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DAMICON'S LIST OF OPEN SOFTWARE

This List of Open Software is comprised largely of open-source packages. Most people who review the list below are surprised by the quantity and depth of open-source software. Many of us think of Linux when we hear "open source". While Linux is a great example of the open-source process, it is a small segment of the movement. Many open-source applications are available for Microsoft Windows and the Apple Macintosh.

Take a tour of open-source software by following some of the links below. You'll be amazed! To learn more about how DAMICON can help you navigate the open-source landscape, visit our Open Software Program page.


Commercial Software Category Open-Source Equivalent
AntiVirus Tools (eg. Norton, McAfee)
  • No open-source tools recommended
  • Use Grisoft AVG or AntiVir
  • Application Servers (eg. IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic)
  • Enhydra
  • Geronimo
  • JBoss
  • JOnAS
  • Tomcat (servlet container)
  • Zope
  • Asset Management (eg. Intuit, Peregrine, Remedy)
  • OCS Inventory
  • Backup Utilities (eg. CA ARCserve, Legato, Veritas)
  • Amanda
  • BackupPC
  • Bacula
  • Rsync
  • BioInformatics (multiple highly specialized vendors)
  • Open BioInformatics Foundation
  • OpenClinica
  • Business Graphics (eg. Microsoft Visio)
  • Dia
  • LibreOffice Draw
  • OpenOffice Draw
  • Xfig
  • CD / DVD Burning (eg. Adaptec RecordNow, Roxio CD Creator)
  • ECLiPt Roaster
  • X-CD-Roast
  • Configuration Management (eg. Rational ClearCase, Visual SourceSafe)
  • Arch
  • CVS
  • OpenCM
  • PRCS
  • RCS
  • Subversion
  • Content Management Systems (eg. Documentum, Interwoven, Vignette)
  • Alfresco
  • Bricolage
  • CPS
  • eZ publish CMS
  • KnowledgebasePublisher
  • Lenya
  • Magnolia
  • Phraseanet
  • TYPO3
  • Xaraya
  • Content Management Systems - Web
  • Bika LIMS
  • DotNetNuke
  • Drupal
  • Joomla!
  • Mambo
  • Midgard
  • OpenCMS
  • opensourceCMS
  • PHP-Nuke
  • phpWebSite
  • Plone
  • PostNuke
  • CRM Applications (eg. Microsoft CRM, Siebel)
  • Anteil
  • Compiere
  • ConcourseSuite
  • openCRX
  • SugarCRM
  • vtiger CRM
  • Database Software (eg. Microsoft Access, SQL Server)
  • Firebird
  • Gaby
  • Kexi
  • Knoda
  • MySql
  • Novinyl
  • PostgreSQL
  • Qddb
  • Database (BI) Tools (eg. Crystal Reports, ERWin, Microsoft Access)
  • BIRT
  • DBDesigner 4
  • JasperReports
  • OpenI
  • OpenRPT
  • Pentaho
  • SpagoBI
  • Total Rekall
  • YALE
  • Desktop Publishing (eg. Microsoft Publisher, Quark Xpress)
  • Scribus
  • Directory Servers (eg. Microsoft Active Directory)
  • OpenLDAP
  • Disk Imaging (eg. Norton Ghost)
  • Mondo
  • Partition Image
  • Document Management (eg. Open Text)
  • Contineo
  • OpenKM
  • Owl
  • Email Applications (eg. Microsoft Outlook Express)
  • KMail
  • Mozilla and Thunderbird
  • Spicebird
  • Ximian Evolution
  • Email List Manager
  • Mailman
  • MajorDomo
  • PHPlist
  • Email Servers - POP and SMTP (eg. Microsoft Exchange)
  • Exim
  • qmail
  • James
  • Postfix
  • SendMail
  • SquirrelMail
  • Zimbra
  • Email Servers - IMAP
  • Courier IMAP
  • Cyrus IMAP
  • Scalix
  • UW IMAP
  • ERP and Financial Software (eg. Oracle, SAP, Intuit QuickBooks)
  • Compiere
  • GNUCash
  • NOLA
  • Open for Business
  • Openbravo
  • SQL Ledger
  • webERP
  • xTuple
  • File Compression (eg. PKzip, WinZip)
  • 7-zip
  • bzip2
  • gzip
  • Flash Viewers (eg. Macromedia Flash)
  • Flash for other OS's
  • Forums, Blogs (Weblogs), Bulletin Boards and Wikis
  • DokuWiki
  • phpBB
  • Pivot
  • Roller
  • Thingamablog
  • WordPress
  • YaBB
  • Yet Another Forum.net
  • Graphics and Image Editors (eg. Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop)
  • CinePaint
  • GIMP
  • ImageMagick
  • Inkscape
  • K-3D
  • Groupware (eg. Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes)
  • dotProject
  • Horde
  • Kolab
  • Lucane
  • Mimerdesk
  • OpenGroupware
  • Open-Xchange
  • phpCollab
  • phpGroupWare
  • PHProjeckt
  • TUTOS
  • Help Desk (eg. BMC Remedy, FrontPage Heat, Intuit Track-It)
  • Bugzilla
  • Information Resource Manager
  • OneOrZero
  • phpSupport
  • php Support Tickets
  • RT: Request Tracker
  • SiT! Support Incident Tracker
  • HTML Editors (eg. DreamWeaver, FrontPage, HomeSite)
  • Bluefish
  • KompoZer
  • Instant Messaging (eg. AIM, MSN, Yahoo!)
  • Ayttm
  • GnomeICU
  • Kopete
  • Licq
  • Pidgin
  • Integrated Dev Environments (eg. Microsoft Visual Basic, Visual Studio)
  • Anjuta
  • Eclipse
  • GLADE
  • GNU Compiler Collection
  • GNU Project Debugger
  • KDevelop
  • NetBeans
  • XEmacs
  • Learning (or Course) Management System
  • Moodle
  • Sakai
  • Modeling Tools (eg. IBM Rational Rose, CA AllFusion)
  • ArgoUML
  • StarUML
  • Music Playing / Editing (eg. iTunes, Sound Forge, Cool Edit)
