Fed up with licence fees for applications you need every day? In this blog, we present a few of the applications that are installed by default on our wLw laptops. Hopefully there's something for you too.
Open Source as a business model
Open source" refers to software whose source code is public and can be viewed, modified and used by third parties [Source: Wikipedia]. Such open source software is usually completely free of charge.
But how does this work as a business model? Well, many such applications are already being used today without you even noticing - for example, many websites are now being used with WordPress created. Our page was also created with this tool.
We are therefore dependent on the software developers and volunteers who contribute here. Larger companies feel exactly the same way. For example, many server applications are operated with open source. Thus, there is also an inevitable interest in ensuring that these applications are further developed. This can be achieved with simple donations, but also with "arranged" volunteer work.
Various OpenSource programmes
The following open source applications can be installed or are already installed on wLw devices:
- LibreOffice (document processing)
LibreOffice: A mature competitor to MS Office
Is available by default on all devices and is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. With each new version, new functionalities are added and compatibility problems with other applications are solved. Because Microsoft Office is also constantly evolving, this is very important. This ensures that files from Word can also be used in the LibreOffice world.
-> Comparison between LibreOffice and Microsoft Office
- GIMP (Photo editing)
GIMP: OpenSource image editing tool
Is available by default on every laptop and a powerful competitor to Adobe Photoshop, with which images can be easily edited, changed and saved.
-> Comparison between GIMP and Adobe Photoshop
- OpenShot (video editing)
OpenShot: Free alternative to Adobe Premiere
Can be installed on all wLw laptops. OpenShot is an easy-to-use tool that can be used to merge, edit and mix videos. Our tutorial videos were also made with OpenShot, for example.
-> Comparison between OpenShot, Adobe Premiere and InVideo
- OBS Studio (screen recordings)
OBS Studio: De facto standard among streamers
Can be installed on all wLw laptops. OBS Studio is perfect for simple screen and camera recordings. With this tool, you can also produce a "stream" yourself, for example, or simply record your screen.
-> There is no comparison here, as OBS is actually the standard.
Other open source applications
Do you know of other programmes that can be used freely and bring you added value? Write to us on social media, comment on the relevant posts and let us know. We are happy to share your inputs with others!
- Tobias Schär
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