Meet the free software gang
There are thousands of pieces of free software, many of which are listed in our directory of free software, but of these projects, a few dozen are extremely common — we call these the free software gang.
- Blender — make 3d animations and edit video
- GIMP — touch up and crop photos from your digital camera and the Web
- Inkscape — make flyers, postcards and printed materials
- The FSF uses IRC, which remains an enduring way to have a text-based chat in real-time, and as evidenced by Web clients like The Lounge, or desktop clients like Pidgin, it can be as stripped down or feature-rich as you like.
- Mattermost — Mattermost is a flexible, free software messaging platform that enables secure team collaboration.
- Rocket Chat — Rocket.Chat is scalable free software, replace email and improve your digital workflow.
- Wire — Wire’s source code is available on GitHub with a GPLv3 licence. A self-hosted server option is available upon request.
- Amarok — listen to CDs, downloaded music, streaming radio and podcasts
- VLC — watch DVDs, videos from YouTube and other downloads
Office and database
- LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org — word processing, spreadsheets and presentations
- MySQL — a full-fledged database that works with OpenOffice.org
Operating system and friends
- Gecko — the same powerful code that powers Firefox and Icecat, in your own software
- GNOME — the graphical desktop for many of the GNU/Linux systems
- GNU — the fully free operating system
- KDE — another popular graphical desktop, favored by many for its powerful features
- Linux — together with GNU, Linux powers the GNU/Linux operating system
- Nautilus — the GNOME file manager
- Java — used in everything from your cellphone to your bank
- Perl — the system administrator's swiss army knife
- PHP — powers Wikipedia and the White House Web site
- Python — popular with Google and NASA, also runs this Web site!
- Ruby — used by many of the Web 2.0 sites
Web and email
- Drupal — run your Web site in style
- Firefox and GNU IceCat — browse the Web at high-speed and in safety
- Mozilla — the all-in-one browser, email and Web-editing software
- Thunderbird — send email like a pro!