A table of some Free Software

Coming soon! (Or look at the source for what I've started so far.)

NameDescriptionThoughtsFLOSS alts
LibreOffice “LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.” LibreOffice is amazing. It's default file formats are the international standard OpenDocument formats, but it can also open a myriad of non-open formats, many of which are no longer supported by their original programs (e.g. Word). Strongly recommended. Abiword is a light-weight word processor, which uses XML for its native file format. It can open and save OpenDocument text files.
Moodle “Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments.”

If you want a learning management system that you control, that outputs standard HTML, is accessible, and is easy to use for administrators, teachers and students, then you want Moodle.

Moodle also implements open standards, including Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) for sharing courses. It's a fully featured LMS that is not only used by universities and TAFEs, but also at least three State Libraries (SLQ, SLV and SLWA).

If you host the system yourself, if you have the technological capability, then costs can be minimal. Any ordinary hosting company could be used if you do not wish to have an 'in-house' server. Alternatively, if you host with a major Australian Moodle hoster, it costs only $505/month for support and hosting for 5000 users.

A major commercial LMS will surely cost a lot more. Prices though are not publicly available; what you pay for your 10 courses and 100 users, might be twice as much as they next institution with 200 users and 20 courses.

WordPress Built upon PHP, WordPress is a powerful, extendible, but easy to use, website management system. Commonly used for blogs, WordPress is used by more than ¼ of the top ten million websites. The system I recommend for most people or organisations wanting a website. It's just that good. There are so many good Free website management (aka content mangament) systems.
Linux, Apache, PHP: Three parts of the very successful Free Software LAMP stack used on the WWW.
Firefox Only one of the best web browsers, with an amazing ecosystem of extensions (addons) allowing you to browse the web more safer and with greater privacy, more efficiently, and to use Firefox as the basis of many other programs (e.g. see Zotero).
VLC Media player: Can open anything!
Zotero Cross platform amazing reference software, that
Audacity Digital audio editor.
Inkscape Vector graphics editor, can be used for such things as diagrams, charts, logos, and many others.
Libki Libki is a PC reservation system, which can integrate in with Koha or your other LMS.
Blender: 3D computer graphics software, which can be used for animated films, 3D modelling, raster graphics editing, sculpting, and much more.
Scribus: Desktop publishing
Koha: DIY Library Career. Want to get your hands dirty with a real LMS/ILS, but don't want to fork out the big bucks? Use a Free one!

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