Open Source Products Vs

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Open Source Products
Vs

Commercial

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Accounting


1.
Edoceo

Imperium

Replaces
QuickBooks Pro

($229.95),
Sage Peachtree Complete
Accounting 2011

($254.99)


Web
-
based Imperium combines some business management features like CRM and job
tracking with a full
-
featured double
-
entry accounting package. It's built in XHTML/CSS and
JavaScript, and it integrates with Google Apps. Operating System: OS Independent


2.
FrontAccounting

Replaces
QuickBooks Pro

($229.95),
Sage Peachtree Complete
Accounting 2011

($254.99)



Like Imperium,
FrontAccounting

is Web
-
based and includes some ERP functionality. It prides
itself on being powerful, yet simple. Operating System: OS Independent


3.
TurboCASH

Replaces
QuickBooks Pro

($229.95),
Sage Peachtree Complete
Accounting 2011

($254.99)


This small business accounting package offers many similar features to QuickBooks and Sage.
It tracks up to 10 bank accounts, 999 sets of books, 12000 accounts, 40000 debtors and
creditors, and 64000 stock items. Operating System: Windows


4.
XIWA

Replaces
QuickBooks Pro

($229.95),
Sage Peachtree Complete Accounting
2011

($254.99)


First released in 1999, XIWA is an older accounting program for Linux only. One benefit for
owners of very small businesses is that it offers the option of using double
-
entry accounting or
not, depending on the background of the user. Operating System: Linux


Audio Recording & Editing software


Audacity

Replaces
Apple
LogicPro

($499),
FL Studio Producer Edition

($199)


Apple's audio editor aims to let amateur musicians create professional
sounding mixes

Audacity does the same thing without charging you an arm
and a leg. With it you can record live audio, convert files to different formats,
cut and splice tracks, change pitch and more. Operating System: Windows,
Linux, OS X


Frinika

Replaces
Apple
LogicPro

($499),
FL Studio Producer Edition

($199)



This Java
-
based audio editor includes a sequencer, midi support, soft
synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more. It's
billed as a "complete platform for making music with your computer."
Operating System: OS Independent


Linux
MultiMedia

Studio

Replaces
Apple
LogicPro

($499),
FL Studio
Producer Edition

($199)


LMMS is a music composing and mixing tool designed as an alternative to FL
Studio. The name on this app is a little misleading: Although it says
"
MultiMedia
," it's really an audio tool, and although it says "Linux," it also runs
on Windows. Operating System: Windows, Linux


Business Intelligence


Jaspersoft

Replaces
Oracle Business Intelligence Standard

($2,000+)


The self
-
proclaimed "most widely used business intelligence software,"
Jaspersoft

products offer reporting,
dashboards, analysis and data integration capabilities. The link above primarily promotes the commercial versions of
the software, which include paid support. More info on the community versions can be found at
JasperForge.org
.
Operating System: OS Independent


Pentaho

Replaces
Oracle Business Intelligence Standard

($2,000+)


Pentaho

likes to calls itself "the open source business intelligence leader." It claims to reduce BI costs by 90 percent,
and it's also available on an
SaaS

basis. Operating System: OS Independent


Palo BI Suite

Replaces
Oracle Business Intelligence Standard

($2,000+)


Palo offers planning, reporting, analysis, dashboards, consolidation and more. The community version essentially
extends the capabilities of Excel or
OpenOffice
, while the paid premium
verison

adds more reporting and OLAP
modules. Operating System: OS Independent


JMagallanes

Replaces
SAP Crystal Reports

($495),
DBxtra

($490 and up)


If you only need reporting capabilities,
JMagallanes

might be right for you. It leverages code from several other open
source projects to create static reports, Swing pivot tables for OLAP analysis, and charts. Operating System: OS
Independent


OpenReports

Replaces
SAP Crystal Reports

($495),
DBxtra

($490 and up)


Another Web
-
based reporting
-
only BI tool,
OpenReports

offers flexible scheduling, a variety of output formats, fine
-
grained security controls, built
-
in auditing and more. The paid professional version adds capabilities like dashboards,
conditional scheduling, and others. Operating System: OS Independent


Business Process Management

CAD, CRM etc.,


ProcessMaker

Replaces
Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite

($10,500+)


Web
-
based
ProcessMaker

helps simplify workflows with tools for modeling workflows, automatic
notification, reporting and optimization. It's available in a free community edition, a subscription
-
based
enterprise edition or in a cloud
-
based version with a free trial. Operating System: Windows, Linux



BRL
-
CAD

Replaces
AutoCAD

($3,995.00 and up)


For more than 20 years, the U.S. military has used BRL
-
CAD for solid modeling. Key features include
interactive 3D solid geometry editing, high
-
performance ray
-
tracing support, network
-
distributed
framebuffer

support, image and signal
-
processing tools, path
-
tracing and photon mapping support, a system
performance analysis benchmark suite, an embedded scripting interface, and more. Operating System:
Windows, Linux, OS X, others.



