Save Your Money!!! Open Source Software Vs. Proprietary Wallet Busters
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No matter how much time I spend on the computer, I continue to be surprised and amazed at the wealth of information I still discover. Whether it be on the Internet or just spelunking through the caverns of my hard drive, I frequently discover more and more uses and applications. Due to this, my list of potential hobbies to enhance my boring life is growing to titanic proportions.
Unfortunately, some useful software I discover on my computer are only trial versions. These versions have a limited amount of uses before you have to buy, or it has less features that the full version contains. These teasers reel you in and by the time you figure out you actually have to buy the software, you're hooked. Then you see the price! Ugh! After you recover from this virtual kick to the nuts, you raise your hands up to the sky and scream, "Why Lord — why?!?! Why must I be tempted so?!?!"
Stay your index finger — do not click on that PayPal button yet!
There is a beacon of light behind the hulking shadow of expensive proprietary software. Come this way my friend; I will guide you. Soon you will see the light — I promise.
Open Source Software
"Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in." -- Open Source Initiative
There is an open source equivalent for virtually every major proprietary software program out there and some are just as good, if not better. This hub lists just a few of the major ones.
Equivalent: Microsoft Office
Cost: Free, compare to $322.99 for Microsoft Office Standard 2007
Details: the following list contains programs in Open Office and their MS Office equivalents.
- Write = MS Word
- Calc = MS Excel
- Impress = MS PowerPoint
- Base = MS Access
- Draw = MS Visio
- Math = MS Equation Editor
Equivalent: Adobe Photoshop CS4
Cost: Free, compare to $639.49 Adobe Photoshop CS4
Details: customizable interface, photo enhancement, digital retouching and cloning, hardware support
Equivalent: Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
Cost: Free, compare to $359.99 for Dreamweaver CS4
Details: WYSIWYG HTML editor for website authoring.
Equivalent: Microsoft Publisher
Cost: Free, compare to $148.99 for MS Publisher 2007
Details: create brochures, flyers, newsletters, etc
Avast! Home Edition
Equivalent: general anti-virus software
Cost: Free, compare to general anti-virus software
Details: this is actually freeware not open source. Home edition is free for personal use on home computers.
Open Source and Free Software Links
- Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software | Open Source Alternative - osalt.com
osalt.com helps recommend a open source software alternative or replacement for commercial products and even shareware. Remember that open source software is also a freeware alternative.
- SourceForge.net: Open Source Software
SourceForge.net. Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.
- Open Source Freeware
Open Source Freeware : 400+ free applications and utilities : eConsultant
- Welcome! - Free Software Directory - Free Software Foundation