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This is a list, in no significant order, of good quality [[free and open-source software]] that anyone can download and use right away. There is plenty of other high quality open-source software out there, this list is just an introductory sample. Most of these programs are cross-platform, meaning they can be installed on MS Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
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This page lists good quality [[free and open-source software]] that anyone can download at no cost and use or modify freely. Plenty more quality open-source software exists {{en}} this is just an introductory sample. Most of these programs are cross-platform, meaning they can be installed on MS Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
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''The software below is not {{dotted|freeware|Has no cost but is proprietary and the software can not be altered }} or {{dotted|shareware|Usually free for a limited period then you have to pay}}, which are both significantly different to [[free and open-source software|open source]].''
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==== Operating systems and Desktop environments ====
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====Operating systems and Desktop environments====
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* {{wp|Linux|'''Linux'''}} - Operating system kernel
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux '''Linux'''] - Operating system kernel
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* {{wp|Ubuntu_%28Linux_distribution%29|'''Ubuntu'''}} - Linux {{wp|Linux_distribution|distribution}} with full compliment of software for everyday use. See also {{wp|Kubuntu|'''Kubuntu'''}} that runs the KDE desktop which some people find this easier if they previously used MS Windows. Ubuntu is an easy to use operating system based on and made possible by the {{wp|Debian|'''Debian'''}} project.
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_%28Linux_distribution%29 '''Ubuntu'''] - Linux [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution distribution] with full compliment of software for everyday use. See also [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubuntu '''Kubuntu'''] that runs the KDE desktop which some people find this easier if they previously used MS Windows
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* {{wp|Google_Chrome_OS|'''Google Chrome OS'''}} - Lightweight operating system based around the web browser
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Distribution '''BSD'''] - Operating system
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* {{wp|Android_(operating_system)|'''Android smart-phone operating system'''}} - by Google / Open Handset Alliance
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_%28operating_system%29 '''Darwin'''] - The core of Apple's Mac OS X operating system
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* {{wp|Symbian_platform|'''Symbian smart-phone operating system'''}} - by Nokia
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME '''GNOME'''] desktop environment for Linux (and Unix)
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* {{wp|MeeGo|'''MeeGo smart-phone operating system'''}} - joint venture between Intel and Nokia
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDE '''KDE'''] desktop environment for Linux (and Unix)
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* {{wp|Berkeley_Software_Distribution|'''BSD'''}} - Operating system
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xfce '''Xfce'''] lightweight desktop environment for Linux (and Unix)
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* {{wp|Darwin_%28operating_system%29|'''Darwin'''}} - The core of Apple's {{wp|Mac_OS_X|Mac OS X}} operating system
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* {{wp|GNOME|'''GNOME'''}} desktop environment for Linux (and Unix)
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* {{wp|KDE|'''KDE'''}} desktop environment for Linux (and Unix)
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* {{wp|Xfce|'''Xfce'''}} lightweight desktop environment for Linux (and Unix)
  
 
====Graphics and multimedia====
 
====Graphics and multimedia====
 
*[http://www.gimp.org '''GIMP'''] - Bitmap graphics editor, similar to Adobe Photoshop
 
*[http://www.gimp.org '''GIMP'''] - Bitmap graphics editor, similar to Adobe Photoshop
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkscape '''Inkscape'''] - Vector graphics editor
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*{{wp|Inkscape|'''Inkscape'''}} - Vector graphics editor
*[http://www.xaraxtreme.org '''Xara Xtreme'''] - Vector graphics editor
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*{{wp|Virtual_Network_Computing|'''VNC'''}} - cross-platform remote desktop utility. For example it enables a Mac to control a Windows or a Linux PC (or vice-versa)
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Network_Computing '''VNC'''] - cross-platform remote desktop utility. For example it enables a Mac to control a Windows or a Linux PC (or vice-versa)
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*{{wp|Blender_%28software%29|'''Blender'''}} - Advanced 3D modelling and rendering application. [http://blender.org/cms/Images.151.0.html Gallery]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_%28software%29 '''Blender'''] - Advanced 3D modelling and rendering application. [http://blender.org/cms/Images.151.0.html Gallery]
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*{{wp|Art_of_Illusion|'''Art of Illusion'''}} - Java-based 3D modelling and rendering application with an intuitive user interface. [http://www.artofillusion.org/artgallery Gallery]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_Illusion '''Art of Illusion'''] - Java-based 3D modelling and rendering application with an intuitive user interface. [http://www.artofillusion.org/artgallery Gallery]
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*{{wp|VLC_media_player|'''VideoLAN'''}} - cross-platform media player capable of playing most video filetypes
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLC_media_player '''VideoLAN'''] - cross-platform media player capable of playing most video filetypes
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*[http://www.getmiro.com/ '''Miro video player'''] - cross-platform media player that can automatically download videos from RSS-based "channels" and play videos sequentially from a playlist
*[http://www.getdemocracy.com/ '''Democracy player'''] - cross-platform media player that can automatically download videos from RSS-based "channels" and play videos sequentially from a playlist
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*[http://www.songbirdnest.com '''Songbird'''] - similar to iTunes with built-in browser. [http://www.songbirdnest.com/screencast Screencast]
 
*[http://www.songbirdnest.com '''Songbird'''] - similar to iTunes with built-in browser. [http://www.songbirdnest.com/screencast Screencast]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity '''Audacity'''] - digital audio editor
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*{{wp|Audacity|'''Audacity'''}} - digital audio editor
 
*[http://www.ardour.org '''Ardour'''] - digital audio workstation
 
*[http://www.ardour.org '''Ardour'''] - digital audio workstation
 
*[http://www.scribus.net '''Scribus'''] - Desktop Publishing (DTP)
 
*[http://www.scribus.net '''Scribus'''] - Desktop Publishing (DTP)
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====Office software====
 
====Office software====
*[http://www.openoffice.org '''OpenOffice'''] - office productivity software. Comparable to Microsoft Office. As well as having using an open file format it can read and write Microsoft Office files
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*[http://www.openoffice.org '''OpenOffice.org'''] - office productivity software. Comparable to Microsoft Office. As well as having using an open file format it can read and write Microsoft Office files
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koffice '''KOffice'''] - office suite for KDE desktop (Unix / Linux)
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*[http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php '''NeoOffice'''] - Mac OS X version of OpenOffice
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*{{wp|Koffice|'''KOffice'''}} - office suite for KDE desktop (Unix / Linux)
 
*[http://www.abisource.com '''AbiWord'''] - word processor
 
*[http://www.abisource.com '''AbiWord'''] - word processor
 
*[http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution '''Evolution'''] - personal information manager
 
*[http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution '''Evolution'''] - personal information manager
*[http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator '''PDFCreator'''] - creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer (PDFCreater is Windows only)
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*[http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator '''PDFCreator'''] - creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer (Windows only)
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==== Internet related software ====
  
====Internet related software====
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* {{wp|Apache_HTTP_Server|'''Apache webserver'''}} - web server
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_HTTP_Server '''Apache webserver'''] - web server
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* {{wp|BitTorrent_client|'''BitTorrent'''}} - distributed file-sharing
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_client '''BitTorrent'''] - distributed file-sharing
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* {{wp|Mozilla_Foundation|'''Mozilla Foundation'''}}
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Foundation '''Mozilla Foundation''']
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** [http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox '''Mozilla Firefox'''] - web browser
**[http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox '''Mozilla Firefox'''] - web browser
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** [http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird '''Mozilla Thunderbird'''] - mail client
**[http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird '''Mozilla Thunderbird'''] - mail client
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* {{wp|WebKit|'''WebKit'''}} - HTML rendering engine developed by KDE, Apple and Google. Core of Safari, Google Chrome and Konqueror browsers
*[http://www.nvu.com/index.php '''NVU'''] - HTML composer
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* {{wp|Google_Chrome|'''Google Chrome'''}} - Google's web browser
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sendmail '''Sendmail'''] - email transfer agent
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* {{wp|Sendmail|'''Sendmail'''}} - email transfer agent
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaim '''Gaim'''] - multiple-protocol instant messaging
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* {{wp|Pidgin_%28software%29|'''Pidgin (software)'''}} - multiple-protocol instant messaging
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* {{wp|Diaspora_(software)|'''Diaspora'''}} - distributed social software
  
