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Another free alternative to Photoshop is Photoshop CS2. Adobe shut down the activation servers, and you can download the program and a registration code from their website.


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Another free alternative to Photoshop is Photoshop CS2. Adobe shut down the activation servers, and you can download the program and a registration code from their website.

It's horribly optimised though. Barley supports multi core and sure as hell won't support dual GPU and their associated technologies. More of a publicity thing on Adobe's part.


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I would suggest Kingsoft Office (Now Known as WPS), free edition, it saves .doc not .docx like libre office and can read .docx but the new presentation extension only works with some documents for me which is a shame :) but all in all I like it better than libre office :)

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Updated based on suggestions. Thanks guys! All input is appreciated.


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Jitsi (Open Source/Cross-Platform) - Replaces skype, msn messenger, google+, and many more chat/voice/video communications. Further, it supports end-to-end encryption, where some of the vendors above snoop through your data.


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Jitsi (Open Source/Cross-Platform) - Replaces skype, msn messenger, google+, and many more chat/voice/video communications. Further, it supports end-to-end encryption, where some of the vendors above snoop through your data.

Sweet. That opens up another category I missed out: Instant messaging programs. Completely slipped my mind as I use Pidgin. XD


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What's the point in someone advocating open source and proprietary free software if they use Windows? Just saying.

 

If running Linux, by all means though.


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Paid programs aren't always an option for everyone, even if the OS is paid. I'm leaving out unconventional methods of obtaining software (MSDNAA, Dreamspark, etc). Only reason I have Windows is because of Dreamspark. Not for long though.

I don't restrict free/open-source to just Linux. It's a principle that should be applied to all operating systems and software in general, imo.

 

To clarify, the purpose of this topic is for Linux. The fact that a portion of these programs are also usable on Windows (for people who want  a free alternative on Windows) is a happy coincidence.


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Paid programs aren't always an option for everyone, even if the OS is paid. I'm leaving out unconventional methods of obtaining software (MSDNAA, Dreamspark, etc). Only reason I have Windows is because of Dreamspark. Not for long though.

I don't restrict free/open-source to just Linux. It's a principle that should be applied to all operating systems and software in general, imo.

 

To clarify, the purpose of this topic is for Linux. The fact that a portion of these programs are also usable on Windows (for people who want  a free alternative on Windows) is a happy coincidence.

Thanks for the thread, now got me some LibreOffice for schoolwork :)


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For a video editor Lightworks is a very powerful programme, it was mainly a Windows program but there is now a public beta version for Linux and an OS X version is also in the works, http://www.lwks.com/

The free version can't edit licensed video codecs but there is a free tool to convert any video to the correct format.
Pretty decent option if you don't want to pay for Sony Vegas, ect.

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For a video editor Lightworks is a very powerful programme, it was mainly a Windows program but there is now a public beta version for Linux and an OS X version is also in the works, http://www.lwks.com/

The free version can't edit licensed video codecs but there is a free tool to convert any video to the correct format.

Pretty decent option if you don't want to pay for Sony Vegas, ect.

Added; should have remembered that one too, I remember looking it up a year ago.


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Libreoffice gets a like for me. The android app for their Libreoffice Impress (can go back/forth slides and such while doing a presentation from your phone) is also pretty handy.

 

Also Google Docs


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In addition to the above which is great here are more:

 

Graphics Programs:

 

Scribus

 

General Utilities:

 

PDFCreator (print to PDF, saves on paper reciepts)

7-Zip (general compression/decompression archiving software)

GhostScript/GhostViiew (Postscript viewers)

IrfanView (General Image viewer program, slideshows as well, some image editing/resizing)

NotePad++ (General text program, programming editor to boot, extras/add-ons)

PuTTY (Ssh program, install the suite and get scp and other ssh related programs)

Microsoft Calculator Plus (Free from Microsoft, a better general Calculator)

Xming (To view X programs on your Windows computers, X as in Unix X not Mac)

KeePass 2 (encrypted password database manager)


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It's horribly optimised though. Barley supports multi core and sure as hell won't support dual GPU and their associated technologies. More of a publicity thing on Adobe's part.

