Software

7-Zip – an open source file compression software

We all know how crucial hard disk space is, especially for those people who are constantly on the go and who always bring their work with them. It can be a problem sometimes because the files they need to bring with them are bigger than their free space. Worry no more - 7-Zip is here to the rescue. 7-Zip is an open source software for file compression and archiving, and unlike others, it offers a high compression ratio - definitely perfect for those big files that need to be shrinked.

FreeCiv – a free and open-source alternative to Sid Meier’s Civilization

Are you the kind of person who wants to rule over the world and go through the history of how our civilization has come to life? Or maybe somebody who just wants to pass time and build these and those while at the same time having fun controlling his or her own empire? Look no further: FreeCiv might be the game that would make you sit in front of your desktop or laptop for hours and hours to come.

Celestia – an open-source free space simulation software

Don't you wish you can just fly outside of Earth and into the universe? Explore the other planets and the nearby stars, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a comet or an asteroid? It might not be possible now to tour the Solar System or the universe (unless you are a billionaire!), but you can do this in the comforts of your home right in front of your computer. Celestia is an open-source space simulation software that lets you explore the universe in 3-dimension - stars, galaxies, planets, asteroids and a whole lot more! And the best part? It runs on Windows, Linux and Max OS X.

Gimpshop – an open source alternative to Photoshop

For those people who loved Gimp, a powerful open-source image retouching and authoring software, then you will love GimpShop. Think of it as a revamped version of Gimp, giving a Photoshop feel to the software. GimpShop is a hacked version of Gimp. Since most people are used to having an Adobe Photoshop interface, Scott Moschella did what a usual 'hardcore graphics geek' might do: change the interface of Gimp so that people are more comfortable using it.

UltraStar Deluxe – free karaoke game for Windows, Linux and Mac

You've probably sung in the bathroom at least once in a month because you just couldn't sing in front of your friends or other people. You shiver at the thought of singing on stage or- heaven forbid - in karaoke. While other people sing shyly in karaoke bars, others sing in the comforts of their home - all thanks to Ultrastar Deluxe!

ManyCam – 1 webcam for all IMs with many additional cool effects

One day, I wanted to use my webcam for two instant messaging programs even though I knew that wasn't possible. Frustrated, I stumbled upon ManyCam a few days later, and we were a match made in heaven. ManyCam is the answer to the problem most people who want to use their webcam in several applications have. It acts as a virtual camera for multiple applications at the same time offering many additional features on top of it. You can change your background, appear as if it's snowing in your room, put on funny masks, draw on your webcam and many more.

Avast! Home Edition – Free Quality Antivirus Software for Windows

Are you looking for good, uncomplicated antivirus software to protect your computer, but don't want to cough up the dough for it? Then Avast! Home Edition is the free antivirus, anti-spyware software solution for you. This full-featured antivirus software package is made exclusively for non-commercial home use only. Avast! is free, but you must register the software before the end of the initial 60 day trial period. Don't worry, because registration is also FREE! After registering, you will receive by e-mail a license key valid for one year.

Orblitz – 3D physics-based free puzzle game

Orblitz, a fast-paced and dynamic puzzle game, is the brainchild of The Yakuza: a group of four comprising Josh Bell, Jason Runta, Jesse Kvatek and Marc ten Bosch. Each has a distinct role in the making of the game, from being a technical director to being the marketing manager. What was originally an idea by Marc and Josh to create a game that involves mazes featuring different art textures proceeded to become the 2006 Winner Student Showcase of the Independent Games Festival. Its not hard to understand why.