.
CentOS is a Linux distribution that provides a free, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Linux Mint is a community-driven Linux distribution based on Ubuntu or Debian that strives to be a ‘modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use’
Alternative Web Browsers:
Mozilla Firefox, or simply Firefox, is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android
Waterfox is an open-source web browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems. It is intended to be speedy and ethical, and maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked. There are official releases for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android
Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple, based on the WebKit engine. MacOS – Windows
Opera is a freeware web browser for Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, and Linux operating systems.
Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android – IOS
Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android
Tor is free and open-source browser software for enabling anonymous communication. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android
Alternative Search Engines:
If your tired of google, bing, yahoo and other search engines tracking your every move and selling your information then you should be using these other search engines.
LibreOffice is a free and the leading open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. Linux – MacOS – Windows
Apache OpenOffice is open-source office software suite for word (not been updated since 2014 but still a great option).
Gimp is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. – Linux – MacOS – Windows
Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor. – Linux – MacOS – Windows
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline – Linux – MacOS – Windows
Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. Linux – MacOS – Windows
Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editing software based on the MLT Framework, KDE and Qt. Linux – MacOS – Windows
Krita is a free and open-source raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital painting and animation purposes. Linux – MacOS – Windows
OBS Studio is equipped with a powerful API, enabling plugins and scripts to provide further customization and functionality specific to your needs.
Utilize native plugins for high performance intergrations or scripts written with Lua or Python that interface with existing sources.
Linux – MacOS – Windows
Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software. Linux – MacOS – Windows
Bootable USB Drive:
Rufus is a free and open-source portable application for Microsoft Windows that can be used to format and create bootable USB flash drives or Live USBs. Windows Only
balenaEtcher is a free and open-source utility used for writing image files such as .iso and .img files, as well as zipped folders onto storage media to create live SD cards and USB flash drives. It is developed by balena, and licensed under Apache License 2.0. Linux – MacOS – Windows
Free And Shareware Software:
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