At BSD Computer Systems we are strong supporters of the Open Source community. “Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

 

Most of the software listed below is Open Source. Some are simply free. At BSD Computer Systems we have tested the software listed on this page to be well developed and robust alternatives to commercial software packages. There are hundreds of thousands open source projects available. Most of them are listed at SourceForge.

 

Office Productivity

 

LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windo ws, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document prod uction and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

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Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

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AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.

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Multimedia

 

Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more.

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The free Plex Media Server simplifies your life by organizing all of your personal media, making it beautiful and streaming it to all of your devices.

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MediaPortal transforms your PC into a complete media solution. It runs on basic hardware, connects directly to your TV and displays your TV Series, Movies, Photos and Music in a much more dynamic way. All in the comfort of your living room, on your big screen LCD or Plasma TV or projector!

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Desktop Publishing

 

Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux, BSD UNIX, Solaris, OpenIndiana, GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design.

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Accounting

 

GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

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Web Browser

 

The award-winning Firefox Web browser has security, speed and new features that will change the way you use the Web. Don't settle for anything less.

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FTP/DAV Clients

 

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

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Graphics / Photo Editing

 

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

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RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. It is available for W indows and for Linux and is actively developed.

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Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

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Video Editing

 

Lightworks is an Oscar and Emmy award winning professional NLE system for editing and mastering of movies in 2K and 4K as well as television productions in PAL, NTSC and HD. Numerous internationall y renowned and Oscar award-winning feature films, including The King's Speech, Martin Scorsese's The Departed, Mission Impossible, Pulp Fiction, Braveheart and Batman were edited on Lightworks.

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OpenShot OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor. OpenShot can take your videos, photos, and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of. Easily add sub-titles, transitions, and effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats.

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3D Modeling

 

Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

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E-Mail Clients

 

Thunderbird is a free email application that's easy to set up and customize - and it's loaded with great features!

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Useful Thunderbird Plug-ins:

    • Theme Font & Size Changer - Theme Font & Size Changer lets you change the global font size and font family used for the user interface in Thunderbird. Design Thunderbird with your favorite font.

 

Archiving

 

Zip Archiver is a Very powerful tool, it works with Zip, WinZip, 7zip, WinRAR and other archive formats. The main advantage over other archivers is a new improved Zip algorithm for archiving, which reduces the time required to create an archive by more than 2-fold and it has multi-core processor support. New user-friendly interface and full integration with the operating system makes Free Download Zip Archiver indispensable for every day use and is recommended for use at both home and in the office

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PDF Creation

 

PDFCreator allows you to create PDF files from within any Windows program

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Password Manager

 

Password Safe is a password database utility. Users can keep their passwords securely encrypted on their computers. A single Safe Combination unlocks them all./p>

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KeePass, the free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.

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Disk Encryption

VeraCrypt is a software for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data is automatically encrypted right before it is saved and decrypted right after it is loaded, 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).

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Backup and Synchronization

 

FreeFileSync is a free Open Source software that helps you synchronize files and synchronize folders for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It is designed to save your time setting up and running backup jobs while having nice visual feedback along the way.

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Redo Backup and Recovery is so simple that anyone can use it. It is the easiest, most complete disaster recovery solution available. It allows bare-metal restore. Bare metal restore is not only the best solution for hardware failure, it is also the ultimate antivirus: Even if your hard drive melts or gets completely erased by a virus, you can have a completely-functional system back up and running in as little as 10 minutes.

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Security

 

Microsoft Security Essentials guards against viruses, spyware, and other evil software. It provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs.

Included in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 10, Windows Defender helps guard your PC against viruses and other malware. For a PC running an older version of Windows, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.

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Operating System

 

FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system used to power modern servers, desktops and embedded platforms.

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PC-BSD® is a user friendly desktop Operating System based on FreeBSD. Known widely for its stability and security in server environments, FreeBSD provides an excellent base on which to build a desktop operating system. PC-BSD uses a host of popular open source window managers and uses a custom-tailored application installer that puts popular applications in easy reach of users.

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Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating system, with Unity as its default desktop environment (formerly GNOME). It is based on free software and named after the Southern African philosophy of ubuntu (literally, "human-ness"), which often is translated as "humanity towards others" or "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Testimonials

"It’s been three months since you built my computer and I wanted to let you know that it’s been a joy to use!  It’s fast and stable and the latest update to Windows 10 is working very well.  Thanks for the good job!  If I do get into trouble, I’ll be in touch."

Regards,

Peter