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