Archimedes

Replaces
AutoCAD

($3,995.00 and up)



Designed for architects, Archimedes is a Java
-
based CAD program with a fairly minimal feature set. Note that
this is different than the GNU Archimedes program for semiconductor design and testing. Operating System:
Windows, Linux, OS X



Sugar Community Edition

Replaces
Sage ACT!

($229.99 and up),
Microsoft Dynamics

Used by
companies like Coca
-
Cola, Avis, Chevrolet and thousands of others


SugarCRM

includes sales and marketing support, e
-
mail integration, reporting, mobility and support for
social networking. In addition to the open source community edition, it's available in a variety of on
-
premise
and cloud
-
based paid editions. Operating System: OS Independent


Database(s)


MySQL

Replaces
Microsoft SQL Server Standard

($7,171 per processor)



Calling itself the “world’s most popular open source database,” Oracle
-
owned MySQL's
customers include Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Alcatel
-
Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, Craigslist, Sears
and Zappos.com. In addition to the free download, it's also available in supported standard,
enterprise and cluster carrier
-
grade editions which are priced per server. Operating System:
Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X



Firebird

Replaces
Microsoft SQL Server Standard

($7,171 per processor)


Going on 30 years old, Firebird boasts "excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful
language support for stored procedures and triggers." This community
-
based project isn't
owned by any commercial entity, but you can get paid support from a variety of third
-
party
partners. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris



Kexi

Replaces
Microsoft Office Access 2010

($139.95),
FileMaker Pro 11

($299)


Calling itself “a long
-
awaited competitor for programs like MS Access or
Filemaker
,” KDE's
Kexi

offers a set of features similar to both applications. Those features include tools for importing
files from spreadsheets, Access, CSV files, MySQL or
PostgreSQL

or for exporting to CSV files,
MySQL or
PostgreSQL
. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


Desktop Publishing


Scribus

Replaces
InDesign CS5

($699),
QuarkXPress
($799)


Suitable for professional graphic designers and
other artists,
Scribus

includes features like color
separations, CMYK and spot color support, ICC
color management, and support for the latest PDF
formats. Commercial support is not available, but
a wealth of documentation is available both online
and in book format. Operating System: Windows,
Linux, OS X


Development Tools


KDevelop

Replaces
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN

($1,199.00)


KDE's integrated development environment (IDE) includes a source code editor, project managers, GUI
designer, front ends for the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Debugger, and more. It offers code
completion for C/C++, as well as some support for Perl, Python, PHP, Java, Fortran, Ruby, Ada, Pascal, SQL,
and Bash. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X



MonoDevelop

Replaces
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN

($1,199.00)


Designed for .NET developers, this IDE from Novell makes it easier to create C# applications for multiple
platforms. It also supports Java, Boo, Visual Basic.NET,
Oxygene
, CIL, Python,
Vala
, C and C++. Operating
System: Windows, Linux, OS X



SharpDevelop

Replaces
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN

($1,199.00)


Like
MonoDevelop
,
SharpDevelop

(or #develop) was created as an alternative to Visual Studio for
Microsoft's .NET platform. It supports C#, VB.NET and Boo. Operating System: Windows



Open
BlueDragon

Replaces
Adobe ColdFusion 9
($1,299)


If you'd like to create Web apps using the ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), but don't want to spend
thousands of dollars on your development tool, Open
BlueDragon

gives you an open source option. It
describes itself as "the world's first truly open source GPL Java and Google App Engine CFML runtime."
Operating System: Windows, Linux


E
-
mail/Collaboration/Groupware


Z
imbra

Replaces
Microsoft Exchange

($699 and up) Humbly calling itself "the most capable open source email and
collaboration suite available today,"
Zimbra

supports e
-
mail, shared calendar, shared contacts and document
sharing. It works with most e
-
mail clients (including Outlook, Thunderbird or the
Zimbra

client), and it's also
available in commercially supported versions. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X


Citadel

Replaces
Microsoft Exchange

($699 and up) Citadel offers Web
-
based e
-
mail, calendar, contacts, bulletin
boards, IM, wiki, chat and more. The full version is available for free or you can purchase the hosted service.
Operating System: Linux

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


OpenERP

Replaces
Microsoft Dynamics
,
SAP

This full
-
featured app includes modules for CRM, accounting, point of
sale, project management, warehouse management, human resources, purchasing, manufacturing, marketing,
invoicing and an application builder. It's available in a free community edition, a paid enterprise edition for on
-
site
deployment, or a subscription
-
based online edition. Operating System: Windows, Linux


