Wanna be part of IT? Here are my recommendations to success, being a productive pc user. The following software is not my property, nor am i part of the developing Teams. They are open sourced, which means free as in freedom to use, modulate and redistribute in your projects.Read about GNU or CC for knowing a bit more.
Chronological order might help u become a Designer, Developer and Engineer. All for free, except you time and donations to those, who have walked the path before.

Gedit – you are unable to breath without a proper text editor. simple statement, right?
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