Free software is software that is downloaded without cost. This is distinct from paid (commercial) software. The Free Software Foundation defines «free software» as «open source software that can be modified, used, and shared with no restrictions.» 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 The Sendmail mail transport agent and the Blender 3D computer graphics software and the Replicant smartphone OS.
It’s important to understand that it’s illegal to download paid software for free without paying for it and is referred to as piracy. It deprives the developer of revenue and can result in the product failing or become unsupported in the future. Similar to downloading pirated apps from non-official sources could cause malware or virus infections.
TechSpot Downloads is updated each day with a variety of new programs that span from productivity to communication to security and gaming. It also has a guide which helps users avoid potentially harmful downloads, and find alternative options.
FileHippo is another well-known site with a ton of active programs broken down into categories like Windows and Mac software, Android apps, and web apps. Its page for each program also features short but informative descriptions written by actual users to give you an impression of what the application is capable of and the benefits it offers before deciding to install it.
FileHippo will sometimes request that you install a different program prior to the one you’re looking for. However, it is easily identifiable and simple to skip. It also doesn’t promote fraudulent software. Also, it has a vast archive of older versions of many programs. This is a great option if you need to upgrade older applications or are concerned about stability problems with the latest version.