Introducing a cheat sheet for open source software alternatives

Download this cheat sheet to make looking for an open source alternative to common proprietary software quick and easy.
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It can be frustrating when a mainstream software tool is proprietary. This is a common problem at work. Many companies default to Slack for chat, Adobe Photoshop for creative editing, and Salesforce for customer relationship management. We are faced with this issue at home, too. Our friends and family are likely to use the most popular social media platforms which tend to be closed source. With tax season coming up here in the United States, we are reminded that the go-to home finance software is proprietary. 

Luckily, we do not need to be bound by the constraints of proprietary software. There are tons of open source software alternatives to meet arguably every demand. If there isn't one already out there, someone (maybe you!) is bound to create one. One of the many benefits of choosing open source technology is that it is supported by the community. There's bound to be someone else out there eager to lend a new user a helping hand. 

As open source technology continues to grow, it will no longer be known as the alternative but the default. Until then, use this handy cheat sheet to quickly find the open source tool you need! Next time your colleague shares a Google Sheet with you, why not suggest using EtherCalc next time and share this cheat sheet. 

Download the open source software alternatives cheat sheet


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Lauren is the managing editor for When she's not organizing the editorial calendar or digging into the data, she can be found going on adventures with her family and German shepherd rescue dog, Quailford. She is passionate about spreading awareness of how open source technology and principles can be applied to areas outside the tech industry such as education and government.


Thanks for the article. It's always good to get the word out about open source apps. Consider, instead of a static page, reviewing or promoting the use of agnostic resources out there. In this case, I'm thinking of alternativeto.

For years, they've been a great, curated, resource for those looking to replace one app with another. Their filters allow for focusing, not just on platforms but, on licensing.

I'm sure there are other resources like this but, this is one I keep coming back to, time and time again.

Thanks again for the article.

Line, Viber are open-source?! Since when?! Why Telegram is omitted? Also linked article in WhatsApp alternatives IS NOT about open-source alternatives!

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