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September 2016: Five must-have open source productivity tools

You don’t have to turn to proprietary software to get your work done. Here are five feature-rich open-source alternatives.

What do we need to produce our work? We must produce documents, we must be able to create/manipulate images, we must manage money, and we must be able to communicate and schedule. These constants dictate that we have sound tools to handle those tasks. Don’t think Microsoft (and other creators of proprietary software) hold a monopoly on productivity. The open-source community has done a great job of creating tools perfectly suited to help you get your job done.

1: LibreOffice

LibreOffice is an open-source equivalent of Microsoft Office. It includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database tools. All the tools are compatible with their Microsoft Office counterparts and strictly follow open standards. LibreOffice is free of charge and is available across all platforms (Mac, Windows, and Linux).

2: Evolution

Evolution is to open source what Microsoft Outlook is to proprietary software. A groupware client with email, calendar, tasks, contacts, and notes, Evolution will help keep you connected and organized. Evolution is available only for the Linux platform. But if you need to connect Evolution to Exchange, there are tools available to allow that to happen.


GIMP is one of the most powerful image editing/creating tools on the open-source market, offering similar user-friendliness to Photoshop. Some of the tasks you do with GIMP might take a few more steps than Photoshop requires. But in the end, the job gets done.

4: Scribus

Scribus is the easiest and most powerful way to create PDF documents in Linux. And this open-source tool isn’t just available for the Linux world. You can also enjoy the freedom of creating PDF (and editable PDF) documents on Mac and Windows. With a simple interface and all the features you’d expect in a PDF creation tool, Scribus will help you to get the job done quickly and easily.

5: GnuCash

GnuCash is the flagship personal and small business accounting software. Although it’s only a single-user tool, it can easily handle the management of small business finances. GnuCash is a double-entry accounting tool, with checking, savings, stocks, assets, expenses, and more. GnuCash offers scheduled transactions, transaction matching, financial calculations, and importing, among other things.

The open-source community has nearly every tool you need to get your work done efficiently. And that list of software grows every year. Soon, you’ll have no reason to work outside of the scope of open source in your office.

Summarised by the WOUGNET TechSupport team from an article by Jack Wallen posted on TechRepublic.

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