I try to provide accurate information for people looking for free alternatives to proprietary and paid software. All of the programs recommend here are free to download and use, and the most are Free Open Source Software (FOSS). These are genuinely free/libre programs who’s creators (in many cases) have chosen to donate their time and ideas in order to create awesome and useful tools simply because they can. If you find their software useful, please consider donating on their official website(s). I discovered open source and free software in the mid 2000’s, and noticed a lack of information and education surrounding some of this software. In 2009, I uploaded a YouTube video demonstrating my favorite free software applications, showing some of the useful and cool things they can do. Free software can be incredibly powerful and useful. In some case, even outperforming paid versions of similar software.