Notunderscore's (mostly open-source) recommendations

  • But first...

    I'd like to thatk the platform for helping anyone switch to open source or to simply find alternatives...

  • AlternativeTo

    Free Web Website

    AlternativeTo is a website which lists alternatives to web-based software, desktop computer software, and mobile apps.


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  • Browser/extensions

    Things that browse the web or make in it better!

  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    Firefox is a cross-platform web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is a popular product, used in over 50 languages and available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.


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  • Ungoogled Chromium

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    A Google Chromium variant for removing Google integration and enhancing privacy, control, and transparency.


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  • uBlock Origin

    Free Web Android Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome ... Pale Moon Thunderbird Opera Chromium Firefox Website

    An efficient blocker add-on for various browsers. Fast, potent, and lean.

    uBlock Origin is NOT an "ad blocker": it is a wide-spectrum blocker -- which happens to be able to function as a mere "ad blocker". The default behavior of uBlock Origin when newly installed is to block ads, trackers and malware sites -- through EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Peter Lowe’s ad/tracking/malware servers, Online Malicious URL Blocklist, and uBlock Origin's own filter lists.


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  • SponsorBlock

    Free Web Android iPhone Microsoft Edge Chrome ... Firefox Website

    SponsorBlock is an open-source crowdsourced browser extension and open API for skipping sponsor segments in YouTube videos. Users submit when a sponsor happens from the extension, and the extension automatically skips sponsors it knows about using a privacy preserving query system. It also supports skipping other categories, such as intros, outros and reminders to subscribe, and skipping to the point with highlight.


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  • LanguageTool

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Microsoft Edge Chrome Microsoft Office Outlook SDL TRADOS Safari Visual Studio Code Microsoft Office Word Eclipse TinyMCE TeXstudio Google Drive - Docs Thunderbird Vim OmegaT Sublime Text GNU Emacs Opera Fidus Writer LyX LibreOffice <oXygen/> XML Editor Apache OpenOffice Firefox Website

    Free proofreading tool for Small LibreOffice iconLibreOffice, Small Apache OpenOffice iconApache OpenOffice, Small Microsoft Word iconMicrosoft Word, Small Ulysses iconUlysses, Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox, Small Microsoft Edge iconMicrosoft Edge and Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome. Also available as a standalone application. Supports about 20 languages (on different levels) and allows customization.

    Free - 10,000 characters per check
    • Thousands of patterns for finding errors in English, German, French, ...

    Premium - 100,000 characters per check
    • Thousands of patterns for finding errors in English, German, French, ...
    • Add-on for Microsoft Word (more...) - no character limit
    • Detection of wrong gender in salutation (German only)
    • Additional word pairs for statistical detection of typos for English, German, and French
    • Detection of incorrect checksums in ISBN and IBAN numbers
    • Detection of more than 2500 additional errors for English, German, French, and Dutch


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  • youtube-dl

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Python ... PC-BSD Website

    Hey, don't tell YouTube I'm using this, m'kay? It's an app that, you guessed it, downloads YouTube videos without paying for premium.


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  • Games

  • osu!

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Website

    osu! is a rhythm game based on the gameplay of a variety of popular commercial rhythm games.


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  • Quaver

    Free Mac Windows Linux SteamOS Website

    Quaver is a community-driven and open-source competitive rhythm game with two game modes and online leaderboards. Create your own maps or challenge the world in online multiplayer matches.

    We're aiming to provide a fully-featured 4 and 7 key vertically scrolling rhythm game client complete with a sleek and minimalistic user interface.

    This game is built completely from the ground up based on community feedback and is heavily inspired by a variety of our favorite rhythm games.

    • Two Game Modes: Play the game with 4 keys or challenge yourself with 7. Each game mode has separate global and country leaderboards to compete on.
    • Online Multiplayer: Challenge up to 16 players in online multiplayer battles with a large focus on competition.
    • Fully-Featured Map Editor: Create your own maps to any of your favorite songs. Upload and share them with the world, and submit them for official ranking.
    • Advanced Skinning System: Completely customize your gameplay experience with the ability to create skins. Export and share your skins with friends or upload them to the Steam workshop.
    • Replay System: Go back in time by watching your previous scores. Watch replays from other players around the world, or export your own and share them with your rivals.
    • Steam Achievements: Become a master of Quaver by completing challenges and earning achievements!
    • 100% Community-Driven: See your ideas come to life in-game by submitting feature requests and suggestions!


