Open Source Development: Seven Most Useful Open Source Systems Ever!

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Microsoft used to dominate the software sector just a few years ago, but with the advent of open source software and operating systems it became possible for us to download free software and get a lot of work done without spending too much money.

Thanks to the efforts of various open source software campaigners, today we have open source software for performing all the tasks that paid software can perform. You can get all sorts of operating systems from Linux, you can get design and developments tools, you can get software to build websites, and you can even get tools to build a software of your own-open source development makes it possible for you to do incredible work free of cost! The following is a list of the ten best open source software ever:

Mozilla Firefox:
This free browser is used by one out of every four people using the internet. Businesspeople prefer Firefox to other browsers, and Mozilla Firefox played a major role in undermining the dominance of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Its innovative approach that allowed the users to customize their browser has made Firefox one of the best browsers in the market.

Ubuntu:
Ubuntu is the best example of the benefits of open source development. It is Linux's best free operating system; it is estimated that of all the people using Linux, 50% use this system. Ubuntu comes with a vast bunch of other open source heroes: Pidgin, GIMP, OpenOffice and Firefox Empathy. Ubuntu made using Linux a lot easier and Linux owes its popularity to Ubuntu.

PDFCreator:
A few years ago, one had to scour the internet for hours to find free software to convert files from PDF to Word format, or vice-versa. Adobe Acrobat was the only software that could do your work well. But with the launch and popularity of PDFCreator, the need for buying Adobe Acrobat died.

7-Zip:
7-Zip is great for shrinking data and archiving files on Linux and Unix systems. But it works on all other platforms too, and it works at least as well as WinZip. It also has its very own 7z zipping model which shrinks files a lot better than ZIP files. It also works perfectly on Windows platform.

Pidgin:
Instant messaging cannot get better than (nor can it cost lesser than) this. Not only is it free, it even offers greater functionality than other instant messengers: you can hold multiple conversations at the same time from the same widow. And that's just half the story-it even allows you to talk to your friends who are using other IM platforms!

OpenOffice:
This is a free version of Microsoft Office. OpenOffice makes one thankful for open source development. Using this software, you can create a verity of documents, maintain databases, make presentations and create spreadsheets. If you do not want to buy costly Microsoft Office, but need to work on text documents and sheets, this open source creation will fulfill all your needs.

TrueCrypt:
Does the security of your documents worry you? There are a lot of encryption programs in the market, and most of them cost you a packet. But TrueCrypt does exactly the same work for free. It creates a virtual encrypted disk within your file and mounts it like a real disk. It even encrypts entire partitions or storage devices, and it also helps you with pre-boot authentication.

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