Free software is software which is downloadable free of charge. This is distinct from paid (commercial) software. The Free Software Foundation defines free software as “free and open source software, which can be modified, used, and shared without restrictions.” Examples of free software include the Linux kernel and BSD operating systems and the GNU Compiler Collection and C library and the MySQL relational database server The Sendmail mail transport agent and the Blender 3D computer graphics software; and the Replicant smartphone OS.
It’s important to remember that it’s illegal to download paid software for free without first purchasing it and is referred to as piracy and deprives the developer of money and may result in the product failing or cease to be supported in the future. Downloading pirated applications from non-official sources could result in virus and malware infections.
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FileHippo is a well-known website with a lot of current programs that are broken down into categories such as Windows and Mac software, as well as Android applications. The pages for each app also includes concise, informative descriptions written by actual users. This will give you a better understanding of the app’s features and benefits prior to installing it.
The downside is that FileHippo might at times prompt you to install a different application before the one you’re interested in but it’s clearly identified, easy to skip, and doesn’t recommend malware that’s not legitimate. Also, it has a vast back catalog of older versions of many programs. This is useful when you’re looking to upgrade older software or are worried about stability issues with the most recent version.