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  1. Ninite is the easiest way to install software.

    Chocolatey or Ninite. Both of them have similar function. Both of them are install manager. Just choose the apps that you want to install, it will install for you. Chocolatey is CUI ( Character User Interface aka no icons/windows like UI ) so if you are little bit techy/geeky, this is perfect. Or Ninite can do the similar function but in a normal GUI way. Good for those who are unfamiliar in CUI way.
  2. Full-featured screen recording and live streaming software for Mac, Windows and Linux.

    OBS Studio: Streaming and Recording software - https://obsproject.com/.
  3. ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen...

    ShareX - Screen Capturing tool with a lot of options such as fullscreen capture, regional capture, direct share to several uploading sites such as imgur, can upload the video and shorten link and generate sharable link.
  4. The sane way to manage software on Windows.

    Chocolatey or Ninite. Both of them have similar function. Both of them are install manager. Just choose the apps that you want to install, it will install for you. Chocolatey is CUI ( Character User Interface aka no icons/windows like UI ) so if you are little bit techy/geeky, this is perfect. Or Ninite can do the similar function but in a normal GUI way. Good for those who are unfamiliar in CUI way.
  5. A free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.

    Notepad++ - This is a better version of Windows Notepad.
  6. Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to seaffordable art tools for everyone. Concept art. texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.

    And for people who want to draw (with a tablet mainly), I'd recommend Krita. Much more designed for artwork than GIMP and again simpler to use. HUGE variety of realistic brushes too. https://krita.org/en/.
  7. KeePass is an open source password manager. Passwords can be stored in highly-encrypted databases, which can be unlocked with one master password or key file.

  8. f. lux is a piece of software for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android that provides a blue light filter over your screen. Research suggests limiting our exposure to blue light in the hours before bedtime can help us fall asleep faster.

  9. Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies...

    I always love the opportunity to be able to talk about http://archive.org because it is such a wonderful and free resource.
  10. Pixlr® makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art.

  11. Ebook manager, viewer & converter

    Calibre: makes it easy to manage your e-book library and put any format of e-book on your Kindle, including "epub" books from your public library.
  12. Feature-packed 2D and 3D open source game engine.

    Godot Game Engine - easy scripting language, fairly lightweight runtime, the visual shader editor is fun to play with.
  13. Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform, non-linear video editor.

    Shotcut free video editing software. There's also a dedicated reddit sub at r/shotcut.
  14. glogg is a multi-platform GUI application to browse and search through long or complex log files.

  15. 9 hours ago - It does include a proprietary software set optimized for business users, students, researchers and developers." A list of features and further details can be found in the company's release announcement.

  16. Free video-editing and video-composition software in one, with the option of buying fx-packs

    It'll try to convince you to support them by paying for more features, but if you don't want to do this just yet, just set it to 0 and it'll still let you download. https://fxhome.com/product/hitfilm-express.
  17. A free automatic mp3 volume normalizer.

  18. Free and open-source, full-featured video editor.

  19. GrandPerspective is a small utility application for Mac that graphically shows the disk usage...

  20. The best ad blocker for Android. Free and open source.

    You could try Blokada, which not only blocks ads on websites, but also in-app ads.
  21. Space Engine is a realistic virtual Universe you can explore on your computer.

    Space Engine: Space exploration simulator - http://spaceengine.org/.
  22. OPNsense® you next open source firewall. Free Download. High-end Security Made Easy™. Offers Intrusion Prevention, Captive Portal, Traffic Shaping and more.

  23. 24 Sep 2012 . Design a homepage that captures attention and serves as a good starting point for navigating the website.

  24. HandBrake allows users to easily convert video files into a wide variety of different formats.

  25. Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft

  26. WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool, inspired by KDirStat.

  27. TightVNC - VNC-Compatible Remote Control / Remote Desktop Software. Download TightVNCDownload TightVNC 1. 3. 10 - TightVNC Server - F. A. Read more about TightVNC.

  28. Make music with a free, cross-platform tool

  29. Greenshot is a free and open source screenshot tool that allows annotation and highlighting using the built-in image editor.

  30. Nmap Free Security Scanner, Port Scanner, & Network Exploration Tool. Download open source software for Linux, Windows, UNIX, FreeBSD, etc.

  31. Online diagramming application

    I build flow charts and simple diagrams fairly often for work and use draw.io for this as an alternative to Visio.
  32. Qmmp is an audio-player, written with help of Qt library. The user interface is similar to ...

    The best alternative I've found that meets both of these criteria is qmmp. Its default UI mimics Winamp/XMMS, but its alternative "simple UI" is reminiscent of foobar2000's columns UI which I liked a lot. How it displays your music is also fairly flexible if you want to take the time to customize that.
  33. Watch free documentaries online

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and FreeDocumentary.tv - more free documentaries. Last.fm - Keeps track of your listening habits Songza - Playlists for whatever...
  34. The internet is great to provide us with our favorite TV shows free, early and watchable on demand.

  35. Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and...

  36. The Definitive Reddit Add-on

  37. Prey is a video game that has strong elements of science fiction, action, thrills, and much more.

  38. PortableApps.com is a website offering many free, commonly used Windows applications that have been...

  39. Open Yale Courses (OYC) provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught...

  40. OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with...

  41. The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to...

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and FreeDocumentary.tv - more free documentaries. Last.fm - Keeps track of your listening habits Songza - Playlists for whatever...
  42. Unblocks geo-restricted and censored content on all devices; Chrome, Firefox, Ipad, Android, Apple...

