Ok, now that you have read the posts on Ubuntu and other OS (Open Source) OS(Operating System) alternatives, it is time to introduce a few more alternatives.
While I am not advocating use of Open Source (or Free Software), I am certainly advocating against use of pirated copies of any commercial software. Agreed that Free Software may not often meet all of your requirements, hey but that is why the commercial software companies charge you money. More than any thing, these will give you peace of mind of not using illegal software (remember, “Piracy is stealing”).
If you wish to read more about Open Source & Free Software Foundation click here. Again please remember not all Open Source software is Free to use. As they define “Free as in free Speech, not as in free beer”.
Have I clarified things enough or at least confused you further? Good, now back to our topic. Here are top 5 most used softwares and their alternatives.
1) Microsoft Office:
This is number one single most used software on many PCs and Macs too. If you wish to retain the full functionality and familiarity of office, you may purchase this at prices starting 2500 rupees; you might get a good deal if you buy it bundled with PC.
Now for the alternative, single most famous alternative is Open Office.org. This Open Source, free office is a fairly good alternative to MS Office. Provides most of the features, while there may be some compatibility issues, it is more than enough for home use. What’s more the built in PDF maker helps you do away with Adobe Writer/Distiller’s need. I am not a big fan of browser based Office Suites, but if that’s your liking then you have Google Docs.
2) Adobe Photo Shop:
Number 2 on our list, again quite pricey to commercially buy. While many use this for working on their Digital media assets, few free alternatives can help you deal with most of what this offers. Go for Gimp and top it up with Gimp Shop, which is a hack, which makes it closest to Photoshop.
3) Nero Burning ROM:
Very easy to use software for burning DVDs and CDs, unless packaged with your PC Bundle, quite often used in “other” ways. Want to break free? Two options, stick to Windows standard burning options, which have gotten better with Vista, but again lack full control. A very good alternative is Infra Recorder. Does the job almost as well as Nero (other than burning Blu Ray discs).
4) Adobe Premiere:
Again for those enthusiasts working with home video and adding some effects etc. The famous iMovie of mac does a good job and so does the Windows movie maker for basic work. To get some extra you might want to look at Cinelerra. Mind you this works only on Linux. For Windows folks you could try Jashaka. This offers some solid features.
5) Norton Anti Virus:
Again for Windows guys a bit favourite. You could switch to Avast. It offers very good, non intrusive protection for your system. And is free for non commercial use.
So that’s our top 5 list. Let us close this topic here and let you play around with these. And reiterate the importance of using legitimate software…. Well well, let me not start again!