Lots of thanks to everyone for suggestions for the Adobe CC alternatives list.

Here it is, let me know if there's anything you want added/corrected:


(Natron looks good too but it seems to be no longer maintained, and its official website's certificate has expired.)

@switchingsocial how about alternatives for audio/podcasting?


Good point!

I forgot to add any audio :O

Has anyone got any recommendations?

@switchingsocial maybe also alternatives to android/apple? (Controversial, I know)

@dheadshot @Joe

I was going to wait until @Purism's Librem 5 launches before adding an alternative smartphone section.

Will that run LineageOS (or even Replicant, though it's a bit out of date now) or is it strictly an Android device?
@Joe @Purism

@dheadshot @Joe @Purism

It's not Android :)

It's Linux based, like laptops can be. You can even install your own favourite version of Linux on it:


It's the first smartphone in quite a while that isn't Android or iOS.

How will the apps work? Could ordinary X software be recompiled for it or does it use a special interface like the Pocket CHIP did?
@Joe @Purism

@dheadshot @Joe @Purism

I'm not sure, I'm not a developer.

The development kits did go out at the end of last year though.

@switchingsocial @dheadshot @Purism I've been contemplating if I could survey be with a mobile raspberry pi and a dumbphone. I think maybe I could.

@switchingsocial @Joe Audio like recording (i.e. DAWs)?

Audacity (more lightweight/simple) and Ardour (full featured DAW) are the first that come to mind, personally.

@kithop @switchingsocial i'd like to use an OS version of Hindenburg. But I'm talking about the hosting/social side not the recording/editing.

@kithop @Joe

This is for the "alternatives to Adobe CC" page so alternatives to Audition, I guess.

@Joe @switchingsocial Yeah, in that case probably Ardour. I still use Pro Tools personally (more music stuff than podcasts), but there are a couple other open source ones listed here I hadn't heard of:


@kithop @switchingsocial I think ardour is way too complicated for most podcasts.

@Joe @switchingsocial It's.. not as polished, no. Again, this is why I still use Pro Tools, too.

I *have* mixed a track in Ardour, but it's not Ardour that's the problem - it's JACK.

Maybe Ardour on macOS is better because honestly, Apple got things *right* with CoreAudio; Pulseaudio and JACK are atrocious by comparison.

But for FLOSS on Linux, I'm not sure.

@kithop @switchingsocial yeah, there are many Linux audio issues. I like Hindenburg for the simplicity. But then it is not working in Linux either :(

@Joe @kithop

Alternatives don't have to be for Linux, Win or Mac alternatives are ok too.

Main thing is they're free and open.

@switchingsocial @kithop ok but not all your alternative are free. I use fastmail, which is an option on SS and isn't free.

@Joe @kithop

I know, but sometimes (especially with online services) I have to bend the rules a bit to get a least-worst option.

@switchingsocial @kithop fair enough. I quite like fastmail, it's a decent choice I think.

@Joe @switchingsocial @kithop also JACK I p great but hard to get in to. I like the possibility of real-time routing and processing without needing a DAW.

@Joe @switchingsocial @kithop it is complicated, but hecking fast :P

Complexity can be lessened using KXStudios Cadence application

@kithop @switchingsocial so what about alternatives to iTunes? Simpler, I guess, as there are various podcatchers if one has a feed

@Joe @switchingsocial Playback, like iTunes, with Podcast support (i.e. pulling from RSS feeds and such)

@kithop @switchingsocial oh right, yeah I see what you mean. I guess there are lots of ap based podcatchers too. I like radiopublic but that's not OS.

@kithop @switchingsocial there ought to be some kind of federated thing for audio..

@switchingsocial @kithop @funkwhale haha, never heard of that! I guess that could have an instance with podcasts

@switchingsocial @Joe @kithop yes! Funkwhale will happily accept any audio you upload (assuming the audio file has at least an Artist, Album and Title tag), but non-musical content won't be advertised at such right now :)

@funkwhale @switchingsocial @kithop how does it work? Could I have a funkwhale instance of just spoken podcasts?

@Joe @switchingsocial @kithop basically yes.

Funkwhale instances accept one or multiple users. If you join an existing instance, like open.audio, you'd have to request some storage space to upload your work.

If you set up your own instance, you can of course do what you want, but regardless of your choice, if you share your work publicly, it will be eventually federated to other instance, and embeddable via an Iframe on third-party websites

@funkwhale @switchingsocial @kithop ah ok. Not sure I have the funds to host my own but it is an interesting idea.

@Joe @switchingsocial @kithop if your content is under an open license, you can sign up on open.audio , give me your username and I'll grant you some storage space to try the whole concept :)

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Can you access the MP3 files and auto generate RSS feed files for podcasts?
@Joe @switchingsocial @kithop

@dheadshot @Joe @switchingsocial @kithop you can access and download the source files, but we don't generate the RSS that would enable podcasting support yet :)

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I'm writing a free podcatcher, but there are lots already. What we need is an Open Podcast Directory that provides the RSS feeds directly and stops these walled-garden podcast platforms springing up!
@kithop @switchingsocial

Is that a good alternative to Cubase? I tried LMMS, but that seems more like GarageBand and thus less what I want...
@Joe @switchingsocial

@dheadshot I've not used Cubase before so I can't really say... I know Ardour is supposed to compete more with Pro Tools. Less loop/FX-related stuff, more tracking + mixing live audio I think. @Joe @switchingsocial

@switchingsocial @kithop I'd vote for Hindenburg over audacity. Mostly because the latter is destructive editing.

But then Hindenburg is not OS.

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