Since everybody loves free, Nerds on Call has put together a list of some great free software programs that work the way they are supposed to, and will not infect your machine. Our Nerds can recommend what type of software you should be running on your computer, and even help with installation and custom setup so that your programs work for you, and not the other way around. Free software can be some of the most useful software out there, and it is time to take advantage of the internet’s generosity.

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Questions nerds often hear about Free Software Chico

Is free software expensive?

No. It’s free.

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Common Terms

Free Software

Free Software is a blanket term referring to any software that is not charged for. However, this can includ malware as well as legitimate downloads

Open Source Software

Open source software is software whose code is publicly available. Anyone with an internet connection can see the code that makes the program run. These programs are still secure, however.


FOSS means Free and Open Source Software. This is software that both costs nothing and that can be publicly contributed to. Common examples include Firefox and Linux, the most popular operating system