Looking for alternative to restrictive, “buggy”, and sometimes overly-expensive commercial software? It’s out there and yours for the taking. Legally. There is no reason whatsoever why you should be forced to use specific brands of software on a computer for which you’ve given your hard-earned dollars. Home users, small offices, and corporate enterprises alike can benefit from Open Source and free software alternatives.

We encourage you to research the free and open source software alternatives that’s we’ve listed here. There are literally thousands upon thousands of applications available for download from reputable internet sites. Here are some of our top recommendations for a more productive, secure, and inexpensive work environment.

Here are a few of our favorites….

LibreOffice 6 – A powerful office suite with a clean interface and feature-rich tools which helps you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market.

The applications included with the LibreOffice download are:

Writer (word processor, equivalent to Microsoft Word)
Impress (presentations, equivalent to Microsoft Powerpoint)
Calc (spreadsheets, equivalent to Microsoft Excel)
Base (databases, equivalent to Microsoft Access)
Math (a component for mathmatical equations)
Draw (a graphics and diagrams application)

Firefox (Quantum) is a free and open-source web browser developed by Mozilla and makes a great alternative to Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. Firefox boasts better, faster page loading that uses less computer memory.

It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, BSD,s and some mobile platforms.

Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to setup and customize. Perfect for the home and small business user, Thunderbird is the preferred email alternative if you don’t need all the features offered with the expensive, feature-rich Microsoft Outlook.

It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and BSD operating Systems.

VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

It is available for Windows, Windows Phone, macOS, Linux, Android, an iOS.