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The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities

There are a lot of great freeware products out there. Many are as good or even better than their commercial alternatives. This list features my personal pick of the ‘best of the best.’ – TechSupportAlert; June 13, 2005

Opinions are like belly-buttons, everyone has got one. Likewise, I’m sure each of you has in their own mind and/or heart a top-10 list of their favo-freeware.

That said, here is a list I liked — mostly because the freeware at the top of the list is useful stuff, like FireFox and/or firewalls and/or free anti-virus programs –some items I wish a certain church would install on each of their office and personal computers so their former webmaster doesn’t get spammed into oblivion each and every time a minister or staff get’s zombied; ahem.

Personal conjecture aside, enjoy the list. Leave a comment here if you see anything you dislike, like but think it should be ranked higher – or better yet, suggest some freeware solution not on the list that can help your church operations and/or website run smoother, safer and less irritating to former web masters; ahem.

14 Comments

  1. Bible study software
    http://e-sword.net/index.html
    http://www.crosswire.org/index.jsp

    Databases
    Oracle – http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/linux/index.html
    MySQL – http://www.mysql.com/
    Firebird – http://firebird.sourceforge.net/

    Network Monitoring Tools
    http://www.nagios.org/
    http://pawikan.sourceport.dost.gov.ph/index.php
    http://ocsinventory.sourceforge.net/?lng=en
    http://www.jffnms.org/
    http://autoscan.free.fr/
    http://www.cacti.net/index.php

    Vulnerability Scanner
    http://www.nessus.org/download/

    Router/Gateway
    http://contribs.org/modules/news/
    http://www.smoothwall.org/
    http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-emu/?ca=dgr-lnxw07-obg-RouterOnLin (dated but good)
    http://www.freesco.org/?L=
    http://www.clarkconnect.org/index.php

    WiFi Access Point
    http://www.nycwireless.net/pebble/

    PBX Solution
    http://www.asterisk.org/

    VPN Solution
    http://3sp.com/showSslExplorer.do

    Video Editing
    http://www.jahshaka.com/
    http://heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php3

    3D graphics/modeling programs
    http://www.blender3d.org/

    Video Rendering
    http://www.drqueue.org/

    Image Painting Retouching
    http://cinepaint.sourceforge.net/

    Vector-based illustration and graphics tool
    http://www.inkscape.org/

    Multi-track digital audio
    http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/
    http://www.agnula.org/
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    Portable Firefox and Thunderbird
    http://portablefirefox.mozdev.org/
    http://portablethunderbird.mozdev.org/

    Chat Program
    http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ (All in one)

    Editors
    http://www.mpsoftware.dk/phpdesigner.php
    http://www.mpsoftware.dk/htmlgate.php
    http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
    http://www.evrsoft.com/download.shtml

    Free E-Commerce Solution
    http://www.oscommerce.com/

    Utilities
    http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm (Gmail Drive)
    http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/BgInfo.html (Display system/server info)
    http://www.cfengine.org/ (configure and maintain Unix computer systems)
    http://www.amanda.org/ (Network-based enterprise backup)
    http://mirror.open-xchange.org/ox/EN/community/ (Collaboration and Integration Server Environment allows you to store appointments, contacts, tasks, mails, bookmarks, documents, and many more elements and share them with other users.)

    HTPC Media Center
    http://mediaportal.sourceforge.net/

    3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows XP
    http://www.hamar.sk/sphere/

  2. Great call with VIM. That is a wonderful editor.

  3. One more vote to VIM. It rocks.

    As for Web Authoring System (FrontPage and Dreamweaver alternatives), I found that Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a “new view”) is good.

    http://www.nvu.com/about.html

  4. Thanks for the link. While not on Ubuntu, having to use windows, I do find the registry cleaners and anti-virus software very usefull.

  5. I’ve found several good freeware programs through this site, including EditPad (whick rocks, BTW).

    That’s where I found the IE based Maxthon which is loaded with features including tabbed browsing and built in RSS.

    There’s also a link to IEspell which add a spell checker to any form field in IE. It’s not as good as the spell check plugin for FF, but it’s the best I’ve found for IE.

    Lastly, there’s WinSCP, a very stable FTP program. It’s the only one I’ve tried that lets me download my entire site in one download without locking up.

  6. i heart editpad and evrsoft products. 1stpage2000 is INFINITELY better than frontpage and still very user-friendly.

  7. I use Notepad2 quite often. I loads even the largest files like a freight train and supports syntax highlighting.

    http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html

  8. Any ideas out there on good freeware for Content Management Systems or Tracking Systems (like webtrends)?

  9. I’ll cast my vote for Notepad2 too!

    I use the Xoops CMS (www.xoops.org) and love it. It’s powerful yet relatively intuative, continually improving (it’s open source), and also has an active user community.

    Thanks for the extra links everyone. I’ve found this quite useful (and I thought I knew all there was to know about freeware!).

  10. FTP: Filezilla.sf.net (I use this because it’s free and uses SFTP!)
    Telnet: Putty http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/
    TFTP server: http://kin.klever.net/pumpkin/ (nice for assisting automated installs of OS).
    CMS: I’m using WebGUI. (http://www.plainblack.com) It’s a bit of work to set up, but very nice for the user. I’m also one of the few who provide free assistance as I am able, along with an FAQ.
    Editor: VIM (rocks, I agree!)
    IDE: Eclipse http://www.eclipse.org (HUGE, but … does everything.)
    Love GAIM! Trillian is also nice.
    I second smoothwall.
    I’m running: smoothwall express (firewall)+ dansguardian (web content filter) + clamav (antivirus) + assp (email spam filter) + adzapper (web ad eliminator). All free.

  11. I agree that Vim is a great editor. If you’re willing to learn how to use it, you’ll fall in love with it.

    Another amazing text editor I love is http://www.crimsoneditor.com

    Remember that sourceforge.net is full of open source projects of all kinds.

  12. I really enjoy Taco HTML Edit (sorry, only for Mac OS X). With the new Project Directory features, and line numbers, it’s been my html editor of choice.

    http://www.tacosw.com

    It’s FREE!

  13. You’re right, everyone has their lists of favorites. Here’s mine ;-)

    http://www.wilk4.com/superlinks/default.asp?focus=page&pageID=software

    btw, as an answer to the question about webtrends alternates, have you tried Analog? I’ve used it for years and love it.
    http://www.analog.cx/