Finding Open Source Alternatives
There are a plethora of open source programs out there, but if you are new to open source how do you find alternatives to things like Microsoft Word or Adobe Dreamweaver? Osalt is a database of programs, both proprietary and open source, with their corresponding counterpart.
Just think of a program that you use like Microsoft Office. Now go to Osalt and search for office. In the list choose Microsoft Office 2003. It will show you that the open source alternatives are OpenOffice and NeoOffice. It also gives brief summaries of each. Suppose you don’t need a full office suite, but just a word processor like Word. Type in Word and it comes up with several alternatives including Abiword, which is a very capable alternative to Word. On the home page you will see a list of the top 10 closed source software and the top ten open source software. So if you are looking for an alternative to Photoshop, Dreamweaver, or Illustrator you can click on the links and see what Osalt recommends.
Osalt is not exhaustive by any means, but it is complete enough for the beginner. There are plenty of programs to choose from and it represents the best and most popular open source tools/alternatives. Best part is that any of the open source programs that you see are free, so why not give them a try and see how they work.