Recommended (Free) Software

One of my long time hobbies and sometimes source of income has been PC technologies. My IT journey began when my wife and I drove to downtown Manhattan to purchase an XT at Mibro’s computer center. That was in 1988! That first machine was a 10 megahertz (12 megahertz turbo) machine with a whopping 40 megabyte hard drive! From there I got into helping support a DOS based Wildcat! BBS for missionaries in Japan; sometimes had to go into Tokyo just to reset the machine. Then came Windows 95 at which point we started a small computer class for immigrants working in the Tokyo area. Now we are up to WIndows 11 and a multitude of free Linux based operation system running on hardware that from the perspective of the 1980’s is unimaginably powerful.


GIMP Image Editor
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

IrfanView logo by GismoIrfan View –  Irfan Skiljan
Irfan View is an easy to use, light on system resources graphics viewing and manipulation program. It can also do media files. Although free for use, years ago I communicated directly with the author regarding registration, he asked for a modest donation and a copy of a shareware CD I created and sold to ex-patriots living in Japan. It can also be used as scanner software. Although designed for Windows it can run in Linux under Wine.

KeePassX Password Saver
KeePassX saves many different information e.g. user names, passwords, urls, attachments and comments in one single database. For a better management user-defined titles and icons can be specified for each single entry. Furthermore the entries are sorted in groups, which are customizable as well. The integrated search function allows to search in a single group or the complete database. KeePassX offers a little utility for secure password generation. The password generator is very customizable, fast and easy to use. Especially someone who generates passwords frequently will appreciate this feature.

KODI Multimedia Software – XMBC Foundation
KODI is free open source multimedia software that runs on Windows, Linux, Android, OSX and iOS. It can also be installed as a stand alone system running on dedicated multimedia hardware. KODI allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the Internet. I use it in Linux, Android and Windows devices and find it to be extremely powerful and versatile.

Linux Mint Operating System – Linux Mark Institute
Mint is a donor supported operating system built upon Linux (which in turn is derived from Unix). It is one of the most frequently downloaded varieties of Linux. Mint is especially popular with former Microsoft Windows users. Many Windows programs can be run within Linux via Wine which is installed along with the preferred version of Mint. First time installers and new users can easily find tutorials and solutions on line. Linux Mint and Ubuntu include Libre Office (MS Office compatible) and various other programs within the distribution.

File:Manjaro logo text.svg - Wikipedia

Manjaro is an Arch based Linux operation system. Ranked No. 5 on (as of April 2024), I really like this OS for computer newbies…it seems so friendly and non-threatening. The down side is Manjaro is not as friendly to some Windows applications as are Debian based distributions recommended on this page page…you may have to go through some extra effort to install your favorite Windows software.

MX LinuxMX Linux

MX Linux seems to have become the most popular Linux distribution – at least according to which has given Mx LInux the No. 1 spot for “page hits” over the past 12 months (as of this writing, April 2024). I replaced Ubuntu with this OS when I installed some newer components in the media center PIC I put together in the fall of 2018.

SyncBackFreeSyncBack Free

Windows Backup Software that is free for personal, educational, charity, government, and commercial use.

• No Ads, Viruses, Spyware, Trojans
• No Nags
• No Registration
• No Payments
• No Collection of Demographic Info

TrueNAS Open Storage Logo

TrueNAS is a open source NAS (network attached storage) you can download and install as your own personal network server, or if you want to go the extra mile, configure as a personal web server. I have been running TrueNAS. I run TrueNAS Core with two hard drives, the largest being a 4 TB drive from which my wife and I access music and other files. I also installed the free PLEX media server to TrueNAS. Having done this, my media files can be accessed via a web browser or via my Denon integrated network receiver via the HEOS button and HEOS mobile phone software.

Ubuntu logoUbuntu Operating System

One of the most popular Linux based operating systems. Based upon Debian, Ubuntu itself is the foundation of a number of other Linux distributions. , based upon Debian. the platform upon which the above mentioned Mint OS is based.


theWord Bible SoftwareThe Word Bible – Costas Stergiou
There are many Bible study programs, several of which I have used but my favorite Bible software is The Word. Designed by a Greek Christian, The Word is a wonderful platform to study Biblical languages and do Bible study in whatever language you wish. The modules available for free download are excellent, as are the commercial modules available via payment through The Word site. The free modules are suitable for study but why not donate and purchase more advanced commercial modules to help the author continue on with this project? I use The Word in Windows 10 and in Linux Mint under Wine; it works great in both systems. The Word’s on line forum provides Mac users with information for their OS. Try it!