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  • Dolphin Emulator

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Website

    Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more!


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  • Steam

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad SteamOS Website

    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.


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  • Utilities

  • WinCDEmu

    Free Windows Website

    Even if this app seems like it's only for emulating ISOs, you can also create them!


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  • 7-Zip

    Free Windows BSD ReactOS Linux ... Mac Website

    7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

    The main features of 7-Zip

    High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
    Supported formats:
    Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
    For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
    Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
    Self-extracting capability for 7z format
    Integration with Windows Shell
    Powerful File Manager
    Powerful command line version
    Plugin for FAR Manager
    Localizations for 87 languages

    7-Zip works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix and macOS.


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  • HFS (HTTP File Server)

    Free Windows Wine Website

    You can use HFS (HTTP File Server) to send and receive files.
    Its different from classic file sharing because it uses web technology to be more compatible with todays Internet.
    It also differs from classic web servers because
    its very easy to use and runs "right out-of-the box".
    Access your remote files, over the network.
    It has been successfully tested with Wine under Linux.


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  • Hourglass

    Free Windows Website

    Hourglass is the most advanced simple countdown timer for Windows. Just enter a time in just about any format, and hit Enter.

    Pause and resume
    Start, stop, pause and resume your timers. Finally an app that can do everything your kitchen timer can.

    Smart input
    Type a duration like 5 minutes or a date and time like August 11 at 8 pm to start your timer.

    Beep, beep, beep
    Choose from three different versions of the same beeping noise. Or use your own notification sound instead.

    Improved interface
    Brighten up your device with the new color support. Or tell apart multiple timers by assigning a title to each one.

    Right-click for more
    Set advanced options, start common timers, resume closed timers, manage custom colors and sounds, and more…

    Absolutely free
    Hourglass is absolutely free to use, free to share, and free to hack. No ads. No in-app purchase. No nothing.


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  • DeskPins

    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    DeskPins can be used to make any application topmost, that is, to keep it above all other windows. Just grab a pin from the DeskPins icon in the system notification area (a.k.a. taskbar tray) and click on any window. This functionality is identical to the "Always on Top" setting found in some programs. With DeskPins you can add this feature to any program!


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  • AntiMicro

    Free Windows Linux BSD Website

    antimicro is a graphical program used to map keyboard keys and mouse controls to a gamepad. This program is useful for playing PC games using a gamepad that do not have any form of built-in gamepad support. However, you can use this program to control any desktop application with a gamepad; on Linux, this means that your system has to be running an X environment in order to run this program.

    This program is currently supported under various Linux distributions, Windows (Vista and later), and FreeBSD. At the time of writing this, antimicro works in Windows XP but, since Windows XP is no longer supported, running the program in Windows XP will not be officially supported. However, efforts will be made to not intentionally break compatibility with Windows XP.

    Also, FreeBSD support will be minimal for now. I don't use BSD on a daily basis so the main support for FreeBSD is being offered by Anton. He has graciously made a port of antimicro for FreeBSD that you can find at the following URL: .


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  • qBittorrent

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Website

    The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to Small µTorrent iconµTorrent. Additionally, qBittorrent runs and provides the same features on all major platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD).

    qBittorrent is based on the Qt toolkit and libtorrent-rasterbar library.


    Polished µTorrent-like User Interface

    Well-integrated and extensible Search Engine
    Simultaneous search in most famous BitTorrent search sites
    Per-category-specific search requests (e.g. Books, Music, Movies)

    All Bittorrent extensions
    DHT, Peer Exchange, Full encryption, Magnet/BitComet URIs, ...

    Remote control through a Web user interface
    Nearly identical to the regular UI, all in Ajax

    Advanced control over trackers, peers and torrents
    Torrents queueing and prioritizing
    Torrent content selection and prioritizing

    Natively integrated: When Downloads Completes Options (no need for additional script or plug-in)
    Exit, Suspend, Hibernate, Shutdown

    UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support

    Available in ~41 languages (Unicode support)

    Torrent creation tool

    Advanced RSS support with download filters (inc. regex)

    Bandwidth scheduler

    IP Filtering (eMule and PeerGuardian compatible)

    IPv6 compliant

    Sequential downloading (aka "Download in order")

    Available on most platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD


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  • FocusWriter

    Free Windows Linux Website

    If you want to write pecifully without distractions, I used it to write a 10000 word sory!


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  • 4 the devs

And that's the end of the list, folks! I hope y'all find it useful, and thanks for viewing this list!

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