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Free Software

Why free software is so important?

Free software is more reliable and secure than proprietary software. They typically use open data formats available to anyone, which allows for accessibility, future-proofing, and preservation, avoiding vendor lock-in.

What Operating System should you use?

Windows is the most popular operating system with a huge selection of available programs and games, but is not safe. macOS has a user friendly and clean interface, but is expensive. GNU/Linux is a free operating system. It’s available for everyone to download, use, modify, and distribute it at no cost.

What are the best alternatives for Microsoft Office?

Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free office suites. They include Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, and Math.

Educational software

What is the best free astronomy software?

Celestia is a real-time space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Orbiter is a free and realistic space flight simulator for Windows with a twist, it actually obeys the laws of physics.

How to create a diagram with Dia and diagrams.net

Dia is a free general-purpose diagram software. It supports more than 30 different types, such as flow charts, network diagrams, database models, UML, etc. It is a free alternative to Microsoft's Visio.

How To Learn To Type Fast?

There are free typing tutors to learn how to type the proper way with speed and accuracy. More specifically, we are talking about Klavaro, KeyBlaze, RapidTyping, GNU Typist, and Tux Typing.

How to Make a Concept Map

A conceptual map is a technique, strategy or tool to represent, structure, learn, memorize, brainstorm, and organize information in a highly specialized way. FreeMind and Freeplane are two of the best free and open-source mind mapping software.

How to train your brain.

Let's explore the best ways to improve and train your brain: brain teasers (gbrainy, Brain Workshop), card (Aisleriot) and brain games, chess and Rubik clones (GNUbik).

How to use Google Earth?

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map, and geographical information program. It lets you fly anywhere on Earth, explore oceans and outer space. It is one of the most popular Geography apps in the world.

What are the best Geography and History applications and websites?

Google Earth is one of the most popular Geography apps in the world today. KGeography is a free and open-source geography learning tool, which allows you to learn about countries, capitals, and flags.

What is the best religious software?

This list will help you find the best apps for reading, studying, and researching the Bible or just for praying and taking a break. Xiphos is an open source and free Bible study tool.

What is the best Maths software to learn and grow?

Do you have Maths homework? How do you know that your results are OK? This article is going to teach you how to use easy-to-use, free-of-charge software to check that your calculations are correct

What is the best children's educational software?

Educational software is a term used for any computer software which is made for an educational purpose, such as GCompris, Omnitux, The KDE Education Project, and Childsplay.

Tools for working with images, videos, and audio

How to Edit Audio in Audacity. How to create music.

Audacity is a free and cross-platform digital audio editor, recorder, and mixer. GarageBand is one of the best free software for music creation. It is a fully equipped music creation studio inside your Mac.

How to play almost any media file. How to edit, record, and convert videos

VLC Media Player is a free, easy to use, and cross-platform multimedia player that plays almost everything. OBS is for video recording and live streaming. Kodi is a free media center. DaVinci Resolve is a popular video editing software.

How to Batch Convert, Compress, and Resize Images

Mass Image Compressor is one of the best image optimizer software that lets you compress images in a batch.

How to edit pictures and photos

Gimp is a free, open source, and extremely powerful image editing program. Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor. ImageMagick is a free software suite for displaying, creating, converting, modifying, and editing raster images.

How to take screenshots

To take a screenshot, press the Windows + Shift + S keys on your keyboard. The screen will dim and a toolbar will let you take a rectangular, free-form, full-window, or full-screen screenshot. Take a screenshot and paste it in a photo editing program.

How to view pictures and create slideshows

Image viewers are programs that allow users to view and navigate through images in a fast and convenient way. They can handle a big variety of graphics file formats, create slideshows, and do basic image editing.

Ebook readers, RSS, text and source code editors.

How to Use RSS Feeds to dramatically boost your productivity

If you want to follow your favorites sites and blogs efficiently, nothing beats a good RSS reader where you can read everything in just one place.

How to convert ebooks and remove DRM

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application. It can convert a wide variety of formats. It helps you read and organize your entire library.

How to read ebooks? Everything You Need to Know

An ebook is a digital version of a printed book that you can read on a variety of electronic devices like a computer, ebook reader, tablet or smartphone. Amazon Kindle is one of the best ebook reader apps.

