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    Popular Open-Source Alternatives

    I was asked to create this sticky, but it's something I'd also been thinking about doing for a while, being the open-source advocate I am. The ones I'll initially list are ones I've personally tested against other software and continue to use.


    • SourceForge - Comprehensive directory of open-source projects.
    • WEBI.ORG - Free and Open Source Software Directory.
    • Open Source Alternatives - Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software.
    • AlternativeTo - Provides a large list of open-source and other alternatives to popular commercial software.



    Desktop Applications
    • LibreOffice - Office suite
    • OpenOffice - Office suite.
    • Notepad++ - Fully featured text editor with syntax highlighting.
    • PDFCreator - PDF creation software.
    • Electric Sheep - Psychadelic screensaver.
    • InfraRecorder - CD/DVD burning software.
    • StarDict - Cross-Platform and international dictionary Software. It has powerful features such as "Glob-style pattern matching", "Scan selection word," "Fuzzy query," etc.



    Internet Browsers / Email Clients


    FTP Clients


    Image Manipulation / 3D Animation
    • The Gimp - Photoshop Equivalent.
    • Scribus - Desktop publishing. Equivalent to InDesign and QuarkXPress.
    • Inkscape - Vector illustration, equivalent to Illustrator, Freehand, Corel Draw and Xara X.
    • Paint.NET - Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software.
    • Blender 3D modeling/animation software.
    • POV-Ray - 3D modeling/animation software.



    Video Tools
    • FFmpeg - Video conversion utility.
    • MediaCoder - Universal batch media transcoder.
    • VirtualDub - Basic editor, featured encoder.
    • VirtualDubMod - Basic editor, featured encoder.
    • HandBrake - DVD to MPEG-4 converter. Outputs to MP4, MKV, AVI or OGM.



    Sound Editors / Rippers / Compression Tools


    Compression & Backup
    • 7-Zip - Packs: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR. Unpacks: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS.
    • Cobian's Backup - Highly featured scheduled backup software, which supports a lot of features normally only found in commercial backup solutions.



    Media Players
    • MediaPlayerClassic - With the right codecs, will play virtually anything and everything.
    • VLC Media Player - Natively supports a large range of video formats.
    • MPlayer - Natively supports a large range of video formats.
    • Songbird - Desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up.
    • aTunes - Audio player and manager.



    Network Administration
    • Wireshark - Network analyzer previously known as Ethereal.
    • TightVNC - Simple remote access.
    • Ultr@VNC - More featured remote access.
    • Open Kiosk - Kiosk management system suited for use in controlled computing environments such as public access systems, libraries, school computer laboratories and internet cafes.
    • Putty - Telnet/SSH client.
    • OCS Inventory NG - Automated network inventory and deployment system.
    • Nmap - Network exploration or security auditing (port scanner).
    • BO2K - Remote control of systems, including network, registry, passwords, file system, and processes. Based on Back Orifice.



    System Tools
    • ClamWin Free AntiVirus - (doesn't support on-access scanning yet)
    • Clonezilla - Drive cloning (like Ghost) and system deployment.
    • GParted - Hard disk partitioning...
    • Partition Logic - Hard disk partitioning and data management.
    • Rufus - A small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
    • Synergy - Share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. Imagine the functionality of dual monitors (expanded desktop) except each monitor is connected to a different computer.



    Security


    Personal Finance


    Games / Simulators

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    Updated to add Electric Sheep, Cabos, Pidgin, Paint.NET, Blender, MediaCoder, HandBrake, Cobian's Backup, MPlayer, Eraser, KeePass (thanks krupted), TurboCASH, Quasar, Celestia and Stellarium.

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    Bink, I saw you put OpenOffice on there. What are your thoughts on GoogleDocs? I know it's not open source but i just want an opinion.

    I have MS Office 2007 right now and as bad as I really want to convert to OpenOffice, I feel MS right now is still more aesthetically pleasing then GoogleDocs and OpenOffice.

    Your thoughts?

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    Here's a couple of sites with some more Open Source Alternatives
    http://www.osalt.com/
    http://www.foogazi.com/2006/11/10/al...dows-programs/
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    Added SeaMonkey.
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    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GybrshThrepwd
    Bink, I saw you put OpenOffice on there. What are your thoughts on GoogleDocs? I know it's not open source but i just want an opinion.

    I have MS Office 2007 right now and as bad as I really want to convert to OpenOffice, I feel MS right now is still more aesthetically pleasing then GoogleDocs and OpenOffice.

    Your thoughts?

    To be honest, I haven't used GoogleDocs

    If you already own legit Microsoft Office 2007, then I wouldn't trouble yourself with making a switch to OpenOffice or GoogleDocs.

    I've been using OpenOffice for years now. At first it was a bit tricky to get used to because some functions are in different places and back when OpenOffice was still fairly young, it lacked many features still. But now it's matured and I'm very familiar with it, it makes no difference now whether I use OpenOffice or MS Office.

    I find the biggest issue people have with OpenOffice is that things are in different places. That's fair enough, but also amusing seeing as MS Office 2007 is really just a massive overhaul of the navigation system (I can't find anything). If anyone's looking for a time to switch to a free alternative, that's your cue

    The worst case scenario is, you really can't get comfortable with the free alternative and you buy MS Office. Nothing is lost.

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    anyone discover PortableApps yet? pretty damn slick, and ive noticed a lot of the apps listed here already have portable versions ready. no more worrying about leaving browing traces or using webmail- everything stays on the usb drive. now i can leave my pc's open as public computers and never worry about people stealing private info.

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    How about Password Safe?
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    Wow, I downloaded Songbird and first impressions are much like their speal.

    This could be the Firefox of media players.

    Thanks

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    Added Clonezilla. Thanks DanceMan

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    Added "AlternativeTo". Thanks Midknyte.

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