[SATLUG] Open Source Fest ?

Christopher Connell connell.christopher at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 15 22:21:02 CDT 2011

I will give it a test drive. 
Also here are a link to 50 apps and their open source alternatives:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=9463 - their are also suggestions in the thread
http://whdb.com/2008/the-top-50-proprietary-programs-that-drive-you-crazy-and-their-open-source-alternatives/ - Here is a direct link to (From 2008) the comments have suggestions as well. Some of the apps are laughable e.g. Kaspersky to Winpooch. 
Also some alternatives to Adobe Indesign: Scribus, Viva Designer and PageStream (http://www.pagestream.org/ http://software.viva.de/english/products/vivadesigner/

Probably already know but here are great resource for finding apps: http://www.linux.org/apps/  and   http://linuxappfinder.com/
100 apps listed here: http://ubuntulinuxhelp.com/top-100-of-the-best-useful-opensource-applications/   and    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3255930
I'd be happy to put all the suggestions into an spreadsheet or presentation just let me know.
--- On Tue, 3/15/11, Don Davis <dondavis at reglue.org> wrote:

From: Don Davis <dondavis at reglue.org>
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Open Source Fest ?
To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 4:36 PM

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 8:45 PM, steve kolars <bkfuth at gmail.com> wrote:

> The best open source stats package: R!

I agree completely.

As for SPSS

> > alternatives PSPP works really well.

There is a Linux PSPP which is similar to SPSS; however, I found it a bit

> But a student version is included in
> > many stat textbooks.

I believe many stat textbooks may have PASW as well (basically a temporarily
gratis version of SPSS).

I will have to check it out. Will it open spss data sets?

SPSS exports to CSV and XLS. R can open both of these. My experience has
been that CSV worked better.

I think it's better not to think of R as an SPSS alternative but rather as a
program that goes beyond SPSS. Much the way Gimp goes beyond Paint.
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