Tired Of Overpaying For Software? and Subscription / Cloud Based Software

I detest the subscription / cloud based software control freaks at all the corporate software companies. So If you’re tired of overpaying for subscription based software and all the big brother spying and collecting your personal information and data then I encourage you to look into the following open source software, operating systems and other search engines and web browsers listed on this page.
This is not an all inclusive list by any means but it should be enough to get your workflow and freedom back up to speed.

Alternative Operating Systems:

If your tired of your operating system leaking your activities, data and personal information like a sieve, then you should seriously look into using Linux. Linux Operating System is a Free Operating System that can and IMHO should replace your current OS. Linux just works like an Operating System should. There is a ton of free software that typically comes in each distro. There are many linux distributions to choose from so I’ll include a few of the most popular. The first four have server counter parts so be sure to download the desktop iso unless you need to build a server, you will have to burn the iso file to a cd / dvd or make a bootable usb stick.

Ubuntu is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Debian. Ubuntu is officially released in three editions: Desktop, Server, and Core for the internet of things devices and robots.

Debian, also known as Debian GNU/Linux, is a Linux distribution composed of free and open-source software, developed by the community-supported Debian Project, which was established by Ian Murdock on August 16, 1993.

Fedora Linux is a Linux distribution developed by the community-supported Fedora Project which is sponsored primarily by Red Hat Inc. with minor support by other companies.

CentOS is a Linux distribution that provides a free, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Linux Mint is a community-driven Linux distribution based on Ubuntu or Debian that strives to be a ‘modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use’

Ubuntu CentOS Fedora Mint

Alternative Web Browsers:

Mozilla Firefox, or simply Firefox, is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android

Waterfox is an open-source web browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems. It is intended to be speedy and ethical, and maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked. There are official releases for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android

Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple, based on the WebKit engine. MacOS – Windows

Opera is a freeware web browser for Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, and Linux operating systems.

Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android – IOS

Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android

Tor is free and open-source browser software for enabling anonymous communication. Linux – MacOS – Windows – Android

Firefox Waterfox Safari Opera
Brave Vivaldi Tor  

Alternative Search Engines:

If your tired of google, bing, yahoo and other search engines tracking your every move and selling your information then you should be using these other search engines.

DuckDuckGo Startpage Qwant metaGer
mojeek Gibiru    

Office Software:

LibreOffice is a free and the leading open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. Linux – MacOS – Windows

Apache OpenOffice is open-source office software suite for word (not been updated since 2014 but still a great option).

Libre OpenOffice

Image Editing:

Gimp is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. – Linux – MacOS – Windows

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor. – Linux – MacOS – Windows

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline – Linux – MacOS – Windows

Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. Linux – MacOS – Windows

Gimp Inkscape Blender Darktable

Video Editors:

Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editing software based on the MLT Framework, KDE and Qt. Linux – MacOS – Windows

Krita is a free and open-source raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital painting and animation purposes. Linux – MacOS – Windows

OBS Studio is equipped with a powerful API, enabling plugins and scripts to provide further customization and functionality specific to your needs.

Utilize native plugins for high performance intergrations or scripts written with Lua or Python that interface with existing sources.
Linux – MacOS – Windows

Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software. Linux – MacOS – Windows

Kdenlive Krita OBS Olive

Bootable USB Drive:

Rufus is a free and open-source portable application for Microsoft Windows that can be used to format and create bootable USB flash drives or Live USBs. Windows Only

balenaEtcher is a free and open-source utility used for writing image files such as .iso and .img files, as well as zipped folders onto storage media to create live SD cards and USB flash drives. It is developed by balena, and licensed under Apache License 2.0. Linux – MacOS – Windows

Rufus Balena

Free And Shareware Software:

Snapfiles you can download freeware and shareware programs, fully reviewed and rated by SnapFiles staff, and user reviews. Established in 1997.


Know This:
A lot of the software(s) you will find are dated and for use on older pc’s and still 32 bit so be sure to read and understand what you are downloading from the other sites.
I make no guarantee or warranty of any kind what so ever for the installation, use or other wise obtaining the software(s) you choose to download and / or install on your pc’s.
Do yourself a favor and double check what ever software you intend to use will work for you and your computer system.

Radio Software Links:

SDRplay EchoLink WSPR Ham Radio Deluxe
Hamuniverse MMSTV Digipan Linux Software
Easypal and MMSSTV DX and Contest

Antenna Design Programs:

These are great little programs that you can download from VESQB website.
Provided by VE3SQB

Antenna Design Programs