How many times have you thought, ‘Why should I pay for this particular piece of software’? I once asked myself that as well. For example, some software can be expensive. Some expensive software also may not be very stable. So why should you, a hard working consumer spend moeny on a software like this. The answer is, you shouldn’t. That’s right. What if I told you that you could get your hands on software that will fill your needs absolutely at no cost to you?
Okay, now that the infomercial crap is out of the way, let’s get on with the good stuff. If you have been a computer user for any amount of time, there are names you no doubt have come to know. Adobe, Mediaplayer, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and the list goes on. What if you could get access to software that could replace the brand name counterparts they compete with, and it costs nothing. This is due to open source software. There are many open source software alternatives to fill your everyday needs.
Let’s take Adobe’s line of software, Adobe Acrobat, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop. There are open source alternatives to all three of these. We have CutePDF and PDFCreator for PDF creation (compared to Acrobat). We also have NVU to replace Dreamweaver’s web design functionality (which works suprisingly well). And to replace the rather expensive and legendary Photoshop with The Gimp. Here we have simply looked at several well-known software packages that coule be completely replaced with free and open source software.
Now, let’s look at Microsoft software. Ever wondered how you can replace Microsoft Office with a free, open source alternative to the Office Suite. It’s called Open Office, and it has replacement software for every function of Microsoft’s equivalent. Need to make a spreadsheet, Open Office has it covered. Database, word processing, and even a simple math function app is included. Let’s go ahead and replace Internet Explorer, with Mozilla Firefox and let’s not forget Google’s Chrome. Both of which add fast web surfing with tabbed browsing. Why not? Let’s go ahead and replace Outlook Express with an open source equivalent, Mozilla ThunderBird and Evolution Mail (both of which have Windows versions available for download).
The great thing about the majority of the above open source software is that they are cross-platform compatible. If you decide later to go as far as change to an open source operating system like Linux, the software operates just the same as the Windows versions. Also, all of the Mozilla Products allow you to import your existing settings from their Microsoft counterparts. So you can switch to open source software with very little trouble. Why keep putting up with licensing fees, software expiring and no longer being updated? Instead, most open source software is community supported, never requires licensing fees, can load on as many computers as you want, and most automatically update themselves when new versions and updates are released. If you have other needs that you would like to replace try performing a web search through Google for other open source alternatives to paid, commercial software. Get more done with your computer, by keeping your money in your wallet!