10 February, 2006

FOXNews.com - Technology News - Open-Source Users Break Free From Commercial Software

A great article that explains the difference between open source, and free software. It also offers a selection of open source software that people who are used to running Microsoft Windows can use -- software that most people would think is beyond their comprehension but, in fact, is not.

Reommendations include the open-source web browser and e-mail client Firefox and Thunderbird, respectively, as well as the Linux OS, and OpenOffice, an open source replacement for Microsoft Office . The final recommendation is GIMP, an open source replace for Adobe Photoshop. However, as this article explains, I don't think that GIMP will ever replace Adobe's PhotoShop application. I hope that Adobe is able to bring its impressive and very useful suite of applications and development platform over to Linux, and perhaps, release its source into the open, even if it's as an older version.

FOXNews.com - Technology News - Open-Source Users Break Free From Commercial Software