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Open Source and Freeware

On this page ITS Procurement & Licensing have listed some open source and freeware software products that may be of interest to University of Otago staff and students.

If you would like to read more about any of the open source and freeware listed below, please try a Google search for the name of the software product you are interested in or contact the Procurement & Licensing team.

Open source software

In the table below you will find commercial software products listed with the recommended open source or freeware product alternative.

Other links that you may find useful are:

  • Linux Alternative Project - this is a database listing Microsoft Windows software and the alternative, equivalent Linux products.
  • Gizmos Freeware Reviews - this is a website listing the best freeware programs that have been selected by independent editors for their quality and performance. Many of these programs are as good as, or better than their commercial counterparts.
Type of softwareCommercial software exampleOpen source/freeware software alternative
CD BurnerNero K3BLiquid CD
Diagrams and flowchartsMicrosoft VisioDia
DistributionAdobe AcrobatFree download for Microsoft Office 2007
built into Mac OS X
DrawingAdobe IllustratorInkscape
Image editingAdobe Photoshop
Photoshop Elements
Layout softwareAdobe InDesignScribus
Office softwareMicrosoft OfficeOpenOffice (Windows)
NeoOffice (Mac)
Project managementMicrosoft ProjectGannt Project
Open Project
Sound editingOriion ProAudacity
WebpagesAdobe DreamweaverNVU