A list of open source (no cost) software.  Check out SourceForge.NET for the largest collection of Open Source software.

"Open source is a set of principles and practices on how to write software, the most important of which is that the source code is openly available."

Note: Not everything is open source on this page. There are also free versions of software listed.

Web Browser

Firefox faster, more secure web browsing.

Chrome web browser

Web Page Editing/Creation

Kompozer formerly called NVU is an updated version of the 1.0 NVU.  Program allows for creation, updating, etc of web pages.    For additional help with Kompozer click here.

File Transfer

FileZilla to ftp files to a server.

WinSCP to transfer files securely using SSH protocol. WinSCP requires command line access to server, not all Cameron servers provide this level of access. 

Secure Terminal Sessions

PUTTY software to connect to servers using the SSH protocol.

Instant Messaging

Pidgin to communicate using multi-protocols (including ICQ, AIM, Yahoo, IRC, MSN, etc).

PDF File Creation

Use your application print option and print to the PDFCreator option. Instead of printing PDFCreator will create a pdf file.

File Compression

IZARC to extract or compress files. Supports multiple formats including: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CDI, CAB, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MBF, MDF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO.


Eusing Free Registry Cleaner - Free registry repair software. Scans your Windows registry for invalid or obsolete information.

Adobe Reader - The defacto standard PDF reader not open source but free to download.

Glary Utilities - Free optimize, clean, boost speed of Windows.

CCleaner - free system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool.

Spybot Search and Destroy - detects and removes spyware. On slower PCs turn off the real time detection and use as an on demand scanner.

Libre Office

Libre Office - free and open productivity suite. Reads and writes Microsoft Office files.
Libre Office Extensions.

Computer Cloning

Clonezilla (an open source disk copier) unicast version allows for cloning of a hard drive. Clonezilla allows for the copying of a hard drive to another local hard drive or partition to partition. A multicast version exists for mass duplication to multiple PCs but requires installation on a Linux server.

Screen Savers

Really Slick Screensavers - Once you install it there is no going back

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