This is "Guest Post" from my friend Britney Baker, who write for the Prepaid Hacks Technology and Finance Blog at http://prepaidcellphones.net/articles/
Open source software is gaining popularity quickly, and behind this, there is quite a good reason. This particular type of software offers its source code to the public which can, in turn, allow it to grow and advance very quickly. This is simply because of the amount of ideas and work invested into the software from the general public as well as the developers. All open source software essentially gets better with time, but what exactly are the most popular open source programs available for download?
Mozilla Firefox is quite possibly the most popular open source program on the Internet. Firefox is an open source web browser with the purpose of giving computer users an alternative to Internet Explorer or Safari. Its popularity can be explained because of the advanced security for web browsing that it offers, its customization features, and excellent performance. It has long been the go-to browser of choice for the tech-savvy, and it is also the bundled browser for many Linux distributions.
WordPress is specifically designed to allow virtually anyone create a beautiful and visually striking website or blog. It's one of the more successful (if not the most successful) pieces of software geared strictly for helping computer users get a website up and running within minutes. Many different types of people ranging from the business owner to the casual blogger use WordPress to reach the internet every day. Using themes and various plugins with Wordpress, anyone can turn their corner of the web into a flourishing and successful website.
No open source program list would be complete without a mention of OpenOffice.org. Many people looking for an alternative to the pricey Microsoft Office have turned to this free application suite, and most haven't even looked back since. OpenOffice.org is a comprehensive office suite offering the same basic types of programs including a spreadsheet application, a word processing application, a presentation application, and more. Completing time-sensitive projects on a budget is possible with OpenOffice.org, and this is all thanks to contributors from all over the globe.
7-Zip has been known as the all-in-one alternative to commercial products such as WinZip or WinRAR. This software has been known as the solution for anyone who'd like to compress a group of files for easy organization or faster file transfers. There literally isn't much that 7-Zip can't do when paired up against commercial big dogs, and that's impressive for a compression utility.
Need an FTP solution for your website or server, and don't have the money to shell out on commercial software? This is exactly why FileZilla exists. FileZilla offers impressive features like support for many different operating systems, IPv6 support, a drag & drop ability, remote file editing, a tabbed interface, transfer speed limits, and so much more. FileZilla is the total package in an open source program. The program packs enough punch to measure up against other closed source software, and sometimes, it even out-performs these programs!