*Free* Software List

Name Note URL
7-Zip File Compression http://www.7-zip.org/
AbiWord Light-weight Word Processing (MS-Word compatible) application http://www.abiword.com/
Adobe Reader   http://get.adobe.com/reader/?promoid=BUIGO
Apache Open Source Projects http://apache.org/
Cygwin Linux Environment for Windows http://www.cygwin.com/
Filezilla FTP Client http://filezilla-project.org/
Microsoft RoboCopy GUI Automated file copy / sync http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2006.11.utilityspotlight.aspx
OpenOffice Office Applications http://www.openoffice.org/
Open SSH Server for Windows   http://sshwindows.sourceforge.net/
Portable Apps Flash Drive Applications http://portableapps.com/
Putty Telnet / SSH Client http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
SourceForge Home for many Open Source Projects http://sourceforge.net/
Sun Virtual Box Virtualization http://www.virtualbox.org/
VMWare Virtualization http://www.vmware.com

Remote Control

Name Note URL
RealVNC   http://www.realvnc.com/products/free/4.1/download.html
Synergy Allows control of multiple computers (each w/monitor) from a single keyboard/mouse http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=59275&release_id=406637
TightVNC   http://www.tightvnc.com/
UltraVNC   http://www.uvnc.com/

 

LDAP Servers

Name Note URL
OpenLDAP Open Source LDAP Server http://www.openldap.org/
Windows 2003 Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) Light-weight Microsoft Active Directory Server http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/adam/default.mspx

 

System Utilities / Tools

Name Note URL
CCleaner System Optimization, Privacy and Cleaning Tool http://www.ccleaner.com/download
GParted HDD Partition Editor http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
Microsoft SysInternals Several Systems Tools http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx
Process hacker Process / Memory / Handle monitoring tool http://sourceforge.net/projects/processhacker/
SystemRescueCd Boots to Gentoo linux and can recover most hard drive partitions including NTFS. http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
WinDirStat Disk Space Manager http://sourceforge.net/projects/windirstat/

 

Text / Log File Processing

Name Note URL
fLogViewer Large File Reader http://www.incisif.net/otherweb/flogviewer/DownLoad.asp
HJSplit File Splitter http://hjsplit.en.softonic.com/
Grep Text Parser (can ue regex) http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/grep.htm
Microsft LogParser Query Log Files using SQL-like Syntax http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=890cd06b-abf8-4c25-91b2-f8d975cf8c07&displaylang=en
TailForWin32 Monitor Files in Real-time http://sourceforge.net/projects/tailforwin32
SwiftGear LTF (Large Text File) Viewer Large File Reader http://swiftgear.com

 

Anti-virus / Anit-spyware

Name Note URL
AdAware Anti-adware http://www.lavasoft.com/
Avast Anti-virus http://avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
ClamWin Anti-virus http://www.clamwin.com/
FreeAVG Anti-virus http://free.avg.com/
HijackThis Great at finding ad/spyware, but not the most user-friendly http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/tools/security_tools/hijackthis
Microsoft Windows Defender Anti-ad/spyware http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx
Panda ActiveScan Anti-virus http://www.pandasecurity.com/activescan/index/

 

Development Tools

Name Note URL
Eclipse IDE http://www.eclipse.org/
Jad Java De-compiler http://www.kpdus.com/jad.html#download
Microsoft Express SQL Server and Visual Studio http://www.microsoft.com/express/product/
MySQL Database Server http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/
Notepad ++ Developer Notepad http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
Sun Java RT / SDK Development Platform http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/?intcmp=1281
Sun NetBeans IDE http://www.netbeans.org/downloads/index.html
WinMerge File & Directory Comparison http://sourceforge.net/projects/winmerge/

 

Debugging Tools

Name Note URL
Debugging Tools for Windows Includes adplus (vbscript for taking memory dumps) and Windbg (tool for reading memory dumps) http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/DevTools/Debugging/default.mspx
Wireshark Network Sniffer / Trace Reader http://www.wireshark.org/

See also SysInternals (in System Utilities above)

Version Control

Name Note URL
Concurrent Versions System (CVS)   http://www.nongnu.org/cvs/
SubVersion (SVN)   http://subversion.tigris.org/
TortiseCVS CVS Client for Windows http://www.tortoisecvs.org/
TortiseSVN SVN Client for Windows http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/

Note: Eclipse has built-in client-side support for CVS and SVN

Browsers

Name Note URL
Avaya W3C's browser / editor http://www.w3.org/Amaya/
Google Chrome Google's browser http://www.google.com/chrome/
Opera Designed for speed and security http://www.opera.com/
Mozilla FireFox Allows for many cool plug-ins http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

 

Free Linux Distros

Name Note URL
Damn Small Linux (a.k.a. DSL) Small enough to run from a flash drive. http://damnsmalllinux.org/
Novell OpenSUSE   http://www.opensuse.org/en/
RedHat Fedora   http://fedoraproject.org/
Ubuntu Linux Currently the most popular free distro. http://www.ubuntu.com/
DistroWatch List of distros with popularity ranking (on right) http://distrowatch.com/

 

Application / Web Servers

Name Note URL
Apache HTTP Server   http://httpd.apache.org/
Apache Tomcat   http://tomcat.apache.org/
JBoss   http://www.jboss.org/jbossas/downloads/
LAMP Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP http://lamphowto.com/
Sun Glassfish   http://java.sun.com/javaee/community/glassfish/
XAMPP Apache / MySQL / PHP http://www.apachefriends.org/en/index.html
WAMP Windows / Apache / MySQL / PHP http://www.wampserver.com/en/download.php

 

Multi-media

Name Note URL
Audacity Cross-platform Audio manipulation http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Gimp Cross-platform Image Manipulation http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
MPlayer Cross-platform Video Player http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html
VLC Cross-platform Video Player http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

 

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