OPEN SOURCE alternatives to the MOST POPULAR productivity apps!

The Linux Experiment
22 Sept 202315:36

Summary

TLDRThe video recommends various open source alternatives to popular proprietary apps like Obsidian, Notion, Slack, Trello, Adobe Acrobat, VS Code, and more. It highlights free and open source tools like Logseq, App Flowy, Anytype, Mattermost, and Focalboard that provide similar core functionality and features. The host also suggests Thunderbird for email, Nextcloud for cloud storage and collaboration, and Tuxedo Computers for Linux laptops. The goal is to raise awareness of ethical and privacy-focused software options to replace products that lack transparency or collect user data.

Takeaways

  • πŸ˜€ The video discusses open source alternatives to popular proprietary software like Obsidian, Notion, Slack, etc.
  • πŸ“ Logsack is an open source alternative to Obsidian that offers similar features like linking notes, knowledge graph, plugins, etc.
  • πŸ“± App flowy and Anytype are open source alternatives to Notion that offer some similar functionality, but aren't as feature rich yet.
  • πŸ’¬ Mattermost is an open source self-hostable alternative to Slack or Microsoft Teams for team chat and collaboration.
  • πŸ“‹ Focalboard is an open source alternative to Trello for creating kanban boards to organize projects and tasks.
  • πŸ–₯ VS Codium provides the open source parts of Visual Studio Code in a non-tracking format with the same plugins and interface.
  • πŸ” Nextcloud offers open source self-hosted alternatives to things like Office 365 with file storage, collaboration tools, chat, video calls etc.
  • βœ‰οΈ Thunderbird is a good open source alternative to Outlook for email with support for calendars, tasks etc.
  • πŸ’» Tuxedo Computers sells Linux laptops and PCs with hardware specifically picked to ensure Linux compatibility.
  • πŸ‘ The presenter encourages viewers to share other good open source alternatives in the comments.

Q & A

  • What open source alternative to Obsidian does the speaker recommend?

    -The speaker recommends Logseq as an open source alternative to Obsidian. Logseq offers similar features like linking notes, plugins, mobile apps, and knowledge graphs.

  • What open source app is recommended as an alternative to Notion?

    -The speaker recommends App Flowy or Anytype as open source alternatives to Notion for creating linked notes, boards, tables and more.

  • What open source team chat app is suggested as an alternative to Slack or Microsoft Teams?

    -The speaker suggests Mattermost as an open source self-hosted alternative to Slack or Microsoft Teams, with features like channels, chat, file sharing and more.

  • What open source project is recommended for replacing Trello boards?

    -The speaker recommends Focalboard as an open source alternative to Trello for creating customizable boards, lists, calendars and more.

  • What PDF editor is suggested for editing existing PDFs?

    -The speaker recommends first trying to edit the original document if possible rather than the PDF, as PDF is not intended as an editable format. For basic PDF editing, Inkscape or LibreOffice Draw can be tried.

  • What open source code editor is recommended as an alternative to Visual Studio Code?

    -VSCodium is suggested as an open source alternative to Visual Studio Code, without the telemetry or proprietary components.

  • What is recommended for replacing proprietary collaboration suites like Office 365?

    -Nextcloud is recommended as an open source replacement for collaboration tools like Office 365, offering file storage, collaboration, communication tools and more.

  • What email client does the speaker currently use and recommend?

    -The speaker currently uses and recommends Thunderbird as their email client of choice after its recent major update and redesign.

  • Where does the speaker recommend buying Linux laptops from?

    -The speaker recommends buying Linux laptops from Tuxedo Computers, which sells devices preinstalled with Linux and hardware tested to work well with it.

  • What sponsorship does the video have?

    -The video is sponsored by Thunderbird and Tuxedo Computers.

Outlines

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πŸ˜€ Open Source Alternatives to Popular Apps

The first paragraph introduces the topic of recommending open source alternatives to popular proprietary apps like Obsidian, Notion, Microsoft Teams, Slack, etc. It mentions the sponsor Thunderbird and gives background about it.

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πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Logsack - Open Source Alternative to Obsidian

The second paragraph discusses Logsack, an open source alternative to the note-taking app Obsidian that offers similar features like linking notes, plugins, themes, Knowledge Graph, queries, etc. It provides details on the capabilities and limitations of Logsack.

10:03

😊 App Flowy and Anytype - Open Source Alternatives to Notion

The third paragraph looks at App Flowy and Anytype as open source options instead of Notion for notes, boards, wikis, etc. It compares their capabilities, syncing methods, interface complexity and more.

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πŸ‘₯ Mattermost - Open Source Alternative to Slack and Microsoft Teams

The fourth paragraph suggests using the open source Mattermost instead of Slack or Microsoft Teams for team chat/collaboration. It outlines features like channels, threads, screen sharing, integrations, etc. but lacks video calls.

πŸ“‹ Focalboard - Open Source Alternative to Trello

The fifth paragraph recommends Focalboard as a full open source replacement for Trello boards for projects, planning, roadmaps, etc. It allows real-time collaboration, templates, backups, sharing, but lacks mobile apps and some Trello integrations.

πŸ–₯️ VSCodium - Open Source Alternative to Visual Studio Code

The sixth paragraph suggests using VSCodium, a build of VS Code without tracking/telemetry, as an alternative. It is compatible with most VS Code extensions/plugins and has the exact same interface and features but with an open source license.

☁️ Nextcloud and πŸ“§ Thunderbird - Open Source Recommendations

The seventh paragraph briefly recommends Nextcloud for file sharing/collaboration and Thunderbird for email, highlighting some key features. It serves more as a transition to the sponsor/outro section.

Mindmap

Keywords

πŸ’‘open source

Open source refers to software that allows users to freely access, modify, and share its source code. The video advocates using open source alternatives to popular proprietary (closed source) apps like Obsidian, Notion, Slack, etc. It argues open source apps provide more transparency, customization, and avoid vendor lock-in.

πŸ’‘logsack

Logsack is an open source alternative to the note-taking app Obsidian mentioned in the video. It offers similar core functionality like linking notes, Knowledge Graph, plugins, markdown support, etc. The host argues it can cover most use cases of Obsidian.

πŸ’‘app flowy

App flowy is an open source alternative to Notion that allows creating connected pages and boards. The video states it offers simpler workflows than Notion but lacks some more complex templates and features offered by Notion.

πŸ’‘anytype

Anytype is another open source alternative to Notion mentioned, which already supports more complex workflows than app flowy. It offers encryption, peer-to-peer sync, and advanced page types.

πŸ’‘mattermost

Mattermost is promoted as an open source alternative to Slack or Microsoft Teams. It offers similar chat, audio calls, screen sharing capabilities but lacks video calling, which would need to be added through another integration.

πŸ’‘focalboard

Focalboard is introduced as an open source replacement for Trello boards for task and project management. It offers real-time collaboration but lacks some features like mobile apps, integrations, etc. offered by Trello.

πŸ’‘MIT license

The MIT license is mentioned regarding Visual Studio Code editor. It is an open source license allowing reuse of software but Microsoft's binary release of VS Code includes proprietary components.

πŸ’‘VSCodium

VSCodium is promoted as the open source alternative to Visual Studio Code editor. It builds on the open source components of VS Code by removing telemetry, tracking, proprietary elements allowing more user control.

πŸ’‘Nextcloud

Nextcloud is highlighted as an open source alternative to services like Office365 or Gsuite. It offers file storage, collaboration tools, communication, and can integrate open source office suites.

πŸ’‘Thunderbird

Thunderbird is also promoted as a featured open source alternative to Outlook for managing email, calendars, tasks etc. Its recent redesign is highly praised by the host.

Highlights

Logsack is a free, open source alternative to Obsidian that offers similar features like linking notes, plugins, mobile apps, and knowledge graphs.

App flowy is an open source alternative to Notion that lets you create interconnected pages and boards, but doesn't have as many templates or mobile apps yet.

Anytype is another open source Notion alternative that has more functionality than App flowy, including encryption and mobile apps.

Mattermost is a fully open source, self-hostable alternative to Slack or Microsoft Teams with messaging, audio calls, screen sharing, and integrations.

Focalboard is an open source Trello alternative for creating boards to organize projects and content, with real-time collaboration features.

VS Kod is a version of VS Code that removes tracking, telemetry, and proprietary components while maintaining compatibility.

Nextcloud provides open source alternatives for Office 365 and G Suite with file storage, collaboration tools, chat, video calls, and more.

Thunderbird is a full-featured, open source email client that also handles calendars and tasks, with a vastly improved new interface.

Tuxedo Computers sells Linux laptops and PCs with components specifically chosen for Linux compatibility.

Logsack is a complete replacement for Obsidian, but migrating note vaults may take some time.

App flowy is simpler to start with than Anytype, but lacks some key features.

Focalboard lacks some Trello features like mobile apps and integrations.

VS Kod lacks some Microsoft-specific extensions but has same plugins and interface.

Thunderbird sponsor, but also my daily email client with great new redesign.

Buy Linux devices from Tuxedo instead of hoping Linux runs well on Windows hardware.

Transcripts

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replace photoshop with or

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Microsoft's office with LibreOffice we

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have all heard or in some cases said

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these words and they are good

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recommendations but they are a bit

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overplayed but what about a lot of other

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very popular proprietary apps like

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obsidian notion Microsoft teams or slack

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acrobat editor vs code Trello and more

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well I do have some good open source

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Alternatives that I want to recommend in

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this video and if you have other

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Alternatives don't hesitate to share

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them down in the comment in the comment

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section below so everyone can benefit

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and speaking of Open Source tools how

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about our sponsor this video is

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sponsored by Thunderbird most of you

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probably know about it but for those who

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don't it's an all-in-one Suite that

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handles email calendar contacts tasks

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RSS feeds and chats Thunderbird recently

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received a giant update with a full

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redesign of the app that makes it easier

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than ever to set up your accounts and to

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be productive the interface is very

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customizable with multiple choices for

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interface density view modes panels and

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the ability to place any button you need

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in the top bar after this update

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Thunderbird is now my email and calendar

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client of choice also it's fully open

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source it's free of charge and it's

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available for any Linux distribution

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Windows and Mac OS so whether you used

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Thunderbird in the past or not click the

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link in the description below and give

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the new release a try you will not

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regret it so one app that everyone

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talked about for a while is Obsidian and

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it's great it offers the ability to link

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notes together bi-directionally so links

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go both ways it uses markdown and plain

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text to store your notes it has a

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plug-in ecosystem and the visual

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Knowledge Graph that lets you explore

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topics and the relationships between

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your notes is awesome but it's

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proprietary so if you prefer your apps

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to be free software then let's look at

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logsack this one is published under the

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new age GPL and it does everything

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obsidian does it takes notes as markdown

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files it has more than 150 plugins and a

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bunch of themes it has mobile apps it's

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private and it does have the same

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linking features and Knowledge Graph it

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even lets you create queries to generate

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tables with all the information you need

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based on the links and the data you

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entered in your notes what this means is

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that like obsidian it can be used for

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simple note-taking or for Ultra evolved

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workflows research projects and

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knowledge bases something that if you're

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like me you always wanted to do but

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never took the time or never really

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actually had a use for now logsack even

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offers their own thinking solution if

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you want that although since notes are

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stored as plain text files you can also

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just sync them using whatever cloud

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storage solution you prefer they also

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have a new whiteboard feature to let you

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place your thoughts on a canvas and

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organize things before writing a fully

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detailed note it's available for Linux

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as an app image and for Mac OS Windows

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IOS and Android and of course logsack

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isn't a complete drop-in replacement for

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obsidian as some of their features don't

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work in the same way and obsidian still

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has more plugins so some use cases

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probably won't be covered entirely but I

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can confidently say that most obsidian

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users should be able to move to logsack

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without too much trouble well apart from

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actually migrating your obsidian Vault

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of nodes to logsack which might take a

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little bit of time another really

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powerful app is notion in a way it sort

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of feels the same role as obsidian but

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in a more visual way you can create

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notes to-do lists Stables boards wikis

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and anything in between with a lot of

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templates and while it's free of charge

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it's proprietary and doesn't have an

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official Linux version now granted it's

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a web app so you can always use it in

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your web browser but again if you're

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like me using an app in a web browser

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just doesn't cut it it just doesn't feel

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right the closest thing you can find in

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the open source world will be either app

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flowy or any type app flowy is really

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close but it's not as feature complete

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just yet it's open source it's available

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for Linux from Flat Hub you can create

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your own structure with pages and sub

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pages and you have a few page types like

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calendars boards tables or documents you

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can also mix these types on the same

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page like having board with cards that

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you can also present in a table or on a

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calendar but you won't get as many

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templates as what notion offers your

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text notes can have a lot of formatting

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with headers images checkboxes lists

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quotes code blocks and equations tables

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can use a large variety of column types

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like dates selectors URLs check boxes

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and more and Boards handle statuses

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dates and all the properties you can add

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in a table as well it also lets you use

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open AI if you want to write drafts that

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you can edit later yay more AI stuff so

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cool

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but app flowy also doesn't have mobile

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apps yet they're being worked on and it

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doesn't quite let you build wikis

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although you can link page with one

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another if you want if you want a more

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full featured app there's any type

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instead it's also open source and it has

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a Linux client and mobile apps but the

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interface is a bit more involved and

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less clear to start with than app

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flowing they have a very solid road map

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for what's coming in 2024 as well and it

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already supports everything that app

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flowy does and a bit more now app flowy

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lets you work completely locally without

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an account and doesn't have native sync

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capabilities while any type lets you

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work offline or sync online using

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encrypted peer-to-peer syncing basically

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if you use notion for very simple single

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type pages that app flowy is probably

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good enough and simple enough if you use

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notion in very involved ways then any

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type is probably going to to work better

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for you also their website uses the old

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Apple font which for some old Nerd Like

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Me is actually pretty fun not that it

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has any bearing on the quality of the

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app itself anyways now for this one you

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might not have as much control over

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because generally a company or a project

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will impose slack or Microsoft teams on

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you and you can't really change that but

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if you have all the power to make the

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decisions then you might want to take a

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look at matter most it's a fully open

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source slack slash Microsoft teams

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alternative that you can self-host

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easily using Docker or any other method

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you prefer it lets you create channels

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and chat with side threads it has file

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sharing screen sharing and audio calls

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it can be integrated with a bunch of

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developer tools to automate things you

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can format messages with markdown or

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code Snippets and all messages can be

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archived with full history search if you

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don't want to self-host they also have

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plans you can pay for as well with added

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professional support and a few more

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advanced Enterprise features the only

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thing it lacks really is video calls you

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will have to plug something else in like

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jitsi or big blue button but there are

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Integrations available to make that

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transition completely seamless while you

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use matter most

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now if all you need to organize yourself

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or your project is a board you might

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choose Trello and this one is pretty

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easy to replace you can just use focal

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board you can either self-host it if you

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want to let multiple people access the

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same boards or you can just use it as a

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personal app with a Mac OS windows and

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Linux application focalboard has plenty

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of templates for projects for Content

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planning for road maps for meetings and

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more and it supports real-time

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collaboration with comments on cards

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mentions and permissions it is fully

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open source of course and you can

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present things as boards lists calendars

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or galleries it lets you create an

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unlimited number of boards for free you

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can have your own custom attributes in

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each board it supports backup And

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archiving and file sharing in cards as

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well so you could theoretically use it

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as a replacement for notion as well if

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you use notion with boards and tables

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mostly but but I personally always saw

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it more as a Trello replacement focal

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boards does lack a few things compared

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to Trello notably mobile apps

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Integrations with other services and

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apps and it also has less templates but

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if you don't mind creating your own

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boards from scratch and you don't care

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about Integrations and mobile focalboard

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is probably the best thing out there

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apart from the fact that I'm probably

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pronouncing this name wrong all the time

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and it sounds like something else

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entirely but I also don't know how to

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say it any other way now if you need to

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create and edit PDF documents you might

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use Acrobat Pro from Adobe and if all

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you need is to create PDFs then you do

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not need a dedicated app just for that

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make your document in whatever app

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you're comfortable with and Export it as

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a PDF but if you need to modify PDF

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documents then you might be starved for

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high quality apps you can always open

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them in in inkscape or Library

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office draw but these tend to either

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open a single page or break the

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documents formatting LibreOffice draw

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does a great job if you have all the

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fonts used in the PDF that are also

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installed on your system but editing

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text is generally handled in a line per

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line basis instead of recognizing things

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as paragraphs which can be a pain to

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deal with and of course PDF is not a

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format that you're supposed to edit so

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in most cases your best bet is to

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actually edit the original version of

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the document if you created it or to ask

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the person who sent it to you to send

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you an editable format but in some cases

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that's just not an option now Visual

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Studio codes code is licensed under the

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MIT license so it is an open source

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slash free software project but the

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binary you can get from Microsoft isn't

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open source and it includes some

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Telemetry and some tracking the

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alternative this is easy it's vs kodia

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it's built on the open source parts of

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vs code but it removes all the tracking

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the Telemetry and the proprietary

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components it's compatible with vs

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code's plugins and extensions and it has

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the exact same interface and features

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but in a nice open source format it's

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available for Windows for Mac OS and for

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Linux as a Dev and RPM or on flat Hub it

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does have a few restrictions compared to

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vs code notably for specific Microsoft

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extensions that cannot run outside of vs

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code itself it also uses another

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extension store that isn't the one

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Microsoft uses since this one is

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proprietary but you should be able to

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find most of what you would actually

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want to use in there unless you work

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with specific Microsoft Technologies

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you'll find the exact same interface and

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the exact same plugins but in open

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source format it's a no-brainer

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and now for a few other recommendations

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for nice open source apps and services

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to replace your proprietary software

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with to begin with there's the good old

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next Cloud it's your fully open source

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replacement for stuff like Office 365 or

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Google workspace it handles file storage

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and sharing collaboration chat and video

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calls it can integrate with open source

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office suites like collabora online and

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only office and it has a ton of

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additional apps that you can add to it

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it is what I use every day to run this

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