  43. free public domain audiobooks

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and FreeDocumentary.tv - more free documentaries. Last.fm - Keeps track of your listening habits Songza - Playlists for whatever...
  44. LastPass is an online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure.

  45. Inkscape is a free, open source professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

  46. Hola manages to provide free VPN services to its users through the use of crowd sourcing its members' bandwidth.

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and FreeDocumentary.tv - more free documentaries. Last.fm - Keeps track of your listening habits Songza - Playlists for whatever...
  47. Internet radio created by people, not algorithms

    Entertainment: Project Gutenberg - Free books OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books LibriVox - Free audio books Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors. Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries TopDocumentaryFilms.com and FreeDocumentary.tv - more free documentaries. Last.fm - Keeps track of your listening habits Songza - Playlists for whatever...
  48. 900+ classic arcade games, no quarters required.

    There's also The Internet Arcade where you can play a lot of classic games along with the Console Living Room which is similar. They have access to tons of old PC games too and you can even play the original Oregon Trail online.
  49. Play over 800 classic arcade games in your browser

    There's also The Internet Arcade where you can play a lot of classic games along with the Console Living Room which is similar. They have access to tons of old PC games too and you can even play the original Oregon Trail online.
  50. Protects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery.

    One nice addon that doesn't overlap with the others (AFIK) is Decentraleyes.
  51. An open source alternative to Alternative to AirDrop.

  52. SuperF4 kills the foreground program when you press Ctrl+Alt+F4.

  53. Bitwarden is a free and open source password management solution for individuals, teams, and business organizations.

    freemium $10.0 / Annually (Premium)

    Bitwarden - Free and Open Source Software for Safe storage of passwords.
  54. Download the latest FreeFileSync 10.4. FreeFileSync is a free open source data backup software that helps you synchronize files and folders on Windows, Linux and macOS.

    FreeFileSync for syncing folders. Supports local as well as cloud services like Google Drive. I'm mainly using it to sync my backups to Google Drive, as their backup and sync tool is... bad, at best.
  55. This tool uses a sunburst chart to display the usage of your hard disk or other media.

    If you like nicer graphics and a circle with interactive navigation you can try out Scanner from steffengerlach.de/freeware gives you more inspectionability.
  56. Ubuntu is a Debian Linux-based open source operating system for desktop computers.

    If you're starting out, I recommend Ubuntu, which is a very user-friendly distribution.
  57. Powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language

    Btw, you are gonna need to have some experience in the Lua programming language (or just programming in general), however it is easy to learn (lua.org ).
  58. Easy to use interface; Search and paste previous copy entries; Keep multiple computer's clipboards in sync; Data is encrypted when sent over the network; Accessed from tray icon or global hot key; Select entry by double click, enter key or drag drop…

  59. MPV is an audio and movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2.

    Dunno. I also use http://mpv.io and https://smplayer.info (for youtube), so they might work ...
  60. Streams games locally or over the internet

    Chrome Remote Desktop / Moonlight / Parsec / etc. - It is very useful to be able to remote into your computer from your phone when you are stuck overnight at your sister's place because she lives a billion miles away (Actual quote: You should move here. I only cried for the first month).
  61. A cross platform front-end GUI of the popular youtube-dl written in wxPython.

    Youtube-DLG - GUI frontend for youtube-dl, which is a utility that lets you download video and audio not only from youtube but lots of other sites too like all the porn ones.
  62. Moonlight allows you to stream your collection of games from your GameStream-compatible PC to any...

    Chrome Remote Desktop / Moonlight / Parsec / etc. - It is very useful to be able to remote into your computer from your phone when you are stuck overnight at your sister's place because she lives a billion miles away (Actual quote: You should move here. I only cried for the first month).
  63. Super quick lossless cutting of video and audio files

    Lossless-cut - Lossless trimming and cutting of video and audio files. Why watch the whole porn when you can just cut out the good part and watch that?
  64. JSPaint is a web-based Microsoft Paint remake

  65. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place. Get a constantly updating feed of breaking news, fun stories, pics, memes, and videos just for you.

    HTTPS Everywhere functions as a redirector based on a list maintained by the EFF (I think), it redirects you to the HTTPS version of websites (as in, the traffic is encrypted. For example your ISP can only see that you are browsing "https://reddit.com" instead of ""https://reddit.com/r/Askreddit"). Most sites today just need an extra "S" but back then they needed some prefix to work.
  66. Portable terminal app that bundles ConEmu and Clink with great looking defaults.

    Cmder is a great console emulator if you're some one who codes and needs something that is practical than the default cmd and powershell. It gives you Unix like console which is soo much better than the other inbuilt options.
  67. A minimal Markdown reading & writing app.

    Typora. Honestly a nice, minimalistic markdown editor. On that note, more people should learn/use markdown.
  68. A small command-line program to download videos.

    Youtube-dl: makes is easy to download youtube videos, in order to watch them later, off-line.
  69. The missing package manager for macOS

    Homebrew: makes it easy to install, update and uninstall software on your macOS computer.
  70. Open-source subtractive-hybrid synthesizer formerly sold commercially as Vember Audio Surge.

    Not sure if this belongs here, but Surge is an incredible open source software synthesizer. It has more features than most full priced ones and also a shitton of presets to play with.