Let’s say you just got a new computer and you need some sort of word processing software. Which of the following two scenarios seems like the most appealing to you:
- Drop $400 on the latest Microsoft Office suite
- Download some free Open Source software that works just as well as Microsoft Office, is more than likely able to be integrated with Microsoft Office and, did I mention, FREE?
Hmm, spend $400 or get a nearly identical program for free? Not exactly rocket science.
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Open Source software is put together by a community of software and web programmers for use or modification by the general public. For example, the program that I use to set up Saving Without A Budget is called WordPress and is probably the best known example of open source software.
The best resource to find most open source programs is SourceForge.net, where you can find software for blogging, small business, computer games, multimedia – pretty much you name it, you can find an open source program for it.
The only downside regarding open source software is there does tend to be some bugs in the software, usually small glitches that are fixed in later iterations of the same program. Thankfully, since these programs are under constant development and improvement, it doesn’t take long for the bugs to be found and corrected, and then you can install the latest version of the program.
At this rate, I really don’t ever plan on purchasing over priced commercial software ever again – and there really isn’t a reason to.