How You Can Save Thousands With Free, Open Source Software

See what you can do with modern open source applications
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Open source software is free for anyone to use for any purpose. Various applications are available for office productivity, graphic image creation, project management, and much more. These applications have features that rival those found in commercial packages that cost hundreds of dollars per component, per user.

Open source software offers value far above the free cost. Many millions of web site administrators have discovered this. Over 20% of the World Wide Web now runs on a mixture of open source applications including WordPress, Apache and MySQL.

This course introduces several open source applications. Demonstrations are presented which show how these are capable of performing many useful tasks. If there is an open source application that you would like reviewed, just let me know and I'll see about including it in another lecture.

As time goes on, this course will be updated with additional lectures showing examples of more useful open source applications. Your purchase gives you access to everything new as it is delivered, at no additional cost.

Latest Update:

2/3/2015: Improve summary video, replace ProjectLibre video.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic computer knowledge

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use free, open source software to perform various functions
  • Find free, open source software that will be relevant to their needs
  • Find helpful tutorials for open source software applications

Who is the target audience?

  • All computer users
  • Those who want to save a significant amount of money on software
  • Business people
  • Developers
  • Managers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Overview

Open source software is free for any purpose, commercial or personal. Many applications are available including word processing, spreadsheets, graphic design, and more. These can save you thousands of dollars compared to the cost of commercially produced software.

This course will show you many different utilities that you can get, (for free). You will also see examples of them in use. Why spend thousands of dollars when you don't have to? Spend your money on equipment and training, not software.


Open Office is the premier open source productivity suite offering word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, database tools, and more. This free application has been downloaded more than 100 million times. An active user community, and many developers, actively support the included components.

Open Office includes a word processor, spreadsheet tool, a presentation creation tool, drawing application, and a database. Each is consistent with each other, easing the learning process.


Open Office Calc is the spreadsheet component of the free open source document suite. It provides a wealth of math and formatting options. Use it to keep track of accounts or other ledgers.


Write is the word processor component of the free open source office productivity suite, OpenOffice. This tool is fully equipped with tables, spell checking, grammar checking, style formatting, and much more. Use it to develop books, with chapters, headings, references, and footnotes.


Impress is the presentation tool that is provided with the OpenOffice productivity suite of applications. Build slideshows easily. Make video presentations. Use the included master style themes or make your own.

04:51 is a graphical drawing program. It was created to improve upon the free painting application that was included with computer systems. This application adds many features that you can use. It has layers so you can work on backgrounds and foregrounds. You can rotate drawing elements. You can save in various formats, including Photoshop.


Audacity is the free audio track editor. Record yourself with your computer's microphone then edit the track to improve the sound. Many adjustment features are provided. These can reduce background noise, trim tracks for time, remove pauses, and much more.


Draw is the graphical design tool that included with OpenOffice. Build drawings such as home blueprints, business process diagrams, flow charts, and more. Save in various formats for ease of sharing of diagrams.

5 questions

This should be interesting, perhaps!

Section 2: Open Source Software Intermediate Level

Here is a description of how you can use formulas in OpenOffice Calc.

29 pages

Find out how to use more advanced features in Audacity.


ProjectLibre is the project task tracking application that helps to organize work team activities.


WordPress is one of the most important open source applications today. It is a content management system which delivers more than 20% of the World Wide Web. To use it, you need a web host, typically. You can install it on your own home server but that is a much more difficult process.

This video lecture shows how easy it is to set up a new WordPress site on an existing web hosting package. Web hosting is quite inexpensive now, less than $10 a month for a full-featured service.

You would only use WordPress if you want to set up a web site to deliver content over the Internet. It can be used for virtually any content from blogs, to a sales site, to an informational site, and much more.


Notepad++ is a free open source application that replaces the standard notepad editor in Windows. It has a lot of features not found in the system editor. Here's a quick introduction to the tool.


CRM systems can be extremely important for businesses. They operate like the little black books from the old days, with major improvements. You can enter in contact details for all of your customers. You can track all attempts to phone or email them. You can set up To Do lists.

This lecture shows you how you might use "Suite CRM", which is an open source customer tracking application. It gives you full control over your data. You run it your own copy. You enter your data. The control is yours. Being open source, it's totally free, of course. This can save thousands of dollars for an organization, with no loss of functionality.


Softaculous is an application that installs Open Source applications. Use it with CPanel on your web hosting service. Good services, such as Arvixe, have Cpanel and the fully functional Softaculous installer.

This lecture provides an overview into Softaculous. See the wide range of applications available. From blogging, to E-Commerce, to bulletin boards, the installer makes open source application set up a breeze.

03:53 is a repository which stores open source applications. It is organized by category. There are Audio and visual utilities, database tools, games, and much more. This is the main open source repository that serves downloads. This is where you get OpenOffice, ProjectLibre, Gimp, and many, many more.

Section 3: Summary

Thank-you for taking this course. Be sure to let me know how you are doing in the instructor contact area above. If you have trouble, let me know and I'll see if I can set you straight.

Be sure to check back as this course will be updated with more material. These will be more ways for you to save money through the use of open source software.

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Instructor Biography

Vaughn Smith, Project Manager, Author, Developer

Vaughn Smith is a certified project manager, (PMP), with an extensive background in the information technology field. He has worked for governments, large and small businesses and as an independent developer.

Vaughn started mining Bitcoin with various types of computer equipment in early 2013. He switched to other crypto-currencies as the Bitcoin difficulty increased. He was active in the Dogecoin community, practically from the initial launch. His Dogecoin mining gear includes three high power GPU devices and multiple CPU cores.

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