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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby habfan29 on Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:41 am

nextdistroplease wrote:As a noob to Linux, about 6 months, I think I can say that "tar" is the perfect alternative to backup software.

rsnapshot >> tar, though you do need to format your backup drive in a *nix filesystem, not mere FAT32 or NTFS.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby blueglass on Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:48 pm

reptilezone2002 wrote:wow nice work i was looking for a qwickbook alternative


Have you tried using a web app like Wave Accounting to replace Quickbook?
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby iStatiK on Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:56 pm

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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Evgeny on Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:16 pm

I never knew about Cabos, I'll give a try
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby GreenLang on Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:37 am

What's an alternative for Adobe Premier CS6.5 that just came out. All i can say about that program is, rock solid, stable. butter smooth. low on memory. high on performance
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Jessey Lawson on Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:21 am

Man this thread is old. Like an old man. :D Libre office and Caliga are much bettter then Open office.
iTunes to Songbird: If you’re accustomed to the equation where “Apple + iPod + iTunes” equals a ton of money, then you might consider a switch to Songbird. Songbird is an open source player and a platform committed to “playing the music you want + from the sites you want + on the devices you want.” Songbird thereby challenges the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet.
Ok this just grinds my gears as they forgot that songbird is also a decent web browser to and that is the ONLY REASONi use it. And by the way, where are the open source games?! I did not see any witch means that the list is Biast and not complete. That it write I am going there. Now Micropalus is a good game but LinCity is complete crap. I mean what is with all the Russian vocabulary and we still don't have any more then one simcity clone.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby inflatablemouse on Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:56 pm

Has no one mentioned Kingsoft Office?

http://wps-community.org/download.html

I think this is by far and above the best MS Office alternative. I've not had the slightest trouble importing Office 2010/2013 documents or spreadsheets. Colors, formatting and fonts all look almost the same. Formulas and graphs all seem to work too (I have a few complex ones).

Honestly LibreOffice looks outdated and formatting has never looked right when importing Office documents. Fonts are ugly too. Kingsoft Office is simply beautiful :D .
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby erfunath on Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:30 pm

In terms of media players, I have to plug Clementine. http://www.clementine-player.org/. Love it. Probably already listed on here. Love it.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby Acanthus on Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:23 am

This list really needs updating.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby OldgitTom on Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:54 am

Kingsoft as Word replacement; I've tried the free version, which prolly lacks all the features of the paid-for one. It performs well & handles all MS Word files, so maybe worth downloading for that. But it falls behind Open Office in not recognizing & incorporating a scanner feature, or 'odt' files. Since that meant it was of limited use for my purposes, I rather lost interest after that, so I don't know if it can save graphics as 'jpeg' files (Word refuses), or how it fares with 'pdf' files.

Personally, I find MS Word the best. Linux would make bigger inroads in the business/academic markets if it introed its own version, were that feasible. Word's domination is from its near universal use, making the exchange of docs simpler - little file converting & staff training needed.

Open Office is acceptable, but no match for Word beyond simple text-bashing. Eg., commands ribbon cannot be customized, & any doc saved in non-odt form tends to have corrupted formatting when re-opened later. This seems to be when graphics & text are mixed.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby JohnBobSmith on Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:28 pm

Hm, thats interesting. I've had no problems using LibreOffice (the one that comes pre-installed with Mint) and MS Word, once I got my partition mounted. Sure a few formatting issues within the document itself (font, spacing, etc.) are inconvienent, but I've never had issues with corrupted files.

I wouldn't go as far to say that MS word is the king of office suites. Statistically speaking it does well, but other than that, I don't know... I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion (at least in Canada) so if you like using MS word then by all means, use it and enjoy! :)

I just prefer using free software. After all, Linux is free... :D
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby trapperjohn on Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:38 pm

Here's a huge alternative:

ArcGis -> qgis
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby trapperjohn on Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:43 am

molecular modeling and visualization:

Windows versions - various high priced apps

Alternatives:

Modeling/drawing:
Avogadro: http://avogadro.openmolecules.net/wiki/Main_Page

Visualization
Jmol: http://jmol.sourceforge.net/
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby myrkat on Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:14 pm

Would be nice to see a small collection of the "must have" utilities. Like on the windows side: Beyond Compare, Treesize Pro, WinRAR, CPU-Z, MP3 Tag & Rename, TextPad is a decent (paid for) editor on windows, but gedit is not bad... not to mention all the cool Piriform apps... sure, there's 12 command-line options in linux to do CPU-z, but really, the strength is in the "all-in-one" convenient place. And why compare MS Office to Open Office? I really think that LibreOffice > OpenOffice. I also laughed when I saw the Windows Media Player -> VLC. That really should be "VLC -> VLC"

Also, I'd put in Moneydance (but it's not free) over gnuCash (free) any day, but I know the point was "free vs. paid". It just does a whole lot more (and is windows/mac/linux); the only downside is java-based = crappy fonts. Still, this begs the question: I know a lot (most?) linux users like "free" software; I think this list should also have proprietary / paid-for linux software as well.

The list does need to be updated; or better yet and in true linux fashion, let's create our own (re-invent the wheel)
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby killer de bug on Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:26 pm

Can be interesting for students.

Origin like (to plot graph) --> QtiPlot.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby joo003464 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:25 am

Its been nice to go through your post.
It has given me much knowledge & so many valuable information.

I'm feeling very nice to be here. so enjoyable... ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby X-enomorph on Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:25 am

Thank you very much! This will be of great help.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby xfrank on Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:30 pm

I'v just found a complete replacement for PDF manipulation programs like Adobe Acrobat, Infix PDFeditor, NitroPDF, etc. (with text/image modification tools). This is MasterPDFeditor. It can be downloaded from the developer's site. Is like a "portable" app, the folder can be moved in any place. Very good program.
PDFs can be modified also with Inkscape and Libreoffice Draw. PDFmod has also some useful tools.
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby devilbuilder on Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:59 pm

yamawho wrote:Got this from another forum. A nice list to keep handy.

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


It would be better to copy it in here too, so that more people know of Linux, and that is is better cause its freedom of choice and speed joined by awesome dedicated people xD
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Re: Top 50 Proprietary apps and their Open Source Alternativ

Postby RonanC on Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:27 pm

Wow, that is a fantastic list.

I prefer LibreOffice over OpenOffice.
When Sun took over OpenOffice the people behind it went and created LibreOffice which IMO is nicer :)
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