 
====Content management systems====
 
====Content management systems====
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joomla%21 '''Joomla!'''] - CMS
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*{{wp|Joomla%21|'''Joomla!'''}} - CMS
 
*[http://www.alfresco.com '''Alfresco'''] - CMS
 
*[http://www.alfresco.com '''Alfresco'''] - CMS
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki '''MediaWiki'''] - wiki content management software. AdCiv.org is powered by MediaWiki
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*{{wp|MediaWiki|'''MediaWiki'''}} - wiki content management software. AdCiv.org is powered by MediaWiki
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drupal '''Drupal'''] - modular content management framework and blogging engine
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*{{wp|Drupal|'''Drupal'''}} - modular content management framework and blogging engine
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*{{wp|Plone_(software)|'''Plone'''}} - python-based CMS
  
''See more open-source CMS software [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_content_management_systems#Free_and_open_source_software here]''
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''See more open-source CMS software {{wp|List_of_content_management_systems#Free_and_open_source_software|here}}''
  
 
====Other====
 
====Other====
*[http://www.shatters.net/celestia '''Celestia'''] realtime space simulation software. For an overview of what it can do select 'Run demo' from the 'Help' menu. [http://www.shatters.net/celestia/gallery.html Gallery] and [http://celestiamotherlode.net addons]
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*[http://www.shatters.net/celestia '''Celestia'''] 3D space simulation software. For a tour of its capabilities, select 'Run demo' from the 'Help' menu. [http://www.shatters.net/celestia/gallery.html Gallery] and [http://celestiamotherlode.net addons]
*[http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov '''NASA worldwind'''] - virtual Earth software
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*[http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov '''NASA worldwind'''] - virtual Earth / Moon / Mars software
 
*[http://www.flightgear.org '''FlightGear'''] - flight simulator
 
*[http://www.flightgear.org '''FlightGear'''] - flight simulator
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*{{wp|Second_life|'''Second life'''}} - virtual world viewer (as in a virtual reality, rather than a virtual Earth model)
 
*[http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page '''FreeMind'''] - mind mapping software
 
*[http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page '''FreeMind'''] - mind mapping software
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K3b '''K3b'''] - CD and DVD authoring application for Linux
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*[http://www.stellarium.org '''Stellarium'''] - planetarium software for accurate representations of the night's sky from any location or time
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhpMyAdmin '''phpMyAdmin'''] - web front-end for MySQL database management system
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*{{wp|K3b|'''K3b'''}} - CD and DVD authoring application for Linux
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*{{wp|PhpMyAdmin|'''phpMyAdmin'''}} - web front-end for MySQL database management system
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*{{wp|Vega_Strike|'''Vega Strike'''}} - Space flight simulator and trading game
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*[http://www.winehq.org '''Wine'''] - a compatibility layer for computers running Linux that enables them to run many applications that were originally written for MS Windows
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*[http://freemat.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page '''Freemat'''] - environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing
  
 
====Programming related====
 
====Programming related====
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_%28software%29 '''Eclipse'''] - software framework and Java IDE
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*{{wp|Eclipse_%28software%29|'''Eclipse'''}} - software framework and Java IDE
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GTK%2B '''GTK'''] - Popular widget toolkit for the X Window System, for creating graphical user interfaces
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*{{wp|GTK%2B|'''GTK'''}} - Popular widget toolkit for the X Window System, for creating graphical user interfaces
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qt_%28toolkit%29 '''QT toolkit'''] - cross-platform application development framework
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*{{wp|wiki/Qt_%28toolkit%29|'''QT toolkit'''}} - cross-platform application development framework
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDevelop '''KDevelop'''] - Programming IDE for Linux / Unix
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*{{wp|KDevelop|'''KDevelop'''}} - Programming IDE for Linux / Unix
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP '''PHP'''] - server-side programming language
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*{{wp|PHP|'''PHP'''}} - server-side programming language
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perl '''PERL'''] - Dynamic programming language
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*{{wp|Perl|'''PERL'''}} - Dynamic programming language
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28programming_language%29 '''Python'''] - programming language
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*{{wp|Python_%28programming_language%29|'''Python'''}} - versatile, clean and powerful programming language used for cross-platform desktop applications, server-side scripting for websites, and scripting within java and .net environments
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Compiler_Collection '''GNU Compiler Collection''' (GCC)]
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*{{wp|GNU_Compiler_Collection|'''GNU Compiler Collection''' (GCC)}}
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySQL '''MySQL'''] - Database management system
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*{{wp|MySQL|'''MySQL'''}} - Database management system
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_%28programming_language%29 '''Java'''] - Programming language
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*{{wp|Java_%28programming_language%29|'''Java'''}} -  Programming language
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*{{wp|Mono_%28software%29|'''Mono'''}} - Free and open-source crossplatform .NET implementation
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*[http://opencv.willowgarage.com/wiki '''OpenCV'''] - Real-time computer vision function library
  
