Open Source Software I support
As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a big fan and supporter of Open Source software. I like the idea of many hands working to complete a project. That leads to lots of useful features rather than marketing bloat. We also get frequent releases, and lots of code reviews to keep things working smoothly. Since Spring is here, it’s a good time to show projects some support. Other financial commitments have tapered off and if you get a tax refund, you have a few extra coins to spread around. If everyone put $1 in the hat, it would be overflowing.
While it’s not an open source project, I’m a huge fan of Wikipedia. I use it daily. I know lots of other people pick a subject and just follow the links to see where it leads. It’s always fun to look up companies to see who actually owns them or what has become of them.
LibreOffice is another project I really like. I’ve been using it for at least 5 years now. I haven’t opened Word or used Excel in all that time. I use Calc on a regular basis because it has features I use. Excel is awesome, but it’s so full of feature I don’t use. I don’t think most people use them.
JDownloader is another handy tool to have. It has helped me download files from all sorts of sites that frown on regular download managers. It has the ability to parse links and does a great job of limiting bandwidth and retrying over bad connections. The UI can be a little daunting at first, but once you get the hang of, it’s amazing.
Krita is also a neat tool to have for drawing and painting. I don’t work it that much, but it has a mirror feature that makes manadala art.
There are many others, but those three are part of my daily routine. Like I said, this time is usually good to offer up a few dollars in recognition for their hard word and support future endeavors.