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In the world of enterprise operating systems, productivity suites and programs, it may seem as if there are few options besides Microsoft.
Windows commands the OS market, but Linux can be a viable, money-saving choice. Microsoft products such as Office run the productivity suite market, but OpenOffice and LibreOffice have a lot of the same capabilities for free. The same is true for other standard enterprise programs such as Photoshop: GIMP is a free photo editor that lets users do the same work they'd use Photoshop for.
The common denominator? Open source OSes and applications can save your company money. They are also more flexible because you can tweak the code to fit your needs. Take a look at these resources to help you decide if open source options could be a fit somewhere in your organization.
1Alternatives to productivity suites and apps
Microsoft Office dominates the productivity suite landscape, but open source alternatives such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice can take its place in certain situations. The main appeal of these alternatives is they’re free. And though Photoshop sits atop the graphics-editing program market, GIMP -- an open source photo editor -- is a free alternative that offers a wide variety of tools, including editable text layers and a foreground extraction tool.
But ultimately, you get what you pay for. Open source productivity suites have issues, including not being able to open and save Microsoft Office documents with complete transparency. If you are interested in open source productivity suites, you should compare Microsoft’s offerings with the open source alternatives to see which is best for your company’s needs.
Office 2013 vs. Office 365 vs. open source alternatives
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Flexibility and features make GIMP a viable alternative to Photoshop
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