Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What is Free Software?

Free software or software libre is software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction, and which can be copied and redistributed in modified or unmodified form either without restriction, or with minimal restrictions only to ensure that further recipients can also do these things and that manufacturers of consumer-facing hardware allow user modifications to their hardware. Free software is available gratis (free of charge) in most cases.

- Inkscape: Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics editor application. Its stated goal is to become a powerful graphics tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG, and CSS standards.

- Scribus: Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application; released under the GNU General Public License, it is free software. Native versions are available for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, OS/2, and Microsoft Windows. It is known for its broad feature set of page layout features comparable to leading non-free applications such as Adobe PageMaker, PagePlus, QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.

- Audacity: Audacity is a digital audio editor and recording application. Audacity is cross-platform and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and BSD.

- Wordpress: WordPress is a free and open source blog publishing application. WordPress is the official successor of b2\cafelog which was developed by Michel Valdrighi.

- Blender: Blender is a 3D graphics application released as free software under the GNU General Public License.

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