ubuntu – The world’s most popular Linux for servers, desktops and things, with enterprise support and enhanced security by Canonical.
FreeNAS – FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use FreeNAS with ZFS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. FreeNAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.
FreePBX – FreePBX is a web-based open source GUI (graphical user interface) that controls and manages Asterisk (PBX), an open source communication server. FreePBX is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), an open source license. FreePBX can be installed manually or as part of the pre-configured FreePBX Distro that includes the system OS, Asterisk, FreePBX GUI and assorted dependencies.
Microsoft Edge or Explorer – says Edge runs faster but with Windows 10 OS. I just wonder what code Microosft might have in the OS? like “If browser = Chrome loop 1000 times then run”?
Google Chrome – Google chrome has quickly become one of the the most popular and (we think) best web browsers on the market. It supports fully automated updates to keep you safe from vulnerabilities and gives you a great browsing experience. Not surprisingly, Google Chrome is our top browser pick. It’s still super-speedy, includes little conveniences like instantly searching Google for an image, and the library of Chrome extensions is vast. Throw in cross-platform syncing that lets you open your desktop tabs on your phone and vice-versa, and you’ve got a fantastic browser for all purposes. Chrome isn’t without its faults, however. Plenty of people want to avoid Google’s pervasive tracking in Chrome, and it gobbles a lot of RAM. But the good news is that you have plenty of other fantastic browsers to choose from, like Firefox and Opera.
Google Docs – Google Docs is a collection of office suite applications that work entirely online. There is a web version of a word processor, spreadsheet creator, presentation maker, and form creator. All you need is a free Google account. Documents will save in your Google Drive but you can download them in a variety of formats including Microsoft Office formats.LibreOffice is a feature rich open source office suite developed by The Document Foundation.
OpenOffice – OpenOffice.org (OOo), commonly known as OpenOffice, is a discontinued open-source office suite. It was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice, which Sun Microsystems acquired in 1999 for internal use. OpenOffice included a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor (Math), and a database management application (Base). Its default file format was the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an ISO/IEC standard, which originated with OpenOffice.org. It could also read a wide variety of other file formats, with particular attention to those from Microsoft Office. Apache renamed the software Apache OpenOffice. Other active successor projects include LibreOffice (the most actively developed) and NeoOffice (commercial, only for macOS).
If you only pick one cloud app service, Dropbox is the one you should install. The 2GB of free storage isn’t much, though you can increase that by referring friends. Dropbox offers an app for every major platform, so you can take your files anywhere. It’s also super easy to share files with others.
Whether you use it as part of your backup plan, as a cloud flash drive, or for setting up shared folders with others, you can’t go wrong with Dropbox. Check out our Dropbox tips to get more done with it.
You can take advantage of Googles cloud services in conjunction with Dropbox to get more free space and separate your files logically. Google Drive offers an impressive 15GB for free, making it another great choice.
VLC Media Player – VLC Media Player is a free and open source media (video and audio) player developed by the VideoLAN Project. VLC can play a large variety of file formats without the need to install additional codecs or additional setup. VLC Media Player also has a wide range of additional features such as DVD support and network streaming.
Notepad++ – Notepad++ is a free and open source notepad and source code editor. Notepad++ supports multiple tabs and syntax markup for many languages to make coding that much easier. Notepad++ also comes with plugin support and the ability to preview files in a web browser (making it a fantastic HTML editor).
7-ZIP – 7-Zip is a free and open source file archiver. 7-Zip supports multiple archive formats including a custom .7z format that offers high file compression. 7-Zip can unpack even more archive formats, including virtual hard disks and disk images.
Invoice Ninja – The leading open-source platform providing powerful invoicing software for small businesses and freelancers. With Free Forever, Professional, and Enterprise editions Invoice Ninja grows with you.
Wiki System – Wiki is a website on which users collaboratively modify content and structure directly from the web browser. In a typical wiki, text is written using a simplified markup language and often edited with the help of a rich-text editor.
