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Edoceo Imperium

Replaces QuickBooks Pro, Sage 50 Complete Accounting 

Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, this Web-based app offers billing and accounting capabilities, plus basic CRM and job tracking. It integrates with Google Calendars and other Google Apps, and it can import IMAP email. Operating System: OS Independent


Replaces QuickBooks Pro, Sage 50 Complete Accounting 

Another Web-based option, FrontAccounting offers financial management and some ERP functionality. It boasts more than 100,000 downloads, and a helpful demo is available on the site. Operating System: OS Independent


Replaces QuickBooks Pro, Sage 50 Complete Accounting

GnuCash combines personal and small business accounting functionality into a single app that's great for consultants, freelancers and other independent professionals. It offers double-entry accounting, investment tracking, financial calculators and import/export with common financial file types. Operating System: OS Independent


Replaces QuickBooks Pro ($229.95), Sage 50 Complete Accounting ($369.00)

Used by more than 80,000 small businesses around the world, TurboCASH claims to offer all the capabilities most small organizations will ever need, including multi-user and multi-company features. It supports multiple languages, and it comes with a standard chart of accounts for U.S. or U.K. users. Operating System: Windows


Replaces QuickBooks Pro, Sage 50 Complete Accounting

Short for "XIWA is Web accounting," XIWA is now more than a decade old. Key features for this Web-based accounting app include basic payroll functionality, double-entry accounting, stock and investment tracking, and support for multiple users and multiple sets of ledgers. Operating System: Linux

Audio Recording/Editing


Replaces Apple LogicPro, FL Studio Producer Edition 

An excellent option for garage bands and other amateur musicians, Audacity offers live recording, file import and export, multi-track and multi-channel recording, intuitive editing, unlimited undo, pitch adjustment, many special effects, analysis tools and much more. The 2.0 version, released earlier this year, offers improved special effects, a new Sync-Lock Tracks feature, a device toolbar, automatic crash recovery, fast "on-demand" import of WAV/AIFF files and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

7. Frinika

Replaces Apple LogicPro, FL Studio Producer Edition 

Frinika's audio editing capabilities aren't quite as advanced as Audacity's, but it adds other features like a soft synthesizer and a notation editor. It aims to be "a complete platform for making music with your computer." Operating System: OS Independent

8. Linux MultiMedia Studio

Replaces Apple LogicPro), FL Studio Producer Edition

Specifically designed as an alternative to FL Studio, LMMS includes a song editor, beat and bassline editor, piano roll, FX mixer, and more. The site includes many sample songs created with LMMS. (Also, note that while it says "Linux" in the name, it also supports Windows.) Operating System: Windows, Linux



Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard 

The self-proclaimed “world’s most popular open source database,” Oracle's MySQL claims to be able to reduce total cost of ownership 90 percent compared to Microsoft SQL Server. In addition to the free community edition, it comes in numerous supported versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X


Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard 

PostgreSQL might not be the most popular, but it does consider itself the "world's most advanced open source database." It's more than 15 years old and is standards-compliant. Support is available through third-party vendors. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris


Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard 

This mature RDBMS offers many SQL standard features and released an updated version just last month. No commercial support is available directly from the project owners, but many third-party Firebird specialists do offer support. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris


Replaces Microsoft Office Access 2010  FileMaker Pro 11

Similar to Microsoft Access and Filemaker, Kexi is KDE's rapid database application development tool. It integrates with the KOffice suite and supports Ruby and Python, as well as macros. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Desktop Publishing


Replaces InDesign , QuarkXPress

Scribus offers professional-quality page layout features, including color separations, CMYK and spot color support, ICC color management, and the ability to create PDFs. The project does not offer paid support, but a wealth of tutorials, how-tos and other resources are available at the site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


Replaces InDesign ($699.00), QuarkXPress($849.00)

Best for the creation of scientific books and other works that include a lot of mathematical formulas, MiKTeX updates the TeX typesetting system for Windows. The interface and features are quite a bit different than other desktop publishing applications, but it does a good job with text-heavy or math-heavy documents. Operating System: Windows, Linux



Replaces Microsoft Exchange

The open source version of Zimbra includes a shared e-mail, calendar and contact management solution that works with Zimbra's e-mail client and similar apps. The company also offers several paid network editions that can be deployed on premises or in the cloud. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X


Replaces Microsoft Exchange 

Citadel calls itself the "leader in true open source e-mail and collaboration." Like Zimbra, it also supports cloud deployment, but the project does not offer paid support. Operating System: Linux


Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

This open source groupware includes shared calendar, basic CRM features, e-mail, file sharing and some project management capabilities. You can host the open source version on your own server, host the paid professional version yourself or subscribe to the hosted version. Operating System: OS Independent


Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook 

Part of the Gnu project, this app offers more than 50 contact, calendar, e-mail, file sharing, project management and related apps. Users can pick and choose the features and capabilities they need. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Simple Groupware

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook 

This enterprise groupware app can sync with Outlook, and it offers dozens of Web-based modules. Organizations can extend its capabilities buy building their own add-ons with the sgsML language. Operating System: Windows, Linux


Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook 

Sometimes called "the Outlook of Linux," Evolution looks and feels a lot like older versions of Microsoft Outlook. Key features include spam filtering, advanced search and built-in encryption capabilities. Operating System: Linux

Thunderbird with Lightning Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook 

To get the functionality of Outlook, you'll need to use both of these apps together. Thunderbird is a mail client with an interface that looks similar to the Firefox browser, and Lightning is a calendar that integrates with Thunderbird. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Gateway Security Appliances

