What applications do you use every day? Your operating system and browser are almost definitely on the list. Maybe it also includes office productivity software, a music or video player, photo editor or certain games. Maybe you need accounting, security, POS and server software for your small business. Or maybe you have a larger business that needs ERP, CRM, ecommerce and content management tools.
Here at Datamation, we've updated our list of some of the most popular open source applications in all of these categories. Whether you've never used open source software before or you're a long-time Linux aficionado, you'll find plenty of applications here that support the work you do every day.
These open source options generally cost less than their proprietary alternatives, and many of them have features and capabilities that you won't find in their commercial counterparts. Open source software also gives users more flexibility, because they can alter it or extend it to meet their own needs.
As always, if you'd like to suggest additional projects for our open source list, feel free to make a note in the Comments section below.
Amarok combines music discovery features with an attractive, easy-to-use audio player. Key features include integration with multiple Web audio services, dynamic playlists, bookmarks, scripting, context view and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X
This full-featured audio player and organizer is highly customizable and offers lots of information about tracks. Key features include tagging, statistics, support for multiple file formats, karaoke function, equalizer and support for very large playlists. Operating System: OS Independent
Inspired by an older version of Amarok, Clementine plays locally stored music, audio CDs and streaming audio. It helps users organize their music and transfer it to iPhones, iPods and other devices, and it integrates with cloud services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive and Ubuntu One. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android
Designed for advanced users, this music organization and playing tool gets high praise from the critics. It boasts an intuitive interface plus a huge list of features designed to meet almost any audio playback need. Operating System: OS Independent
The self-styled "most popular open source backup and recovery software in the world," Amanda is an enterprise-quality network backup solution that protects more than a million systems worldwide. It comes in an open source community version, a paid enterprise version or a subscription-based cloud version from Zmanda, which is now owned by Carbonite. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X
6. Areca Backup
If you're backing up a single PC at home or a small office, Areca is worth a look. It's easy to set up but also gives plenty of options regarding what kind of backup you'd like to perform, what kind of archive files you'd like to have and how often backups are performed. Operating System: Windows, Linux
This app bills itself as "a high-performance, enterprise-grade system," though it's probably most useful for SMBs that want to backup their networks to local or network storage. It requires no client software, includes compression capabilities and uses pooling to minimize storage capacity needs and I/Os. Operating System: Windows, Linux
Suitable for larger organizations, Bacula, like Amanda, also claims to be the most popular open source backup software. Paid support and services for enterprise customers are available through Bacula Systems Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X
Replaces: Acronis True Image
This cloning solution comes in two versions. The Live version does bare metal backup and restores for standalone systems. The SE version is useful for deployment of multiple systems that all have the same image. Operating System: Linux
Another option for home users, Redo emphasizes ease of use. It's been downloaded more than 750,000 times and says it can do a bare-metal restore in just ten minutes. Operating System: Windows, Linux
B2evolution can run a standalone blog, multiple blogs or an entire website. It also includes features for setting up a community and marketing your site, and lots of information about hosting is available on the website. Operating System: OS Independent
Like B2evolution, LifeType can also support multiple blogs. It also has multi-user authentication and other features that make it suitable for use by an organization. Operating System: OS Independent
This very well-known software runs more than 60 million blogs. You can use the software with your choice of Internet host or use the free, but limited, hosting service available through WordPress.com. Operating System: OS Independent
Replaces: Internet Explorer
Google's Chrome browser, which is currently the most popular browser in the world according to StatCounter, is based on open source Chromium. It aims to be faster, more secure and more stable than competing browsers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X
Replaces: Internet Explorer
According to December 2013 figures from StatCounter, about 19 percent of all users rely on this open source browser from Mozilla. Features include the "Awesome bar," a tabbed interface, bookmarks, syncing with mobile versions, session restore and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android
16. Tor Browser
Replaces: Internet Explorer
For those concerned about privacy, Tor offers a way to browse the Internet anonymously and without divulging your location. It bounces communications off multiple servers in order to prevent eavesdropping. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X
If you need to compress a file to send via email, PeaZip offers an alternative to WinZip or the compression capabilities built in to the Windows file manager. It supports more than 150 different types of archive files, including several that compress smaller than WinZip. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X
Alfresco boasts users in 180 countries, including some big-name organizations like NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, FOX and KLM. It combines content management with team collaboration, document management, file sharing and business process automation. Paid support is available. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X
DNN runs more than 800,000 websites, including those for True Value Hardware, Cornell University, Glacier Water, Dannon and NASCAR. In addition to the open source software, the company also offers related commercial software under the Evoq brand name. Operating System: Windows
Extremely popular, Drupal claims to have a community of more than 630,000 users and developers. It's been around 2001, so it's very mature with extensive documentation, extensions, website examples and third-party services available. Operating System: OS Independent