These days there are many free software programs available¬† which can save you money. These free applications often match and sometimes¬† surpass paid-for software in functionality and performance. If you have a little time and patience you will be pleasantly surprised.
Examples of¬† free software include:
collaboration tools (mindmeister.com),
project management (nozbe),
blogging (wordpress) ,
content management (joomla),
media players (videolan),
Shareaza (a peer-to-peer file sharing client),
PdfPrinter (converts MS Word to .pdf files),
Open Office Suite ( a full Office suite equivalent to MS Office but free.)
Apache web server and MySQL database server.
Free software is often cover by the GNU General Public License.¬† What you, as a user should be aware is that free software¬† does not come with any warranties. It is upto to you to test it. Let this not put you off from giving free software a go. Most of the popular products have huge forums and support groups and the developers take pride in making their products work well.¬† Just remember even Microsoft who charges you a lot of money¬† also have a get out clause.¬† They are not liable¬† if their products damage your system or do not work as expected. You agree to this whenever yo install/use their software.
Have fun trying some free apps out and may the force of the forge be with you. ūüėÄ