Free Software

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Here are a few links to software that is available free under open source or General Public License. This software either is used on campus or may provide very acceptable substitutes for commercial software that is used at SJSU.

Free, really?

Yes, really free, as in free for anybody to use. Often funds are an issue for students and even low cost software does not make sense for software that will only be used once for one class or one project. Sometimes the powerful features of commercial software can add complexity and free alternatives can do the job cheaper and also be simpler to use. Also, sometimes the added features of commercial software are not needed and free software is an excellent alternative to get your job done. Often free software also has free documentation that can be used as well. Lastly, sometimes free software can be found that fills a niche need that is not commercially viable for the development of commercial software.

Links are provided without warranty or guarantee of the suitability or quality of the products mentioned. Software was free at the time this was posted, but may become not be free after the post. If you find this to be the case, please report it to us so we can remove the link. All the software listed here is provided without warranty. Use this software at your own risk!

Some Free Software Links

These are just a few examples of what is out there.

  • Audacity
    Audacity is an excellent free, powerful, open source software for audio recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
  • KompoZer
    KompoZer is a complete Web Authoring System for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh and Linux desktop users to rival programs like Dreamweaver and Sharepoint Designer. KompoZer was developed from Nvu (which stands for "new view".) KompoZer makes managing a web site a snap. Using KompoZer anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML. It also can be used to create content that then can be used in creating EPUB e-books.
  • Sourceforge is the world's largest Open Source software development website. provides free hosting to Open Source software development projects with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code.
  • Ubuntu
    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.
  • LibreOffice
    LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite, developed by The Document Foundation. It is descended from, from which it was forked in 2010. The LibreOffice suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, graphics editor, slideshow creator, database and math formula writer. It is designed to be compatible with other major office suites, including Microsoft Office.
  • Sigil
    Sigil is an open-source editor for EPUB e-books. As a cross-platform application, it is distributed for the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms under the GNU GPL license. Sigil supports both WYSIWYG and code-based editing of EPUB files, as well as the import of HTML and plain text files.