Use Open Source Software

10 Oct

Computers have become part of our daily lives. Almost every day we use computers to do our job everyday. There are plenty of alternative software (software) that we can use for office work and our homes. One is the software open source software or OSS. In Indonesian known as open source 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 done by a particular community and they will exchange information to develop software to make it better.

Why Use Open Source Software?

Why should use open source software? In their daily work with computers, we may often use some commercial software that has been known as Microsoft Windows as the operating system, Microsoft Office as office applications, Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw as an application for the design and image, Microsoft Visio as an application to make 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 unit license price from hundreds to thousands of dollars a software? If you invest your money to buy some original software onto computers, 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 a wide range of open source software that can be downloaded free of charge and freely distributed. In addition, because it was built by a community of mutual exchange of information across the world, this type of software developed quite well.

What are the Alternatives Open Source Software?

Here are some types of open source software that can easily you get as a replacement for your paid software is expensive:

You can replace the Microsoft Windows that you use every day with the Linux operating system. The 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 view that is very good. For example Ubuntu, Mandrake, and Fedora is a Linux distribution that is quite easy to use by the layman though.
Open Office
One of the most appropriate office applications to replace Microsoft Office is Open Office. This software is developed specifically by a large company, but Sun Microsystems is available for free. In an Open Office package is available a lot of applications that can replace Microsoft Office tasks. Even Open Office can open files saved with Microsoft Office formats.
If you love to do the design and drawing, you can use the GIMP application. You can modify your images and photos 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.
Microsoft Visio certainly become a good software to create charts. But did you know that you too can make a diagram with the software for free and legal? Such software has the name of Him. With this software, you can create a variety of charts with interesting formats.
Mozilla Thunderbird
You often receive e-mails in Microsoft Outlook? You can use alternative e-mail application called Mozilla Thunderbird to receive, read and send e-mail. Additionally Mozilla Thunderbird is also equipped with a News Reader to read the latest breaking news.
Gantt Project
If you are a person who was assigned to perform project management, you are certainly accustomed to using Microsoft Project to perform this task. But you can also use the free software alternatives that Gantt Project, which has a capability such as Microsoft Project.

All open source software mentioned above (except Linux) can run on Microsoft operating system Windows 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 those mentioned 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 gone through a series of tests as well as commercial software. Even some large companies had also been involved in the development of this software.

Indeed, if you first switch to open source software, chances are you have not been accustomed to using it because its layout is slightly different from the commercial software you normally use. However, you can begin to try and of course you will become accustomed to. You also will not be burdened with costs that could be expensive and moral weight because it uses commercial software that is illegal.

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