Slack – Slack is a cloud-based set of proprietary team collaboration tools and services, founded by Stewart Butterfield. Slack began as an internal tool used by his company, Tiny Speck, in the development of Glitch, a now defunct online game. The name is an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge”.
Openstack – OpenStack (aka O~S) is a free and open-source software platform for cloud computing, mostly deployed as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), whereby virtual servers and other resources are made available to customers. The software platform consists of interrelated components that control diverse, multi-vendor hardware pools of processing, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center. Users either manage it through a web-based dashboard, through command-line tools, or through RESTful web services. OpenStack it is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, a non-profit corporate entity established in September 2012 to promote OpenStack software and its community. More than 500 companies have joined the project.
Synology – Synology creates network-attached storage (NAS), IP surveillance solutions, and network equipment that transform the way users manage data, conduct surveillance, and manage network in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and best-in-class customer service.
Unifi – Thrives on innovation and the understanding of customer needs, our technology platforms such as airMax, airFiber, UniFi, and airVision, focus on unparalleled user experience combined with Industry leading performance at disruptive cost points. Ubiquiti Networks is closing the digital divide by building network communication platforms for everyone and everywhere. With over 10 million devices deployed in over 180 countries, Ubiquiti is transforming under-networked businesses and communities. Our leading edge platforms, airMAX™, UniFi™, airFiber™, airVision™, mFi™ and EdgeMAX™ combine innovative technology, disruptive price performance and the support of a global user community to eliminate barriers to connectivity.
INTELL NUC PC – The Intel® NUC is a powerful 4×4-inch mini PC with entertainment, gaming, and productivity features, including a customizable board that is ready to accept the memory, storage, and operating systems that you want.
Carbonite – Carbonite is an online backup service, available to Windows and macOS users, that backs up documents, e-mails, music, photos, and settings. It is named after carbonite, the fictional substance used to freeze Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
LiberOffice – LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice with increased file compatibility and features. It offers many similar features to Microsoft Office at no cost. LibreOffice has support for Microsoft Office and Open Document Type file formats.
Chances are, you’ll need a tool that lets you work with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations at some point. You might think that paying for Microsoft Office is the only way to do this, but that’s far from the truth.
No user should go without LibreOffice. It’s a completely free and powerful office suite that includes alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and more. Once you get used to a few small aesthetic differences from MS Office, you’ll be flying through your work with LibreOffice.
Microsoft offers a substantial collection of free Microsoft Office utilities. Office Online is essentially a browser-based version of the latest Microsoft Office suite. There is a catch, however: The online versions of Microsoft Office apps only provide a limited Microsoft Office experience. Word Online, for example, does not include text boxes, WordArt, equations, charts, and more. You can still write a term paper, but you won’t be able to compile a company report. Similarly, you’ll be able to open and view your Excel spreadsheet, but your custom macros won’t load.
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Image Editor replace Microsoft Paint
Whether you want to try your hand at image manipulation, need a way to blur sensitive info on screenshots, or want to retouch old photos, everyone should have an image editing program installed. You probably think of Photoshop as the gold standard for this, but there are plenty of free tools that are more accessible.
GIMP is our top choice. It’s far more powerful than Microsoft Paint but doesn’t overwhelm you with confusing icons. You can easily blur out parts of an image, auto-level photos to make them look better, and add text and shapes to your pictures in just a few clicks. Plenty of plugins allow you to expand its functionality, too.
Media Player: VLC
With YouTube’s popularity, you probably do most of your video viewing in a browser. However, you should still keep a solid video player around on your desktop for when you need to play media files locally.
For this task, nothing beats VLC Media Player, which packs a ton of features and is capable of playing nearly every video and audio format imaginable. You might not break it out often, but give VLC a download and save yourself the hassle of messing with video codecs or using the awfully insecure QuickTime.