8 Free Open Source Software used at Data Axis Node on Personal Computers.

In a world where software licenses can be expensive and restrictive, free open source software (FOSS) has emerged as a viable alternative for individuals and businesses alike. FOSS not only provides users with the freedom to use, copy, study, and modify the software as they see fit, but it also encourages collaboration and innovation.

At Data Axis Node, a company that values the principles of FOSS, we have embraced this approach and use a variety of FOSS tools to help us get our work done.

In this article, we will explore the 8 PC software used at Data Axis Node on Personal Computers, including Arch Linux, Firefox, GIMP, LibreOffice, and more. Read on to discover how these software solutions have helped us achieve our goals efficiently and effectively.

List of 8 Free Open Source Software used at Data Axis Node on Personal Computers

  1. Arch Linux
  2. Firefox
  3. Chromium
  4. Gimp
  5. LibreOffice
  6. Thunderbird
  7. Telegram
  8. Scribus

Arch Linux

Arch Linux is the base Operating System (OS) that we use at Data Axis Node. We’ve used a variety of Linux distros but Arch Linux has become the recent adopted one. Besides being light weight, the other reason we use Arch Linux is that it strives to provide the latest stable versions of most software by following a rolling-release model.


XFCE is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. In additional to that, it is very customizable. Its customizability has helped in the increase of productivity. This is because the tools and software shortcuts are arranged for ease of accessibility in relation to mouse movement.

In Arch Linux, xfce4 comes with a few tools worth mentioning here. Terminal Emulator the tool used for SSH, OS update and installation of software. Ristretto Image viewer, Thunar file manager and Parole Media Player. Additional dependencies may be needed for some of these to work.

From there, additional tools are installed into XFCE4. For example, panel plugins such as Notes, Clipman, Network Manger, PulseAudio Plugin, Status Tray Plugin, Weather Update, Whisker Menu and XFCE4 ScreenShooter. Other none XFCE4 tools include Color Picker (gcolor3), Gnome Calculator, Gnome Disks and Evince simple document viewer for Gnome.

After the installation of Arch Linux and XFCE4 tools is done, we install the 8 Free Open Source Software we use.


Mozilla Firefox, or simply Firefox, is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox was adopted as the default browser after it was announced that Google Chrome will stop running extensions created using Mv2. “This is significant if you use a browser extension to, for instance, filter out certain kinds of content and safeguard your privacy” The Register. And according to The Verge For Google, sticking with MV3 will have a huge impact on the overall role of ad blocking on the modern web.


So we use Firefox as our window to the internet world. We use it for when designing websites and updating website. Even so we’ve kept Chromium a free and open-source web browser project, mainly developed and maintained by Google for testing. Since nearly 70% of the people use Chrome browser as of 2023, it would not be wise to discard it and not to see how websites we design are rendered on the most used browser.


GIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image manipulation and image editing, free-form drawing, transcoding between different image file formats, and more specialized tasks. We use this software to edit photos and creation of some graphics to be put on websites.


LibreOffice is a free and open-source office productivity software suite, a project of The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is bundle with so many different applications. These are Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing). We these application for various tasks and opening files sent by our clients.


Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, personal information manager, news client, RSS and chat client that is operated by the Mozilla Foundation’s subsidiary MZLA Technologies Corporation. We use Thunderbird as our default email client. We also use it to test email configurations on our new domains. If it works on Thunderbird, it will work anywhere.


Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. Ever since we migrated to telegram as our official customer support application, it has become of great use to us since it does not need the phone to always online to remain online on the desktop version of the same. It is very use for communication and transfer of files to our clients.


Scribus is free and open-source desktop publishing software available for most desktop operating systems. Some clients doe request us to design them company profiles. We use this Software do that. The software is equal to the task for Flyers, Leaflets, Brochures and Booklets.

These are the most use 8 Free Open Source Software used at Data Axis Node on Personal Computers. Many thanks to all the people who have contributed to the development and distributions of these software. They help us get the job done in a manner some would not believe that the work was done on Free Open Source Software.

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