Future of Productivity Software

The requirements for selected software are based on openness, open licencing practices, fair use, good design, future proof and availability of free unrestricted versions for private and educational use. Rule of thumb: prioritize open document standards to avoid lock-in effects and safeguard archival.

CategoryOpen SoftwareClosed alternativeComment
Operating SystemLinux MintWindows, Mac OSXUbuntu-debian based sleek distribution. Windows (Microsoft) still owns the PC-gaming community.
Game DevelopmentGodotUnity, UnrealUnity is still arguably the better choice here, but there has been steps taken in the wrong direction recently by the company.
Office ProgramsLibre OfficeMicrosoft Office, Today it is more common to use online text editors and presentation software. Easy to store and collaborate.
Desktop PublishingScribusAdobe Indesign, Illustrator
Image Manipulation and EditingGnu Image Manipulation ProgramAdobe Photoshop
Vector DrawingInkscapeAdobe Illustrator
Stylus DrawingKritaSketchbook
PDF ReaderSumatra PDFAdobe ReaderSo many issues with the Adobe Reader. It has become a bloated shopping centre for its other pieces of software.
Video RecordingOBS StudioCorel VideoStudio Pro
Video EditingDaVinci Resolve
Openshot Video Editor
Adobe Premiere ProDaVinci: Viable alternative
Openshot: Not a fair comparison by any scale.
3D-SoftwareBlenderAutodesk Maya, Fusion 360, Adobe After Effects, etcComprehensive piece of 3D software. Allows for video editing as well.

More ”specialized” pieces of software or in some cases alternatives to something above: