I have been searching for this kind of database of really good open source or freeware (No Shareware Please) and there are some sites, but I want to hear it from the users of the apps. This I hope will act as a resource for other people searching for this kind of thing. please leave the name of the program and a small explanation. don't worry too much about repeats but I would be nice not to have masses of duplicates. Thanks. My contributions are: Audacity - very versatile audio editing software. Handbrake - nice fast DVD ripper with very easy interface although you can still use pretty advanced settings. Good for ripping stuff for an iPod.