Open Source Your Life

Many complete, open-sourced, and often crowd-sourced alternatives to closed-source software are available. Here is a list of some good alternatives to widely used commercial software that I use, have used, or recommend.

  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Haiku Website

    Mozilla Firefox, usually called by the latter part of its name, is a well-known web browser that is entirely free and open source.


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  • MuseScore

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    MuseScore is an open-source application for sheet music composition. It also interacts with MIDI devices that can control its built-in instruments.


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  • Open Broadcaster Software

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS, is an open source, cross-platform screen recorder that allows for streaming to many sites. It replaces these services' proprietary streaming tools.


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  • Blender

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku AmigaOS MorphOS Website

    Blender is a free and open source 3D modeling and animation written in Python. It is a viable replacement to similar programs like Maya.


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  • iTerm2

    Free Mac Website

    iTerm2 is a terminal emulator for macOS that allows for a great deal of customization, while also being incredibly functional. It acts as a replacement to macOS' preinstalled terminal emulator.


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  • Hyper

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    For users running platforms other than macOS, (or Mac users who are control freaks) Hyper fills the role of the clean-looking, powerful, and highly hackable terminal emulator. Hyper is built on another open-source framework, GitHub's Electron, and uses HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for much of its code as such. It replaces its platforms' preinstalled terminal emulators.


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  • Visual Studio Code

    Free Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Mac Website

    Despite being developed and maintained by the once notoriously proprietary software company Microsoft, Visual Studio Code is a fully functional, general purpose code editor with several professional and innovative features. Like Hyper, it is built on GitHub's Electron framework.


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  • Inkscape

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows S BSD ... X11 MacPorts XQuartz Website

    Inkscape is a vector graphics editor with capabilities comparable to Adobe Illustrator CC. It is free, open sourced, and crowd-sourced by its community.


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  • Python

    Free Mac Windows Linux S60 BSD ... AROS Haiku AmigaOS OpenSolaris MorphOS Website

    Python! The simple yet powerful programming language behind everything from Dropbox to 2017's, "Doki Doki Literature Club," is also open source. With many powerful frameworks to its name and many resources for getting started, Python is an easy language to pick up, and a powerful ally.


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