78 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications: Page 2

These open source applications replace expensive apps for home and business users, which in some cases can free you from the burden of monthly subscription fees.

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Database

20. Firebird

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($931 and up)

Under development since 1981, Firebird calls itself the "true universal open source database." It's completely free and boasts features like excellent concurrency, high performance and powerful language support. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, macOS, Solaris

21. Impala

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($931 and up)

An Apache incubator project, Impala is a native analytic database for Hadoop that supports SQL. Several vendors, including Cloudera, MapR, Oracle and Amazon offer Impala distributions. Operating System: Linux, macOS

22. Kexi

Replaces Microsoft Office Access ($109.99), FileMaker Pro ($888 per year and up)

Specifically designed as an alternative to Access and FileMaker, Kexi is a visual database application creator that allows non-programmers to make simple data-driven applications. It is part of the KDE project and the Calligra office productivity suite. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

23. MySQL

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($931 and up)

One of the most popular open source projects in existence, MySQL is used by many well-known websites, including Facebook, Google, Adobe and Zappos. In addition to the free Community edition, Oracle offers paid Standard, Enterprise and Cluster CGE editions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, macOS

24. PostgreSQL

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($931 and up)

The self-proclaimed "world's most advanced open source database," PostgreSQL is a object-relational database that supports SQL and is fully ACID compliant I offers programming interfaces for multiple languages, including Java, C, C++, Perl, Python, Ruby and many others. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

Desktop Publishing

25. MiKTeX

Replaces InDesign CS5 ($19.99 per user per month and up), QuarkXPress($849), Microsoft Publisher ($109.99)

While not as full-featured as Scribus (see below) or the proprietary applications listed above, MiKTeX does one thing really well — it typesets scientific and mathematic text. It’s cross-platform and can even run from a portable thumb drive or other storage device. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

26. Scribus

Replaces InDesign CS5 ($19.99 per user per month and up), QuarkXPress($849), Microsoft Publisher ($109.99)

Suitable for use by professionals or home users, Scribus has been around since 2011. It offers many advanced features and can import a wide range of file types. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

27. Apache OFBiz

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

This enterprise process automation tool includes a wide variety of functions, including ecommerce, catalog management, order management, CRM, fulfillment, accounting, content management, project management, warehouse management, and much more. It is currently a top-level Apache project. Operating System: OS Independent

28. Compiere

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

Compiere offers a full-featured ERP solution with capabilities very similar to iDempiere (see below). It also comes in a paid cloud version that runs on Amazon Web Services. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS, others

29. Dolibarr ERP/CRM

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

Ideal for small businesses, freelancers and foundations, Dolibarr combines ERP and CRM functionality in an easy-to-use interface. The site also features a store where users can purchase hosting, addons and related services. Operating System: OS Independent

30. ERP5

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

Claiming to be the "most powerful open source ERP," ERP5 counts banks, universities and corporations like Airbus among its users. It includes accounting, CRM, HR, project management, inventory, manufacturing, ecommerce, product data management, knowledge management, point of sale and many other capabilities. Operating System: OS Independent

31. iDempiere

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

The Compiere and Adempiere projects have been involved in a number of disputes over the years, resulting in forks and name changes. The current successor project to Adempiere is iDempiere, which includes ERP, CRM and supply chain management capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS, others

32. Odoo

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

Used by companies like the World Wildlife Federation, Toyota and Hyundai, this comprehensive ERP solution includes modules for sales, ecommerce, accounting, point of sale, project management and inventory. In addition to the free Community edition, it also comes in Online and Enterprise editions, and the Online edition is free for fewer than 50 users. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

33. Openbravo

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

Named a “cool vendor” for Spain and India by Gartner, Openbravo offers both paid and free open source ERP solutions. It can be difficult to find the community versions for download, but they are at code.openbravo.com. Operating System: OS Independent

34. SQL-Ledger

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

Web-based SQL-Ledger promises easy installation and an intuitive interface. It's a simple, basic ERP solution that stores data in a SQL database. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

35. webERP

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

Another Web-based option, weERP was designed specifically to meet the needs of wholesalers, distributers and manufacturers. There's an online demo on the site so you can give it a try before you download. Operating System: OS Independent

36. xTuple PostBooks

Replaces Microsoft Dynamics 365 ($210 per user per month and up), SAP (prices vary), NetSuite ($999 per month and up)

XTuple offers multiple ERP solutions, and PostBooks is the free, open source version that provides the core for the company's other products. It includes tools for managing sales, accounting, operations and CRM. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

Firewall and Unified Threat Management

37. Endian Firewall Community

Replaces Check Point Firewalls ($400 and up), Barracuda Firewalls ($699 and up)

With Endian Firewall Community and an old PC, you can easily create a turn-key firewall for your home or small business network. It includes a stateful firewall, email security, intrusion prevention, network quality of service, VPN, antivirus, reporting and multi-WAN capabilities. The company also offers paid products based on the open source core. Operating System: Linux

38. Untangle

Replaces Check Point Firewalls ($400 and up), Barracuda Firewalls ($699 and up)

Untangle offers similar functionality to Endian, with the option to install security apps individually so that you get exactly the functionality you want. The website includes both free and paid software for download, and pre-configured appliances are also available for purchase if you don't want to use your own hardware. Operating System: Windows, Linux


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