Run your PC on free apps

Recently I purchased Acer Aspire One netbook and decided that I will only install and run free and open source applications on it. So far its been great, I have found free applications  to replace most of the commercially available ones, and they are very good replacements.

Here is a list of applications that I use.

Anti Virus

AVG Free Edition – Very good anti virus, free for personal use.
Get it here

You may also want to check out Microsoft Security Essentials. I have not used it myself but have heard good things about it.


OpenOffice – Great free office suite, which includes Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw (imaging) and Base (database). Get it here

Paint.NET – great image editing software. Get it here


Google Chrome – my favorite browser. Get it here

Firefox – another great browser. Get it here

Thunderbird – Email application. Get it here


VLC Media Player – One of the best media players available, haven’t come across a media file format yet that this app couldn’t play. Get it here

Winamp – another great media player that has been around since the ’90s. Get it here


7z – File archiver. Great replacement for WinZip / WinRar. Get it here

Daemon Tools Lite – great tools for creating virtual CD/DVD/BD ROM drives and mounting images. Get it here


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