Free Software Directory:Free software replacements
Here is a list of popular free software applications that run on Microsoft Windows — along with the proprietary applications they replace. If you are still a user of a nonfree operating system like Windows or iOS, you can take a first step towards free software by installing these applications on your platform.
When we say these application programs are free software, we're talking about freedom, not price. It means that you are free to use these programs constructively, either alone or in a community, while respecting the freedom of others. The source code is available, so that you can study the software, adapt it to your needs, fix bugs, and release versions with new features. You can also convince or pay others to do these things for you. You are also free to give away and free to sell copies, under the terms of the applicable free software license. These programs are free software because you have freedom in using them. Free software develops under the control of its users.
Microsoft Windows is a clear and instructive example of nonfree software. Its source code is a secret, so programmers cannot learn from it, fix it, adapt it to their clients (your) needs, or even verify what it really does. If you share copies with your neighbors, you will be called a “pirate”, and users have been threatened with imprisonment for this. Nonfree software is completely controlled by its developer, who also has power over the users. We started the free software movement because this power is unjust.
Using free software on Microsoft Windows (or any nonfree operating system) is the first step towards freedom, but it does not get you all the way there. You're still under Microsoft's power as long as you use Windows.
So the next step is to replace Windows with a operating system such as GNU/Linux.
However, on this page we're concerned with the first step.
Although some BSD distros are mostly free software, they all contain binary firmware programs. Some contain other nonfree programs as well.
You may want to check the Runs-on/BSD category for more software.
|Type||Free program||Replacement for|
|3D computer graphics software||Blender|
|Email client, news client, feed reader||Claws Mail|
|Instant messaging client, softphone, and videotelephone
|GNU Ring, Linphone|
|Instant messaging client||Pidgin||Yahoo! Messenger|
|Media player||VLC media player (VLC)|
|Office suite||LibreOffice (OpenOffice.org fork)|
|Online storage||ownCloud (client only)|
|Raster graphics editor||GIMP|
|Text editor||Emacs, Vim|
|Vector graphics editor||Inkscape|
|Web browser||Midori||Chromium, Mozilla Firefox, Opera|
- FreeBSD: http://distcache.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/
- OpenBSD: https://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/6.0/packages/amd64/
- Software with external links do not have GNU/Linux support so they will not be added to Free Software Directory as required by the policy.
- Only official or preferred unofficial releases (eg IceCatMobile via F-Droid) added.
- For Replicant
- Added AndrOpen Office
- For Replicant
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