Submitted by guest author Brian Taylor from AlwaysInTao.com
In the past few decades we’ve witnessed the advent of some incredible technological advances. In more recent years we’ve probably noticed that open source communities at large are responsible for countless improvements in our way of life.
What is open source?
By definition open source means: The original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.
How many companies are using open source software?
Over 77% of all companies are using open source software, and in fact fewer than 3% of businesses currently report not using any open source software. (Some of them might not be sure what it is or why it’s so popular.)
When it comes to open source applications, we are looking at a small tip of a large iceburg. Everything from cloud systems at Amazon to the entire Linux operating system are primarily open source these days and applications that run on proprietary systems often employ large chunks of open source coding. Many of the listed apps run on any popular operating system platform and most even work from within virtual environments.
Our Top Ten Open Source Applications For 2016
Libre Office is an office and productivity suite similar to microsoft office. It exports documents in PDF formats as well as all of the popular formats like .doc .html etc. Ideal for students and small offices.
Gimp is the popular open source equivalent of adobe photoshop. It has actually been around longer than photoshop and both communities express great admiration for each other’s products.
An open source alternative to itunes with many cool features. My particular favorite is the internet radio setup, it allows quick searching and switching.
The worlds most popular blogging platform is an open source app! Without wordpress who knows where you would be reading this sentence!
A system gruft cleaner that speeds up your PC. Similar to Piriform’s CCleaner but perhaps a bit more thorough on a Linux machine.
Office software for collaboration, set up in house emails and shared calandars. There are similar programs that cost a fortune.
An increasingly popular alternative to Norton and similar products. The firewall is free and it rocks!
The 4th most popular operating system in the world today, I use this operating system regularly.
An exceptionally powerful media player – Use the online installer rather than the one in the Windows App Store for best performance.
Free accounting software. Not unlike quicken it helps keep track of money, unlike quicken it doesn’t cost any!
There are so many open source applications today that we couldn’t possibly list them all. As we discover more of these apps one thing becomes very clear, there are countless more reasons to start searching for them than to dismiss using them. Most of the ones we’ve listed are free of charge and with the freedom to modify them as well as redistribute them, that’s 3 kinds of free!
More open source resources can be found at osalt.
What are some of your favorite open source programs? Tell us in the comment section below!