Thursday, September 23, 2010

Looking to run a completely FREE and Open Source Software PC?



So you want to build a completely Open Source License Free PC, but you don't want to settle for second rate software? Here's some resources to help you build the ideal PC Software Suite of Tools that are completely 100% compatible to the paid programs that most offices and businesses use.

You can download OPENOffice at www.openoffice.org to get a complete package of Microsoft Office compatible Tools, or you can get IBM's Symphony and DB2 Express Suite of Office compatible programs from their website. Both are free to use, but if you go with IBM, you'll need to download the packages separately.

OPEN SOURCE IBM OFFICE SUITE

1. SPREADSHEET/EXCEL http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/db2/express/
2. LOTUS Symphony http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/?pgel=ibmhzn&cm_re=masthead-_-products-_-sw-lotus

DOUBLETWIST
Do the Android/iPhone Compatibility Blues got you down? Use Doubletwist and boot the issue to the curb. It has the great functionality to work with just about any phone/media device and can keep track of all your podcasts, songs and videos and sync them everytime you connect your device. Added bonus for Android users, you can look up and sync your apps with a click of the button.

ADOBE AIR, FLASH AND READER www.adobe.com
All the software you need for Open Source Apps with Adobe Air. Want the best Twitter App? Adobe Air has an App for that.

PHOTO IMAGING SOFTWARE
GIMP : Gnu Image Manipulation Program is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop without sacrificing the quality of the program. It's free and works with Windows, MAC or Linux.

SECURITY
While Linux really doesn't need any additional security, one can always find additional security repositories at Download.com, for Windows we recommend Avast and Malwarebytes together.



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The OPERATING SYSTEM
The best is saved for last. While you are looking at putting a good operating system on your PC, you may not be aware that there are many choices to choose from for your PC.

LINUX - With so many distrubutions of LINUX to choose from, the best for new users with the most compatibility are UBUNTU and Fedora. They simply work with new and old systems, have the best installation programs to make setup a breeze, and make it easy to implement other software installations.

MAC - Mac OS X comes with every Apple Macintosh, but not many users know that MAC OS is actually a dirivative of BSD Linux. But just because it's included on the Macintosh, doesn't mean you need to use it. You can run any operating system on a MAC.. Linux, Windows, etc. And if you're building am intel or AMD PC, you can install a version of MAC OS called iDeneb to run on it. Technically, Apple requires you to have a purchased version of the software OS. But you can install the version you want on your PC and go out to the Apple store and buy the MAC OS version you installed.

Windows - The Windows Operating System is never free, but Microsoft includes the OS on any PC purchased on the shelf. If you're building a new PC, you can purchase the Operating system separately from Microsoft's website or any retailer. Microsoft also offers a Beta program whenever testing out a new OS to go to market and you can pick up a beta version of their OS before it goes to the store.

A good source of open application repositories for your PC is
Download.com, but you can also find a wealth of open source applications at PCWorld.

Originally posted by Macsnapon on our forums




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