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Visit the official Azureus website.

Azureus is a powerful BitTorrent protocol client. It comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users, such as multiple torrent support, speed limiting, fast resuming and more.

The BitTorrent protocol is a “peer-to-peer” way to distribute files on the internet. It was designed to move large amounts of data to many users without the costly server space and bandwidth that a distributor would usually have to pay for. Users who download a file then become a new source for transmitting that data. You can read more about BitTorrent at Wikipedia.

In order for this software to work you must have the proprietary Java environment installed on your computer. If you do not have Java on your computer already, the Azureus installation will not be able to complete. You can download Java free of charge from here.

Visit the official FileZilla website.

FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Features include upload/download resume, site manager, keep-alive system, SSL and SFTP support, and a flexible file queuing system.

Visit the official Firefox website.

The Firefox web browser empowers you to browse web pages faster, more safely, and more efficiently. Key features include pop-up blocking to stop those annoying ads, tabbed browsing to let you view multiple web pages in a single window, and opening links in the background so that they’re ready for viewing when you’re ready to read them. The toolbars are fully customizable. Don’t like the default order of the buttons? Right click, select “customize” and drag that button where you want it.

You can expand Firefox’s functionality using a wide variety of extensions. These offer you the ability to customize your web experience through automatic form completion, flash blocking, in-browser games, or development tools to help you study how web pages are made. There is also a range of themes available to let you alter the look of the browser. The easy transition system imports all of your settings, including favourites, passwords and other data from Internet Explorer and other browsers, so you can start surfing right away.

Possibly the best reason to start using Firefox is its enhanced security. Built with your security in mind from the start, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by preventing harmful ActiveX controls, and offers a comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity private. In this age of rampant virus, trojan and phishing attacks, Firefox provides a secure alternative.

Visit the official HTTrack website.

HTTrack is an easy-to-use offline web browser utility. It allows you to download a web site from the Internet to a local directory on your computer, building a perfect mirror for your personal use. Simply open a page of the website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads.

Visit the official Pidgin website.

Pigdin is an Internet Messenging (chat) client that enables you to chat with others in real time using any supported network, including AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC and Jabber. Pigdin can be simultaneously connected to several networks, so if you have contacts on different networks you can talk to them all at the same time, from one easy to use program.

Pidgin uses the GTK+ library which is also available on OpenDisc. Because It won’t work without it, ensure you install GTK+ first.

Visit the official RSSOwl website.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) gives users the power to collect and organize Web-based news and information in a very efficient way. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any website that has an “RSS feed” in a simple, easy to use interface.

Once you’ve added all your favourite blogs and news websites, you’ll have a one-stop program to keep you up to date with every site you normally visit, and all at a glance.

Visit the official SeaMonkey website.

SeaMonkey is an all-in-one internet suite which uses the same engine as Firefox and Thunderbird, and also includes a newsgroup client, an internet relay chat (or IRC) client, and a flexible HTML editor.

Like Firefox, the best reason to start using SeaMonkey is its enhanced security. Built with your security in mind from the start, SeaMonkey keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls, and a comprehensive set of privacy tools to keep your online activity private and your computer safe.

Visit the official Thunderbird website.

Thunderbird is a modern email client with features such as intelligent spam filters, a built-in spell checker, a range of themes and customisable layout. Thunderbird provides IMAP/POP support, HTML e-mail composing, quick search, address book, advanced message filtering, address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts. You can add a wide variety of extensions to Thunderbird to add additional features or tweak its behavior to suit your own preferences.

As with Mozilla Firefox, security is a central theme. Thunderbird provides enterprise and government grade security features such as S/MIME, digital signing, message encryption, support for certificates and security devices. The intelligent Thunderbird spam filter analyzes your e-mails to identify those that are most likely to be junk. These can be automatically deleted or diverted to a separate folder. The spam filter is adaptive and also learns from your address book and usage to improve its accuracy.

Visit the official TightVNC website.

TightVNC is a remote control software that lets you see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer. Ideal for remote administration, remote customer support, education, and for many other purposes, and because it works across different operating systems you can use almost any computer, from any computer.

The TightVNC package includes a server (which allows users on other computers connect to yours) and a client (for you to log in to others’ computers).

Visit the official WinSCP website.

WinSCP is a fully featured SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) client.

Its main function is the secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. It fully supports Secure Shell (SSH) and in addition to SFTP, the legacy SCP protocol.