Endian Firewall Community Replaces Check Point Security Gateways 

With Endian's community software, you can turn any old PC into a unified threat management (UTM) appliance, complete with firewall, anti-vius, spam-filtering, content filtering and VPN capabilities. Endian also sells hardware, software and virtual appliances based on the same technology. Operating System: Linux

Untangle Replaces Check Point Security Gateways ($650.00 and up)

Untangle boasts that it protects 2 million users in more than 30,000 organizations worldwide. Much like Endian, it comes in an open source "Lite" version, or you can purchase supported software or hardware appliances. Operating System: Windows, Linux


Dia  Replaces Visio Professional 

"Roughly inspired by" Microsoft Visio, Dia allows users to create org charts, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and more. By default, it saves files in XML format, but it can also export to EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Gimp Replaces Photoshop 

This professional-quality software offers most of the photo-editing features you'll find in Photoshop--and it's completely free. It offers advanced filters, drawing tools, layers, channels and much more. Note that if you're on Windows, you'll need Gimp-win. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others

Inkscape Replaces Illustrator , CorelDraw 

Also suitable for professional use, Inkscape is a vector graphics editor with many advanced features. The web site also offers a library of open source clip art to help you get started with your own creations. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Paint.Net Replaces Photoshop ($699.00)

Paint.Net is a Windows-only photo editor with an intuitive interface and impressive speed. It includes numerous special effects, gradients, Bezier curves, clone stamp, Magic Wand and more. Operating System: Windows


MuseScore Replaces Sibelius 7, Finale which are the industry standard.

MuseScore offers a WYSIWYG music notation editor, integrated sequencer and a software synthesizer. You can hook it up to your MIDI keyboard, and it also imports and exports MusicXML and Midi files. Operating System: Linux, OS X

FORTE, is super easy to use which makes it a good choice for everyday musicians.
There is even a free version called FORTE Free.

Office Productivity Replaces Microsoft Office Professional

Apache-managed OpenOffice offers word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), presentation (Impress), graphics (Draw), math/science notation (Math) and database (Base) software that is fully compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The most recent version, released in May, has already been downloaded more than 10 million times. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

LibreOffice Replaces Microsoft Office Professional 

Although it's based on the same source code as OpenOffice, this community-oriented fork adds a few capabilities that aren't in its predecessor. Extensive documentation is available at the site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

KOffice Replaces Microsoft Office Professional 

This office suite from KDE includes five separate applications: KWord (word processing), KCells (spreadsheets), Showcase (presentations), Kivio (diagrams and flowcharts) and Artwork (vector graphics). Unlike OpenOffice, the interface is substantially different from Microsoft Office, but it doesn't take long to learn. Operating System: Windows, Linux

58. NeoOffice Replaces Microsoft Office Professional 

NeoOffice is based on the same code as OpenOffice and LibreOffice, but it includes special Mac-only features that you won't find in the other apps. The latest version adds high-resolution text drawing for users with retina displays and it supports Mountain Lion. Operating System: OS X, iOS

Operating System

Ubuntu Replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

Used by more than 20 million people, Ubuntu is the most popular desktop Linux distribution. It also comes in server and cloud editions. Operating System: Linux

Fedora Replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

Fedora is the free community version of RedHat, and it's managed by the same company. In addition to the standard desktop version in comes in several customized "spins" for security, design, gaming or electronics R&D. Operating System: Linux

openSUSE Replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

Regular SUSE requires a paid support subscription, but openSUSE is available for free. It comes in both desktop and server versions. Operating System: Linux

Debian replaces Windows 7 Ultimate ($219.99)

The basis for Ubuntu and several other Linux distributions, Debian is popular with hard-core open source enthusiasts. It includes more than 29,000 pre-compiled software packages. Operating System: Linux, FreeBSD

PDF Tools

 PDFCreator Replaces Adobe Acrobat X Standard 

With this app, you can turn almost any kind of document, from any application, into a PDF. It also includes security features like password-protection, encryption and digital signatures. Operating System: Windows

Video Tools

7Blender Replaces AutoDesk Maya 

Suitable for use by professionals, Blender offers a complete suite for the creation of 3D content. Thegallery on the website demonstrates some of the amazing 3D artwork created with the tool, and you can also check out the movies page for some videos. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS

Cinelerra Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro 

Describing itself as a "movie studio in a box," this professional-quality compositing and editing tool invites users to "unleash the 50,000 watt flamethrower of content creation in your UNIX box." There's also a community fork of the project at Operating System: Linux

OpenShot Video Editor Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro 

This video editor for Linux includes capabilities like unlimited tracks, clip resizing and scaling, video transitions, compositing and overlays, 3D titles, rotoscoping and more. It boasts an easy-to-use interface that makes it suitable for beginning filmmakers and hobbyists. Operating System: Linux

Kdenlive Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro 

This video editor aims to "answer all needs, from basic video editing to semi-professional work." It's easy-to-use, highly versatile and supports a wide variety of file formats. Operating System: Linux, OS X

Avidemux  Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro ($799.00)

Although it's not quite as powerful as some of the other open source video editors, Avidemux offers basic editing capabilities for amateurs, and it's one of the few open source apps in this category that runs on Windows and OS X. The site offers a wiki and a helpful forum for new users who need help getting started. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Web Site Design

Kompozer Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($399.00), Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional ($149.00)

A good choice for novice Web developers, Kompozer offers an easy-to-use WYSIWYG page editor as well as an HTML editor. Key features include an FTP site manager, color picker, tabbed interface, CSS editor, forms, spellchecker and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

80. Aptana Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($399.00), Microsoft Expression Studio Web Professional ($149.00)

A better option for professional Web application developers, Aptana supports HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, PHP and Python. It also offers Git integration and easy deployment to Heroku or EngineYard. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


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