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Free software

By jardinier ·
How do people who create and distribute free software make a living?

In a recent discussion, the general consensus was that AVG was at least as good as, if not better, than the major brand names.

Everyone who knows about Firefox browser it switching to it.

And now Open Office is gaining popularity.

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by Choppit In reply to Free software

Some people don't expect to make a living from it, they're just passionate about programming and free software. In many cases these are community supported. Others hope to sell commercially licenced/supported versions or support contracts.

I always look for free alternatives before buying commercial software both personally and for the business. The *nix platforms are particularly well provided for but the Windows side is steadily growing.

Here's my most used sites for free software:

For *nix like distros (OSes) I use

Whilst we're on the subject does anyone know of a good list of commercial software with their best free alternatives? In particular I'd like to find a good free Windows alternative to MS Project. The best I've found is GanttProject but it's nowhere near in the same league.

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MS-Project, no but let me post if you find one.

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dotProject and

by 0ldan In reply to MS-Project, no but let me ...

Two come to mind and they are very good.

dotProject ( is about to make a 2.0 release and is an excellent piece of code -- and free. Several companies use it internally to manage projects. It's so good, I use it myself for my company's IT projects.

phProjekt ( is in version 4 and has higher goals - it claims to be becoming a groupware tool rather than simply a project management tool which are its origins.

I recommend you evaluate them both before moving into something Microsoft-ish and spending the money. The reason is that you might find your needs are much simpler than you originally thought. Or you might find they are more complex. In any case, it's an easy way to get your feet wet in online project management tools to see if it fits your workflow!

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by russ In reply to dotProject and

I also use dotProject heavily for internal project management and with customers who I have split project management duties with in some cases. It does not have all the bells and whistles that MSProject offers, but I've found it to be quite capable in handling most of our project needs.

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Project Alternative

by bbranstad In reply to MS-Project, no but let me ...

Have you checkout AutoTRAX project manager?

The site also contians a low cost schematic capture and PCB design software that I woudl recommed.


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by Jaqui In reply to

is usually about 6 to 8 months behind in it's data.
if you know which distros you are interested in, then I would recommend going to thier own sites for most up to date info. is another good resource, and for the actual projects.
savannah as a non gnu version also.

have you taken a look at mr project as a replacement for ms project?

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by Choppit In reply to

Yes, but it doesn't run under Windows.

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by Jaqui In reply to

since written in java is cross platform.

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by Choppit In reply to ganttproject

I've used GanttProject and if you look back a few posts you'll see that I've discounted it. It's quite good, but not even nearly comparable to MS project. Ideally I'm looking for something which can be used collaboratively.

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by Jaqui In reply to

for full collaboration tools, go with the commercial product that powers sourceforge.

expensive. but can't argue that it's got the capability.

some of the content management systems have support for project managment / collaboation also.

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