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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Elisa on Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:56 pm

Just a short notice who use p7zip for creating 7z and in the same time aren't on gnome & nautilus: I've wrote a short mini how-to for creating/testing 7z archives on KDE desktop => http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/255
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby yeomans on Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:35 pm

Thank you for presenting this. As a complete newbie this list is invaluable for my progression onto Linux. Great.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby qbicdesign on Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:38 am

I'd like to suggest a great website which I've used to find some great alternatives to proprietary apps.
They're not all Linux based, but many are.
Since i discovered this site, i can't live without it.

http://alternativeto.net

Just search for the app you want to replace, and it will offer you a bunch of alternatives.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Elisa on Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:44 pm

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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby vrkalak on Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:50 pm



Good find, Elisa :D

Bookmarked and added to the list.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Elisa on Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:20 am

I think the Mp3tag sw for Window$ is not proprietary but just I've found a cool Linux alternative to that - Puddletag -> http://puddletag.sourceforge.net

Give it a try :wink:
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby piku2008 on Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:16 pm

qbicdesign wrote:I'd like to suggest a great website which I've used to find some great alternatives to proprietary apps.
They're not all Linux based, but many are.
Since i discovered this site, i can't live without it.

http://alternativeto.net

Just search for the app you want to replace, and it will offer you a bunch of alternatives.


saved my life ...............
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby va7mn on Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:19 pm

This is a useful list, especially for those still using Windows apps. However, the list is almost 3 years old now and could stand a revision.

The article uses the term "open source" to describe free software, and uses the word "free" in the context of "no cost", a common mistake. Open source is not necessarily free software, and "free" software is not necessarily free in terms of cost! Free software comes under the jurisdiction of the GPL and its derivatives, and therefore is subject to the copyleft provisions of the GPL. Open source software may or may not be covered under the GPL and therefore is not necessarily "Free" software. This might be seen as nitpicking, but these terms have important legal definitions in the world of GNU/Linux. Other terms have been suggested and used to describe non-proproetray software, many of them ambiguous and confusing, and even contradictory.

Richard Stallman, author of the General Public License and its derivatives, specifies the use of the term "Free software" to describe software which comes under the GPL and can therefore be copied, modified, installed and distributed without restriction provided the GPL documentation remains attached to the software. 8)
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Elisa on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:05 am

http://whdb.com/2008/the-top-50-proprie ... ternatives

http://proc.linux.cz/ekvivalenty.html - more detailed but it's in Czech [use google translator if needed]
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Chubonga93_winux on Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:47 pm

FINALLY! This post tells me what to download if i cant get the windows version. GREAT PIECE OF ADVICE!
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Pierre on Sat May 14, 2011 9:20 am

http://shengchieh.50webs.com/tuxslinks.html

this list is a bit dated :(

But, still has lots of usefull stuff in there :D
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby yamawho on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:20 pm

Wow ... it has been over three years since I started this thread :mrgreen:

It's also been almost as long since I came to visit.

Decided to get back into Linux Mint 11 main edition 32bit and I'm really like it ... installed it last night.

I wanted to replace my windows 7 on my HDTV pc with Mint but ran into a snag trying to play Blu-Ray disks.

From what I've read you need to get MAKEMKV and then rip to hdd or stream to a player like VLC.
http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=224

Is there another easier way?

Sounds like more trouble than it's worth so I left windows 7 on the TV pc and started playing with Mint 11 on and other and here I am
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby blueXrider on Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:47 pm

not a bad beginners list however it needs to be updated
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby harryshine on Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:45 pm

wow, this post is wonderful, so many apps. The free ones, I would like to have a try.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby .William. on Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:53 pm

I'd add Karbon from the Calligra Suite as alternative to Microsoft Publisher. I find it easier to work with then Scribus. It supports Vector and is under active development. The Calligra Suite is a graphic art and office suite by KDE created from KOffice in 2010.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Pilosopong Tasyo on Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:37 pm

.William. wrote:I'd add Karbon from the Calligra Suite as alternative to Microsoft Publisher. I find it easier to work with then Scribus. It supports Vector and is under active development. The Calligra Suite is a graphic art and office suite by KDE created from KOffice in 2010.


Karbon is a vector-graphics application primarily used for making illustrations (drawings). It's akin to Inkscape and the Windows analogue is CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator.

Scribus, OTOH, is a Desktop Publishing (DTP) application, geared more for laying out pages for printing or reading (e.g. newspapers, magazines, certificates, et. al.), and contains a mixture of text and graphical elements (but more on text, usually). Windows analogue to Scribus include Microsoft Publisher, Adobe PageMaker and InDesign.

Although they are related to each other, both illustration and DTP applications have some degree of differences. I use both, BTW, depending on the kind of work done:

Inkscape - for illustrations, drawings, clipart, etc.
Scribus - for page layouts/desktop publishing
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby nextdistroplease on Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:36 pm

As a noob to Linux, about 6 months, I think I can say that "tar" is the perfect alternative to backup software.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby HaploVoss on Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:34 pm

My favorite Video editing / VJ system for linux:

http://lives.sourceforge.net/

Not sure why I rarely see this anywhere. It is very robust, I never have problems with it. If it does break after an update it gets fixed.
Love it, use it, abuse it. :)
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby reptilezone2002 on Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:59 am

wow nice work i was looking for a qwickbook alternative
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby blueglass on Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:05 am

I use OpenOffice and GnuCash a lot on my Mint laptop that I bought from Lazada and I agree with some other members here that technical applications are still behind in terms of the number of them that are open source. :)
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