Top 10 Open Source Software

Software developed through open-source is (largely) free and readily available to all who come across it. It is placed into a community in constant dialogue with itself, where patches, plug-ins, add-ons, and bug fixes can be incorporated into the original code, growing it to Top 10 Open Source softwaresomething more. Many open source software developers have come from humble beginnings, others from established developers or corporations, and that’s the beauty of it, because if a developer produces a worthwhile product and puts it out there as open source, anyone can be the creator of something used by millions.

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Here are 10 of the best open source projects—be it by ingenuity, practicality, or popularity—available today:


WordPress is a content management system and blogging tool. Approximately 19% of the sites on the entire Internet are powered by WordPress. This is a piece of software that was developed/is being developed by hundreds of volunteers. Since its release on May 27, 2009, the software has been downloaded nearly 10 million times.

Awards and recognition:

Packt Open Source CMS Award (2007)

Packt best Open Source CMS Awards (2009)

Hall of Fame CMS category in the 2010 Open Source Awards

Open Source Web App of the Year Award at The Critters (2011)



GIMP is a raster graphics editor capable of all sorts of clever forms of image creation and editing. It began as a project from two college students back in 1995 at the University of California, Berkley. Now, GIMP is a major competitor to the ever-popular Adobe Photoshop, retail price for Adobe Photoshop CC: $19.99 per month.

Awards and recognition:        Best Free Image Manipulation Program Award



Vuze (formerly Azureus) is one of the most widely used BitTorrent clients. The client has received criticisms in the past for its layout, unnecessary software being installed in addition at download, and other, perhaps less well-founded claims. Vuze comes out with regular updates which often address the community’s gripes to form a better, sleaker, BitTorrent client. For $29.90 a month, one can upgrade their client to Vuze Plus, offering such features as DVD burning, anti-virus, and the removal of ads. Of course, the plethora of features already offered with the free version is enough for most users, leaving the majority of the features left untouched.

Awards and recognition:

Most popular open-source software, first annual Community Choice Awards

Softpedia Editor’s pick award (2005, 2012)



Open OfficeOpenOffice is a now discontinued open-source office suite. It was derived from StarOffice and made open source. Today, the roots of OpenOffice have grown into a few other independent projects, the most renowned being Apache OpenOffice. Oracle (then owners of OpenOffice) contributed code and trademark rights to the Apache derivate. OpenOffice consists of 6 separate applications: a word processor (and its web-authoring component), spreadsheet, presentation graphics, drawing, equation editor, and database.


MySQL is a relational database management system, and at the time of this article’s inception, the third most popular database management system and the second most popular relational database management. MySQL is fast, reliable, and efficient at managing the data in its applied database. Some of the web’s most notorious sites incorporate MySQL, such as Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Youtube, and many more.



Magento is an open source e-commerce web application, released March 31, 2008, previously named Bento. It was developed by Varien with the aid of the open source community, but has since been bought by eBay under full-ownership. Magento has three distinctive editions available for download, tailored to the specific channel needs of the user: Enterprise Edition for fast-growing and large businesses, Community Edition for individuals who would like to work with the code themselves, and Magento Go for small businesses.

Awards and recognition:

Best new open source project, 2008 Community Choice Awards



VLC media player is a free, portable, cross-platform media player and streaming media server made by the VideoLAN project. This media player can handle any file one can throw at it and allows you to modify the file in nearly any way imaginable.


Gnu CashGnuCash is a software accounting program implementing a double-entry bookkeeping system, where every entry to an account requires a corresponding, opposite entry to another account. GnuCash is an easy-to-use software for tracking the user’s bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. It is free, multi-platform, and has an exceptionally informative manual and wiki to help beginners navigate the software.

Awards and recognition:   Editor’s Choice award, Maximum Linux France (2000)


Audacity is a digital audio editor and recording application. Another product of the college environment, Audacity was developed by Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, launched in 2000. With its wide-spectrum of features and capabilities, Audacity is the prime choice for audio engineers and enthusiasts. Lauded in online review articles and by the user base, it quickly rose to the top of the charts for digital audio software.

Awards and recognition:

Sourceforge Community Choice Awards (2007, 2008) Audio Authoring Award (2007, 2010)



This should be an open-source project that needs no introduction. As one of the world’s most popular web browsers it controls 16%-21% of the internet’s users. Firefox is non-profit, innovative, fast, flexible, and proven to be quite secure—all derived from an open source platform.

All of these are free, open-source software, many having some of the humblest, most unexpected beginnings before garnering an international user base of millions. Anything the average user may require has probably already been made and is available as a free download via open source, as opposed to a hefty wallet-centric burden. If not the case, it just might be the next big open source project.


2 thoughts on “Top 10 Open Source Software

  1. Well I am using the most of the free contents from them and they are such really useful software to use and providing the exact and accurate features as what they are aiming for. Google Chrome, WordPress, Firefox and VLC and those sources which I am frequently using. They are most compatible to then the others paid contents and deliver more.

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