Best Free Open Source Software for Mac OS X

InfoWorld surveys the FOSS-on-Mac OS X landscape, detailing the most essential free open source applications for the Mac, all precompiled and ready to run. ‘In many cases, you’re not just getting an open source tool; you’re getting a range of options to add to that tool as many of them have yet another layer of openness hidden inside. Several of the applications have their own built-in environment for extending the software. Some accept plug-ins, some have pop-up windows for writing short extensions, and some have both — so you have even more options for customization.’ From AppleJack to GIMP to jEdit, each of these top 10 open source apps and utilities for the Mac prove that the best free open source software isn’t just for Windows users.


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