The Free Software to be Most Thankful For

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We're catching up on our RSS feeds after neglecting our duties to roam the blogosphere in favor of spending some quality time with loved ones. We're sorry we missed this post on lifehacker from last Thursday (that was thanksgiving, if you're keeping score): they've compiled a list from readers on the free software they're most thankful for. In their 46-item salute to indie hackers and giant internet companies alike, we've found some goodies that we've been using for years (Firefox grabbed the top spot on the list), and some others we've never heard of but want to take a peek...

Of the list of the "46 Free Desktop Software Applications, Webapps, and Projects We're Most Thankful For," we found some standbys like Firefox, G-Mail and the rest of the Google suite.

But some others got us interested: Adium is an instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more and helps to correct your IM grammar, CCleaner (which stands for "Crap Cleaner") scans your PC for unnecessary temporary and log files, cookies, memory dumps, and more and wipes them out at the press of the "Run Cleaner" button, and RocketDock is an OS X-like Dock for your Windows computer.

Do any of the items on the list float your boat? Did they miss your favorite free application or download? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Firefox
  2. VLC Media Player
  3. Ubuntu
  4. Open Office
  5. Pidgin
  6. Launchy
  7. Digsby
  8. Gmail
  9. Adium
  10. CCleaner
  11. Picasa
  12. AutoHotKey
  13. Google
  14. Quicksilver
  15. GIMP
  16. Foobar 2000
  17. Thunderbird
  18. 7-Zip
  19. DropBox
  20. uTorrent
  21. Winamp
  22. Google Apps
  23. AVG Antivirus
  24. Evernote
  25. IrfanView
  26. Opera
  27. Chrome
  28. Google Calendar
  29. HandBrake
  30. Skype
  31. Linux
  32. Paint.NET
  33. Ad-Aware
  34. Avast Antivirus
  35. Google Docs
  36. LogMeIn
  37. Transmission
  38. TrueCrypt
  39. Amarok
  40. FileZilla
  41. Notepad++
  42. PortableApps.com
  43. Rocket Dock
  44. Spybot Search & Destroy
  45. UltraVNC
  46. VirtualBox

Check out the post at Lifehacker to see a graph representing how badly Firefox kicked every other contender's virtual booty and a link to the post where they accepted the votes. If you dig into the comments, you might find a greater hidden gem.

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.