Open Source Software for Windows

Open Source Software for Windows is a compilation CD with thousands of programs and tens of thousands of pages of documentation. The CD is an operating system disk that you can install a copy of the Open Source Software (OSS) onto your computer and then use it to compile other programs or to test various configurations. It also has the complete source code for some of the OSS so you can see how it works, and make changes if necessary. This CD is the perfect tool for both novice programmers who want to learn how to use Open Source software, as well as for advanced programmers looking for a new challenge.

The Open Source Software for Windows allows any computer with Windows installed to run Linux or Unix operating system. This software is a good replacement for proprietary operating systems provided with most of the computers.

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a replacement for the Windows notepad app, which is a much more advanced text editor. I personally use Notepad++ to manage my notes and content ideas as it automatically saves all the changes offline, and numbered lines are extremely useful.

Although coders mostly use it to write code, most of its features help with coding, including auto-complete based on the current context.

Notepad++

 LibreOffice

LibreOffice website
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LibreOffice is a complete office suite that offers presentations, documents, spreadsheets and databases. 

Unlike Microsoft Office, which is not accessible for everyone due to its pricing model, LibreOffice is totally free. 

To support it, its users can make donations when they download. So, it has a huge community of contributors.

It is available for Mac, Linux and Windows and it also has a live chat and a forum where you can turn to when searching for help.

Audacity

Audacity is an audio recording and editing software that is perfect for both novice and advanced users. You can edit multiple audio tracks at a time using simple keyboard shortcuts and menu buttons. There is even a spectrogram view to analyze frequencies and individually select them.

Audacity

Overall, it’s an easy-to-use audio editing software that should be able to handle all your audio editing needs. If you do get stuck, you can check the tutorials to get help.

GIMP

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Another of the best open software source examples that is worth mentioning is the photo editing tool GIMP. 

It offers similar features like some of the expensive tools on the market including various filters and effects, and yet it is free. 

GIMP is available across different platforms including Windows and Linux and it has different 3d party plugins and customization options. 

Plenty of illustrators, graphic designers and photographers use it to improve their pictures and enhance their work.

KeePass

Your online passwords are the most important piece of information that you need to protect. If you don’t trust the standard password managers, then the open-source password manager KeePass will give you peace of mind.

KeePass comes with all the powerful features like encryption, auto-login, easy password search, password generator, secure clipboard, and much more. Although being open-source is a sufficient point to prefer it over others, you can see exactly how its security features work. It has plugins, too, to make it even better.

There are more password managers you may want to explore.

Linux

open source software examples: Linux
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According to a Stack Overflow survey, 83.1% of developers claimed that Linux is the most wanted platform. 

Linux is one of the most user-friendly open source software on the market. It is most commonly used on Android devices and desktops.

What makes this operating system different from the others is that it costs nothing and it is incredibly customizable.

Most companies also choose it because it is highly secure and offers excellent community support.

WinDirStat

My go-to tool when I need to clean up disk space.

WinDirStat shows all the data on a disk in a tree view where you can easily see which folders/files are taking the most space. You can also sort data by file type if you are looking for a specific file. I really like the disk map it creates to make it easier to understand what type of data is there and how much space it’s taking.

WinDirStat

Blender

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[Image source: Blender]

Blender is another of the best open source software examples of 2021. 

It is a 3D graphics and animation tool that supports motion tracking, simulation, animation, video editing, rendering, modeling and much more. 

It also offers a set of modeling tools and features including real-time viewpoint prereview, multi-resolution and support for Planar tracking and Tripod solvers.

Greenshot

I am using Greenshot for all my screenshot-related needs on the PC, and it hasn’t disappointed me in the last 5 years. Greenshot lets you take screenshots in multiple ways and automatically saves them in your desired location. It saves not only on the PC but also lets you upload screenshots to online photo managers and cloud services.

You can also use the built-in editor to make quick edits.

Greenshot

Shotcut

open source software examples: Shotcut
[Image source: Shotcut]

Shotcut is a video editor that offers powerful features including audio and webcam capture, color, text, noise, and counter generators, support of popular image formats, EDL export and much more. 

It is a great tool to edit your audio and video files with and it is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. 

On its website, you can also find great resources and tutorials on how to use this free open source software.  

Clonezilla

If you want an exact copy of your data, then disk cloning software can help. Clonezilla is a cloning tool that will create an exact copy of your hard disk so you can easily restore data or even continue using the new disk. You can clone up to 40 disks at the same time and also secure them with AES-256 encryption.

Brave Browser

Brave browser prides itself in offering a faster browsing experience than Chrome while still respecting your privacy and protecting you from online threats. It claims to use 33% less memory than Chrome while being 3x faster.

brave

I really liked their stance on ads. You can disable ads or view them and earn points that you can spend on things online or withdraw as cash. What type of ads you see is also under your control.

Conclusion

If Microsoft Windows isn’t working for you, try something different! LibreOffice and clones give you more freedom to use your computer the way you want. You can edit office documents, browse the internet, play movies and music and much more.

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