Free Software for Windows

free-softwareI’m a big fan of free software. Now that I’m (at least temporarily) back on Windows (10), I’m finding the Windows equivalents of all of the applications I grew to love on Linux. Here’s a list of them, which I’ll add to as I continue to install new ones.

Application Description
The Gimp Photoshop like image editor
Geany Text editor that’s powerful enough to use for software development
utorrent Bit torrent client that supports proxies
Libreoffice MS Office compatible free office suite
VNC Movie player
Freemake Video Converter Video transcoder (e.g. DVD to mp4)
Videopad On Linux, I’ve previously used Kino to edit video, but it is a disk hog,
very crashy, and produced glitchy output, some I’m going to give videopad a try
Git for Windows Source code management and interaction with


  1. qbittorrent, the bit torrent client I’ve used on Linux, doesn’t support proxies.
  2. The handbrake video converter failed to work on a couple of my DVDs.
  3. I tried out the oneshot video editor, but found it pretty useless due to its lack of a simple cut tool.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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