I was asked to create this sticky, but it's something I'd also been thinking about doing for a while, being the open-source advocate I am. The ones I'll initially list are ones I've personally tested against other software and continue to use.
SourceForge - Comprehensive directory of open-source projects.
WEBI.ORG - Free and Open Source Software Directory.
Rufus - A small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
Synergy - Share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. Imagine the functionality of dual monitors (expanded desktop) except each monitor is connected to a different computer.
Bink, I saw you put OpenOffice on there. What are your thoughts on GoogleDocs? I know it's not open source but i just want an opinion.
I have MS Office 2007 right now and as bad as I really want to convert to OpenOffice, I feel MS right now is still more aesthetically pleasing then GoogleDocs and OpenOffice.
To be honest, I haven't used GoogleDocs
If you already own legit Microsoft Office 2007, then I wouldn't trouble yourself with making a switch to OpenOffice or GoogleDocs.
I've been using OpenOffice for years now. At first it was a bit tricky to get used to because some functions are in different places and back when OpenOffice was still fairly young, it lacked many features still. But now it's matured and I'm very familiar with it, it makes no difference now whether I use OpenOffice or MS Office.
I find the biggest issue people have with OpenOffice is that things are in different places. That's fair enough, but also amusing seeing as MS Office 2007 is really just a massive overhaul of the navigation system (I can't find anything). If anyone's looking for a time to switch to a free alternative, that's your cue
The worst case scenario is, you really can't get comfortable with the free alternative and you buy MS Office. Nothing is lost.
anyone discover PortableApps yet? pretty damn slick, and ive noticed a lot of the apps listed here already have portable versions ready. no more worrying about leaving browing traces or using webmail- everything stays on the usb drive. now i can leave my pc's open as public computers and never worry about people stealing private info.
Athlon 64 2800+
1xWD 1200BB, 1xMaxtor 200GB SATA
2x512MB Corsair XMS3200
Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
Radeon 9800 Pro, Dell 1801FP - WinTV Theater
Sony CRX320E Combo Drive, Pioneer A04
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro - Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical
Win XP Pro SP2