Overwhelmed by the Free Stuff section?

Here are my top picks instead:

For Everyone

KeepassXC is a fork of the famous KeePass open source password manager, and has a better interface, along with better cross-platform support. Sync the database between devices with your favorite cloud service like Dropbox, or software like Syncthing, and you're ready to go. I recommend KeePass2Android for the mobile bit.

OpenShot is considered by many to be the best easy-to-use and free video editor. I'll admit I haven't used it much myself yet (I typically mess around in ShotCut) but I'm going to be trying to learn it next time I need to edit a video. Here's a good tutorial video.

CopyQ is a cross-platform clipboard enhancement app, comparable to Ditto or the Office clipboard tool. I just switched from Ditto because it wasn't available on Linux, and have found it to be perfect for my use.

OBS Studio is the best way to record any video on your computer with live effects.

Discord is my favorite video-chat client, with the nicest UI and highest quality audio and video I've ever seen. Facebook and Google video chat options don't hold a candle to it, while they are definitely simpler to use.

Once you learn a little Markdown, taking notes in Remarkable is... well, remarkable.

It's hard to get people to switch communication platforms. But what if y0u want to chat without using Messenger.com or Facebook in the browser? Caprine is cross-platform and great for this purpose. It adds some features too!

For those who were only taught one thing about how to use a computer - how to use one application suite called Microsoft Office - (which is a travesty) switching to another suite of office tools is going to be a tough sell. For everyone else, LibreOffice is seen for what it is - a powerful tool.

Most computers have middling sound systems. EQ software can help! It can make laptop speakers and cheap headphones alike sound much better.

Advanced Users

Of course, it's hard to pick the 'top pick'. While this list is in no particular order, Linux Mint Cinnamon deserves to be first on this list.

While it is considered to be 'the most user-friendly Linux operating system' by many, I would take it a step further - it is, in my opinion, the operating system with the best out of the box experience hands down.

Yes, there's going to be compatibility issues if you aren't expecting that - not all hardware or software is made for Linux. But if y0u go in understanding that's not the OS' fault, and ready to try alternatives, it really is the best.

(If you're an advanced user willing to maintain your system a bit, learning Arch - or a derivative - rewards for your effort.)

Warning: Changing your operating system is simple, but you can delete all your stuff if not careful.

Now we're getting into nerd territory. Ever wanted to run your own cloud easily without paying for licensing of server software, or expensive Synology hardware? YunoHost is a great way to start. Some knowledge of Linux command-line recommended for initial setup, but may work fine for you. Great if you have a spare computer lying around.

Warning: Changing your operating system is simple, but you can delete all your stuff if not careful.

More nerd stuff here - ever wanted multiple bootable disk images on one flash drive? Of course you have. Say hello to the aptly-named MultiBootUSB tool.


Warning: Changing your operating system is simple, but you can delete all your stuff if not careful.

This Boot Repair Disk does exactly what it says, for Linux/Windows partition tables. It won't fix OS problems though.

Falcon Four's Boot CD is a general computer repair toolkit.

Most people don't know Windows 10 is free - but the license usually isn't. You can download it from Microsoft's site.

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