10 free tools that IT pros love


By Gina Smith

These days, there's so much open source tech around and so much good will toward developers who provide great freeware, it's tough to sift through all the offerings. So with a little help from the CIOs and IT pros who write for my geeky techblog,, I rounded up the best freeware out there and put it through its paces. Here's a look at 10 freeware packages the techs I interviewed are in love with right now.

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Gina Smith is a NYT best-selling author of iWOZ, the biography of Steve Wozniak. She is a vet tech journalist and chief of the geek tech site,