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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby jotrago on Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:57 am

There is also a site dedicated to this topic. CHeck out

http://www.osalt.com/
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby JCH2 on Thu May 29, 2014 1:56 pm

jotrago wrote:There is also a site dedicated to this topic. CHeck out

http://www.osalt.com/


Thank you for pointing this out, as I was having trouble finding some central sources. I have dabbled with Linux for a couple of years but only switched fully in the last two months. Unfortunately, I find Osalt to be poorly maintained and woefully out of date in many areas. Are there any other sites like it, either independant or attached to one or more of the distro sites?

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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby steanne on Thu May 29, 2014 8:21 pm

http://alternativeto.net has a filter to limit results by license type.
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A Full List of Proprietary apps and their Linux Alternatives

Postby MacLindroid on Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:02 am

http://www.linuxappfinder.com/alternatives

You can add to this list if you come across an omission as well. :)
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby RobRobinson on Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:25 pm

Wow! Thanks for that link. I have bookmarked it so I can keep going back.
Thanks again.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby darkonc on Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:59 am

ebaut wrote:good topic, but some programs like Abletone, 3D Max, Photoshop, etc. have no similar analogs in linux =(
I wish soon it become wrong :D

3dmax -> blender, k3d, wings3d , etc.
Photoshop -> gimp et al.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Banzai Beagle on Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:32 am

MagnusB wrote:Still, sadly, technical software are still way behind in open source. Both AutoCAD and MATLAB breaks all competition, for 3D CAD Pro Engineer is the king. Hopefully we will see some improvements in the open source in the near future...

Where can one acquire this king of CAD?
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby sammy66 on Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:54 am

I am a Linux/Mint newbie but so far love it. What I really miss so far is an application like "Where Is It" or "Advanced Disk Catalog" in Windows world. I am not talking about something like CD/DVD catalogin software. I have 4 internal hdd's with files/appz/images I want to search for at anytime. How to do it in Linux ? Anyone with solution ? Gnome Catalog doesn't seem to work the way I want
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby donalduck on Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:04 pm

sammy66 wrote:I am a Linux/Mint newbie but so far love it. What I really miss so far is an application like "Where Is It" or "Advanced Disk Catalog" in Windows world. I am not talking about something like CD/DVD catalogin software. I have 4 internal hdd's with files/appz/images I want to search for at anytime. How to do it in Linux ? Anyone with solution ? Gnome Catalog doesn't seem to work the way I want


I think you'll find gThumb handy with images.

As a more generic approach, just open the Terminal and learn how to use find command, especially with the -iname option.
There is a lot of advantages working directly with the text terminal, it is worth to learn indeed 8)
And after that, use aliases for your favorite image viewer, and code a little shell script to encaspulate several commands and shorten the text you type...
BTW If you haven't got millions of files on your file system, search on the fly should be very quick.

usual find examples:
Code: Select all
find ~ -size +100k -name "*Search*.jpg" -print
find / -type f -iname "*search*.jpg"  -print 2> /dev/null
man find
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby sergio1234 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:58 am

I think there are a lot of programs in Linux replacing the Windows ones. Brackets for HTML/CSS/Javascript is very good for Linux too.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Camillus on Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:59 am

I would use Pinta as the replacement of MS Paint, but the version in the sw manager is outdated and buggy. PPA of the Pinta don't do the job for me btw. :(
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby karlchen on Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:44 am

Hello, Camillus.
Camillus wrote:I would use Pinta as the replacement of MS Paint, but the version in the sw manager is outdated and buggy. PPA of the Pinta don't do the job for me btw. :(
The thread where you posted is titled "Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternatives" and not "Pinta complaints."
You should open a new thread. Report which Mint version exactly you are using. Report which Pinta version you get from the repos. Tell us which Pinta PPA you tried. Explain what exactly does not work for you.

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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby RobertX on Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:52 pm

Nice list, but I'm already using alternatives to those alternatives on Linux Mint.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby JohnBobSmith on Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:02 am

Here's my list of things I use regularly that works just the same as my school's Windows/Mac applications. Most of these are art based applications, but I have some other things in the list too.

