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Here is a list of popular free software applications that run on Microsoft Windows — along with the proprietary applications they replace. If you are still a user of a nonfree operating system like Windows or iOS, you can take a first step towards free software by installing these applications on your platform.
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Here is a list of popular free software applications that we recommend to replace common proprietary applications. Ceasing to use proprietary appliations is a good way to start migrating to freedom.
  
When we say these application programs are [https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.en.html free software], we're talking about freedom, not price. It means that you are free to use these programs constructively, either alone or in a community, while respecting the freedom of others. The source code is available, so that you can study the software, adapt it to your needs, fix bugs, and release versions with new features. You can also convince or pay others to do these things for you. You are also free to give away and free to sell copies, under the terms of the applicable free software license. These programs are free software because <em>you have freedom</em> in using them. Free software develops under the control of its users.
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We have a separate list for each operating system because some of the free replacements don't run on all the operating system.
  
Microsoft Windows is a clear and instructive example of nonfree software. Its source code is a secret, so programmers cannot learn from it, fix it, adapt it to their clients (your) needs, or even verify what it really does. If you share copies with your neighbors, you will be called a &ldquo;pirate&rdquo;, and users have been threatened with imprisonment for this. Nonfree software is completely controlled by its developer, who also has power over the users. We started the free software movement because [https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/freedom-or-power.html this power is unjust].
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==Misc==
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* [[Collection:File format|File format]]
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* [[Collection:SaaSS|Service as a Software Substitute]]
  
Using free software on Microsoft Windows (or any nonfree operating system) is the first step towards freedom, but it does not get you all the way there. You're still under Microsoft's power as long as you use Windows.
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==Free operating systems==
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* GNU-like
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** [[Collection:BSD|BSD]]
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** [[Collection:GNU/Linux|GNU/Linux]]
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* Android-based
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** [[Collection:Replicant|Replicant]]
  
So the next step is to replace Windows with a [https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.en.htmlfree operating system such as GNU/Linux].
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==Nonfree operating systems==
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* Apple [[Collection:iOS|iOS]]
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* Apple [[Collection:macOS|macOS]]
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* Microsoft [[Collection:Windows|Windows]]
  
'''However, on this page we're concerned with the first step.'''
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After you replace the nonfree apps, how about replacing the nonfree system next?  For your freedom's sake.
  
==OS==
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==About==
 
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* '''Team Captain''': [[User:David_Hedlund|David Hedlund]]
===BSD===
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* '''Participant''': [[User:Adfeno|Adfeno]]
Although some [https://gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html#BSD BSD distros] are mostly free software, they all contain binary firmware programs. Some contain other nonfree programs as well.
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* '''Summary''': A listing of free software replacements.
 
 
You may want to check the [https://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Category/Runs-on/BSD Runs-on/BSD category] for more software.
 
 
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" border="1" style="font-size:smaller"
 
|-
 
! Type
 
! Free program
 
! Replacement for
 
|-
 
! 3D computer graphics software
 
| [[Blender]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Anonymous P2P
 
| [[GNUnet]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! BitTorrent client
 
| [[qBittorrent]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Compiler
 
| [https://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/6.0/packages/amd64/ MinGW]<!-- not Mingw-w64 -->
 
|
 
|-
 
! Desktop publishing
 
| [[Scribus]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Diagramming software
 
| [[Xfig]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Document viewer
 
| [[Evince]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Email client, news client, feed reader
 
| [[Claws Mail]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Instant messaging client, softphone, and videotelephone<br />(all-in-one)
 
| [[GNU Ring]], [[Linphone]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Instant messaging client
 
| [[Pidgin]]
 
| Yahoo! Messenger
 
|-
 
! Live USB
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
! Media player
 
| [[VLC media player|VLC media player]] (VLC)
 
|
 
|-
 
! Office suite
 
| [[LibreOffice]] (OpenOffice.org fork)
 
|
 
|-
 
! Online storage
 
| [[ownCloud]] (client only)
 
|
 
|-
 
! Raster graphics editor
 
| [[GIMP]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Text editor
 
| [[Emacs]], [[Vim]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Vector graphics editor
 
| [[Inkscape]]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Web browser
 
| [[Midori]]
 
| Chromium, Mozilla Firefox, Opera
 
|}
 
 
 
Source:
 
* FreeBSD: http://distcache.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/
 
* OpenBSD: https://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/6.0/packages/amd64/
 
 
 
===Replicant===
 
'''We urge all Android users to switch to [https://www.replicant.us/supported-devices.php a mobile device that supports Replicant].'''
 
