September 21, 2012, 9:51 AM — The world of open source software offers free alternatives to just about any expensive commercial package you might care to name, but there's no denying that some of them are better than others.
Aiming to recognize some of the best of the open source breed, InfoWorld on Tuesday announced the winners of its sixth annual Best of Open Source Software Awards, also known as the "Bossies."
Among 125 winning products in seven award categories are a variety of open source business and desktop apps. They include several of the usual suspects, of course--including Ubuntu Linux, WordPress, and LibreOffice, to name just a few--but also some interesting lesser-known packages.
According to a recent report commissioned by Amadeus IT Group, it's a smart move to consider open source software first. Here are a few packages you should know about.
Comparable in many ways to Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor designed to make it easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps, and more. The software can also export to formats including PostScript, PNG, and SVG.
For those who need to work with audio, Audacity is free, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. It can import, export, and manipulate sound files in virtually every common format.
For content management, Plone is what InfoWorld calls an "industrial-strength" alternative to WordPress and Movable Type. Blogging, dashboard views, and calendaring are all among its standard features, while an array of extensions are available that can add even more.