Open source software has started to grow in popularity. More and more computer users are refusing to pay big bucks for computer applications when they can download similar versions that are half the cost or in some cases completely free. While open source software has grown in popularity, the key to being able to make the switch from huge name companies to open source software programs is to know where to find the best open source software. Here are some great places where you can find the best and most up-to-date open source programs on the Internet.
Sourceforge. Sourceforge is a website that gathers software programmers and developers together. It allows them to have an outlet to share open source software and review the programs that are offered. Sourceforge separates all programs into educational, business, and entertainment so that users can easily browse through thousands of open source software programs. Sourceforge has a large majority of the open source software programs that are available for download. If the open source software program is not provided directly on Sourceforge it will direct users to the manufacturer’s website where they can get the full version of the program.
Open Source Windows/Open Source Mac. This is another website that is similar to Sourceforge. The difference is that it will separate the programs for which ones will work on Mac and which will work for Windows. Open Source Windows and Open Source Mac work in similar ways that Sourceforge does. It offers categories and a search function that allows users to search for any open source software program that they could want to download.
Open Source as Alternative. Open Source as Alternative is the place to go when you are looking for programs that are similar to other huge company programs. It offers any open source program that can be used to replace a huge commercial software program.