Openbravo

Replaces
Microsoft Dynamics
,
SAP

With more than 2 million downloads,
Openbravo

boasts that it is
the "world’s leading Web
-
based open source ERP solution." In addition to the free community version, it also
comes in paid basic and professional editions that can be deployed on
-
site or in the cloud. Operating System: OS
Independent


ADempiere

Replaces
Microsoft Dynamics
,
SAP

This community
-
based app offers ERP, CRM and POS functionality. It
also integrates with several other open source apps as part of a full suite that adds Web 2.0, authentication,
telephony, document management, BI, intranet and data repository capabilities. Operating System: Windows,
Linux, OS X, others



Phreedom

Replaces
Microsoft Dynamics
,
SAP

This ERP suite is based on the
PhreeBooks

accounting software
which is incorporated in the package. It includes contacts, inventory, payment,
PhreeBooks

accounting, reporting
and shipping modules, and other add
-
on modules are also available. Operating System: OS Independent


Gateway Security Appliances


Endian Firewall Community

Replaces
Check Point Security Gateways

($675 and up)


If your small business has a good IT person, you can build your own
security appliance using
Endian's

community version of its software
and an older PC. It includes a firewall, application
-
level proxies with
antivirus support, e
-
mail virus and spam filtering, Web content
filtering and a VPN. Endian also sells pre
-
configured appliances based
on its open source software if you don't want to build your own.
Operating System: Linux


Untangle

Replaces
Check Point Security Gateways

($675 and up)


Similar to Endian, Untangle can also be used to create your own
security appliance, or you can purchase pre
-
configured appliances. It
boasts the "lowest total cost of ownership of any network gateway
solution on the market today" and is currently used by more than
30,000 organizations around the world. Operating System: Windows,
Linux

Graphics/Drawing


Inkscape

Replaces
Illustrator

($599),
CorelDraw
($399)


Another tool for graphics professionals,
Inkscape

is a vector graphics drawing program with many advanced
features. The
Inkscape

website also includes links to a library of open source clip art that you can use freely
in your illustrations. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X



Paint.Net

Replaces
Photoshop CS5

($699)


This Photoshop alternative has been described by reviewers as "impressive" and "just about perfect." It
boasts an intuitive interface, fast performance and some advanced tools like layers, special effects and
unlimited history. Operating System: Windows



Dia

Replaces
Visio Professional

($559.99)


Dia

describes itself as "inspired by" Microsoft Visio. Like its inspiration, it makes it easy to draw org charts,
UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other types of charts and diagrams.


Operating System: Windows, Linux


Gimp

Replaces
Photoshop CS5

($699)


Short for "GNU Image Manipulation Program," GIMP is a professional
-
quality image manipulation program
that's intuitive enough for amateurs to use. It includes a full suite of painting and image re
-
touching tools,
layers and channels, sub
-
pixel sampling,
quickmask
, file format conversion tools, animation capabilities and
much more. For the Windows version, you'll need to download
Gimp
-
win
.


Operating System: Windows, Linux




Open Office


Mathematics


Sage

Replaces
Mathematica

Professional

($1095 and up)
Like
Mathematica
, Sage can solve a wide variety of higher
-
level math problems and is suitable for advanced students
and researchers. You'll get the most functionality out of it if
you know the Python programming language. Operating
System: Windows, Linux, OS X


Genius

Replaces
Mathematica

Professional

($1095 and up)
This tool began as a simple calculator but has morphed into
a powerful tool with many similar features as
Mathematica

(although it doesn't have
Mathematica's

full feature set). It
has its own language (GEL), which can be used by
researchers to create new functions. Operating System:
Linux, OS X

Office Productivity


OpenOffice.org

Replaces
Microsoft Office

($499) This alternative to Microsoft
Office includes word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (
Calc
), presentation
(Impress), graphics (Draw), math/science notation (Math) and database (Base)
software. It both reads and writes to Microsoft Office formats, making
collaboration easy. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


LibreOffice

Replaces
Microsoft Office

($499)
LibreOffice

is a community fork of
OpenOffice.org. It has all the same capabilities as OpenOffice.org, plus a few new
features all its own. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


KOffice

Replaces
Microsoft Office

($499) KDE's office suite includes
KWord

(word
processing),
KCells

(spreadsheets), Showcase (presentations),
Kivio

(diagrams and
flowcharts) and Artwork (vector graphics). The interface is quite a bit different
than Microsoft Office's, but it is still easy to use. Operating System: Windows,
Linux


NeoOffice

Replaces
Microsoft Office

($499) In 2003, there was no version of
OpenOffice.org for Macs, so the
NeoOffice

team created one. Even though
OpenOffice.org and
LibreOffice

now offer versions for OS X, development has
continued on
NeoOffice
, and it offers very stable operation and some Mac
-
specific
features that aren't found in the other suites. Operating System: OS X,
iOS



