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Find open-source alternatives to commercial software

by Tris Hussey on July 9th, 2007

I like using open-source and commercial software.  Sometimes when you’re trying to get someone set up on a new machine and you just have to have something like Photoshop, what are you going to do?  If they are only going to use it once and a while (or just once) why buy it?

There are great alternatives that work very well in both a pinch and for every day stuff.  I like Paint.Net myself for general image editing and creation.  Okay, great, but what about when you don’t know what the options are?  This is where OSalt comes in.  It’s a directory of open-source applications matched with commercial versions.  Looking for a PDF creator, or firewall or VPN?  Just browse the categories, click on the app you’d like an alternative for and there you go!

No, the list isn’t complete.  I’m sure they will take suggestions for new apps to help round things out.  But in a pinch, you might find what you’re looking for.  I certainly found some apps that I might try.

POSTED IN: Cool downloads, Cool tools, Open Source Applications, Software tips, Web 2.0

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