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    The Top 50 Proprietary Programs and their Open Source Alternatives

    Got this from an email. A nice list to keep handy.

    http://whdb.com/2008/the-top-50-prop...-alternatives/
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    ^^How many of them are macbook friendly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by red house View Post
    ^^How many of them are macbook friendly?
    Not sure...but I know a decent number are.
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    Thanks, I'm going to be migrating my desktop away from windows entirely soon, so That';s going to be a big help The spouses last excuses to keep winblows seem to be going out the window
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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Neo Office is and it AUTOSAVES

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    ^^How many of them are macbook friendly?
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


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    Ooooh, that's a good list.

    I can't ditch Vista though... I play too many games for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Neo Office is and it AUTOSAVES
    OpenOffice is Mac compatible too (at least their website says so).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psydotek View Post
    Ooooh, that's a good list.

    I can't ditch Vista though... I play too many games for that.
    At least upgrade from Vista to XP. haha. For real though, I work in IT at a University, and none of the IT guys here foresee switching to Vista any time soon. Its honestly really bad. XP service pack 3 is where its at!

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    Quote Originally Posted by red house View Post
    ^^How many of them are macbook friendly?
    meh

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Not sure...but I know a decent number are.
    Most are likely to be-- most open source stuff is Linux/Unix based, and OS X is BSD Unix based. The OS X directory structure is different from standard unix/linux installs, but there are a couple of groups (Fink and MacPorts (formerly DarwinPorts)) that tweak things to work with OS X and provide package managers.
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    Thanks for posting this KT, it is a great list. I will say however that DIA is not a good complete replacement for MS Visio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
    Thanks for posting this KT, it is a great list. I will say however that DIA is not a good complete replacement for MS Visio.
    Just passing along what I saw.

    Glad you mentioned that.....That was one of the programs I'd never heard of that really caught my eye. Right now I use something called "Visual Thought" (freeware) as sort of a Visio type program.

    Funny how it mentioned FreeMind too. I just discovered and started using that last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Just passing along what I saw.

    Glad you mentioned that.....That was one of the programs I'd never heard of that really caught my eye. Right now I use something called "Visual Thought" (freeware) as sort of a Visio type program.

    Funny how it mentioned FreeMind too. I just discovered and started using that last week.
    Well DIA might work for some, I rely heavily on stencils in Visio and I haven't seen them in DIA or a way to import my stencils from Visio into DIA.

    But it is a good list, I'm going to try out some of WYSIWYG html editors, along with free Ghost program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
    long with free Ghost program.
    yeah....that one caught my eye too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Just passing along what I saw.

    Glad you mentioned that.....That was one of the programs I'd never heard of that really caught my eye. Right now I use something called "Visual Thought" (freeware) as sort of a Visio type program.

    Funny how it mentioned FreeMind too. I just discovered and started using that last week.
    I've come across freemind and kdiss for linux. You find them helpful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    I've come across freemind and kdiss for linux. You find them helpful?
    Still working on it. I know co-workers who swear by MindManager (commercial version of similar tool) as a brain storming tool.

    So far, I was able to put ideas into it, but just ones I already had. I need more time with it before giving an opinion.
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    I'm going to fiddle around with it tonight. Seems like something I'd like.

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    This needs a bump. KT, I <3 you!

    That PDF Creator from SourceForge is great. Came in handy for me today.

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    It's debate time!!!
    1. Windows Vista OS to Ubuntu OS: Depends on what you need. For most practical applications, Windows > Ubuntu.
    Office Suites

    1. Microsoft Office to OpenOffice: Office 2007 >>>> OpenOffice.
    2. Mactopia to NeoOffice: WTF is Mactopia?
    Office Tools

    1. MathWorks MATLAB to Scilab: GNU Octave > both.
    2. Microsoft Word to OpenOffice Writer: Why did they need to repeat apps?
    3. Microsoft Visio to Dia: I gave Dia TWO good hard tries. NOT user friendly by any means...and exporting diagrams is a PITA. Visio > Dia
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    1. Blackboard to Moodle: No it hasn't.
    Graphic Programs

    1. Adobe PhotoShop to GIMP: Photoshop >> GIMP.
    2. AutoCAD to Archimedes: Anything that's NOT AutoCAD probably sucks.
    3. Microsoft PowerPoint to OpenOffice Impress: Again, why are they repeating apps? Plus, Impress sucks hard compared to Powerpoint.
    4. Microsoft Paint to Tux Paint: This is stupid.
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    Publishing

    1. Adobe Acrobat to PDFCreator: FoxIT works really well too.
    Communications

    1. AIM to Pidgin: One that they got right.
    2. Microsoft Outlook to Thunderbird: If you use Exchange, then there's no comparison. For everything else, Thunderbird's good enough.
    Media

    1. iTunes to Songbird: Last time I tried Songbird, it was somewhat bug ridden...
    2. Nero Burning Rom to K3b: Another one that they got right...
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    I tried Ubuntu. I like it, but it does not support DMRaid out of the box (yet). When it can recognize and install itself to a DMRaid/NVRaid, I'll be happier...
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    I still don't understand the hate behind Vista...It's a resource hog, but otherwise perfectly fine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post

    Security

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    I would agree with most of your general assessments, its more or less where I stand as an Enterprise admin. I have honestly tried most of those apps on end users and with almost no success. Open office was hit or miss but its lack of integration into an exchange/sharepoint enviro makes it great for home use only.

    The one I left quoted was simply to ensure you know Avg isn't free anymore While you can still find the free version eventually it stop being supported.

    I still don't understand the hate behind Vista...It's a resource hog, but otherwise perfectly fine...
    I don't hate it but I am not moving my any live environments to it. It is noticably slower unless the hardware is beyond spec. The interface is annoying, and the tight security breaks a lot of 3rd party programs.

    Windows could learn one thing from *nix's ui. Configurability. I can make my os gui on linux anyway I want. Windows always locks you into a couple of generic looks/interactions (excluding fonts etc) I love how configurable *nix is in this regards.

    I wish...REALLY...wish I could upgrade everyone to Office 2007. Once you get used to the new layouts and referencing it is an excellent product. To bad it also breaks a lot of software (one piece of our key sales software requires merging to be unsecure, office 2007 can't be made 100% unsecured)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
    It's debate time!!!

    [*]AutoCAD to Archimedes: Anything that's NOT AutoCAD probably sucks.
    I dunno, I have used both, but I think I prefer MicroStation, by Bentley, or whoever owns it now...
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