Utilities & Operating System

The Utilities & Operating System section of Open Source Internet provides the best free and open source PC based software. This includes different operating systms, office suites, desktop customization tools, backup, PDF tools, archivers, and general maintenance software.

Ubuntu Desktop

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Operating Systems - UbuntuVisit Site: Ubuntu Desktop

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source operating system.

Description: Fast, free and incredibly easy to use, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktop PCs, laptops and servers around the world. Ubuntu comes with a set of pre-installed software, including a complete office productivity suite and more than 3,000 downloadable apps including Steam, the world’s most popular gaming platform.

Apache OpenOffice

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Office Suite - OpenOfficeVisit Site: Apache OpenOffice

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source office suite.

Description: Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.

IZArc

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Archivers - IZArcVisit Site: IZArc

Cost: Free

Comments: Free file compression software.

Description: IZArc is the best free file compression utility supporting many archive formats. With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools.

Tails

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Anonymity - TailsVisit Site: Tails

Cost: Free

Comments: Free portable OS used in conjunction with Tor.

Description: Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.

openSUSE

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Operating Systems - openSUSEVisit Site: openSUSE

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source Linux-based operating system.

Description: openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

VirtualBox

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Operating Systems - VirtualBoxVisit Site: VirtualBox

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source virtualization application.

Description: VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

GeexBox

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Operating Systems - GeexBoxVisit Site: GeexBox

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source operating system.

Description: GeeXboX is a free and Open Source Media-Center purposed Linux distribution for embedded devices and desktop computers. GeeXboX is not an application, it’s a full-featured OS, that one can boot as a LiveCD, from a USB key, an SD/MMC card or install on its regular HDD.

Kubuntu

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Operating Systems - KubuntuVisit Site: Kubuntu

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source operating system.

Description: Kubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide team of expert developers. It contains all the applications you need: a web browser, an office suite, media apps, an instant messaging client and many more.

ReactOS

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Operating Systems - ReactOSVisit Site: ReactOS

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source operating system.

Description: ReactOS® is a free open source operating system based on the best design principles found in the Windows NT® architecture (Windows versions such as Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 are built on Windows NT architecture). Written completely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux based system, and shares none of the UNIX architecture.

CCleaner

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Maintenance - CCleanerVisit Site: CCleaner

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: CCleaner is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.

IObit Uninstaller

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Maintenance - IObit UninstallerVisit Site: IObit Uninstaller

Cost: Free

Comments: Free uninstaller.

Description: IObit Uninstaller 3 is a light and FREE uninstall tool that helps you to remove unwanted programs and leftovers completely without any hassle. It detects and categorizes all of the installed programs, and allows bulk uninstallation with just ONE click! The new app voting system helps you identify malicious apps & plug-ins.

Advanced SystemCare Free

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Maintenance - Advanced SystemCareVisit Site: Advanced SystemCare Free

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Advanced SystemCare 7 Free takes a one-click approach to protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. With over 150 MILLION downloads worldwide, this fantastic, award-winning, free PC repair software is a “must-have” tool for your computer. It’s easy to use and 100% safe with no adware, spyware, or viruses.

Glary Utilities

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Maintenance - Glary UtilitiesVisit Site: Glary Utilities

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Glary Utilities is the #1 free, powerful and all-in-one utility in the world market! It offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC.

Auslogics Disk Defrag Free

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Maintenance - Auslogics Disk DefragVisit Site: Auslogics Disk Defrag Free

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: At a click of a button Auslogics Disk Defrag Free will quickly defragment files on your hard drive, optimize file placement and consolidate free space to ensure the highest data access speed possible.

CutePDF Writer

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PDF - CutePDFVisit Site: CutePDF Writer

Cost: Free

Comments: Free PDF converter.

Description: CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to convert to professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button!

doPDF

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PDF - doPDFVisit Site: doPDF

Cost: Free

Comments: Free PDF conversion software.

Description: doPDF is a free PDF creator that does what the name suggests, creates PDF files. Once installed it will allow you to convert any type of printable documents to PDF files. doPDF installs itself as a virtual PDF printer driver so after a successful installation will appear in your Printers and Faxes list and also in the list of All Programs.

