This is a starter post for computer basics. As family, friends, and fellow Deacon aspirants present computer hardware and software queries, they’ll be added to the “Computer Basics” category, and as resources are found to be helpful, they’ll be added to this post.
Antivirus - http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
GoodSearch – The search engine that gives back
OpenOffice – the free and open productivity suite (an alternative to Microsoft Office)
Firefox - a web browser that works (as opposed to Internet Explorer 4, 5, and 6)
Safari – Another browser alternative
Large list of open source alternatives to Windows-based applications: http://whdb.com/2008/the-top-50-proprietary-programs-that-drive-you-crazy-and-their-open-source-alternatives/