Media [Audio & Video]
- VLC media player : Highly portable cross platform media player and streaming server. This can be a better alternative for your windows media player. VLC supports various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, AVI, mp3, ogg..) as well as DVDs, VCDs.
- Elisa : An Open Source media center application, a replacement for Apple Front Row and Windows Media Center
- Media Player classic : Compact and powerful media player that can play almost all the media files.
- Miro : A free and open source Internet TV and video player that can automatically download videos from RSS-based channels.It even comes with a built-in BitTorrent client.
- HandBrake : Hand brake is an open source, multi platform, multi threaded DVD to MPEG-4 coverter, available for OSX, Linux and Windows.
- Exaile Music Player : An iTunes alternative for Linux
- Mozilla Firefox : One of the finest web-browser available for all the platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac. This can be the best alternative for your Internet Explorer or Safari. I listed some very useful add-ons for Mozilla Firefox in an old post Essential Firefox Addons
- Mozilla Thunderbird : A rich e-mail client from the Firefox family which offers a nice set of features.Now it is easier to organize your mails.Thunderbird is available for Windows, Linux and Mac
- Pidgin : A simple easy to use multi platform IM client that can handle multiple IM accounts simultaneously.This can be a best alternative for your Yahoo messenger,Google Talk or MSN messenger.
- Adium : It is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X, a better Pidgin replacement for Mac Users (hi this is my personal favorite)
- Download Plus : Now known as 'True Downloader' is a Free and Open Source download manager and it is only available for windows.
- RSSOwl : A solid cross platform RSS feed client.
OpenOffice : This is essentially a free Microsoft Office alternative. as an added advantage it features a drawing program and direct support for PDF files.Available for most of the operating systems.
- NeoOffice : A more Mac-like implementation of OpenOffice.Unlike OpenOffice it has a more native look and feel in Mac.
- AbiWord : Award winning cross platform word processor
- Blender : An amazingly powerful 3d suite which is easy to use, small sized (nearly 40MB) and feature rich open alternative for your 3D authoring tool.
- Audacity : Audacity is an excellent general purpose sound capture, editing, and sequencing program.
- GIMP : An open alternative for Photoshop,It is not as user friendly as Photoshop.
- Inkscape : It is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X. And it offers even more advanced features.
- Cabos : A simple, easy to use file-sharing program. Gnutella network.
- GnuCleus : Another very good file-sharing program.
- FileZilla : An excellent cross platform FTP program.
- Vuze : Formerly known as Azureus, is an open source BitTorrent client available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
- μTorrent : It is another bitTorrent client developed for windows, which is designed to use minimal computer resources.
- Deluge : Another BitTorrent Client. Deluge is a multi platform light weight open source software for Windows,Linux and Mac.
Zip Utilities (Archiving Utilities)