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The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy--and Their Open Source Alternatives

Feb 24, 2008, 05:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jimmy Atkinson)

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"Not every proprietary program can drive a person crazy, right? Some, like Norton Ghost, are superb tools for anyone to use. But, the fact that these tools are proprietary can drive open source fanatics up a wall. It's not the price of the software that makes the real difference (although it's a reason to migrate from one software to another for many people); it's the idea that proprietary software comes with boundaries that keeps the user experience confined to... well, being the user. That's enough to drive any developer crazy.

"The following fifty proprietary programs are listed in no particular order within broad categories along with their open source alternatives..."

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