I check in regularly at Reddit.com. It’s one of the best discussion groups on the Internet.

Recently I found a list by a user named u/linkgannon of the top rated free software as voted on by users. I’ve only copy pasted it here.

If you’re ever looking for software to work on a project, take a look at this list. I’ve tried many (not all) of them, but I can guarantee if you find it on this list you won’t be disappointed.

Software programs are ordered by top-score to bottom so you’ll have to search the list for something in particular.

  1. Google Maps: Navigation app – https://www.google.com/maps
  2. Blender: 3D modeling software – https://www.blender.org/
  3. VLC: Video player – https://www.videolan.org/index.html
  4. The Windows Snipping Tool: Screen capture tool – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027213/windows-open-snipping-tool-and-take-a-screenshot
  5. Space Engine: Space exploration simulator – http://spaceengine.org/
  6. Wikipedia: Online encyclopedia – https://www.wikipedia.org/
  7. MuseScore: Music notation software – https://musescore.org/en
  8. Audacity: Audio editing software – https://www.audacityteam.org/
  9. Handbrake: video converter – https://handbrake.fr/
  10. Zotero: Reference manager – https://www.zotero.org/
  11. Desmos.com: Online Calculator – https://www.desmos.com/
  12. Calibre: ebook manager – https://calibre-ebook.com/download
  13. Notepad++: Text Editor – https://notepad-plus-plus.org/
  14. stud.io: Lego simulator – https://studio.bricklink.com/v2/build/studio.page
  15. Search Everything: Instant file search software – https://www.voidtools.com/
  16. LaTeX: Document software – https://www.latex-project.org/
  17. http://archive.org/: Contains music, movies, books, software, games, and webpages – http://archive.org/
  18. Linux/Apache/Postgres/Gcc: Various Linux based OS’s, webservers, compilers, etc. – https://www.linux.org/
  19. Discord: Chat and Communication software – https://discordapp.com/
  20. OBS Studio: Streaming and Recording software – https://obsproject.com/
  21. Krita: Digital design – https://krita.org/en/
  22. R: Statistics software – https://www.r-project.org/
  23. pfSense: Firewall software – https://www.pfsense.org/
  24. FreeNAS: File server software – http://www.freenas.org/
  25. Gimp: Digital design – https://www.gimp.org/
  26. OpenSCAD: 3D Model scripting software – http://www.openscad.org/
  27. Malwarebytes: Malware protection – https://www.malwarebytes.com/
  28. Unity: Game design software – https://unity3d.com/
  29. https://www.draw.io/: Online diagram software – https://www.draw.io/
  30. Paint.NET: Image design – https://www.getpaint.net/
  31. Draftsight: Free CAD – https://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/
  32. 7Zip: File archiving – http://www.7-zip.org/
  33. Plex: Media storage access – https://www.plex.tv/
  34. Libre Office: Document editing suite – https://www.libreoffice.org/
  35. KeePass: Password manager – https://keepass.info/
  36. DaVinci Resolve: Video color correcting/editing – https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
  37. Inkscape: Vector art software – https://inkscape.org/en/
  38. Google’s Apps: Google’s document suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc) – https://www.google.com/
  39. Duolingo: Language learning – https://www.duolingo.com/
  40. Darktable: Photo workflow a la lightroom – https://www.musicpd.org/ and https://www.darktable.org/
  41. MPD/Mopidy: F/OSS music player daemon – https://www.mopidy.com/

Here are a couple I use regularly and can personally recommend:

  1. Irfanview: Image viewer that will open virtually every type of image format ever made and convert it to something else. It easy to use, small and free – http://www.irfanview.com/
  2. Firefox Web browser. Great alternative to Chrome, and very secure – https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
  3. Malwarebytes: Malware protection. This is the only extra protection in Window 10 you’ll need – https://www.malwarebytes.com/
  4. Wikipedia: Online encyclopedia of facts. If someone tells a fib here, it’s almost instantly fixed. – https://www.wikipedia.org/
  5. 7Zip: File archiving. If you’ve ever received a weird zip file or a .gz file, this will open it. – http://www.7-zip.org/
  6. Google’s Apps: Google’s document suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc). They are a great alternative to MS Office. – https://www.google.com/
  7. Duolingo: Language learning. Neat cell phone app lets you learn a new language in your spare time instead of browsing Facebook. – https://www.duolingo.com/

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