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Open Source Software Alternative Challenge & Review:

We have a “Linux challenge” thread, where lattyware challenges anyone who reads it, to use Linux as their main OS for 2 weeks, to give it a thorough workout and not simply “try” it as he puts it.

Now in this challenge, at least to me, he makes this pretty BIG statement about alternative windows software in Linux, saying it is often as good or better than its windows/proprietary counterparts, he continues to complicate the statement, saying this is true “99%” of the time.

I would like to say this before I go any further, I would like to apologize to Lattyware, as my intent is not to “pick on” or “bash” his opinion on this matter, I simply wanted to point out what has been said, and would like to see how true this statement really is. So I do hope lattyware can find it in him, to forgive me if he feels that this is a personal jab at him, as like previously mention, it was not my intent.

I will now try to state my intent, without further referring to the opinions of other forum members smile.gif.

In the circle I run in, we have this saying when hear most folks tell us “I need Photoshop”, to us “You need a buck fifty of features that Photoshop offers”. I will do my best to explain this viewpoint. we aren’t saying that all people don’t need Photoshop, we do recognize there are plenty of jobs/hobbies that require the features it does offer, at the price point it is at. What we are saying is that companies like adobe, are really really really good at convincing you, you can not do anything without a costly $600+ piece of software for even minor operations.

So basically, this blanket statement, can be said about most “proprietary software”, not just Photoshop. So that is my challenge to all of you, I want to challenge the misconceptions about “needing” proprietary software. So if you use one, and it has a Open Source Alternative, I would want you to learn it, read its documentation, try to do the work you normally would do in it, in its alternative. Then write up a review how it compares, if it is better, explain why it is, if it is not, explain where it is lacking, why it is lacking, and if you had the ear of the developer, how would you suggest it be improved.

Now I would like this thread not to be turned into “windows vs Linux” type thread, If you have a review, stay away from “subjective” words or vague explanations. Now I’m only looking for reviews about the actual software, not Desktop Environments (DE), you can review components of a DE, but I don’t want an overall review of “KDE” or “GNOME”.

If you want, you can even compare how OSS compares to other OSS, Like gnumerics vs libre/ooo math. Now this challenge doesn’t actually require the use of a Linux distro, as there are OSS alternatives that have windows ports or are built for windows as well. I would prefer that these reviews are done on a Linux distro, but that is not required.

If you have any questions or comments, Please PM me. I would like to keep this thread clear of idle chatter as well.
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