Originally Posted by RedDel
Sure I'm new to mac, but one thing I didn't expect buying into the system is that every little piece of software costs money. Stuff that windows come with for free like a disk defragmenter, or a little calendar that drops down when you hit the time. Everything is either shareware with nag screen or a trial. Where is all the free software and utilities?
Right now I'm looking for a free disk defragger.
It might take you some time to start finding stuff, but OS X has a far better selection of free stuff than Windows. (Other than games.) The only thing I ever paid something for on the Mac OS platform is OmniOutliner Pro, which doesn't have an equivalent on Windows at any
Search for threads such as "best FTP client" "best free IRC client" etc. right here on AppleInsider, you'll find a lot of the recommended stuff is free.
On my Dock right now: Vienna, Firefox, Vim, iCal, Safari, Mail, OmniOutliner Pro, iTunes, Colloquy, Active Timer, Eclipse, SvnX, VideoLan Client, MPlayer, Terminal, ViewIt (okay, this oneis shareware and nags me all the time... anyone know a lightweight, fast picture viewer for viewing tens of photos without arranging them to a library?
), Transmission, JavaBrowser, Preview, LimeWire, Poisoned, Activity Viewer.
That's one commercial app, one shareware app, and tons of apps that are free or come with OS X.
If you are tech savvy, install Fink and/or DarwinPorts, both of which are "gateways" to access thousands of free Linux/Unix software. All kinds of software.