I just gave a talk about FOSS and music and gave out copies of the Fossbox free software CD for mac. Here is the readme file that came with it, with download links. You can also find a bunch of cool free mac software from the website http://www.opensourcemac.org/
Welcome to the Fossbox Free CD
The free CD gives you a taster of the free software options available for the Mac. In this document, you'll find a brief description of the software and links to instructions for installing it. You can find free tutorials and books to help you get the best from the software on the Fossbox website.
Office and project software
Open Office is a free alternative to MS Office. It's very similar and most people are able to get started and carry on as usual without any special training to use it. It has a word processor, a spreadsheet, presentation and data-base with wizards. Download it here.To get you started using Open Office you'll find tutorials here and some flash tutorials here.
If you would like a calendar, this can be added to Thunderbird. Follow these illustrated instructions to add a calendar.
Browsing the internet
These tutorials are for a previous version of Kompozer called NVU but Kompozer is almost identical so you should be able to get started: http://www.designyourownweb.com/nvu/settingup-nvu.htm
To upload website files to the internet, you need an FTP client so check out Filezilla. You can download it here.. (In order to install it, you may need to first install The Unarchiver utility. Click the link to download it.) Your ISP will be able to give you the login information you need to set up FileZilla – ask the people you rent your website space from.
There are two graphics programmes included on the CD.
If you want to do serious photo-editing, you need the GIMP, a fully-featured graphics programme. Download it here. Gimp on OS X requires X Windows, which is included with your system CD or a free version can be downloaded here. Free GIMP tutorials here
Note that Open Office also has a vector drawing application.
Audacity is a light-weight sound editor. There is a stable version and a beta version. The beta has more and better features, but you will need to save early and often. If that worries you, get the stable version instead. Download the stable version here. or Download the beta version here.
Ardour is a a fully-featured Digital Audio Workstation with plug-in support that can be used for serious audio projects. You can download it here. They will ask you if you want to donate to the project. You can put whatever amount you wish in the box, including $0.
Pd is a real-time graphical dataflow programming environment for audio, video and graphical processing. It is especially useful for rapid prototyping and can be used to write reactive music or the iPhone via the RjDj app. Download PD here.
SuperCollider is an environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition. It has a bit of a learning curve, however, it is extremely powerful and useful. Download it here.