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Old 06-08-2003, 09:50 PM   #1
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Ditch Microsoft - Alternative Software thread.

I got this idea after reading this month's copy of PCAuthority Australia, having the same cover title. "Ditch Microsoft".

This thread attempts to show you alternative and tell you on the common pit falls you may have to "alternative software". it should jump start some who are starting out on Linux and this open source evolution on what alternative to use/ look for once their flavour of Linux is installed.

It'll be nice if anyone who has used the following post some feedback like what is compatible/good/nice and what to keep away from. I'll try updating this thread as and when new info is added.

I'll group them up nicely when the thread grows. Thanks for your input.

Update: Grouped them, hope it's good enough, feedback by posting here if you think some programs should be group otherwise. Thanks

Major Groups:
1.0 OSes Alternatives:
2.0 MS Office Alternatives
3.0 Multimedia (MP3 Player, Divx/mpg etcetc players)
4.0 Internet Utilities Alternatives:
4.1 FTP Alternatives
4.2 SSH
4.3 Broswers Alternatives Internet Explorer
4.4 Web Server Software Alternatives
4.5 E-mail client Alternatives
4.6 P2P Softwares Alternatives
5.0 Accessories Alternatives
6.0 Graphics Editing Alternatives
7.0. CD Creation Alternatives
8.0 Windows/ Luna Envirnoment Alternatives
9.0 Scripting/ Programming Language Alternatives
10.0 Database Alternatives
11.0 Visio Vs Dia
12.0 Windows Update Alternatives
13.0 Microsoft Project Vs ??? (contributed by Makando)
14.0 People Alternatives, who you wanna see lead the OS Nations?



1.0 OSes Alternatives:

Windows
Linux! (of course)

Redhat Link to official website
Mandrake Link to official website


2.0 MS Office Alternatives

Openoffice.org - Link to official Website
KOffice (contributed by tangent314)
Abiword (contributed by tangent314)


3.0 Multimedia (MP3 Player, Divx/mpg etcetc players)
Windows Media Player
mplayer (Linux) (contributed by tangent314)

WinDVD/PowerDVD
Xine - http://xinehq.de (contributed by hetfield)

Winamp
XMMS Link to official website

4.0 Internet Utilities Alternatives:

ICQ
Licq - Link to official website
Giam - Link to official website

More on
this thread.

4.1 FTP Alternatives

FTP
proFTPd - Link to official website

gFTP - http://gftp.seul.org/ (contributed by pclinux)

4.2 SSH
Putty - Link to official website


4.3 Broswers Alternatives Internet Explorer

Opera Link to official website
Konqueror (KDE) (contributed by tangent314)
Mozilla and Mozilla Firebird (contributed by tangent314)

4.4 Web Server Software Alternatives

Internet Information Services
Apache - Link to official website

4.5 E-mail client Alternatives

Evolution - Link to official website
Mozilla Mail (contributed by tangent314)
Mozilla Thunderbird (contributed by tangent314)

4.6 P2P Softwares Alternatives
Overnet http://www.overnet.com/download.html (contributed by jiehao85)


5.0 Accessories Alternatives

Notepad
Vim Link to official website
(X)Emacs Offical Website (contributed by tangent314)
Kate (KDE) (contributed by tangent314)
Pico (contributed by tangent314)
Nano (contributed by tangent314)
Joe (contributed by tangent314)


Calculator


6.0 Graphics Editing Alternatives

Photoshop Vs GIMP (contributed by Makando)
http://www.gimp.org/


7.0. CD Creation Alternatives

Nero Burning ROM
K3b - http://k3b.sourceforge.net/ (contributed by pclinux)


8.0 Windows/ Luna Envirnoment Alternatives
KDE - Link to official website
Gnome - Link to official website

9.0 Scripting/ Programming Language Alternatives
ASP

PHP - Link to official website


10.0 Database Alternatives
MySQL - http://www.mysql.com
Oracle - http://www.oracle.com


11.0 Visio Vs Dia (contributed by Makando)
http://www.lysator.liu.se/~alla/dia/


12.0 Windows Update ->
up2date http://rhn.redhat.com (contributed by pclinux)
red-carpet http://www.ximian.com (contributed by pclinux)

13.0 Microsoft Project Vs ??? (contributed by Makando)


14.0 People Alternatives, who you wanna see lead the OS Nations?

Bill Gates Offical Webby @ MS
Linus Torvalds - what's his webpage's URL?
Richard Stallman Link to official website



Anymore? Contribute please.
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Old 06-08-2003, 11:07 PM   #2
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being a traditional HTML "coder" i find Quanta pretty good for designing webpages.
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Old 06-08-2003, 11:58 PM   #3
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Netscape
http://wp.netscape.com/download/full_install.html

Get the full offline installer from the above URL...
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Old 07-08-2003, 12:15 AM   #4
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1. Microsoft Office
Openoffice.org - Link to official Website

KOffice, Abiword...

2. ICQ
Licq - Link to official website
Giam - Link to official website

Miranda (Win32)

3. Frontpage
There one which comes with OO. Forgot what it's called...

7. Internet Explorer
Opera Link to official website

Opera isn't FOSS. You're looking for Konqueror (KDE), Mozilla and Mozilla Firebird.

[I]8. Windows
Linux! (of course)

Redhat Link to official website
Mandrake Link to official website[I]

(Obligatory ) Gentoo Link to official website

9. Notepad
Vim Link to official website

(X)Emacs, Kate (KDE), Pico, Nano, Joe

14. Windows Media Player
Media Player Classic (Win32), mplayer (Linux)

16. E-mail client
Evolution - Link to official website

Mozilla Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird
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Old 07-08-2003, 01:55 AM   #5
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Hmm... how about Kazaa alternatives?
LimeWire or Gnutella perhaps? <shhh...>

and..
Photoshop Vs GIMP
http://www.gimp.org/

Visio Vs Dia
http://www.lysator.liu.se/~alla/dia/

Microsoft Project Vs ??
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thought putty is for windows, ssh is inside linux?
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Old 07-08-2003, 07:17 AM   #7
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Originally posted by quekky
thought putty is for windows, ssh is inside linux?
ssh is not inside linux. GNU/Linux is just the kernel. However, most distribution, such as redhat, mandrake,SuSE has it.
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updated from above last thread.
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FTP -> FTP Server
proFTPd

FTP Client
gFTP

SSH
putty
-> putty is for windows
commandline SSH in linux terminal

FrontPage
Mozilla Composer
Homepage Builder for Linux

Microsoft Project
MrProject
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Old 07-08-2003, 01:18 PM   #10
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winscp -> scp
nc -> mc
mssql -> mysql, oracle, etc.
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Kazaa alternative arh? Try Overnet loh...

Overnet
http://www.overnet.com/download.html

It is serverless by the way so want to catch oso hard.
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can i request links be included as i also quite noob in Linux, yes, i know can search for maintaining the first post is kind of a task. Thanks in advance.
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WinDVD/PowerDVD ->
Xine
http://xinehq.de

Windows Update ->
up2date http://rhn.redhat.com
red-carpet http://www.ximian.com
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Maybe we should sticky this thread...
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Online dictionary.
- kdict (included in KDE)
http://www-user.rhrk.uni-kl.de/~gebauerc/kdict/

wsFTP Client
- gFTP
http://gftp.seul.org/

Nero Burning ROM
- K3b
http://k3b.sourceforge.net/

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