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75 Open Source Tools to Replace Apps You Use Every Day

Open source tools for music, security, business, IM, editing, gaming and other uses. Clearly, open source tools have fully matured.
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Can open source tools replace all closed source software? That is, are open source tools – freely downloadable software – really just as good as software you have to pay for?

In a lot of cases, the answer is yes. In fact, in some cases, open source tools offers features or performance benefits that surpass their commercial counterparts.

Want proof? Below you'll find a list of 75 open source tools that offer viable alternatives to popular closed-source applications. The list also refers you to comparable commercial software so that you can compare for yourself and see which option best meets your needs and offers the best value.

For this list, we've included a smattering of the best open source tools from a wide range of categories. Whether you're a large enterprise user, a small business owner, a home user, or even an educational institution, you'll probably find quite a few tools on this list that could replace the commercial software you use every day.

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: Audio/Music

1 Amarok Replaces: iTunes

This audio player lets you listen to music, creates playlists, displays lyrics and cover art, and integrates with a number of Web services. The interface seems a little text-heavy, but easy to use, though not as attractive as iTunes. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

2 Songbird Replaces: iTunes

You can't use Songbird on your iPhone or iPad, but you can use it on your PC or smartphone to set up playlists, listen to audio, stream video, and more. It also notifies users of upcoming concerts and allows you to purchase tickets right from the app. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Tools: Backup

3 Areca Backup Replaces: Norton Ghost

This simple yet flexible backup manager offers both compression and encryption capabilities, and it archives files locally, over a network, or online via FTP or FTPS. It offers most of the same features as Ghost, except it doesn't integrate with a full security suite, and it doesn't support Blu-Ray. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Open Source Tools: Browsers

4 Chrome Replaces: Internet Explorer

The big advantage Google's browser offers over the one from Microsoft is speed. It's fast to start up, fast to load pages, and fast to run Web apps. Unlike other browsers, it uses a combination Web address/search bar and simplifies the browsing experience in other ways as well. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

5 Firefox Replaces:

While not as fast as Chrome, Firefox offer faster performance than Internet Explorer, as well as excellent security features. It includes a lot of personalization features and more than 6,000 add-ons so that you can make your browser work the way you want it to. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Tools: Compression

6 7-zip Replaces: WinZip

While WinZip offers a fancier interface and more menu options, 7-zip lets you create 7z files with a higher compression rate, which means it creates smaller files. 7-zip also reads and writes WinZip files, as well as a number of other popular compression formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

7 PeaZip Replaces: WinZip

Unlike WinZip, PeaZip can save files in seven different formats and reads an astounding 123 different compressed file types. It also includes strong encryption capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Tools: Content Management

8 Alfresco Replaces: Sharepoint

Like SharePoint, Alfresco combines document management, web content management, records management, image management, and a content repository. In addition to the free community edition, it's also available as an enterprise subscription with support. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

9 MindTouch Replaces: Sharepoint, IBM Lotus

Forrester research has called MindTouch the "Best product alternative to Microsoft Sharepoint and IBM Lotus." The Core edition is available for free, while the commercial Standard, Enterprise, and Cloud editions add more features. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

Open Source Tools: Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

10 SugarCRM Replaces: SalesForce.com

Like SalesForce.com, SugarCRM is cloud-based and combines sales, marketing, customer service and reporting features. While the free community edition include basic functionality, in order to use the more advanced features, you'll need to pay for a subscription to the professional or enterprise edition. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Tools: Database

11 Firebird Replaces: Microsoft SQL Server, others

It's not as well-known as MySQL (see below), but Firebird also provides an alternative to commercial closed-source RBDMSs. First developed in 1981, it offers a mature, stable code base, but doesn't have corporate backing like MySQL. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X, Solaris.

12 Kexi Replaces: Microsoft Access

Making no secret of it's intended competition, Kexi's Web site boldly proclaims it "Microsoft Access for Linux." In fact, Kexi offers all of the same features and functionality as Access, and it's also available for Windows and OS X, as well as Linux. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

13 MySQL Replaces: Microsoft SQL Server, others

Downloaded or distributed more than 100 million times, MySQL (now owned by Oracle) is the most popular open source database software in the world. It's used by a number of well-known companies, including Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, and Zappos.com. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

Open Source Tools: Desktop Publishing

14 Scribus Replaces: InDesign, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office Publisher

While most desktop publishing programs cost a lot of money, Scribus offers professional layout features like CMYK color separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management, and PDF creation—all for free. However, because of the complexity involved in desktop publishing, Scribus cannot open or edit files created with similar programs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Open Source Tools: E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware

15 Collabtive Replaces: Basecamp

This cloud-based Web app includes project management, instant messaging, file and document management, timetracking, and reporting. It also imports Basecamp files, and if you don't want to host it yourself, you can purchase hosting and other services from Collabtive. Operating System: OS Independent.

16 Evolution Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

Often called "the Outlook of Linux," Evolution combines e-mail, calendar, and addressbook capabilities. However, this app only works with the Linux Gnome desktop. Operating System: Linux.

17 Group-Office Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

Group-Office includes a calendar, file sharing, basic CRM capabilities, e-mail, project management, and some billing features. In addition to the free community version, Group-Office also offers a paid professional version, which adds synchronization with mobile phones and Outlook, and a hosted version. Operating System: OS Independent.

18 phpGroupWare Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook, Sharepoint

This GNU project includes more than 50 applications, most notably e-mail, shared calendar, contact management, Web content management, document management, and project management. It scales for small groups and large enterprises. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

19 Thunderbird Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

The Thunderbird e-mail client boasts tabbed browsing and easy search—much like the Firefox browser also made by Mozilla. Unlike Outlook, this app only includes e-mail capabilities, but if you want to add calendar functionality, you can add Mozilla's Lightning/Sunbird. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

20 Zimbra Replaces: Microsoft Exchange

Zimbra messaging and collaboration suite comes in desktop, server, and hosted Web client versions. It includes e-mail, contact management, shared calendaring, and voice communications capabilities. Operating System: Linux

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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