Free internet software

MOZILLA FIREFOX

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite, managed by the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox had 19.73% of the recorded usage share of web browsers as of August 2008, making it the second-most popular browser in current use worldwide, after Internet Explorer.

To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements some current web standards plus a few features which are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards.

Firefox includes tabbed browsing, a spell checker, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager, and an integrated search system that uses the user's desired search engine. Functions can be added through add-ons created by third-party developers, the most popular of which include the NoScript JavaScript disabling utility, Tab Mix Plus customizer, FoxyTunes media player control toolbar, Adblock Plus ad blocking utility, StumbleUpon (website discovery), DownThemAll! download enhancer and Web Developer toolbar.

Firefox runs on various versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and many other Unix-like operating systems.

Firefox's source code is free software, released under a tri-license GPL/LGPL/MPL.


MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD

Thunderbird makes e-mailing safer, faster, and easier with such features as intelligent spam filters, a built-in RSS reader, and quick search. Thunderbird was designed to prevent viruses and to stop junk mail so you can get back to reading your mail. Thunderbird provides effective tools for detecting junk mail. Its tools analyze your e-mail and identify those that are most likely to be junk. You can automatically have your junk mail deleted or you can put it in a folder you specify, just in case you like reading junk mail.

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation.


FILEZILLA CLIENT

FileZilla Client is a free, open source, cross-platform FTP client. As of June 20, 2008, it was the 10th most popular download of all time from SourceForge.net. FileZilla is an FTP program for file uploading and downloading to and from your FTP site, server, or host. The program lets you transfer files and navigate among folders, Web sites, and your computer. This software enables you to perform multiple file transfers simultaneously.
Features

Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

   - Easy to use
   - Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  -  Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
  -  IPv6 support
  -  Available in many languages
  -  Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
  -  Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
  -  Drag & drop support
  -  Configurable Speed limits
  -  Filename filters
  -  Network configuration wizard
  -  Remote file editing
  -  Keep-alive
  -  HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support


SKYPE

Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.

The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear.

Additionally it doesn't just work on Windows. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.

  -  Skype calling - Skype has all the features of an ordinary phone so its even easier to manage your calls.
  -  Video calling - see who you are talking to at the same time as speaking to them.
  -  Add Skype and SkypeOut contacts - Add contacts who use Skype and those who use ordinary phones so you can call more people.
  -  Organising groups - group contacts under certain names and share them with your contacts so they can talk to them too.
  -  Basic chat and emoticons - when it's not convenient to call, chat or Instant Message (IM) your contacts.
  -  Group chat - for when it's easier to chat or Instant Message (IM) all your friends at once.
  -  Profile settings - change how you appear to the world and let people know a bit about you.
  -  Conference calling - talk to more than one friend at a time.
  -  Import contacts - search your address book to find friends and family that already have a Skype name and start calling them for free.
  -  View Outlook contacts - view and call your Microsoft Outlook® contacts quickly and directly from your Skype contact list.
  -  Quickfilter and Speed-Dial - find Skype contacts, recent chats and SkypeOut contacts quickly and easily, then enter their Skype name to call them back quickly.


JAVA

Java allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D, just to name a few. It's also integral to the intranet applications and other e-business solutions that are the foundation of corporate computing.

Java is a computer programming language. It enables programmers to write computer instructions using English based commands, instead of having to write in numeric codes. It’s known as a “high-level” language because it can be read and written easily by humans. Like English, Java has a set of rules that determine how the instructions are written. These rules are known as its “syntax”. Once a program has been written, the high-level instructions are translated into numeric codes that computers can understand and execute.

Check to ensure that you have the recommended version of Java installed for your operating system.


ADOBE FLASH PLAYER

Flash Player  allows you to enjoy the most expressive, engaging experiences on the Web that combine interactive, rich content with video, graphics and animation.

The Adobe Flash Player is a widely distributed proprietary multimedia and application player created by Macromedia and now developed and distributed by Adobe after its acquisition. Flash Player runs SWF files that can be created by the Adobe Flash authoring tool, by Adobe Flex or by a number of other Macromedia and third party tools. Adobe Flash, or simply Flash, refers to both a multimedia authoring program and the Adobe Flash Player, written and distributed by Adobe, that uses vector and raster graphics, a native scripting language called ActionScript and bidirectional streaming of video and audio. Strictly speaking, Adobe Flash is the authoring environment and Flash Player is the virtual machine used to run the Flash files, but in colloquial language these have become mixed: "Flash" can mean either the authoring environment, the player, or the application files.

The Flash Player was originally designed to display 2-dimensional vector animation, but has since become suitable for creating rich Internet applications and streaming video and audio. It uses vector graphics to minimize file size and create files that save bandwidth and loading time. Flash is a common format for games, animations, and GUIs embedded into web pages. The Flash Player is built into some browsers and is available as a plugin for recent versions of other browsers (such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer) on selected platforms. Each version of the plugin is completely backwards-compatible.


GOOGLE EARTH

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.

Google Earth is a proprietary virtual globe program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe.