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November 25th, 2009 surfer

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Computers have become part of our lives everyday. Almost every day we use computers to do our jobs everyday. There are so many alternative software (software) we can use to do office work and our homes. One of them is open source software or OSS software.

Open source software starts with a campaign to provide and use the software for free. Also any software that includes open source software (open source) have the source code (source code) are freely downloaded and distributed by embracing certain principles and ethics. The development will be by a particular community and they will exchange information to develop software for the better.

Why Use Open Source Software?

Why should use open source software? In the daily work with computers, we may often use some commercial software that is known as Microsoft Windows as the operating system, Microsoft Office for office applications, Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw as an application for design and image, Microsoft Visio as an application to create diagram, Microsoft Outlook to read and receive e-mail or Microsoft Project as an application for project management. But you know, that the software mentioned above has a license price of the units of hundreds to thousands of dollars a software? If you invest your money to buy some original software into the computer, of course you have to spend thousands of dollars for a computer. Of course you also do not want to break the law by using illegal software is not it?
Because that’s available variety of open source software that can be downloaded free of charge and freely distributed. In addition, because built by a community of information exchange throughout the world, this type of software developed quite well.

What are the Alternative Open Source Software?

Here are some types of open source software that you can easily get the software instead of paying your expensive:
* Linux
You can replace the Microsoft Windows that you use every day with the Linux operating system. Operating system first developed by Linus Trovald has become the best alternative to replace Microsoft Windows. Many variants and Linux distributions are developed with a very good display. For example Ubuntu, Mandrake, and Fedora is a Linux distribution that is easy to use by common people.
* Open Office
One application of the most appropriate office to replace Microsoft Office is Open Office. This software is developed specifically by a large company that is Sun Microsystems, but is available for free. In the Open Office package is a lot of applications that can replace Microsoft Office tasks. Even Open Office can open files saved in Microsoft Office formats.
* GIMP
If you love to do the design and drawing, you can use the GIMP application. You can modify your photos and images and save them in various image file formats. And this software for free can you get as a replacement for Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw a price of course is very expensive.
* He
Microsoft Visio is certainly a good software to create charts. But did you know that you can also create charts with the software for free and legal? The software has a name him. With this software, you can create a variety of charts with interesting formats.
* Mozilla Thunderbird
You often receive e-mail in Microsoft Outlook? You can use alternative e-mail application called Mozilla Thunderbird to receive, read and send e-mail. Also Mozilla Thunderbird is also equipped with a News Reader to read the latest news.
* Gantt Project
If you are assigned to a project management, you would usually use Microsoft Project to perform this task. But you can also use the free software alternatives that Gantt Project which has the ability like Microsoft Project.
All open source software mentioned above (except Linux) can run on Microsoft Windows operating system or Linux with a variety of variants and their distribution. Surely you can save from hundreds to thousands of dollars if you start using open source software. In addition to the above, there are many more open source software that you can use as an alternative to commercial software.

Free Not That Bad

Although all open source software can be obtained and distributed for free, but in terms of quality open source software has been through a series of tests as well as commercial software. Even some large companies were also to have participated in the development of this software.
Indeed, if the first time you switch to open source software, chances are you are not familiar to use it because the layout is slightly different from commercial software you normally use. But you can begin to try and of course you will become accustomed to. You also will not be burdened with costs that can be expensive and a moral burden for using commercial software is illegal.

Hope this article be useful. Thank you for reading.

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