Project Management


Dotproject

Replaces
Microsoft Project Professional

($865.95 and up) This eleven
-
year
-
old Microsoft Project
alternative takes a Web
-
based approach to project management. Key features include a clean interface, e
-
mail
based trouble/ticket system, hierarchical task lists, discussion forums, and more. Operating System: Windows,
Linux


GanttProject

Replaces
Microsoft Project Professional

($865.95 and up),
Primavera P6 Professional Project
Management

($2,500) While it isn't as full
-
featured as Project or Primavera,
GanttProject

does a good job of
scheduling tasks, assigning resources and creating Gantt and PERT charts. It reads and writes Microsoft Project
files. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


Onepoint

Project

Replaces
Microsoft Project Professional

($865.95 and up),
Primavera P6 Professional Project
Management

($2,500)
Onepoint

aims to combine a powerful set of features with an easy
-
to
-
use interface. It's
available in a variety of editions: Basic and open editions are available with a free, open source license.
Professional, master, group, and enterprise editions require a paid, commercial license. Operating System:
Windows, Linux, OS X


OpenProj

Replaces
Microsoft Project Professional

($865.95 and up),
Primavera P6 Professional Project
Management

($2,500) Downloaded millions of times,
OpenProj

is very similar to Microsoft Project and can open
both Project and Primavera files. It hasn't been updated in a while and the former Web site is no longer
functional, but you can still download the files from
SourceForge
. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X


openXprocess

Replaces
Microsoft Project Professional

($865.95 and up),
Primavera P6 Professional Project
Management

($2,500) This unique app combines project management capabilities with process improvement and
resource management capabilities, and it includes special features for development teams using Agile or Scrum
methodologies. Like most of the others in this category, it can also import Microsoft Project files. Operating
System: Windows, Linux


project
-
open[

Replaces
Microsoft Project Professional

($865.95 and up),
Primavera P6 Professional Project
Management

($2,500) Used by more than 1,000 companies around the world, project
-
open (or "
po
") combines
ERP and project management functionality. The core modules


Screenplay Writing &

Video Tools


Celtx

Replaces
Final Draft

($299) If you have a great idea for a movie or a TV show,
Celtx

can help you format your
screenplay properly, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown and tag
elements, schedule productions, and more. According to its owners, it’s "the world's first all
-
in
-
one media pre
-
production system." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X



Blender

Replaces
AutoDesk

Maya

($3,495) Blender offers professional
-
level 3D animation capabilities. Check out
the
gallery

on the website to see some truly impressive artwork created with this open source tool. Operating
System: Windows, Linux, OS X



Cinelerra

Replaces
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

($799)
Cinelerra

invites movie makers to "unleash the 50,000 watt
flamethrower of content creation in your UNIX box." It offers professional
-
quality audio and video compositing
and editing. The link above takes you to the corporate
-
owned project, but there is also a community fork at
Cinelerra.org
. Operating System: Linux



OpenShot

Video Editor

Replaces
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

($799) Another Linux
-
only video editor,
OpenShot

offers
features like multiple tracks, video transitions, compositing and overlays, 3D titles,
rotoscoping

and more. It also
includes features that make it easy to upload your videos to YouTube. Operating System: Linux



Kdenlive

Replaces
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

($799)
Kdenlive

is a video editing tool designed to meet the needs of
both amateurs and professionals. It claims to be "the most versatile video editor available today." Operating
System: Linux, OS X



Avidemux

Replaces
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

($799) While
Avidemux

isn't quite a full
-
featured as some of the
other video editors on our list, it's good for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. If you're looking for a
basic, free video editor that works on Windows, this is a good choice. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


Web Site Design


Kompozer

Replaces
Adobe Dreamweaver

($399),
Microsoft Expression
Studio 4 Web Professional

($149) Designed to make website design as
easy as possible,
Kompozer

offers an intuitive WYSIWYG editor, clean
coding tools and integrated file management. Other features include a
tabbed interface and support for CSS, JavaScript and XML. Operating
System: Windows, Linux, OS X


Bluefish

Replaces
Adobe Dreamweaver

($399),
Microsoft Expression
Studio 4 Web Professional

($149) For Web designers who are more
comfortable writing code, Bluefish offers exceptionally fast performance.
It comes with an auto
-
completion feature that supports CSS, CFML, HTML,
HTML5, XHTML, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python, SQL, XML and other
programming languages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


SeaMonkey

Replaces
Adobe Dreamweaver

($399),
Microsoft Expression
Studio 4 Web Professional

($149) This unique app combines a Web
browser, e
-
mail, chat and a
feedreader

with an HTML editor. It's based on
Mozilla code, so it should feel familiar to
FireFox

users. Operating System:
Windows, Linux