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Software Recommendations for End-User

  • For Installation with minimal hassle: Ninite

Packaging

  • 7-zip – Compressing and uncompressing files in and into various formats.
    • LZMA/7zip is the most efficient one, free and open.
    • Also handles zip, rar, etc.

Web-Browser (ranked by degree of recommendation)

  • Firefox – as the highly configurable and modular superb browser
  • Chrome – Fast, efficient, by Google
  • Opera

E-Mail and Calendar

PDF-Reader

Text Editor

Music Player

Media Player / Codec Pack

free, good antivirus

VoIP

  • Mumble – your #1 VoIP, ultra low latency, superb quality - self-hosted, or public servers (keep control over your data)

SIP

  • SIP Communicator (Win-only)

(Multi-)Messenger

Torrent

  • qTorrent – small, fast and feature-rich

IRC

  • Quassel IRC - can be run as a local client, or server bnc and client with saved scrollback
  • Hexchat - successor of XChat WDK, multi-server capable, multiple plugin APIs (languages)

Virtual Machine (“VM”)

Mounting Images (ISO, Bin, etc)

Screenshots

  • Greenshot - take screenshots from fullscreen, window, region, instant-save or edit them for adding marks like arrows, hightlights or text

Misc

  • LibreOffice - “Office” software package. Free software writer, table calculator, math formular creator, and presentation software.
  • FreeFileSync - for all your backup, file-folder synchronisation and comparison needs
  • Tipp10 – Learning to Type