There are still some free things that are worth using. Nerds on Call has put together a list of a few of our favorite free programs that do the job they claim to do, and do not put your desktop at risk. These free programs range in uses, but all of them can increase productivity and security on your computer, making it an even more useful device than it already is.

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Questions nerds often hear about Yuba City Free Software

Is free software expensive?

No. It’s free.

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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