 
====More comprehensive list of open-source software====
 
====More comprehensive list of open-source software====
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_software_packages '''Wikipedia list of open source software packages''']
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*{{wp|List_of_open_source_software_packages|List of open source software packages on Wikipedia}}

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This page lists good quality free and open-source software that anyone can download at no cost and use or modify freely. Plenty more quality open-source software exists – this is just an introductory sample. Most of these programs are cross-platform, meaning they can be installed on MS Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

The software below is not freeware or shareware, which are both significantly different to open source.

Free and open-source software logos

Operating systems and Desktop environments

Graphics and multimedia

  • GIMP - Bitmap graphics editor, similar to Adobe Photoshop
  • Inkscape 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Vector graphics editor
  • VNC 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - cross-platform remote desktop utility. For example it enables a Mac to control a Windows or a Linux PC (or vice-versa)
  • Blender 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Advanced 3D modelling and rendering application. Gallery
  • Art of Illusion 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Java-based 3D modelling and rendering application with an intuitive user interface. Gallery
  • VideoLAN 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - cross-platform media player capable of playing most video filetypes
  • Miro video player - cross-platform media player that can automatically download videos from RSS-based "channels" and play videos sequentially from a playlist
  • Songbird - similar to iTunes with built-in browser. Screencast
  • Audacity 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - digital audio editor
  • Ardour - digital audio workstation
  • Scribus - Desktop Publishing (DTP)
  • F-Spot - Photo manager

Office software

  • OpenOffice.org - office productivity software. Comparable to Microsoft Office. As well as having using an open file format it can read and write Microsoft Office files
  • NeoOffice - Mac OS X version of OpenOffice
  • KOffice 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - office suite for KDE desktop (Unix / Linux)
  • AbiWord - word processor
  • Evolution - personal information manager
  • PDFCreator - creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer (Windows only)

Internet related software

Content management systems

  • Joomla! 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - CMS
  • Alfresco - CMS
  • MediaWiki 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - wiki content management software. AdCiv.org is powered by MediaWiki
  • Drupal 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - modular content management framework and blogging engine
  • Plone 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - python-based CMS

See more open-source CMS software here 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg

Other

  • Celestia 3D space simulation software. For a tour of its capabilities, select 'Run demo' from the 'Help' menu. Gallery and addons
  • NASA worldwind - virtual Earth / Moon / Mars software
  • FlightGear - flight simulator
  • Second life 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - virtual world viewer (as in a virtual reality, rather than a virtual Earth model)
  • FreeMind - mind mapping software
  • Stellarium - planetarium software for accurate representations of the night's sky from any location or time
  • K3b 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - CD and DVD authoring application for Linux
  • phpMyAdmin 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - web front-end for MySQL database management system
  • Vega Strike 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Space flight simulator and trading game
  • Wine - a compatibility layer for computers running Linux that enables them to run many applications that were originally written for MS Windows
  • Freemat - environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing

Programming related

  • Eclipse 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - software framework and Java IDE
  • GTK 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Popular widget toolkit for the X Window System, for creating graphical user interfaces
  • QT toolkit 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - cross-platform application development framework
  • KDevelop 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Programming IDE for Linux / Unix
  • PHP 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - server-side programming language
  • PERL 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Dynamic programming language
  • Python 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - versatile, clean and powerful programming language used for cross-platform desktop applications, server-side scripting for websites, and scripting within java and .net environments
  • GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg
  • MySQL 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Database management system
  • Java 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Programming language
  • Mono 11px-Wikipedia_logo.jpg - Free and open-source crossplatform .NET implementation
  • OpenCV - Real-time computer vision function library

More comprehensive list of open-source software