Free software alternatives: What good is choice if you don't use it?

Look through a list available packages for any free OS and you'll find a sometimes bewildering choice of browsers, mail readers, editors, desktops and tetris-clones available. Despite this many will just blindly install the first one they've heard of. Is this a good policy? What good is all this choice if we don't use it and what are those choices?

Note: please see the bottom of this post for a list of free software alternatives available now!

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