  • Amarok
  • Audacious
  • Audacity
  • Banshee
  • GLAME
  • Helix
  • Network Diagramming and Monitoring
  • Cacti
  • Etherape
  • JFFNMS
  • Kaboodle
  • MRTG
  • ntop
  • RRDtool
  • Snort (intrusion detection)
  • Wireshark
  • Zenoss
  • Network Management Tools (eg. HP OpenView, Microsoft SMS)
  • BO2K
  • Hyperic HQ
  • Nagios
  • OpenNMS
  • OpenQRM
  • Webmin
  • Office Productivity Suites (eg. Microsoft Office)
  • GNOME Office
  • KOffice
  • LibreOffice
  • OpenOffice
  • Operating Environments (eg. Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMWare)
  • freeBSD
  • freeDOS
  • Linux
  • NetBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • OpenSolaris (Sun)
  • Samba (file/print services)
  • VirtualBox (virtual machine)
  • Wine (Windows emulator)
  • Xen (virtual machine)
  • PDF File Viewer and Creator (eg. Adobe Acrobat)
  • Evince
  • okular
  • GhostScript
  • PDFCreator
  • Personal Financial Managers (eg. Microsoft Money, Intuit Quicken)
  • GNUCash
  • Grisbi
  • jGnash
  • KMyMoney
  • Personal Information Managers (eg. Microsoft Outlook)
  • KDE-PIM
  • Linux Organizer
  • TreeLine
  • TuxCards
  • Ximian Evolution
  • Photo Album Manager (or Photo Organizer)
  • digiKam
  • Portal Servers (eg. Microsoft Sharepoint, Plumtree, Vignette)
  • Gluecode (built on open source)
  • GridSphere
  • Liferay Portal
  • Metadot
  • Presentation Software (eg. Microsoft Powerpoint)
  • LibreOffice Impress
  • OpenOffice Impress
  • Privacy (eg. Pretty Good Privacy)
  • AxCrypt
  • GnuPP
  • GPG
  • TrueCrypt
  • Programming Languages
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • Project Management and Collaboration (eg. Microsoft Project)
  • Achievo
  • GanttProject
  • GanttPV
  • NetOffice
  • OpenProj
  • Outreach Project Tool
  • ProjectLibre
  • Planner
  • TUTOS
  • Remote Access (eg. Symantec pcAnywhere or VPN appliances)
  • OpenVPN
  • rdesktop
  • Stunnel
  • tinc
  • UltraVNC
  • VNC - Virtual Network Computing
  • Security (eg. firewalls, scanners)
  • Firestarter (firewall)
  • IPCop (firewall)
  • Nessus (scanner)
  • Nikto (scanner)
  • Nmap (scanner)
  • OpenSSH (secure communications)
  • Paros (proxy)
  • SmoothWall (firewall)
  • Shopping Cart (eg. AShop, Interspire)
  • PrestaShop
  • Spam Filters (eg. MailWasher, SpamEater)
  • Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy
  • MailScanner
  • POPFile
  • SpamAssassin
  • SpamBayes
  • Spreadsheets (eg. Microsoft Excel)
  • Gnumeric
  • LibreOffice Calc
  • OpenOffice Calc
  • Telephone Systems - VOIP / PBX / FAX Servers
  • Asterisk PBX
  • HylaFAX (fax server)
  • OpenPBX
  • SER PBX
  • SIPfoundry PBX
  • Yate
  • Terminal Server (eg. Microsoft Windows Terminal Server)
  • Linux Terminal Server Project
  • Test Tools (eg. IBM Rational, Mercury Interactive, Segue)
  • Ant
  • Apache JMeter Load Tester
  • JUnit Testing Framework
  • Open-Source Test Tools List
  • Text Editors & File Merging (eg. Microsoft Notepad)
  • Emacs
  • gedit
  • gnotepad+
  • JEdit
  • Vim
  • WinMerge
  • Video Editing
  • Avidemux
  • Blender
  • Jahshaka
  • Kaltura
  • Kino
  • LiVES
  • VirtualDub
  • Video Players (WinDVD, PowerDVD, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer)
  • Kaffeine
  • MPlayer
  • RealPlayer for other OS's
  • Totem
  • Virtual Meetings (eg. Microsoft NetMeeting / Messenger)
  • GnomeMeeting
  • Web Browsers (eg. Microsoft Internet Explorer)
  • Galeon
  • Konqueror
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Web and FTP Servers (eg. Microsoft IIS)
  • Apache HTTP Server
  • FileZilla
  • ProFTPD
  • Squid Proxy and Cache
  • squidGuard Access Controller
  • Word Processors (eg. Microsoft Word)
  • AbiWord
  • LibreOffice Writer
  • OpenOffice Writer











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    Feeling Locked In?

    Don't let the major software vendors lock you in. Firms like Adobe, Computer Associates, Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec and others have great products. But business is about choices. You have other options and you owe it to yourself and your budget to examine them.

    Open source is not for everyone (but neither is Windows). DAMICON simply wants to help you to make an informed decision.

    All software available without charge is not the same. If you'd like to learn more, the Free Software Foundation has a good article about software categories and licensing methods.

    The list on this page is not intended to be a complete and all-inclusive review. If you know of a software package that you think should be on this list please email us.

    Much more comprehensive information can be found at SourceForge.

    If you're interested in the use of open-source software in primary and secondary education, please visit Schoolforge.