You don’t have to be a programmer to use and appreciate open source software. There are countless quality open source applications for Windows and other popular operating systems. Below are the 5 open source desktop applications I use most often, in no particular order:
- VirtualBox – VirtualBox is a free, open source virtualization application. I use it for testing and tinkering with new operating systems.
- Firefox – open source browser from the non-profit Mozilla foundation. Currently my desktop browser of choice.
- KeePass Password Safe – KeePass is a safe convenient way to manage your passwords. It stores your passwords in an encrypted database on your computer, locked by a password you choose.
- AES Crypt – AES Crypt is an open source file encryption tool. Handy for encrypting files before saving them to storage.
- LibreOffice – LibreOffice is a powerful and feature rich open source desktop office suite. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, database, diagramming and formula editor applications. Recommended for those who don’t need the specific applications included in Microsoft Office.