"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> How I saved over $4000 on software?
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | Anyways, while setting up my new laptop, I had an
> | intriguing idea. Why not consider installing
> | all/most non-commercial software to cater to all
> | my daily computing needs? After a bit of thinking
> | I realized that I already use some free or
> | open-source software accounting to about 40-50%
> | of all my personal software installations. So I
> | took the plunge to make that figure escalate to
> | around 90%.
> | [...]
> | Total Savings (in USD) $4235.95
Reminds me of the RIAA/MPAA accussing a single teenager of costing them
several billion dollars in lost revenue, based on how many movies/songs were
loaded on his harddrive. What the RIAA and MPAA didn't realize, of course,
is that if the teenager did not have access to these files, there is a very
low probability that said teenager would have gone to the movie
theatre/record store and spend several billions there.
That said, this blog entry is interesting in that if you don't know what
alternatives exists for a given piece of non-beer-free software, you might
be able to look it up in the table provided. Unfortunately, the comparisons
are not always apples-to-apples. Thunderbird is not the equivalent of
Outlook, for example (TB has no calendar), nor is Paint.NET the equivalent
of Adobe Photoshop.
A site I occasionally check out to find open source alternatives is