Archive for February 9th, 2008

My colleague, Dennis Vital, came across an article “The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy – and Their Open Source Alternatives” on the WHDb. The article is written by Jimmy Atkinson who compares various proprietary programs/products with open source programs. Dennis alerts me about this post since he knows I am a strong advocate for the use of Open Source in schools. I am glad he did and I found the article is very interesting. Overall, Mr. Atkinson does a great job of compiling the list. I am not surprised that many of my favorite Open Source programs are included although some are missing (i.e., KompoZer, NotePad++, GimpShop, VLC player, and etc). Nonetheless, here are the top 50 proprietary programs and their Open source alternative discussed in the article. To read the full article, please visit Jimmy Atkinson’s post on the WHDb.


1. Windows Vista OS to Ubuntu OS

2. Internet Explorer Browser to Firefox Browser

Office Suites

3. Microsoft Office to OpenOffice

4. Mactopia to NeoOffice

Office Tools

5. MathWorks MATLAB to Scilab

6. Microsoft Access to Kexi

7. Microsoft Word to OpenOffice Writer

8. Microsoft Excel to OpenOffice Calc

9. Microsoft Visio to Dia


10. Blackboard to Moodle

11. Box to Cabos

12. Microsoft Project to Open Workbench

13. Mindjet to FreeMind

Graphic Programs

14. Adobe Illustrator to Inkscape

15. Adobe PhotoShop to GIMP

16. Adobe Premiere to Avidemux

17. AutoCAD to Archimedes

18. Microsoft PowerPoint to OpenOffice Impress

19. Microsoft Paint to Tux Paint

Web Editors

21. Adobe GoLive CS2 to Mozilla SeaMonkey

22. Adobe Dreamweaver to NVU

23. Macromedia Flash Professional to OpenLaszlo

24. Microsoft Frontpage to Bluefish

25. Windows Notepad to ConTEXT

26. Altova XMLSpy to XML Copy Editor


27. Adobe Acrobat to PDFCreator

28. Adobe Framemaker to DocBook

29. Microsoft Publisher to Scribus


30. AIM to Pidgin

31. FeedDemon to RSS Bandit

32. Microsoft MSN Messenger to aMSN

33. Microsoft Outlook to Thunderbird

34. Skype to Wengophone


35. iTunes to Songbird

36. Nero Burning Rom to K3b

37. Quicktime to Darwin Streaming Server

38. TiVo Desktop to Galleon.tv

39. Windows Media Player to Miro


40. CuteFTP to Filezilla

41. iBackup to ZManda

42. Norton Ghost to Partition Image

43. Rational Purify to Valgrind

44. WinZip to 7-Zip


45. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal to Winpooch

46. McAfee VirusScan to ClamWin

47. Norton Personal Firewall to WIPFW


48. Authorize.net to OpenSSL

49. Microsoft Money (Plus) to TurboCash

50. Quickbooks to Compiere

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