By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: According to reports Proprietary software program are costly and expensive .Very often a single -copy license can cost much more than what you paid for your computerlike Adobe Photoshop, are superb tools for anyone to use. But, the fact that these tools are proprietary can be useful for commercial projects but learning in open source is better option as for leaning you spend less . It's not the price of the software that makes the real difference although that's one reason to migrate from one software to another for many people, it's the idea that proprietary software comes with boundaries that keeps the user experience confined to well, being the user. That's enough to drive any developer crazy .The following proprietary software programs are listed in broad categories along with their open source alternatives. Operating Systems & Web Browsers: Windows 10 to Ubuntu:Centos: Debian: Fedora : This is Microsoft's operating system (OS),Open source OS alternatives are numerous; but these OS often are difficult for the average user to install, learn, and operate. Why deal with it when Ubuntu has become so easy to use that even the most computer illiterate can jump into this operating system with very little time spent on a learning curve? .Internet Explorer to Firefox: Sure, both programs are free; but that's true of IE only because it comes pre-packaged with Microsoft's Windows operating systems. Free is far different from open source software, where users have more control over how that software works. While you might feel more comfortable with a proprietary operating system, you can still use an open source browser like Mozilla's Firefox, an exceptional product that expands its use with 'add-ons' created by avid users.Office Suites: Microsoft Office to OpenOffice: LibreOffice If the price makes you feel that Microsoft has worked you over, then switch. If you compare Microsoft's Office with other products, then you're looking for something that includes an email client, a word processor, a spreadsheet tool, and a multimedia presentation application. The only product that provides a competitive edge against Microsoft is Google Drive, which when combined with Gmail, includes all the tools that Microsoft Office offers.
Office Tools: MathWorks MATLAB to Scilab: MATLAB is a highly used application for numerical computing. It provides a programming language that allows users to work with numbers in any possible way imaginable through visualization. Scilab is the open source alternative to MATLAB, and it provides visualization of numerical data just as MATLAB does. Scilab is partly compatible with MATLAB, and both tools are suited for Windows, Linux, and UNIX. Microsoft Access to Kexi: Microsoft Access is a versatile tool for creating database-driven applications and to maintain office or personal data. Access contains an embedded database engine, but it also connects to other databases through ODBC. On the other hand, Kexi allows users to design forms to gain access to and to create data, just like Access. Kexi also contains an embedded database engine and it can import data to Microsoft Access databases. Plus, Kexi is open source, whereas Access belongs to Microsoft.Microsoft Word to OpenOffice Writer: If you want to break that office suite down and begin to replace the suite item by item, then you can start with this product first. Writer is the word processor component of the OpenOffice.org software package that is similar to Microsoft Word, and with a roughly equivalent range of features. Writer can be used across a variety of platforms, including Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. Writer also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages. One plus over Word is that Writer carries functions and number formats in its tables from Calc, OpenOffice's spreadsheet application.Microsoft Excel to OpenOffice Calc: Another Microsoft product, Excel still carries its productivity pluses as a spreadsheet, but it no longer carries an air of absolute necessity. Google's Docs can bring an online, sharing atmosphere to your spreadsheets now. As for a truly open source product that can replace Excel, try OpenOffice.org Calc. This tool provides full spreadsheet functionality incl. a huge number of statistical and scientific functions, pivot tables and charts.Microsoft Visio to Dia: Visio actually is a great application that allows users to go from complicated text and tables that are hard to understand to diagrams that communicate information at a glance. The only thing that spoils the context is the fact that this software is that it's not open source. Instead, use Dia, a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix and Windows released under the GPL license. Dia was 'roughly' inspired by Visio, which should make this tool easy for transition.