Essential Free Software

Here’s my essential free list when setting up a new environment. I’ve omitted the essential non-free ones like MS Word, Outlook et c.

5 Stars (Desktop) – Software I use regularly

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader Enterprise Version
  • Apple iTunes
  • Cygwin
  • Vim
  • Curl
  • PDFCreator
  • ActiveState Python
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express Books Online
  • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
  • Microsoft SSEUtil.exe
  • Microsoft Dot Net 2.0 Runtime, SDK
  • .Net Reflector
  • VNC

5 Stars – Web

4 Stars – Software I use occassionally

  • VMWare Server
  • Microsoft Virtual PC
  • SpaceMonger
  • PC Inspector File Recovery
  • CVS
  • sitecopy
  • SysInternals ProcessExplorer
  • OSR Virtual CD

3 Stars – Software for Experimentation

  • SmallTalk
  • LispBox
  • clisp
  • Chez Scheme
  • NetBeans
  • Eclipse
  • PHP
  • Watcom Fortran – a bit better than GNU Fortran the last time I looked

2 Stars – Important software, but not often required

1 Star – Fun stuff

  • TweakUI
  • Paint.Net
  • ArtRage

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