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Free software - Windows/Linux based

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I am compiling a resource of free software alternatives for non-profit organizations and I am looking for some assistance.

I am seeking quality free software (not shareware, limited use, or software that nags the user to purchase) of all different categories. It is also vitally important that this free software does not install any sort of Malware (spyware or otherwise). Special emphasis should be placed on tools that have both a Windows and Linux version.

This is what I have so far (hopefully some of this will be useful to you and hopefully some of you can append to this list). It is by no means complete.

Please try to maintain or improve upon this listing format. :-)

NOTE: I am well aware of sites like,, etc. What I am looking for are suggestions from people who actually use free software. The following is a list of software I actually use and recommend. In brackets is its commercial equivalent (C.E.).

      Ubuntu (Linux alternative to Windows)             (C.E. Microsoft Windows XP/Vista)
      Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community
        and professional support.  

Office suite
      OpenOffice (Windows/Linux)                           (C.E. Microsoft Office 2003)            the product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key
        desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and
        drawing program...

        OpenOffice Draw (Windows/Linux) (see above)            (C.E. Office Draw or better)

      GIMP (Windows/Linux)                                                     (C.E. ??)
      GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such
        tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating
        systems, in many languages.....
        IrfanView (Windows only)                                               (C.E. ??)
      IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use)
        graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.
        Looking for a free C.E. to Microsoft's Visio and Corel Paint/Draw or Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator

Desktop Search

      Copernic Desktop Search                                         (C.E. DTSearch)

        Search, Index, Track and Summarize.
        Sophisticated technology forms the core of Copernic solutions, a natural result of our
        consuming passion for innovation. The same innovative spirit ensures that you'll continue
        to have access to solutions that evolve in concert with the latest technological advances.....

Screen Printing

      Gadwin PrintScreen (Windows only)
      What is Gadwin PrintScreen?
      Want to create a screenshot suitable for saving or printing? Then just hit a key on your
        keyboard. Oh yeah, you'll have to download this program first.       There are several hotkey
        combos to choose from (PrintScreen is the default). Once you've chosen your favorite
        combo, head to the Destination tab and have the screen print out instantly, copy the
        capture to the clipboard, save it to a specific folder, or even send it through e-mail. You
        can perform full screen captures, or only capture a specific window.  

Technical Diagnostic Tools

       A host of free tools are available from Sysinternals

Printing Tools


PDF Tools



          Thunderbird v1.5 (Windows/Linux)

          (no Outlook importing)

          Eudora v7.1 (Windows only but is now Open Source!)          (C.E. Outlook)

          (Outlook importing)

          Pegasus Mail v4.41 (Windows only)

         Outlook Express (Windows only)

Business software (accounting, general finance, etc.)


Multimedia software (other graphics, sound tools, creativity sw, etc.)


Programming tools (languages, source code editors, etc.)

Technical Support

Please don't suggest the public Usenet groups.... they are so watered down by irrelevant spam and/or porn and/or OT messages, that they have become mostly worthless for support related questions. Sad!

Experts Exchange :-)

I've been paying for my membership for years... but isn't it also a free service? I can't tell being logged in at the moment.

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I will award the top four (IMHO) contributions.

Thank you.
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