We may love Linux for anything but it is quite obvious that Microsoft Windows and macOS have more users than Linux. It’s because of this large user base that most of the premium applications like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, etc. and games like PUBG, Fornite, Apex Legends, etc. are launched for Windows and Mac OS platforms only. And lack of these critically acclaimed applications to work on in return leads to users not using Linux as their primary Operating Platform. Being an Open Source platform brings with itself a bright side of appreciation and wonder but a DARK side of doubt and uncertainty.
We obviously can’t change people’s perception about Open Source but we can reassure them that we equipped with enough applications to let us do anything and everything we want. In today’s post, I’m going to enlist the applications that are the best alternative and ARE OPEN SOURCE.
Microsoft Office provides indisputably the best Office Suite available but it’s pretty damn expensive and requires a limited license to function. Also, Microsoft Office runs poorly on all systems below or of 4 GB of RAM making it unjustifiable for people who cannot afford a better system. Here, LibreOffice is the best ( according to me 😃 ) alternative for Microsoft Office. It provides 5 separate apps free of cost across all OS(s). The applications are Writer, Impress, Sheet, Draw, and Math. The application can be downloaded from here.
GIMP ( GNU Image Manipulation Program ) is the best open-source alternative to Adobe PhotoShop. GIMP can be used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, etc. GIMP is already being used by many Windows users too. GIMP can be downloaded from here.
Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro are the best video editors that can be used. Even I can assure you of that. But, quality comes at a cost ( of ₹ 24,900 for Final Cut Pro 😬 ) which is honestly more than what my laptop costs. Lightworks is an alternative open – source non – linear video editor with all the features you can of. Other open-source options include Kdenlive and OpenShot Editor.
Adobe Illustrator is a critically acclaimed illustrator app that can be used by artists. But, the prices for its premium features are too high to be justifiable. Inkscape is an open-source alternative illustrator app for all the platforms. It is ridiculously fast and lite making it easy and snappy at the same time.
VLC is an open-source media player that has been used for many years on all the major platforms running all the major media types. Though UI for the app may not be modern enough, it’s features sure are.
Autodesk 3Ds Max is the most used 3D rendering software in the modern world majorly due to usability and a feature-packed suite of tools. Blender is an alternative to this tool and is available for free with almost all the features.
There are many more Open Source applications like RawTherapee, Natron, Bluefish that are just as useful and are available for free but aren’t due to their rawness. We can only hope that Linux and other Open Source Technologies are available for purposes and uses of the masses anytime and every time.