I always try to use freeware or open source software whenever it is possible. 100-downloads.com lists 100 of the best on their page listed neatly in categories like audio, imaging and security. They list lots of freeware tools that I'm using and some that I did not know about and will definitely try out.
I especially like the look of the site, its clean and easy to navigate. Each freeware is listed in its colored category with its name, description and link to the authors homepage. Check it out, great site.
Update: The site is still available, and still listing applications of which all are available for free. Applications are listed in the following categories:
Unlike other download sites, this one only lists the application title, a very short description, a download link, and a link to the author's site in the download table. Some users may find the information not sufficient enough, especially if they do not know about an application, and if the description does not reveal all the information needed to make a decision.
The site is regularly updated, and it is safe to say that you find more than 100 downloads on it right now. If there is one category that I especially like on the site it must be the hidden treasures site, listing hundreds of apps of which many are not overly popular, but great.
Want some examples? The RSS reader Great News is listed here next to Gladinet Cloud Desktop, FileZilla Server, and the website ripper HTTrack.
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