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Comparison of Free & Open Source Software

FOS Productivity Software Edit

Name Platform type Website Description
GIMP all Rastor art, photo editor http://www.gimp.org/ Photoshop Alternative
Darktable photography workflow application, RAW developer http://www.darktable.org/
Inkscape all Vector Art, http://www.gimp.org/ Illustrator Alternative
KTooN /Tupi Linux, OSX 2D Animation http://www.maefloresta.com/
Synfig Studio 2D vector Animation http://www.synfig.org Flash Alternative
LibreCAD 2D CAD http://librecad.org AutoSketch Alternative
Blender 3D Modeling & Animation http://www.blender.org/ 3DS Max / Maya alternative
OpenSCAD 3D CAD http://www.openscad.org/ AutoCAD alternative
FreeCAD 3D CAD http://www.freecadweb.org/ AutoCAD alternative
Sweet Home 3D Windows,

JavaWS for others

3D Home Design http://www.sweethome3d.com 3D Computer Aided Home Design
Art of Illusion 3D modelling http://www.artofillusion.org/
MakeHuman all 3D Character Creation http://www.makehuman.org/
Ardour Audio recorder, editor, re-mixer http://ardour.org/
Audacity Audio recorder & editor http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Open Movie Editor Linux Movie Editor (in Development) http://www.openmovieeditor.org/
Flowblade Linux video editor https://code.google.com/p/flowblade/
KdenLive Linux, OS X video editor http://www.kdenlive.org/
OpenShot Linux video editor http://www.openshot.org
Lives Linux, OS X video editor http://lives.sourceforge.net
Cinelerra Linux Video editor [in development] http://www.heroinewarrior.com
VideoLan Movie Creator all movie editor [in development] https://trac.videolan.org/vlmc/
Avidemux simple video editor http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/
Handbrake video format converter http://handbrake.fr/
Miro Video Converter video format converter http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/
CamStudio Computer screen and audio recorder http://camstudio.org/
PDF Edit http://pdfedit.cz
Scribus Article Publishing http://www.scribus.net
Kompozer all web design http://www.kompozer.net Dreamweaver / FrontPage Alternative
Open Office Office suit


  • Writer - word processor
  • Calc - spreadsheet.
  • Impress - Slide presentation.
  • Draw - illustrations.
  • Base - databases editor.
  • Math - mathematical formula software with a GUI.
https://www.openoffice.org/ Microsoft Office Alternative
Libre Office Office Suit


  • Text
  • Spreadsheet
  • Presentation
  • Drawing
  • Database
  • Formula
http://www.libreoffice.org/default/ Microsoft Office Alternative

FOS Consumption software Edit

FOS Utility Software Edit

Compatibility layers (System Libraries)Edit

Libraries containing re-coded system files from a specific operating systems, to run Software native to that operating systems on another operating system.

FOS Game Engines Edit

3D FOSS Engines:

  • Panda3D - 3D engine using Python and with web plug-ins. Good for fast development and used by Disney for various games.
  • Irrlicht Engine- Provides a set of tools and utilities for making 3d games
  • Blender Game Engine - Integrated into the Blender 3d modeler. Allows for fast building of games instantly using assets created in Blender. Games can be build using "logic blocks" or Python code.
  • Ogre3d - Powerful for game graphics, but not much else. Used in various commercial games.
  • ID Software Github
    • ioQuake3 - Advanced version of Quake 3 engine
    • ioDoom3 - Open source Doom 3 engine, supported by the guys behind ioQuake3


2D FOSS Engines:

HTML5 + CSS + Javascript frameworks like OpenGL, WebGL

FOS Games Edit

See: Gaming on Linux

FOS Console emulatorsEdit

External Links Edit

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