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Practical Free Alternatives to Commercial Software

Authors: Oualline, Steve, Oualline, Grace

  • Shows you how to use free and open source alternatives to most paid software options
  • Great introduction to the wide range of free and open source software
  • Written by an extremely experienced technical author well versed with distilling complex subjects into east-to-follow concepts
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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3075-6
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Softcover $37.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3074-9
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About this book

Get all the things done you're used to doing with pricey software at a fraction of the cost. There are hundreds of free programs out there that work just as well as the commercial programs people pay hundreds of dollars for. This book tells you how to find and use the most popular and useful of these.

The Open Source movement is a system where programmers can share code and collectively improve programs.  As a result they can produce programs that are just as good, if not better than their commercial alternatives.  For example, LibreOffice comes with a database, Microsoft Office does not. 

This book shows you where to get and how to use the best Open Source programs giving you not only access to high quality software, but saving you money as well. Add Practical Free Alternatives to Commercial Software to your library today.

What You'll Learn

  • Use the free spreadsheet program Libreoffice-calc to balance your checkbook, do an expense account, and other tasks
  • Perform presentations with Libreoffice-impress instead of Powerpoint
  • Photo edit with The Gimp, a high powered image editor
  • Edit videos with Openshot
  • Create video DVDs with DVDStyler

Who This Book Is For

Home or small business PC users who want to save money on software

About the authors

Steve Oualline is the author of many books concerning Linux, C++, and Open Source Software.  He is an expert Linux programmer, currently living in San Diego. His hobbies include volunteering at the Orange Empire Railroad Museum, where he restored their Acme Traffic signal, one of thirteen which are known to exist.

Grace Oualline is currently a freshman in high school and lives in San Diego, California with her father, Steve, and his wife Chi. Grace is known by her peers as an art and math prodigy, with a love for learning. She aspires to work in the field of mathematics and design as she plans out her future.  


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Web Browsing with Firefox

    Oualline, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Getting Started with LibreOffice Writer

    Oualline, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 29-50

  • Writing Business Letters with LibreOffice Writer

    Oualline, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 51-63

  • Writing a Report with LibreOffice Writer

    Oualline, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 65-87

  • Working with Spreadsheets in LibreOffice Calc

    Oualline, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 89-117

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3075-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $37.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3074-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practical Free Alternatives to Commercial Software
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Steve Oualline and Grace Oualline
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-3075-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-3075-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-3074-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 425
Number of Illustrations
437 b/w illustrations
Topics