Open Source Software for Windows

Open Source Software For Windows, a free alternative to costly windows softwareHave you ever wanted to do something in Windows and found out that the software required to do it costs a fortune or maybe is not up to the mark ? Now you can have Open Source software to do a variety of things in Windows. Open Source software is free of cost for personal and commercial usage. The OSSWIN website has a great listing of a lot of good Open Source Software available for Windows. The list is quiet big, most of the software thats listed is critically acclaimed and rivals its paid alternative for Windows. I have also listed some of my personal favorites in here, including the ones I have had a chance to install and use myself.

The OSSWIN project website is located at and has everything from Audio Editors, Video Editors, Databases, Compression Utilities, Codecs, Web Browsers, Security, Privacy Protection, Encryption, CAD Softare to Web Editors and VJ Software.

Some of my personal favorites and the titles I have used so far are:

- MP3 Tag tools, for tagging MP3s

- WebCalendar

- CDRecord for burning CDs

- 7-Zip an excellent file compression, zipping and unzipping utility

- MySQL for Windows

- Azureus , a very good bit torrent client

- FileZilla, Great FTP client

- The GIMP - Image Manipulation program, almost same capabilities as PhotoShop

- Pidgin - Instant Messaging client that combines all of your services such as Yahoo, MSN, GMAIL, AOL etc

- XChat2 - Popular IRC Client

- Mplayer - Free and very good Audio Player

- VideoLAN VLC Media Player - The best video and audio player out there, plays almost every format

- Media Player Classic - Another good light weight media player, plays a lot of formats including DivX

- WireShark - Great network analyzer (Sniffer)

- Open Office - Alternative to Microsoft Office, fully backwards and forward compatible with Microsoft Office

- Putty - Most popular SSH and Telnet client

- Clam Anti Virus - Free Anti Virus for Windows

- Apache - No description needed here :)

There is tons of more Open Source software on this website that is very good, reliable and free. Do give it a try!

Some more free alternatives.

Have you ever considered SSuite Office as a free alternative to MS Office? Their software also doesn't need to run on Java or .NET, like MS Office and so many open source office suites, so it makes their software very small, efficient, and easy to use. :)

Reply to comment |

Admiring the time and effort you put into your site and in depth information you offer. It's great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same outdated rehashed information. Great read! I've saved your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

I have never used SSuite

I have never used SSuite before, in fact its the first time I am hearing about it. I have used OpenOffice and MS Office versions, not sure how, if at all they are dependent on Java or .NET unless you use the web based functionality. Maybe one of these days I will give SSuite a try and write something about it! Thanks for the feedback George!