Linux Invasion: 101 Open Source Apps for Windows: Page 3

These are some of the best applications for home, business or education users who are new to open source.


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53. Rigs of Rods

This popular vehicle simulator has a very active community constantly creating new vehicles and scenery. It uses a unique soft-body physics engine to create realistic models of land, sea or airborne vehicles. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


Short for "The Open Race Car Simulator," (TORCS) is a very realistic racing game. Play using a keyboard, mouse, joystick or steering wheel controller. Operating System: Windows (32- and 64-bit), Linux, OS X

55. UFO:Alien Invasion

Head to the year 2084 in this squad-based tactical strategy game. Save the earth from alien invaders while playing in single- or multi-player mode. Operating System: Windows (XP or newer), Linux, OS X

56. Warsow

This cartoonish game calls itself "the most fast-paced sport on the web!" Players fight against "rocketlauncher-wielding pigs and lasergun-carrying cyberpunks" in a game that isn't as gory as most first-person shooters. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

57. Warzone 2100

Warzone transports users to the year 2100, where they must rebuild civilization following a nuclear apocalypse. Play in campaign, multi-player or single-player mode. Operating System: Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP), Linux, OS X

58. Xonotic

Lots of weapons and addictive gameplay make Xonotic a hit with gamers who enjoy first-person shooters. If you've ever played the game Nexuiz, this game will feel familiar. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Graphics Editors

59. Blender

Blender is a professional-caliber 3D animation suite that offers modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and game creation capabilities. The team behind the software is also involved in the creation of open movies, and a new project is currently in the works. Operating System: Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP), Linux, OS X

60. Dia

Dia is "roughly inspired by" Microsoft Visio and offers similar tools for creating charts and graphics. It's a good option for making simple org charts and diagrams, but it's not quite as advanced as Visio. Operating System: Windows (8, 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP), Linux

61. Gimp

Short for "GNU Image Manipulation Program," Gimp is a very sophisticated, professional-quality graphics tool for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It supports most image file formats and offers a customizable interface, photo enhancement tools, a channel mixer, and much more. Operating System: Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012), Linux

62. Inkscape

Also suitable for professional use, Inkscape provides tools for the creation and editing of vector graphics. It's a great tool for creating logos, illustrations and scalable artwork. Operating System: Windows (7, Vista, XP), Linux, OS X

Human Resource Management (HRM)

63. Orange HRM

With more than a million users, OrangeHRM claims to be "the world’s most popular Open Source Human Resource Management Software (HRMS)." In addition to the free community version it also comes in paid professional and enterprise versions, with add-on services also available. Operating System: Windows (7, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008), Linux, OS X


64. Argumentative

If you're drafting a speech, preparing for a debate or writing a position paper, Argumentative can help you map out your argument visually. You can also export those graphics to Word, PowerPoint, text or Web formats. Operating System: Windows.


65. Maxima

Descended from a project that began in the 1960s, Maxima is an algebra system that handles differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors. It can also plot graphs in two or three dimensions. Note that like most math software, it requires users to have some knowledge of programming. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

66. Sage

A suite that includes more than 100 different open source projects, Sage can perform many types of mathematical calculations, from elementary to advanced, pure and applied. It's very powerful but not particularly user-friendly; it's best for users familiar with the Python programming language.Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

67. Scilab

One of the more polished open source math applications, Scilab supports thousands of different mathematical functions. Paid support, training and services can be purchased through Scilab Enterprises. Operating System: Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP), Linux, OS X

Mind Mapper

68. FreeMind

A great tool for brainstorming or organizing your thoughts, FreeMind makes it easy to create graphical representations of the connections between words, much like you would on a white board. Very popular, it's downloaded an average of 4,000 times every day. Operating System: Windows (7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 9x, Server 2003), Linux, OS X

69. FreePlane

Forked from FreeMind, FreePlane offers many of the same capabilities as its predecessor. To see it in action, check out the mind map explaining its functions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Multimedia and Video Tools

70. CamStudio

Ideal for educators and helpdesk personnel, CamStudio makes it easy to record what is happening on a computer screen. It can also record sound. Operating System: Windows (7, Vista, XP)

71. InfraRecorder

This tool makes it easy to burn CDs and DVDs. It can crate data, audio and mixed-use discs, as well as erasing rewritable discs. Operating System: Windows

72. Miro

Miro calls itself "The beautiful, open-source music and video player that lets you break free." Key features include easier import from iTunes, Android syncing, a music and app store, support for most video file formats, video conversion capabilities, ultra-fast torrent downloads and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS

73. VLC Media Player

VLC's claim to fame is that it plays just about everything. It's simple, fast, easy-to-use and doesn't require any extra codec packs to operate. Operating System: Windows (XP or later), Linux, OS X, others.

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