75 Open Source Tools to Replace Apps You Use Every Day: Page 2

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Open Source Tools: Audio/Music, Backup, Browsers, Compression, Content Management, CRM, Database, Desktop Publishing, E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware. PAGE ONE.

Open Source Tools: ERP, File Transfer, Financial Management, Games, Gateway Security Appliances, Graphics/Drawing. PAGE TWO.

Open Source Tools: Instant Messaging, Mapping, Office Productivity, Operating System, Password Manager, PDF Tools. PAGE THREE.

Open Source Tools: Project Management, School Management, Text Editor, Utilities, Video Tools, VoIP, Web Site Creation. PAGE FOUR.

Open Source Tools: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

21 Open ERP Replaces: SAP

With its modular design, Open ERP makes it easy to add just the functionality your company needs. The Web site also includes comparisons with other open-source ERP solutions, as well as SAP and Microsoft Dynamics. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

22 Openbravo Replaces: SAP

Web-based, Openbravo offers ERP functionality with a minimal upfront investment. While the community version source code is available for download, most enterprises purchase Openbravo as a hosted app from one of the Openbravo vendors. Operating System: OS Independent

23 ADempiere Replaces: SAP

With a very active community and developer group, ADempiere boasts more than the usual amount of documentation and resources for an open source project. However, it doesn't have quite as many features and isn't quite as polished as some of the other ERP solutions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

Open Source Tools: File Transfer

24 FileZilla Replaces: CuteFTP, FTP Commander

FileZilla allows users to send large files via regular FTP and the more secure FTPS and SFTP protocols. While the client version works with all operating systems, the server version only works on Windows. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

25 FireFTP Replaces: CuteFTP, FTP Commander

Downloaded more than 13 million times, FireFTP is a Firefox add-on that turns your browser into an FTP client. Like WinSCP (below), it only includes a client, no server software. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

26 WinSCP Replaces: CuteFTP, FTP Commander

For Windows only, WinSCP is an file transfer client only—that is, it allows you to download files securely, but does not allow you to set up your own FTP server. It supports FTP, SFTP, and SCP. Operating System: Windows.

Open Source Tools: Financial Management

27 Buddi Replaces: Quicken, Microsoft Money

Extremely simple, Buddi lacks many of the fancy features you'll find in commercial financial software. However, it's easy to use and lets you set up accounts and budgets, enter transactions, and run reports. Operating System: OS Independent

28 Money Manager Ex Replaces: Quicken, Microsoft Money

Although slightly more robust than Buddi, Money Manager still lacks the more attractive interface you'll find in Quicken or Money. However, it does offer the unique feature of allowing you to download the software to your PC and then access it via the Web on your phone or another PC. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

29 TurboCASH Replaces: QuickBooks

TurboCash invites small business owners to compare it to commercial accounting packages with a handy checklist that compares features. While it doesn't have some of the features you'll find in QuickBooks, like check printing and multi-currency capabilities, it offers some features its more well-known competitor doesn't have, like XML support and remote access. Operating System: Windows.

Open Source Tools: Games

30 FlightGear Replaces: Microsoft Flight Simulator X

With realistic worldwide terrain, more than 20,000 real airports, and lots of aircraft to choose from, FlightGear provides real competition to Microsoft's Flight Simulator, and it doesn't require as many system resources. In fact, it provides such realistic flight operations that it has been used by universities, aerospace companies, and the FAA for research. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

31 FreeCol Replaces: Civilization

FreeCol doesn't have the intense graphics of the newest versions of Civilization, but then again it doesn't require as much memory or CPU either. It offers a similar style of game play and a similar storyline as the popular series. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

32 Frets on Fire Replaces: Guitar Hero

Frets on Fire is so much like Guitar Hero that you can even import Guitar Hero songs. While you can use a guitar controller if you have one, you can also play the game with your keyboard. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

33 Secret Maryo Chronicles Replaces: Mario Bros. Games

If you've played any Mario Brothers game (and you know you have), you'll find this game very familiar. It has the sort of 2D graphics you might remember from a couple of decades ago, and you progress from level to level by running, jumping, collecting coins, etc. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

34 StepMania Replaces: Dance Dance Revolution

StepMania works a lot like Dance Dance Revolution. If you have dance pads, you can use them (or buy them from the site); otherwise, you use your fingers to tap the keyboard in rhythm to the music. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Tools: Gateway Security Appliances

35 Endian Firewall Community Replaces: Check Point Security Gateways, McAfee, SonicWall, others

Like the closed-source Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances on the market, Endian combines anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall, intrusion detection, and other security functions into a single package. You can download the free community software to turn an old PC into a Linux-based appliance, or you can buy an appliance right from Endian. Operating System: Linux.

36 Untangle Replaces: Check Point Security Gateways, McAfee, SonicWall, others

Similar to Endian, Untangle combines a whole bunch of open-source apps for anti-virus, anti-spam, Web filetering, etc. With Untangle, you have three deployment options: as a router/UTM appliance on a separate PC, as a transparent bridge (if you already have a firewall/router), or as a software solution that runs in the background on any Windows PC connected to your network. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Open Source Tools: Graphics/Drawing

37 Archimedes Replaces: AutoCAD

Like AutoCAD, Archimedes creates 2D and 3D design renderings, but Archimedes was designed primarily for architects. Thus, it's not as good for mechanical engineering, but does offer architects some benefits over AutoCAD. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

38 Dia Replaces: Visio

Dia creates diagrams—for flowcharts, org charts, and more. It doesn't have as many options for art work and styles of boxes as Visio, but it's good enough for most casual users. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix.

39 Gimp Replaces: Photoshop

Gimp makes it easy to edit photos and other images—just like you would with Photoshop. Suitable for professionals, it includes features like layers, gradients, photo enhancement, color manipulation, digital retouching, and much more. For the Windows installer, see Gimp-win. Operating System: Windows, Linux

40 Inkscape Replaces: Illustrator, CorelDraw

A vector drawing program, Inkscape offers professional-quality features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) for graphic designers. The site now also features an open clip art gallery that you can use in your drawings. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

41 Paint.Net Replaces: Photoshop

While not quite as powerful as Photoshop and The Gimp, PaintNet offers many, many more capabilities than the Microsoft Paint utility it was originally intended to replace. It boasts an intuitive interface, layering capability, and many special effects. Operating System: Windows

Open Source Tools: Audio/Music, Backup, Browsers, Compression, Content Management, CRM, Database, Desktop Publishing, E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware. PAGE ONE.

Open Source Tools: ERP, File Transfer, Financial Management, Games, Gateway Security Appliances, Graphics/Drawing. PAGE TWO.

Open Source Tools: Instant Messaging, Mapping, Office Productivity, Operating System, Password Manager, PDF Tools. PAGE THREE.

Open Source Tools: Project Management, School Management, Text Editor, Utilities, Video Tools, VoIP, Web Site Creation. PAGE FOUR.


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