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Freeware and Open Source Software

Sources to find Freeware or Open Source Software

DARPA has invested in many programs that sponsor fundamental and applied research in areas of computer science, which have led to new advances in theory as well as practical software. Many DoD and government research efforts and software procurements contain publicly releasable elements, including open source software. It has made the open source catalog available – The Catalog can be found here! The initial offerings in the DARPA Open Catalog include software toolkits and peer-reviewed publications from the XDATA program in the agency’s Information Innovation Office (I2O).

Govcode is a website to feature Open source projects by the government.

SchoolForge lists open source software that are useful for both teachers and students, including office tools, antivirus software, educational software and games. The advocacy is the use of open texts and lessons, open curricula, free software and open source in education. They offer discussions on and links to applications, case studies, and even lesson plans.

OSS Watch is a very useful and informative site. Get advice on implementing open source software and hardware as well as case studies and links to online resources.

opensourcetesting.org is a go-to site for information about open source software testing tools. The site features details of around 500 tools in 20 categories.

The Free Software Directory catalogs useful free software that runs under free operating systems.

Free Software Resources by “Free software foundation”

The Open Source Initiative is a clearinghouse for more information on a wide variety of open source software.

Gizmo’s Freeware Review : freeware reviewed and rated, many of these programs are as good as or better than their commercial counterparts so why pay for what you can get for free ?

ILoveFreeSoftware – This website is for completely free and legal software, and not trial versions of paid software. Check out their small compilation of best free software here.

Free Download Manager contains about 25,000 software products, all thoroughly sorted into categories

WebPA is an open source online peer assessment tool that enables every team member to recognise individual contributions to group work. A well known criticism of assessed group work is that each student receives the same team mark, regardless of individual performance. By using WebPA to peer assess group work, each student received an adjusted mark.

Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. Use Drupal to build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs let you build any site you can imagine. It’s powered by 785,460 people in 228 countries speaking 181 languages. A new release Julio, the project allows schools to build their own websites, with features including blogs, calendars, sideshows, editorial control, and more.

CNET download.com, for Windows, Mac, Mobile .. The Education Section of the Cnet Download.com website is a good place to look for educational software (both shareware and freeware). Includes editoral reviews as well as user reviews.

The Best Free Softwares of 2010, by PC magazine, 196 free programs in categories of anti-malware, App launchers, audio, back/synch/storage, blogging, browser, calendar, conferencing/VoIP, display, email, file sharing, file converter, finance, graphics, maps, networking, printing, remote access, RSS reader, search, security/encryption, social networking, video ……

EducationalFreeware provides reviews of the best learning games, softwares and websites. The line between downloadable, installable software and online resources is getting less and less sharp – both kinds of software often serve the same purpose. Both of them are included on this site which is maintained by Marianne Wartoft, a freeware author.

Free Office Productivity Suite

OpenOffice.org is released under an open-source licence (the LGPL), which means it may be used free of any licence fees, for any purpose: private, governmental, commercial, etc.  OpenOffice.org supports extensions, allowing users to add on extra functions easily from an extensions repository. This is a key differentiator from the competition.It is supported in over ninety languages, with active support both Community based (free) and from commercial organisations (paid-for).

LibreOffice is community-driven and developed software which is a project of the not-for-profit organization, The Document Foundation. It’s an open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. The roots of LibreOffice go back 20 years. The development process is completely open, LibreOffice has been extensively tested by experts.

Google Docs is free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Firefox is a free, high-quality browser and runs on any platform. It has a number of built-in security features that cut down on spy-ware, viruses, and pop-ups. It also has extensions you can install to enhance its capabilities. http://www.mozilla.org

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These Free and Open Source Software are recommanded by Michael Gorman that every school should have.

Best Free Software for students 

Open Source Options For Education from OSS-Watch

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