What are the best text and source code editors? Best Online IDEs

Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, and powerful source code editor developed by Microsoft. NotePad++ is a free editor for Windows.

How to read comics? Everything You Need to Know

A comic book is a magazine that contains stories that are told through graphic drawings and dialogues. CBR and CBZ are the most popular comic book formats.

How to edit text super fast in distraction-free editors

Do you easily get distracted when you are writing with social media, your cellphone, etc.? Vim is a highly configurable text editor for efficiently creating and editing any kind of text.

How to edit Markdown and LaTeX

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system commonly used for technical and scientific documents.

How to write a novel. Best Writing Software.

Sigil is a free, open source, multi-platform ebook editor. It is designed to edit books in ePub format. Calibre is a powerful e-book manager, converter, and viewer with support for a variety of formats and devices.

How to read and edit PDF

PDFedit is a free, open source, pdf editor and a library for manipulating PDF documents, released under terms of GNU GPL version. jPdf Tweak is boldly stated as the Swiss Army Knife for PDF files.

File Manipulation and Basic tasks

How to surf the web effectively. The best extensions.

Chrome is fast, Brave lets you earn crypto currency, and tor is the safest browser. Surfraw lets you search the web and find everything you need from the terminal. buku is a command-line bookmark manager.

How to Create and Use Virtual Machines

VirtualBox extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems at the same time. The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets users run a GNU/Linux environment including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications directly on Windows.

How to install any software and troubleshooting

A package manager is a collection of software tools that automates the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing software.

How to use/make the most of file managers to boost your productivity

Dual-pane file managers allow their users to browse two separate folders simultaneously, compare, copy and move files and folders from one location to another. File managers are also equipped with many shortcuts to boost your productivity.

Gaming, messaging apps & workstations

Best Messaging Apps: Signal (security), Viber (supports stickers and GIFs), WhatsApp (popular). Gaming: Steam, Discord, and game launchers. Workstations allow you to manage all your web apps in one neat and productive interface.

How to archive and compress files and folders

Select or highlight your file(s) and folder(s) that you want to archive, right click with your mouse and then choose the option Compress to ZIP file. 7-Zip is an open source archive manager that can compress and decompress a wide range of formats.

Productivity

How to boost your productivity with Espanso, a free text expander

Espanso is an open source, cross-platform text expander. This is a step-by-step guide to teach you how to use Espanso and boost your productivity to new heights.

How to boost your productivity with launchers

Rofi is a free and open source window switcher, a full-featured application launcher, and a dmenu replacement. Wox is an effective launcher for Windows. Albert is a desktop agnostic launcher. Alfred is an application launcher for macOS, but it is not free.

How to conquer your email and get your inbox under control

Email is the exchange of computer-stored messages between people using electronic devices. They have become ubiquitous and c Here's the complete, ultimate guide to Gmail.

How to make better to do lists

To-Do lists provide structure and a clear game plan. They bring order to our chaotic lives, they give us a sense of control and accomplishment, and help us stay accountable.

How to manage your personal knowledge easily and practically

Obsidian is a powerful note-taking tool. You can use it to create and manage your knowledge base, too. It is free, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and most importantly, you own and control your data.

How to set up and use a calendar app

Calendars help us stay organized and prioritize tasks in ways that are different from a to-do list. We use them to keep track of appointments, birthdays, dates, family and school events and keep our schedules organized and accessible to others.

How to use and share a single mouse/keyboard across devices

Barrier is a free and open-source KVM. It allows you to use and share a single mouse and keyboard across multiple devices.

How to Use the Clipboard

To get to your clipboard history at any time, press Windows + V. Ditto is an advanced clipboard manager for Windows.

How to use virtual desktops and keyboard shortcuts

Learn how to use virtual desktops and keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity.

Security. Antivirus, firewalls, and password managers (pass, KeePassXC).

How to protect yourself and your privacy

Security is a big concern for everyone. Some typical security attacks include: phishing attack, malware, spam, identity theft, and spyware. Learn how to be secure online.

