Free Software Download Sites


Free software is computer software that is free for download, as opposed to paid, proprietary (commercial) software. The Free Software Foundation defines free software as “free and open source software, which can be modified, used, and shared without restriction.” Examples of free software include the Linux kernel and BSD operating systems as well as the GNU Compiler Collection and C library; the MySQL relational database server and the Sendmail mail transport agent; the Blender 3D computer graphics software; and the Replicant smartphone OS.

It is important to note that downloading paid software without purchasing it is a crime. This is known as piratery and deprives developers of revenues. It could cause the software to fail in the future, or be unable to be supported. Similarly, downloading pirated apps from non-official sources could result in virus or malware infections.

TechSpot Downloads update every day with hundreds of new programs across categories like productivity, communication, security and gaming. It also has a helpful guide that helps users avoid downloading potentially harmful programs and suggests alternatives to test.

FileHippo is another well-known website with an abundance of active programs divided into categories such as Windows and Mac software, Android apps, and web-based apps. The page for each app includes concise, informative descriptions written by real users. This will give you an idea of the app’s features and benefits prior to installing it.

The downside is that FileHippo might at times ask you to install a new program before the one you’re interested in, but it’s clearly labeled and is easy to bypass, and doesn’t recommend malware that’s not legitimate. Also, it has vast back catalogs of the older versions of a wide range of programs, which is a nice feature to have if you have older programs that require updating or if you’re worried about stability issues when you install the most recent version.



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