70+ Open Source & Free Software Solutions You Need to Check Out

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If you are not utilising software for business purposes and if there is no big budget for software, toolsets and working environments it is often hard to make a case for software at normal prices. If you are a student you might get a good deal from the software developer but what other options are there?

osi_standard_logo-open-source-initiative-green-symbolThere are illegal ways of obtaining software to work with but do you really want to risk your reputation on that? What if everybody did that? Then soon the software developing companies could no longer deliver good products and are likely to sue you if word gets around.

The better alternative for everybody to use applications for personal use or for early stages of a business and freelancing work is to go for open source and generally free software solutions. Often these are not a copy of a software but even a proper rival to licenced software.

So today I would like to introduce you to my list of useful and interesting software solutions that are absolutely free of cost. Whether the solution is running on your OS or is installed on a web server, they are really good alternatives for their commercial counterparts.

Overview

Photo Editing

GIMP

Vector Art and Illustrations

Inkscape

Publishing

Scribus

3D Art

Blender

Audio Editing

Audacity

Video Editing

Cine FX
OpenShot

Media Player

VLC

Audio Management and Media Player

Amarok
aTunes
Clementine
Jajuk

Media Hub and Streaming System

Kodi Entertainment Center (a.k.a. XBMC Media Centre)

Office and Productivity Suite

LibreOffice
Calligra Suite
OpenOffice

Light-weight Text Processing

Abiword

PDF Reader

Foxit

Email Clients

Mozilla Thunderbird
Inky
Mailbird

WYSIWYG Editor

KompoZer

Text / Code Editor

Notepad++

eBook Management

Cailbre

Antivirus

ClamAV

Instant Messaging

Pidgin
Finch

Cellular Automation

Golly

Transportation / Traffic Management

IRIS

Enterprise 2.0 / Social Collaboration

Kune

Computer Algebra System

Maxima

Internet Relay Chat Client

mIRC

FTP Client

FileZilla

Point of Sales Systems (POS)

Floreant POS
Lemon POS

Project Management

Achievo
GanttProject
Project.Net
Open Project

Accounting

GnuCash
Buddi

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Daffodil CRM
SplendidCRM

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Apache OFBiz
Odoo ( a.k.a. OpenERP)
Openbravo
ADempiere

Mindmapping

Freemind

File Compression Client

7-Zip
PeaZip

File Encryption

TrueCrypt

Database Management

Adminer

IT Asset Management

RackTables

System Management

Foreman

Bug Tracking System

Fossil

Network Management

Ganymede

Network Discovery

Angry IP Scanner

Network Monitoring

Observium

Network Security

Armitage

File Transfer

WinSCP

ASCII Diagrams

ditaa

Data Backup and Synchronization

luckyBackup
Amanda

Data Destruction

BleachBit
Eraser

Gateways

Untangle 
Endian Firewall Community

Password Manager

KeePass

Web Filter

DansGuardian

Internet Security

PeerBlock

Portable Software

If you are using several workstations and not only a single terminal and maybe you are not connected to the internet (yes, that still happens) you might want to prepare yourself an USB thumbdrive with your favourite applications on it as a portable version, so they do not need to be locally installed to run. A great source for browsing and managing portable software is the platform PortableApps.com.

Browser-based Software

There are even some great solutions that are able to work only using your internet browser. Mostly these are backed up by cloud technology which should allow you to continue your work on any workstation as long as it is connected to the internet.

Summary

Open source and other free software is often mature enough to prepare an output that is just as good as the product of a pricey commercial software. Sometimes however you might be depending on features, functions and quality that is only provided by a commercial software developer.

So while free options might not be the key to everything, you should at least check if they are an option for you.  On the other side, even if you are an SME sized organisation, your needs might be served by a software that does not cost a fortune.

I hope you enjoyed my picks and please drop your favourite apps in the comments section below. I am looking forward to hear from you.

Photo credit: Halfrain / Open Source Initiative

Christopher Isak

Christopher Isak

Managing Editor at TechAcute
Hi there and thanks for reading my article! I'm Chris. I write about technology news and share experiences from my life in the enterprise world. I love readers who leave a comment. 😉
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Christopher Isak

Christopher Isak

Hi there and thanks for reading my article! I'm Chris. I write about technology news and share experiences from my life in the enterprise world. I love readers who leave a comment. ;)

2 thoughts on “70+ Open Source & Free Software Solutions You Need to Check Out

  • December 31, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    Bookmarked 🙂

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    • December 31, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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      Hi Diana, I’m glad you find the list that useful. Personally I did as well bookmark it. 🙂 It comes in handy very often for me.

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