From cnet, October 20, 2009 7:48 AM PDT, by Rick Broida

FREE WinX DVD Author & IOBit Security 360 Pro & Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard freebies worth $1,089

Today I've rounded up three software freebies that have a combined value of $1,089. Seriously! Take a look:

WinX DVD Author

Free Download WinX DVD Author-Create & Burn DVD from Videos
Rip and Convert DVD with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Remember WinX DVD Ripper Platinum from last month? The same developer, Digiarty Software, is now offering its DVD-

authoring tool, normally $29.95, for free until Oct. 31. Use it to turn AVI, MPEG, FLV, and other kinds of video

files into menu-enhanced DVDs. I haven't tried it myself, but DVD Ripper Platinum was a little gem.

IOBit Security 360 Pro

License Free

Normally $29.95 for a one-year license, this security app is free until Nov. 11. It promises "advanced malware and

spyware removal," along with protection from all manner of threats: trojans, keyloggers, worms, etc. I haven't found

any reviews to speak of, but the always-free, non-Pro version earned four stars from CNET users. So it must be

halfway decent.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

This might be the weirdest and most surprising giveaway ever. Microsoft's DreamSpark program is offering this new

Windows Server release to eligible high school and college students. Why? To learn IT skills, I reckon. Obviously

not everyone needs or wants this OS, which is worth $1,029, but I had to mention it. Anyone who does want it will

need a Windows Live ID, a valid student e-mail address, and a way to burn the downloaded ISO file to a CD or DVD.

Well, what do you think? Anything here suit your freebie fancy? Let me know which one(s) you'll be downloading.