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XMind – brainstorm and map your ideas the open-source way

We all have a lot of things going on in your mind. We try to remember the best ideas, but without a good way to scribble them down, they often flee away. If you think you need to take that mind-mapping to a digital level, then XMind is just what you need. It helps you note your ideas in an easily understandable fashion and share those ideas with your friends and co-workers. In addition, as an open-source software, you'd be sharing your mind-blowing thoughts to your team free, without the need to buy anything. This is also very useful for teams who telecommute and who often teleconference or meet on the web. XMind lets them draw their minds and ideas, create lines and associations, put pictures and make idea sharing more fun than drawing on a white board in a conference room.

Linux Multimedia Studio – a cross-platform digital music creator

Whether you are into house or alternative rock, making your own music sound professional definitely requires the right software. It's not like you just have to plug in a microphone and start singing, right? Every musician knows there is way more to it than that! If you need features allowing you total control over recording and mastering your tracks, then the Linux Multimedia Studio is for you. Equipped with powerful plug-ins and functions, you can record your music like a pro at the best price possible - FREE.

Sweet Home 3D – decorate your home using Windows, Mac or Linux

Redecorating your room or your home can be a headache, especially if you don't know which goes with what, or if this furniture would fit in a small space. But here's a software that home interior designers, decorating enthusiasts and home/apartment owners would definitely like: Sweet Home 3D. Sweet Home 3D helps you visualize whatever floor plan you may have. Available for all platforms, it allows you to add and modify furniture, make rooms, configure size adjustments and preview them all in 3D as if you are a professional interior decorator or a seasoned architect.

Avidemux – free and open-source video editing software

Do you need to edit some of your videos but you don't have the proper software? Don't worry - here comes Avidemux to the rescue. Avidemux is an open-source video editor software which allows you to digitize/capture video files using FireWire, cut clips, add filters & effects, fix colors and do so much more. With Avidemux, making your own home movies or editing your simple movie and video projects is as easy as 1-2-3. And best of all? You get it for free.

Rainlendar – a easy and customizable free desktop calendar

Have you ever spent too much time at your computer that you forget about your other commitments? Have you ever been so distracted by social networking or online gaming that you end up ignoring other things you need to do? Have you ever scheduled your appointments in a planner, but end up forgetting them once you log on to your computer? Then Rainlendar can help you out. Rainlendar is a customizable desktop calendar that allows you to set up tasks and events as well as alarms reminding you when to do them. It doesn't take up much space on your desktop either.

EditPad Lite – Free Text Editor for Windows

Do you feel that your usual plain text editor needs a little more "oomph" into it? Are you looking for features that the Windows default just doesn't have? Then EditPad Lite may be the program for you. EditPad Lite is a free text editor on the Windows platform that may be small and compact (the installer file is only 3.1 MB, and the installed file can easily fit in your portable storage device of choice), but it's powerful enough and delivers many new features, including opening tabs, find-and-replace, and color customization, to satisfy your basic word processing needs.

VLC

VLC is a free and open sourced very versatile video player. I've used it ever since I can remember and I've never came across an audio or video file it hasn't been able to open and play (see the full list of supported files below). Aside from it's amazing playback capabilities, VLC can also be used as an encoder and a server to stream many codecs, file formats, as well as DVDs, VCDs and various streaming protocols. VLC, written by the VideoLAN project, is open source software licensed under a GNU General Public License, which means it is entirely free to download, use and share - even for commercial purposes. VLC is also one of the most platform-independent multimedia players - it is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BeOS, Syllable, BSD, MorphOS, Solaris and Sharp Zaurus - and it has been translated to many different languages.