Next time someone tells you that there’s very little software for the Mac take a look at this website – 17,322 Native OS X Applications . Sure there are more programs for XP but 117,322 or so programs for the Mac is not too shabby. Here’s a little jewel that I found for you tea lovers out there. It’s a little tea timer app. that will bounce a dock icon and play a sound after a preset time letting you know that your tea is now ready to be consumed!
Here is a mini list courtesy of OpenSourceMac.org who’s tagline is “Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best OS X software that we know of”. I’d say this is closest thing to my “top 20” list of free mac apps and I personally use 6 of these apps on a daily basis (Firefox(browser), Thunderbird(email client), Adium(Instant Messenger), Cyberduck(FTP), Smultron(Text Editor) and NeoOffice(MS office Clone) on a daily basis.
Here’s a quick top 10 list from MacZealots. Also be sure to check out the comments at the bottom of the page where everyone chimes in on their faz OsX app.
Not to be outdone by OS X take a look at this website – linuxlist.com that lists 17000 or so Linux programs. I’m a mac guy, switched from Linux, and one of my first gripes when switching was not having a good word processor installed on the Mac by default (Linux distros have Openoffice) also having to fork out $80 or so for Toast so I can make images of audio CD’s. Go Linux!