 
 
You may want to check the [https://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Category/Runs-on/Android Runs-on/Android category] for more software.
 
 
 
Links:
 
* [https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/android-and-users-freedom.html Android and Users' Freedom]
 
* [https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-mobiles.html Malware in Mobile Devices]
 
 
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" border="1" style="font-size:smaller"
 
|-
 
! Type
 
! Free program
 
! Replacement for
 
|-
 
! 3D computer graphics software
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
! Anonymous P2P
 
| [http://ugetdm.com/downloads-android uGet]
 
|
 
|-
 
! BitTorrent client
 
| [[Tribler]]
 
| BitTorrent
 
|-
 
! Compiler
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
! Desktop publishing
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
! Diagramming software
 
| [http://plantuml.com/ PlantUML] ([https://gitlab.com/fdroid/rfp/issues/455 requested for F-Droid])
 
| DrawExpress Diagram Lite
 
|-
 
! Document viewer
 
| [[MuPDF]]
 
| Adobe Acrobat
 
|-
 
! Email client, news client, feed reader
 
| [https://f-droid.org/packages/com.fsck.k9/ K-9 Mail]
 
| Microsoft Outlook
 
|-
 
! Instant messaging client, softphone, and videotelephone<br />(all-in-one)
 
| [[GNU Ring]], [[Linphone]]
 
| Skype, Signal
 
|-
 
! Instant messaging client
 
| [[Telegram]]
 
| Facebook Messenger, ICQ, Trillian, Yahoo! Messenger, Skype
 
|-
 
! Live USB
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
! Media player
 
| [[VLC media player|VLC media player]] (VLC)
 
| RealPlayer Basic
 
|-
 
! Office suite
 
| [https://f-droid.org/packages/org.documentfoundation.libreoffice/ LibreOffice Viewer] (LibreOffice port) (1)
 
| Microsoft Office Mobile
 
|-
 
! Online storage
 
| [[ownCloud]] (client only)
 
| Dropbox
 
|-
 
! Raster graphics editor
 
|
 
| Adobe Photoshop Express
 
|-
 
! Text editor
 
| [https://f-droid.org/packages/net.gsantner.markor/ Markor]
 
|
 
|-
 
! Vector graphics editor
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
! Web browser
 
| [[GNU IceCatMobile]] (1, 2), [https://guardianproject.info/apps/orfox/ Orfox] (1)
 
| Chromium, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
 
|}
 
 
 
# Some [https://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/Graphics#Popular-apps-from-F-Droid-that-do-not-work popular apps] from F-Droid do not work with Replicant without enabling llvmpipe as software renderer but it is slow. - https://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/Graphics This is not a problem on Android but it's not entirely free either.
 
# GNU IceCatMobile: [[GNU IceCat]] (Mozilla Firefox ESR fork) discontinued official IceCatMobile support after version [https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/icecat/38.6.0/ 38.6.0]. However many F-Droid users preferred their unofficial IceCatMobile releases even when official releases existed.
 
 
 
==Policy==
 
* Software with external links do not have GNU/Linux support so they will not be added to Free Software Directory as required by the policy.
 
* Only official or preferred unofficial releases (eg IceCatMobile via F-Droid) added.
 
 
 
==Log==
 
** For Replicant
 
*** Added AndrOpen Office
 
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[Free_Software_Directory:Antifeatures|FSD: Antifeatures]]
 
* [[Free Software Directory:Participate/Project Team|FSD: Participate/Project Team]]
 
 
 
==External links==
 
* [https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-adobe.html Adobe's Software is Malware]
 
* [https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-apple.html Apple's Operating Systems Are Malware]
 
* [https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-google.html Google's Software is Malware]
 
* [https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-microsoft.html Microsoft's Software is Malware]
 

Latest revision as of 19:35, 14 July 2018

Here is a list of popular free software applications that we recommend to replace common proprietary applications. Ceasing to use proprietary appliations is a good way to start migrating to freedom.

We have a separate list for each operating system because some of the free replacements don't run on all the operating system.

Misc

Free operating systems

Nonfree operating systems

After you replace the nonfree apps, how about replacing the nonfree system next? For your freedom's sake.

About

  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Participant: Adfeno
  • Summary: A listing of free software replacements.


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