Final Cut Pro X, or any propreitary video editor, can be replaced with kdenlive. I havent done much video editting in kdenlive as I have to use FCPX at school, but kdenlive seems okay. Most other video editors are either Windows Movie Maker in quality (really basic) or I havent tried them out.

Photoshop can be replaced with Gimp. Honestly, I get more work done in gimp than in photoshop. It also looks better in my opinion, because you arent being lazy with a one-filter-does-all or the quick selection tool that photoshop has. Anyone who says that gimp can't do what photoshop does is 1) Being lazy and 2) Has never heard of plugins

Adobe After Effects can (somewhat) be replaced with Blender. Blender can do some pretty awesome simulations, post production and stuff like that to make effects that look really awesome. Integrating it with video is another story all together, but it can be done and I may show you guys an example of that later in a different thread.

Adobe Illistrator can be replaced with Inkscape or any vector graphics program really. Never really worked with vector graphics like Illistrator does, and I really dont care to learn it at this time.

Any music creating/editing software can be replaced with all of the following:
-freesound.org //For nearly any sound you can imagine
-http://www.bfxr.net //for making game sounds
-http://www.pulseboy.com //for making retro sounds (mostly DOS music, youtube it).
-Try banging things together, or actually recording the sound (within reason).
-Some general creativity
-And of course, Audacity for mixing/editting/putting everything together nicely.
Honestly, I think that recording your own sounds is the best approach. No harm in mixing any of the above sounds either.

Autodesk XSI, Maya, 3DS Max, and others can all be replaced with Blender. I used to use XSI, then I started using Blender and my artwork improved 100 times over, because Blender is awesome.

Unreal Development Kit, Source Engine SDK, or Unity can be generally replaced with something like Leadwerks Game Engine (non free). Leadwerks is okay, but I didnt really enjoy it that much. Never got too much into it either though. But for the $100 I say its worth it. One time fee of $100 for a FULLY featured engine, no limitations (unlike Unity's free version) I say it was a good buy. I will have to get into it in the next little bit here... I don't regret getting Leadwerks, thats for sure.

Microsoft Visual Studio can be replaced with Code::Blocks. While I've never run visual studio, I have Code::Blocks and I absolutely love it as an IDE for programming in C++.

Notepad++ can be replaced with something as simple as Gedit. Works great for me.

Although WINE is not an alternative program, it can be used to run just about any Windows application before ~2012 ish. Older stuff generally runs better. A lot of games run great in WINE. Just be prepared to do a LOT of tweaking to get anything working... Everything I've ran in WINE needed some sort of configuring before it worked. But at least it did work.

Hopefully I'm not restating anything to obvious. Just thought I'd chip in my two cents from an artists/programmers/gamers perspective.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby fuzzyanalysis on Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:33 am

AlternativeTo (http://alternativeto.net) is quite good for for finding alternative software packages to popular apps.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Veerstryngh Thynner on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:23 am

Hi there all!

In bed with flu and just browsing through the list of Windows alternatives. And yes, I agree: it's helpful indeed.

What I'm still using Windows for is

1) video capturing (eg transferring DVDs to video file - .flv,.mp4 and the like): no Linux alternative available for this (unless you're holding a degree in IT, perhaps...);
2) as a musician, I'd really like a decent voice changer. But since there's none in Linux, I'm using Windows for that, too.

In the past, Audacity has been advised, in this respect. I'm totally chuffed with it, as recording and editing tool both - don't get me wrong - but it most definitely doesn't make the grade as to changing my male voice into a credible (and reasonably natural!) female one.

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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby hwally on Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:02 am

A great list but doesn't mention an alternative to Adobe Flash. Since they're not going to support Linux anymore does Mint have an alternative ready.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby killer de bug on Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:08 am

HTML5...
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby xinu on Fri May 01, 2015 10:15 am

Nice link yamawho.

There is not much I can't do with Linux (Mint) which I could do with Windows.

Asamof, I have the feeling I can often do more with Linux.
Also learning more with every step I take.

Above all at a much higher speed.
Even on older systems.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby mehimu on Wed May 27, 2015 10:59 pm

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