Small Business PowerPack 

For Windows

We've gathered best of the best programs for you!

Download the CD Image

We're firm believers in Open Source software. Much of the very best software available today is either Open Source or it's "free as in beer"...  that is, it costs nothing, though the source isn't available.  We maintain a downloadable list (pdf) of the best of breed software that we use, and now we've gone one step further and gathered these favorites into a single CD.   
PowerPakInstaller Image
There are some other projects on the web that offer similar compilations, such as The Open CD and GNUWin II , and we urge you to look at those projects.'s PowerPack differs in that, although we greatly favor Open Source, we are not limiting the compilation to only Open Source programs; but include the best free programs as well.  Our PowerPack also doesn't try to be comprehensive: Instead of offering 3 or 4 office suites that do the same thing, we include the one that we think is the best.

This particular PowerPack is for business users, but we'll be coming out with a companion CD for personal & educational use shortly.

What's on the disk?
Gee, that would ruin the surprise, wouldn't it?  Download the software list (pdf) to see descriptions of the software in the PowerPack, as well as other recommended software not on the CD.  Here's a partial list:
What's NOT on the disk?
Anything annoying. You'll find no nagware, no spyware, no shareware, no pop-ups, nothing that asks you for money. You'll find no software that puts you on a thousand mailing lists, and nothing that will re-direct your browser or install some lame shopping toolbar. We hate that stuff as much as you do.

            Download the CD Image    Date: 20060525

With the exception of those Open Source programs expressly written and published by, the programs in this compilation are the property of their individual publishers. Prior to using any software, you the user are required to read the terms of use and proceed only if those terms are agreeable to you. Although we use all of these programs without any problem at all, computers and computing environments vary, and what works for us may not work for you. Therefore you proceed at your own risk, subject to the warranties provided by the software publishers. assumes no liability for other authors' works. (That's just fair, don't you think?)

Note to software publishers
If we have included your software in this list, it's for two reasons: first, because we think it's the best of the best, and we are offering you the most sincere  compliment. Second, because we interpreted the terms of use to include the ability to freely re-distribute the files. In every case we've provided a link to the publisher's own website. If, by chance, we've misinterpreted the terms of your particular program, we'll be happy to remove the program from the compilation and provide only the program description and the link to your location. Just contact and include the word "PowerPack" in the subject line.

The informational content of this website is copyright 1997-2006 by David F. Leigh unless otherwise stated. Permission to distribute is granted under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.