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Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Free Software |

5 open source alternatives to applications we use every day

5 open source alternatives to applications we use every day

In these very difficult, from the point of view, there are many companies that are implementing cost-saving measures in their operations and cut costs (to try to mitigate any negative effects on their accounts). It is not uncommon to find scenarios where, for example, is committed to increase the time of use of computer equipment (postponing any renovation plan) and focusing on migration to (which for some time to dedicate a series of notes on how to address such change).

Betting on a mixed, open source and proprietary software, is a viable option for the bet also in many environments and, in fact, is often a preliminary step toward a total migration, a scenario in which proprietary applications are being replaced FOSS alternatives perfectly covering the range of expected features or requirements thus saving on the purchase / license renewal that comes with change.

It is not uncommon in some business environments, how to perform application deployments whose functionalities are well above the needs of their users but, by sheer inertia, licenses are purchased and installed free alternatives that do not know, basically We provide much more flexibility (not being closed to a specific volume license, for instance). There are more or less basic that are commonly used in any office and, in fact, it is not uncommon to find them installed on the computers we have at home: word processors, video players, email clients, instant messaging applications, etc. .

Surely, when reading this type of applications we have come to mind names like Photoshop or Microsoft Office (with Outlook and Word to the head), applications that have a free software equivalent worth trying and, above all, consider:

  • Dia is an application that allows us to draw schematics and diagrams in the same way we could do this in Microsoft Visio (or you could do it in the cloud with ProcessOn ). The application is available for both Windows and Mac and Linux and, unless we have to make overly complex schemes or require very specific library objects, is an interesting alternative to Visio and, of course, much cheaper.
  • LibreOffice , how could it be otherwise, is one of the software packages that are a must on such a list, a free office suite that offers alternatives to Power Point, Excel and Word and, thanks to its plugins , we can expand with new features and accessories that we provide our work. Although it may seem that Microsoft Office is something “impossible to remove” of businesses, governments like France (including the Gendarmerie ) have enough time working with free alternatives to Microsoft Office Suite.
  • VLC is one of the applications of audio and video playback more familiar to users and, in addition, is also free software. This alternative to Windows Media Player, to cite one example, play the majority of media file formats that we can find on the net and in addition also allows playback of CDs, DVDs and video-streaming.
  • Gimp is also well known for application users and offers us an image editor that enables you to retouch photos, make montages or perform any other task related to graphic design without, for example, to use Adobe Photoshop (which for routine or complexity is not much we can get rather large).
  • Thunderbird is, in my opinion, one of the best desktop clients that can be found and, following the trend of this list, is an open source alternative to Microsoft Outlook. With extensions like Lightning Thunderbird can provide a schedule for records that our appointments and meeting requests regardless we arrive (and they also can easily synchronize with Google Calendar, for example). And thanks to the varied catalog of extensions available can extend the functionality of the application and customize it to our liking and, from the point of view of managing large volumes of data, management of local folders far surpasses the “scary “pst files.

Each company is a unique environment and we can not always fit perfectly all software packages exist but, if we perform an analysis of the needs of our users and giving some packages use proprietary software, may we realize that not all we have acquired licenses are being amortized and that many are really underused therefore not unreasonable to use free alternatives that better conformed to our budget and, above all, the actual use we are doing.

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