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Erwan ROUSSEL
Erwan ROUSSEL

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What are your favorites open-source alternatives?

I am actually searching for open-source alternatives for the proprietary services that I often use. After brainstorming that's my non-exhaustive list (many of them come from the comments) :

Slack ➡️
Mattermost

Dropbox ➡️
Nextcloud
Owncloud
Bonus: Syncthing

Google Analytics ➡️
Matomo

Google Keep, Evernote ➡️
Paperwork
Joplin

Chrome ➡️
Firefox

Medium ➡️
Dev.to

Webstorm ➡️
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Bonus: Gitpod

Unity ➡️
Godot
Blender

Photoshop ➡️
Krita

Illustrator ➡️
Inkscape

Postman ➡️
Postwoman

Hubspot ➡️
Muatic

Disqus ➡️
Commento

LastPass ➡️
BitWarden
Keepass (offline)

Alexa/Google Home ➡️
Mycroft AI

Please give yours :)

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Ben Lovy

Nice list! About two years ago I swapped out LastPass for BitWarden and highly recommend it.

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Douglas Fugazi • Edited on

I've been using BitWarden for 2 years since then and it is amazing.

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padaki-pavan

Keepass for offline use is amazing aswell.

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Erwan ROUSSEL

I didn't know this one and I need a password manager right now, thanks for the recommendation ^

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Edoardo Tenani

I would also suggest buttercup.pw/ Seems like is a new player in the field, but showcase as a very solid solution!

Feels like the 1Password of Open Source password managers!

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Erwan ROUSSEL

Nice one :)

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Abhinav Sharma

+1

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Ben Halpern

Medium ➡️
Dev.to

I hope eventually we can say Facebook too

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Peter Harrison

No you don't.

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simonced • Edited on

We could add:

Photoshop -> Krita and
Illustrator -> Inkscape

I agree that not everything is the same between Photoshop and Krita, but as SVG goes, Inkscape is as good as Illustrator IMO.

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Erwan ROUSSEL

Nice for designers, I'll add it 🙃

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Enjeck C.

We should definitely add Photoshop > Gimp

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Silvan Paul

I don't think gimp is a better replacement for photoshop. Sure it's a great piece of software but for someone that is used to photoshop krita is more alike. I think Gimp is more a replacement for paint.net.

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Enmanuel de la Nuez

The Free Software Foundation has a huge directory of software that complies with their definition of free. This collection in particular might be useful! It was made in response to the report on the US's PRISM program. There you will find alternative software for eedia publishing, remote storage, instant messaging, and more.

Do check out their other collections based on use or compatibility with certain file formats!

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Erwan ROUSSEL

Thanks that's exactly what I was searching for :)

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Jean-Michel Fayard 🇫🇷🇩🇪🇬🇧🇪🇸🇨🇴 • Edited on

Webstorm ➡️ IntelliJ Platform

Hello,
you are of course correct that Webstorm itself is neither open-source nor free.
But if you like this family of IDEs, it worth nothing built on top of the IntelliJ Platofrm which is fully open-source.

On top of the same platform, you can get the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition for free. It is enough for lots of things, for example to do Kotlin.

Kotlin itself is also an open-source project from JetBrains.

JetBrains also gives away licenses for IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate edition for open-source maintainers

jetbrains.com/opensource/

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Randy

They also give it away for free to students

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Erwan ROUSSEL

I didn't know that, thank you thats a good thing to know !

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Cameron Reikes

I've been using and adding patches to Godot for some time, I like to read the code if I'm ever confused about something, which I can't do with Unity.

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Erwan ROUSSEL

Unity ➡️ Godot ✅

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Liyas Thomas

Postman
Postwoman
Bonus: It's open source

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Erwan ROUSSEL

Let's add it to the list ;)

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Liyas Thomas • Edited on

🛸👽⚡
This kinda support will make open source community great again!

Story behind Postwoman

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Ben Sinclair

I like to think of the proprietary options as alternatives :P

Also, there's software that exists which is both proprietary and open source, so I think that distinction is a little confusing here (e.g. getkirby.com/license)

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Pierre Bouillon

A friendly alternative to many credentials manager: KeePassXC :)

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Pavan Yara • Edited on
  • Team Chat Platforms (Discord, Slack) -> Riot.im (Matrix), Rocket.chat, keybase

  • File sharing -> Firefox Send

  • File Sync -> Syncthing (already mentioned in here), SparkleShare, git-annex

  • Password Manager -> Lesspass

  • Note taking -> Standard Notes, Joplin, Paperwork

  • Collaborative editing (Google Doc) -> Etherpad

  • Medium -> Ghost

  • Forum software -> Discourse

  • Project management -> taiga.io

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Didin 👨‍💻

Database design dbdesigner.id to create Entity Relationship Diagram 😎😎😎.This can help you to collaborate with your team on web and cut off your step in generate SQL Create database.

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David Figueroa

Looks great, I prefer dia, but is more general and DB diagrams are very basic.

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Erwan ROUSSEL

Grenat tool, thanks 👌

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Didin 👨‍💻

You must try this tools. 👍👍👍

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

Alternatively to Nextcloud for Dropbox: Syncthing.

Slightly different design goals, but still covers one of the common use cases for Dropbox.

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Erwan ROUSSEL

Looks good 🙃
I'll add it to the list

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Erwan ROUSSEL

I didn't know Syncthing. Thanks you made me discover it 🙏

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

Always glad to spread the word about good FOSS options 😄

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That Blair Guy

I've recently been experimenting with Joplin as an alternative to Evernote.

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Erwan ROUSSEL

I didn't know Joplin, seems to be a good alternative !

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That Blair Guy

The pluses are:

  • Notes stored in markdown.
  • Supports syncing via Nextcloud, Dropbox, etc. (via API, no need install a client)
  • It's an electron app, so very cross platform (including iOS and Android)

Downsides I've found (so far) are:

  • No web client
  • Creating a to-do list, in markdown, on a phone, is "tedious".
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Erwan ROUSSEL

Now, I have to test this ! Thanks for the feedback about it 👌

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codesharedot

Gitea is great

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Erwan ROUSSEL

I totally agree it's a great self-hosted git server.

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jerry hopper

for any for saml/oauth2/openid-provider authentification solution, i switched to ==> fusionauth

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Erwan ROUSSEL

New discovery for me 👌 thank you

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