How to remove viruses from your computer

Microsoft Defender is one of the most effective antivirus. Hiren's BootCD PE contains many free tools to fix many problems related to your computer. Tron is an automated PC cleanup script. You can clean your Windows from infected viruses using an Ubuntu live USB.

How to create a strong password you can remember

Your passwords should be memorable so you don't forget them and complex enough to protect your accounts. There are common substitutions like $, S or 5 for s/S; 1, Eye, or ! for i/I; @ for a/A; 2 for to; 7 for t/T; 3 for E/e; 0 for o/O; and 8 for b/B.

How to manage your passwords

Password managers store and manage all your passwords, so you don't need to try to memorize a bunch of unique, complex passwords for all of your personal and work accounts. You only need to remember one password, the one to your password manager.

How to protect yourself and your privacy II

Minimize your digital footprint. Use privacy-oriented operating systems, browsers, search engines, and messaging apps. Activate Ransomware Protection. Use tails, VPN, and ad blocker extensions. Encrypt your data. Protect your router.

How to backup your computer: System Restore, Time Machine, and Timeshift

System Restore allows you to restore your Windows back to its latest working state. Backup with File History, Backup and Restore, and AOEMI Backupper. Time Machine is a complete system backup for macOS. Timeshift is an open-source powerful backup tool similar to macOS's Time Machine.

How to backup your data: Synching & rsync.

File-sharing services are the easiest ways to back up and sync files and directories among computers. Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization program, a free alternative to Dropbox and Google Drive. rsync lets you transfer and synchronize data between different machines and directories.

Installing, configuring, and using VPN with WireGuard, Duckdns, OpenVPN, and PiVPN

A VPN protects your privacy. Wireguard is a free, open-source VPN connection protocol.

How to encrypt your computer

A firewall is a program that acts as a protective barrier, a gatekeeper or a security guard between you and the Internet. The best free firewalls are: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, Comodo Firewall, Firewalld, and ufw.

How to protect your computer with a firewall

A firewall is a program that acts as a protective barrier, a gatekeeper or a security guard between you and the Internet. The best free firewalls are: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, Comodo Firewall, Firewalld, and ufw.

Android, Web 2.0

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 describes sites that use technology beyond the static pages. A Web 2.0 site may allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community.

The Best Android Apps

Android is the first open-source (Linux) platform for mobile devices. Let's see the must-have apps for every Android user.

Administration tasks

How to Check your Disk Space

How to Check your Disk Space using your own operating system built-in tools or WinDirStat, Disk Inventory X, GrandPerspective, and NCurses.

How to create a multib USB

Ventoy is an open source tool to create multiboot USB drive. balenaEtcher is an open-source software to create a bootable USB drive using ISO files safely and easily.

How to create, format, and manage partitions

GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.

How to Defragment your hard disk

Defragment your hard disk using your own operating system built-in tools or Defraggler, Wise Care 365, Auslogics Disk Defrag Free, and e4defrag.

How to dual boot on Raspberry Pi using BerryBoot

BerryBoot allows you to put multiple Linux distributions on a single SD card.

How to fix your computer

Recover your data, restart, update your system/drivers, run an antivirus scan, check your file system/Internet connection, log in with another account, use in-place repair upgrade, reset the computer

How to use Clonezilla to clone or create/restore an image.

Clonezilla is a free and open source partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image® or Norton Ghost.

How to Block Ads (Network-Wide) with Pi-hole

The Pi-hole is a DNS sinkhole that protects your devices from unwanted content, without installing any client-side software.

Remote Access: Remmina, RealVNC, TeamViewer, Putty & More

You can use Remote Desktop to connect and control your Windows PC from a remote device and Remmina as a remote desktop client. VNC allows your Raspberry Pi to be viewed and controlled remotely. TeamViewer is another solution for remote access.

Servers: Samba, NFS, Webtop, and Nextcloud

Let's install and configure: Samba, file sharing across different operating systems; NFS, Webtop (a Linux-based container with a desktop environment running in a browser); and Nextcloud, your own Dropbox.

Docker: A Step by Step Guide. Docker compose and Portainer.

Docker is a software platform designed to make it easier to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers

Dotfiles with Git + GNU Stow.

