Free Software and Downloads

Before you start, let's get your terminology right to avoid problems later:-

  • Shareware is computer software developed for the public domain, which can be used or copied without infringing copyright. Programmers typically get paid a small one time fee from users who find the software useful.
  • Freeware is software that is available free of charge usually for personal (not commercial) use.
  • Open source software is software available free of charge complete with source code and pretty much without any restrictions on its use (except discrimination).

There is so much free software out there it is difficult to know whom to trust and where to go, download from reputable download services, and beware of malware, spyware and viruses. To the best of our knowledge people have used the following services without any problems.

On-line Resources
CNET Download

Does what it says on the label, plus they assure you the downloads on offer are spyware free.

The GNU project is an amazing concept dedicated to developing a complete UNIX like operating system for free.
The free software foundation are dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. Vive la revolution!
Tucows have been providing access to freeware and shareware for as long as I can remember. A great service.
Image Manipulation
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
The Open source Initiative certifies, software to be distributed under a license that guarantees the right to read, redistribute, modify, and use the software freely.
This site provides a useful search tool to find shareware programs & free software.
Audacity Sound Editor
We found this site whilst trying to help Amatsu out. She uses it, and is quite happy with it.
VLC - Video Lan
An open source media player which will play just about any file format. Available as a free download from
Is Freeware Really Safe?
How to be a safe downloader.

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