The power of Open-source
A quick guide for students who want to try open-source solutions
Ever since we’re young and just starting to use a computer, we have and always have been using and accustomed to Windows or Mac computers. This is why most of us used Microsoft and Apple proprietary products or at the very least never have heard about open-source. At some instances, this lack of knowledge about open-source force us to engage in illegal activities, some of us might not even aware of, such as using pirated or “cracked” software just to make things work on our computers. But why do illegal things when we can do it legally and for free?
What is Open-source Software?
Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. — opensource.com
Open-source is more than just about software and technology, it is an idea and an initiative that makes our lives better. It allows people and community to collaborate and solve problems together with the goal of making things better and available for everyone.
Starting with Open-source
If ever that you have used a trialed software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, you might had experience the frustration when your 30-day trial period ends. So your go to means is to ask your geeky friend for a crack that would patch the expiration of your software. Easy fix but illegal.
One of the most sought-after software for students is an office software that is used for document processing, spreadsheet, presentation and alike. Although MS Office or Google Docs dominate the market, there are many more interesting options with open-source. Here are some of the open-source software that you can try:
1. Apache OpenOffice
Easy to use. Free. Standard compliant.
With a fully open development process, Apache OpenOffice has nothing to hide — the product stands or falls on its reputation
Apache OpenOffice - Official Site - The Free and Open Productivity Suite
The Free and Open Productivity Suite 16 September 2014: The City of Udine, in Italy, announced a process that will lead…
Easy. Quick. Smart.
It is a free and powerful office suite, and a successor to OpenOffice. Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.
Home | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Based on OpenOffice - Compatible with Microsoft
LibreOffice is a free and powerful office suite, and a successor to OpenOffice.org (commonly known as OpenOffice). Its…
Maybe you are a student that does graphic design, illustrations, and video-editing and you want to know if there are some open-source software that can replace your pirated Adobe creative suite. Fret not because open-source wont let you down.
Free. Easy to use. Could definitely replace Photoshop.
Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.
This is the official website of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). GIMP is a cross-platform image editor…
Just like Adobe Illustrator ;)
Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you!
Inkscape's team of developers has patched bugs and crashes, and generally improved on version 1.0 in this latest…
Video editing software that matches the power of Adobe Premiere Pro (no bias intended).
Kdenlive is an acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. It works on GNU/Linux, Windows and BSD.
Kdenlive | Libre Video Editor
The team is happy to announce Kdenlive 20.12 release bringing exciting new features like same track transitions…
Students who do modelling, simulation or CAD wont have to rely on Autodesk products since there is Blender.
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline — modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.
blender.org - Home of the Blender project - Free and Open 3D Creation Software
Open source 3D creation. Free to use for any purpose, forever. Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite…
Students who do code and programming task also have lot of choices to choose from for their working environment.
7. VS Code
My personal favorite. Customizable and meets all your development needs. Good job, Microsoft!
Visual Studio Code - Code Editing. Redefined
Visual Studio Code is a code editor redefined and optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud…
Of course, a full open source experience wont be complete without using a open source Operating system, ehem Linux!
There are lot of Linux distributions that we can choose from, but my personal favorite is Ubuntu (only distro I have used yet lol). The environment is very user friendly and transitioning from Mac or Windows along with installation is very easy. It also has supports for most available devices in the market, so compatibility wont be an issue.
There are still many open source software available there that were not mentioned from this blog. Almost every software has a good open-source alternative that we can use.
I hope this blog will make people appreciate open source and make them contribute to its growing community. And that we realize that we don’t have to spend money to an enterprise software when there is an open source solution that does the same, only for free.