Nuance PDF Reader

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PDF - Nuance PDF ReaderVisit Site: Nuance PDF Reader

Cost: Free

Comments: Free PDF reader.

Description: You can convert PDF files to Word, Excel, and RTF via a hosted web service. Use annotation tools to highlight, cross-out, and underline text for more effective collaboration. Even fill out and save PDF forms.

Nitro Reader

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PDF - Nitro ReaderVisit Site: Nitro Reader

Cost: Free

Comments: Free PDF reader and creator.

Description: Do everything you expect with a PDF reader, and then some. Create PDF files from any source easily. Sign them securely. Then collaborate with anyone, anywhere.

LibreOffice

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Office Suite - LibreOfficeVisit Site: LibreOffice

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source office suite.

Description: LibreOffice is a comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite that you can download and install for free, with no fear of copyright infringement. There is a large base of satisfied LibreOffice users worldwide, and it is available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.

Copernic

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Desktop Search - CopernicVisit Site: Copernic

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Copernic Desktop Search Home allows individuals to instantly search their files, e-mails, and e-mail attachments stored anywhere on their PC’s hard drive. The application executes subsecond searching of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Acrobat PDFs, multimedia, etc.

Rainmeter

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Desktop Customization - RainmeterVisit Site: Rainmeter

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source desktop customization tool.

Description: Rainmeter displays customizable skins, like memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop.

7-Zip

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Archivers - 7-ZipVisit Site: 7-Zip

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source archiving software.

Description: 7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don’t need to register or pay for 7-Zip.

ArcThemALL

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Archivers - ArcThemALLVisit Site: ArcThemALL

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source archiving software.

Description: ArcThemALL! provides compression and extraction of batches of multiple folders or files with simple drag-and-drop loading. It includes an intelligent UPX compression mode, the support to self-extracting archives creation, archives encryption and decryption and much more.

KGB Archiver

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Archivers - KGB ArchiverVisit Site: KGB Archiver

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source compression tool.

Description: KGB Archiver is the compression tool with unbelievable high compression rate. It surpasses even such efficient compression tool like 7zip and UHARC in terms of the abilities. KGB Archiver uses AES-256 encryption to encrypt archives.

PeaZip

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Archivers - PeaZipVisit Site: PeaZip

Cost: Free

Comments: Free archiving software.

Description: PeaZip is a free archiver utility, based on solid and proven Open Source technology of 7-Zip and other great Open Source tools (like FreeARC, PAQ, UPX…) for supporting additional file formats and features, in order to provide an all purpose zip utility featuring a powerful unified GUI.

Universal Extractor

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Archivers - Universal ExtractorVisit Site: Universal Extractor

Cost: Free

Comments: Free extracting software.

Description: Universal Extractor is a program designed to decompress and extract files from any type of archive or installer, such as ZIP or RAR files, self-extracting EXE files, application installers, etc.

Personal Software Inspector

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Maintenance - Personal Software InspectorVisit Site: Personal Software Inspector

Cost: Free

Comments: Free software inspection program.

Description: The Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a free computer security solution that identifies vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs which can leave your PC open to attacks. Simply put, it scans software on your system and identifies programs in need of security updates to safeguard your PC against cybercriminals.

Defraggler

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Maintenance - Piriform DefragglerVisit Site: Defraggler

Cost: Free

Comments: Free disk defragmentation program.

Description: Use Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files – unique in the industry. This compact and portable Windows application supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems.

TUGZip

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Archivers - TUGZipVisit Site: TUGZip

Cost: Free

Comments: Free archiver.

Description: TUGZip is a powerful award-winning freeware archiving utility for Windows® that provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files, as well as very powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.

Bandizip

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Archivers - BandizipVisit Site: Bandizip

Cost: Free

Comments: Free archiver.

Description: Bandizip is 100% free Archiver for home and office. It handles the most popular compression formats, including Zip, ZipX, 7z, and RAR files for free!