Open Source Softwares – Top alternatives for proprietary softwares

Open source software is software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. Open source code evolves through community cooperation. These communities are composed of individual programmers as well as very large companies. Click Here to learn more about Open Source Softwares.

The Open Source softwares get developed rapidly as the development involves developers from individual to lage companies. Thus the Open Source softwares are gaining phase and becoming a competitive products to that of the costly and proprietary softwares in the market. Here is a collection of softwares that stand as the great alternatives to the Proprietary gaints.


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Operating Systems
1. Microsoft Windows Operating Systems   Linux Distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva etc.), Google Chrome OS, OpenSolaris, and more.   Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Chrome OS
Office Suites and Tools
2. Microsoft Office Suite, Star Office   OpenOffice, LibreOffice, KOffice, GNOME Office, Feng Office   OpenOffice, LibreOffice
3. Adobe PDF Evince, Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF Evince, Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF
4. Mactopia NeoOffice NeoOffice
5. MathWorks MATLAB Scilab Scilab
6. Microsoft Visio Dia, ArgoUM, StarUML Dia, ArgoUM, StarUML
7. Adobe Acrobat PDFCreator, OpenOffice PDFCreator, OpenOffice
Production and Development Tools
9. Adobe Photoshop   Paint.Net, Gimp, GimpShop, Inkscape   Paint.Net, GIMP, GIMPShop, Inkscape
10. AutoCAD Archimedes Archimedes
11. Adobe Dreamweaver NVU (now KompoZer), BigFish, Amaya KompoZer, Last Official Release of NVU, BigFish, Amaya
12. Adobe Flash OpenLaszlo, Synfig Adobe Flex, OpenLaszlo, Synfig
13. UltraEdit-32, EditPlus Notepad++, SciTE, jEdit Notepad++, SciTE, jEdit
14. TruSpace,
Autodesk 3ds Max
Blender Blender
15. Microsoft Project Open Workbench Open Workbench
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