 

Can't complain if its free, that's as optimized as it gets for my pocketbook!


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In addition to the above which is great here are more:

 

Graphics Programs:

 

Scribus

 

General Utilities:

 

PDFCreator (print to PDF, saves on paper reciepts)

7-Zip (general compression/decompression archiving software)

GhostScript/GhostViiew (Postscript viewers)

IrfanView (General Image viewer program, slideshows as well, some image editing/resizing)

NotePad++ (General text program, programming editor to boot, extras/add-ons)

PuTTY (Ssh program, install the suite and get scp and other ssh related programs)

Microsoft Calculator Plus (Free from Microsoft, a better general Calculator)

Xming (To view X programs on your Windows computers, X as in Unix X not Mac)

KeePass 2 (encrypted password database manager)

Great suggestions, added them in. Will modify the descriptions after doing a bit more research into the above programs + features.

 

Added a section for Linux gaming. I know a good number of people who are reluctant to try or switch to Linux due to lack of gaming support. Fair concern. Things are changing though.


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Well I already knew of this open source versions....but this is a VERY nice compilation!

 

The whole Open and Libre office thing happened a while back when developers from Openoffice didn't agree with the plans that they had so they "forked" it and went on to design LibreOffice.

 

I wouldn't get OpenOffice for this very reason. If coders/developers have to go and create their own version of an open source program, then something must be up.

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Well I already knew of this open source versions....but this is a VERY nice compilation!

 

The whole Open and Libre office thing happened a while back when developers from Openoffice didn't agree with the plans that they had so they "forked" it and went on to design LibreOffice.

 

I wouldn't get OpenOffice for this very reason. If coders/developers have to go and create their own version of an open source program, then something must be up.

Yup. I used OO.org for a while until I found Libre, and overall, I prefer Libre more. It's practically identical, but somehow, has a different and better feel to it. 

 

Xchat and Hexchat have a similar relationship too, though I don't think it was due to a developer leaving the team. Xchat hadn't been updated in a long while, and was always open-source on Linux (paid on Windows), so the developers of Hexchat decided to make it their own, add a crap ton of features and release it fully open-source on all platforms. 


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I've tried out PlayonLinux and i must say i am extremely impressed. The UI is very intuitive and simple, and stuff like installing a game off GOG or Steam just by giving it your login is awesomesauce.

 

Also, the fact that installing a native linux game of a tar.bz package always goes wrong just makes me amazed by linux-steam

 

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I've tried out PlayonLinux and i must say i am extremely impressed. The UI is very intuitive and simple, and stuff like installing a game off GOG or Steam just by giving it your login is awesomesauce.

 

Also, the fact that installing a native linux game of a tar.bz package always goes wrong just makes me amazed by linux-steam

 

This should be a sticky btw.

Good to hear! I've been meaning to try out PlayonLinux for a while, but the ever growing backlog of games on my Steam library is still holding me back from switching permanently. Might just bite and switch over soon, and just use PlayonLinux, since most of my games are compatible and run smoothly.

 

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Good to hear! I've been meaning to try out PlayonLinux for a while, but the ever growing backlog of games on my Steam library is still holding me back from switching permanently. Might just bite and switch over soon, and just use PlayonLinux, since most of my games are compatible and run smoothly.

 

Added a section for Media/Music Players. There's probably more I've missed out.

I use both Linux steam and playonlinux, only annoyance is that they can't be open at the same time. Playonlinux is also really awesome for GOG, GMG and other game dealers like that.


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I use both Linux steam and playonlinux, only annoyance is that they can't be open at the same time. Playonlinux is also really awesome for GOG, GMG and other game dealers like that.

I'd imagine that would be the case for Steam games that overlap, or launching the Steam client through Playonlinux; is that what you mean? Or is it either the native Steam client or the Playonlinux client, not both at once?

 

POL does have an amazing selection of GOG.com games. All/most of those are DRM-free too, so that makes it easier.


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