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For Newbies: List of open source alternatives to proprietary software

Posted 11-06-2010 at 01:08 PM by Kenny_Strawn
Updated 11-24-2010 at 11:12 PM by Kenny_Strawn

This blog entry is for those who have no idea just where to start with Linux because they have no idea just what kind of *free* and open source goodies are just waiting to meet them. Here are some commonly used open source alternatives to proprietary apps:

Microsoft Office = OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, KOffice or AbiWord

Adobe Photoshop = GIMP

Windows Movie Maker/Pinnacle Studio/Corel Studio = PiTiVi or Kdenlive.

iTunes = Rhythmbox + Ubuntu One Music Store

Microsoft Visual Studio = Geany, Eclipse, Anjuta, Code::Blocks, KDevelop, or Qt Creator

Internet Explorer = Firefox or Google Chrome (both widely used)

Nero = Brasero

Yahoo Messenger or Windows Live Messenger = Empathy, Pidgin, or Gwibber

Windows Media Center = MythTV

GarageBand = Audacity or Ardour

Microsoft Student (the graphing calculator portion, not the Encarta portion) or Matlab = SageMath or gEDA.


There's absolutely nothing except (maybe) popular gaming that can't be done under Linux, as you now know.
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    Some obvious alternatives to Visual Studio that you left out are Code::Blocks and KDevelop (and I really like Qt Creator, but it's only useful for Qt/C++).

    As for office apps, AbiWord is a nice and simple word processor.

    And finally, Kdenlive is a much more powerful video editor, but it's still in early development and is a little glitchy.
    Posted 11-09-2010 at 01:39 PM by MTK358 MTK358 is offline
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    Added all those apps in there.
    Posted 11-15-2010 at 08:25 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Also added LibreOffice to the list of free office suites.
    Posted 11-15-2010 at 08:36 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Added Pidgin to the list of instant messengers.
    Posted 11-16-2010 at 04:29 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    What about specific programs such as mathematical software such as Matlab or engineering simulation/PCB design software as all I can find is gEDA which is quite obtuse.

    Any help would be appreciated cheers.
    Posted 11-21-2010 at 09:50 AM by Smophos Smophos is offline
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    Originally Posted by Smophos View Comment
    What about specific programs such as mathematical software such as Matlab or engineering simulation/PCB design software as all I can find is gEDA which is quite obtuse.

    Any help would be appreciated cheers.
    Probably SageMath is a very good bet.
    Posted 11-24-2010 at 01:25 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Originally Posted by Smophos View Comment
    What about specific programs such as mathematical software such as Matlab or engineering simulation/PCB design software as all I can find is gEDA which is quite obtuse.

    Any help would be appreciated cheers.
    Scipy for Python is a good alternative to Matlab. Scipy may not be as advanced as Matlab, but being part of Python, it is very versatile.
    iPython offers several features found in Matlab compared to the regular Python shell.
    Posted 11-24-2010 at 07:05 AM by wagaboy wagaboy is offline
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    Thank you, I'm still a relative newbie but I want to get rid of Windows for good, it's just stuff I need for work that means I still use it.
    Posted 11-24-2010 at 07:47 AM by Smophos Smophos is offline
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    Originally Posted by Smophos View Comment
    Thank you, I'm still a relative newbie but I want to get rid of Windows for good, it's just stuff I need for work that means I still use it.
    Have a look at http://www.scipy.org/Cookbook for an idea of what Scipy is capable of. There are a couple of examples on signal processing (and electrical engineering stuff), which I think is what you are interested in.
    Posted 11-24-2010 at 09:34 AM by wagaboy wagaboy is offline
 

  



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