I had many years of using GNU/Linux
I recommend you give using GNU/Linux a go if you have not allready.

Though many of the applications that run under GNU/Linux also have version that runs on MS Windows and although many run better as native GNU/Linux applications they are worth using under Windows if you are sticking to using MS Windows as Operating System.

New PCs with GNU/Linux pre-installed can be bought from DNUK but it is now even more focused on selling to companies rather than individuals. I also previously bought a PC from now dissolved EfficientPC in 2008

This page has become out of date but may still be useful.

For a web browser and email for long time I used Mozilla Firefox.

Although now mostly use KDE applications, such as Kmail, Konqueror and Kword, with GNU/Linux.

For making a local copy of a website I have used WinHTTrack

Putty (SSH/telnet) if you find your self needing to login from an MS Windows box into a server to get command prompt

With first pc of my own I started with using Lotus Word Pro but have since used Open Office now Libre Office, Abiword and Kword. And before sending me a document in MS Word Format read this.

If you wish to create PDF files from any windows application that prints the use PDF Creator

Also their are free software alternatives for reading PDFs:

If you are fed up typing try Dasher (but for me was just a brief novelty

Text editor: Notepad2

I used to use CDex CD ripper but it no longer seems under development.

I tend to have my music collection ripped into Ogg Vorbis format, but now considering using Ogg Opus when more supported.

Under MS windows I used VLC player

I have used the Audacity audio recorder and editor.

For tagging audio files check out Music Brainz or try MP3-Tag.

I have in past used Media sharing software (P2P).

TuxPaint is fun (for kids).

Often programs come as compressed zip archives these can be opened with the free 7zip.

I used to put this software and much more on cdroms for friends which uses as a base TheOpenCD.
but check out the: Windows Toolbox, but now with most having access to broadband to download latest versions of free software, giving out cds has fallen by wayside.

To let you computer do some work while you are not and maybe want you computer to simulate folding proteins in it's spare time and help advance human knowledge:

GNU/Linux is the way to go.

Computer bods and links




GNU Free Software

FLOSS Manuals

Slashdot article board

O'Reilly - Open Source

Peer 2 Peer

Free Programmers', Webmasters' and Security Resources


Source Forge

Virus Myths

I used to have a link to QNX for web surfing from a single floppy but they have stopped offering this download but get in touch if you want a copy.

Avoid Microsoft Products


Edinburgh Linux User Group

Overview and News of Linux distributions


MAC OSX links
GNU software on MacOS X

Linux can even go on old macs.

previous recommended reading:

also see GNU/linux , free software , internet

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