Replacing Windows – And Saving Money

A couple years ago I set out to totally replace Windows as my operating system of choice. I wanted to use Linux and open source software for everything I needed on the PC. Two years later I’m happy to announce that I’ve mostly reached that goal with the exception of tax preparation software, I’m using Linux and open source software for the following tasks.

Word Processing: Open Office

Spreadsheets: Open Office Database: Mysql, phpmyadmin

Web Browsing: Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and others.

Email: Thunderbird Audio Processing: Audacity

Audio Ripping: VLC

Video Viewing: Adobe Flash, VLC, Xine, Media Player

Software Development – Web Development: NetBeans IDE, Eclipse, Cssed and others.

Remote Desktop: Gnome-RDP, Tight-VNC Viewer, SSH

Remote Administration: Webmin

Gaming: SpringLobby – RTS, PlaneShift – RPG

This list is far from complete. I’ve found that no matter what the task or objective, with a little research, I can find an open source project that other people in the community are working on and use it to solve my problems. I can’t imagine ever going back to Windows and paying for functionality again. – Joel

Author: Joel Caton

Business Consultant and Web Developer from Meridian, MS

1 thought on “Replacing Windows – And Saving Money”

  1. I agree there are lots of good quality free software available e.g.:

    Photo Editing: The GIMP

    Software Development: gcc

    Video Conferencing: Say Cheese (Fedora)

    Firewall: iptables

    pdf viewing/editing: evince, OpenOffice

    Although custom application software is usually not free, there are also many vendors that offer Linux versions of their software.

    I also agree with you about the ease of finding applications for Linux. I’ve been able to find applications for tuning my car and running my webcam to name a few. I use a Window’s package for diagnosing my car though because it was packaged with the hardware.

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