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Open Source Downloads: the Monster List

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Open source software has benefited from an explosion of creativity in the last several years. Indeed, the first decade of the 21st century could be called “the Decade of Open Source.”

Since 2006, Datamation has put together at least 15 different lists of open source software, for file sharing, enterprises, small businesses, windows users, netbooks, security professionals, and others. (And check out the hot new open source list from late 2009). For this list of open source downloads, we revisited all those applications that we've featured before, culled out the projects that are no longer active (or no longer open source), made updates, and organized them alphabetically in categories.

Of course, with so many open source apps, they aren't all of equal quality. But they're all at least worth a look, and many of the older apps have improved. So if you're looking for open source software of nearly any type, we bet you'll find at least a couple of possibilities on our "Monster List."

Peruse the full list -- it's a mighty thing -- or search by alphabetical category:

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