Manage and sync dotfiles with Git + GNU Stow.

Awesome command linux tools: bat, fzf, exa, ripgrep, youtube-dl, xclip

fzf is a general-purpose command-line fuzzy finder. bat, exa, and ripgrep are modern replacements for cat, ls, and grep respectively. youtube-dl download videos from YouTube. xclip is a command-line clipboard manager

How to clean and maintain your PC.

Clean and Maintain your Windows, macOS, and Linux automatically

How to clean and update your PC

GeekUninstaller, WiseCleaner -Windows- and AppCleaner -macOS- uninstall programs and remove leftover files. CCleaner and BleachBit are tools for cleaning your PC of unneeded data, trackers, cookies, junk files, etc.

How to Find reliable and useful information.

Choose a good browser. Improve your Internet search results with Google. Use other search engines. How you search is just as important as what you search. Help in Linux: man, tldr, apropos, cheat, whatis

How to get help on the shell/terminal

The command help/man is the general help. Use the command options /? (Win) or -h or -help. whatis displays one-line manual page descriptions. tldr are simplified and community-driven man pages with practical examples.

How to Get Information about your PC

To get basic information about your PC, go to Settings, About. Besides, systeminfo is a Windows utility that can be used to gather quick information about your PC. Other system information software are: CPU-Z, GPU-Z, HWiNFO, Speccy.

How to improve your productivity in your terminal with Tmux

A terminal multiplexer is a software application that can be used to split a single terminal into one or more virtual sessions. Basically, a user can have several sessions inside one single terminal and attach and detach these sessions when required.

How to install, configure, and use Alacritty and Kitty

A terminal emulator is a text-only window that emulates a console in a desktop environment. Basically, it is a GUI program that acts as a wrapper or front-end and allows you to run a shell and enter commands that the operating system can interpret and execute.

How to install, configure, and use Windows Terminal and iTerm

A terminal emulator is a text-only application that emulates a console in a desktop environment. Windows terminal is a modern host application for command-line tools and shells, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, zsh and bash (WSL).

How to Kill some tasks and monitor your PC real-time performance

The Windows Task Manager displays information about the processes running on your computer. To force a frozen task to quit, select the task and smash the End task button.

How to use the terminal like a pro

The command line is the ultimate power tool, a kind of seat of power, on your computer. Using it can feel a bit intimidating, overwhelming and complex, but it allows you to navigate through files and folders, create, copy, move and delete files and directories, execute commands with multiple options, install and run programs, etc.

Shells: Zsh & Oh-my-zsh. Aliases. Fish.

Unix shells are interactive interfaces that allow users to interact with the Operating System by executing commands and utilities. Let's install and configure Zsh and Fish.

Window, compositing, and login managers

In Linux, you can install and configure everything to your heart's content. Let's install and configure window, composite, and login managers.

SSH. SSH Key-Based Authentication. MOTD. Run GUI apps remotely. Two-factor authentication

Let's install and configure SSH: SSH Key-Based authentication; create a custom MOTD or login Banner, run GUI-based applications, keep alive SSH sessions, and two-factor authentication.

Setup Guides

How to set up a new Mac

Install Xcode’s Command Line Tools, Homebrew. Install apps via Homebrew. Install and configure iTerm, Zsh, and Oh My Zsh. Security and Privacy: Firewall, FileVault

Arch Linux: From Zero To Hero

Arch Linux is an independently developed, free and open-source, rolling release distribution. It is a minimalist, lightweight, and bleeding edge distribution that targets advanced users.

Top Things to do After Installing Ubuntu

Update and Upgrade Ubuntu. Customize Ubuntu's looks and behavior. Connect your phone(Android) to Ubuntu. Install extra codecs, Microsoft Web fonts, rar, and 7zip support, etc.

Python and Visual Code

Python is a simple, easy-to-understand, and minimalistic language. It is one of the easiest programming languages to learn because it has a clean and readable syntax that makes it easy for beginners to read and use.

BitTorrent, Burning software, Other utilities

BitTorrent clients: Frostwire, qBittorrent, Deluge, Vuze. CD/DVD Burning Software: ImgBurn, InfraRecorder, BurnAware.




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