Free Software For Dummies

Free Software For Dummies

by Mary Leete
     
 

Find great programs for Windows®, Mac OS® X, or Linux®

Write reports, make presentations, build Web pages, fix photos, and more — free!

Why spend a fortune on software when some of the best programs are free? This cool guide will set you free with step-by-step instructions for finding, downloading and using the OpenOffice.org productivity suite

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Overview

Find great programs for Windows®, Mac OS® X, or Linux®

Write reports, make presentations, build Web pages, fix photos, and more — free!

Why spend a fortune on software when some of the best programs are free? This cool guide will set you free with step-by-step instructions for finding, downloading and using the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, Firefox and Thunderbird for safer surfing and e-mail, the GIMP image editor, Blender for 3D animation, iPodder for catching podcasts, high quality children's educational software, and more.

Discover how to

  • Locate the best free software
  • Install and use more than 20 programs
  • Record and edit sound with Audacity
  • Use Skype free Internet phone and conferencing
  • Find cool game software

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"on-the-mark descriptions of how to get started using the basic features in much of this [free] software." (Chicago Tribune, July 24, 2005)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764595790
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Leete is a co-author of OpenOffice.org For Dummies and a contributing author to 50 Fast Flash Techniques. She discovered the cool world of free software several years ago when her husband, Gurdy, suddenly went from spending a fortune on software every year, to spending nothing! This caught her attention and she has ever since been an enthusiastic supporter and user of free software. Mary spent many years working as a computer programmer, so she appreciates the “looking under the hood” feature that free software affords (although she has never looked under its hood herself). Mary is currently in awe of free software’s recent meteoric rise, with its new polished and stable versions that are now as good as, and often better than, proprietary software, and she hopes that this book will further the cause of the Free Software movement, whose basis lies in the principle of giving.

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