InfoWorld's Test Center picks the best open source productivity software and mobile tools of 2011
There might not be any better, more refined way to experience open source apps -- or many apps, period -- than PortableApps.com. It's not just an application launcher, although it is that, but a whole framework for letting you take many common open source (and now freeware) applications with you. PortableApps.com runs from either an external USB drive or your own hard drive, and lets you install dozens of the best open source applications -- including Bossie winners 7-Zip, CamStudio, Chrome, LibreOffice, Pidgin, and VLC. The suite automatically updates apps to their newest revisions on startup, lets you find needed apps by typing, and has built-in backup/restore functions as well.
The Bossies 2011 index:
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