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Best FOSS Desktop Programs

Web Broswers

Proprietary example: Google Chrome

  • Brave-Comes with an ad blocker and dozens of customization options to get the best privacy settings you want. It also comes with TOR built-in and is compatible with all google chrome extensions. Brave also has a feature that allows you to enable privacy-respecting ads in exchange for earning cryptocurrency.
  • Chromium– An open-source version of google chrome. works just like chrome and is compatible with all chrome extensions
  • Firefox– The original open-source browser. It requires some adjustment for maximum usage. Click here for hardening instructions
  • GNU Icecat– The ultimate privacy and freedom-respecting browser. It is based upon firefox and can use firefox add-ons. This browser will not allow non-free javascript code to execute, which ensures maximum freedom, security, and privacy but will also prevent the user from accessing multiple websites, including youtube.
  • Waterfox– Based on firefox and compatible with all firefox add-ons. A middle-ground choice between firefox and icecat. It has more privacy-focused settings by default and won’t prevent you from accessing sites like youtube.

Office Suites

Proprietary example: Microsoft office (Microsoft word)

Multimedia Editors

Video Editors

Proprietary example: Adobe Premier Pro

FOSS OS compliant-Lightworks: Lightworks is a proprietary program but is one of the few professional-grade video editors that works on a few Linux distributions. It is a high-quality editor that has been used to make multiple movies such as pulp fiction, the king’s speech, and the wolf of wall street. We recommend using one of the FOSS-compliant programs on this list, but if you are a professional editor and the other three options don’t work well enough, give this program a try.

Graphic Design

Proprietary example: Photoshop

  • GIMP– Alternative to Photoshop
  • Inkscape– Alternative to Adobe Illustrator
  • scribus– Alternative to Indesign

Audio Editors

Proprietary example: Apple Garageband

Video Chat

Proprietary example: Zoom

Instant Messaging

Proprietary examples: slack and discord

Media Player

Email Client