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5 of the best Microsoft Project alternatives for Linux

There are hundreds of Microsoft Project alternatives, and we’ve covered them before. There are cross-platform and web alternatives, but in this article I will focus on Microsoft Project alternatives for Linux in particular.

The distinction is a bit misleading because, technically, web-based alternatives can also be used from Linux. Some of the apps I’ve included also have a web version, but my main consideration was whether they run on Linux or not. So if an app has a Linux installation, it is included here.

Of course, I can’t include every project management app for Linux, so I tried to narrow my selection down to the five that I consider the best.

1. Free Project

ProyectoLibre is the new and updated version of OpenProj. It is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007 and 2010. Some of the features it offers are Gantt Chart, Earned Value Cost, PERT Charts, RBS Chart, Network Diagram, WBS/RBS Charts, Histograms of resources, etc. Its authors claim that it is a Microsoft Replacement project, but I am not sure if this applies to the free community edition or the paid version. One of the main advantages of ProjectLibre is that it has translations (of the application and documents) in dozens of languages.

2. Task juggler

If you are looking for an advanced project management tool for Linux, try Task Juggler. Its authors call it “project management software for serious project managers.” This is because the app covers a project in its entirety, from the original idea to the final completion of the project. TaskJuggler helps with project scope, resource allocation, cost and revenue planning, risk management, and communication.

There is an optimization scheduler, resource balancer, and consistency checker to help you keep the project on track. You can use TaskJuggler for any type of project, including extreme programming and agile projects.

3. Open project

Open Project is another project management app that comes with a free and a paid version. The free version offers project planning and scheduling, product roadmap and release planning, task management and team collaboration, Agile and Scrum, time tracking, cost reporting and budgeting, and bug tracking. More or less, this is enough for most small and large projects, but if you want more advanced features, such as custom themes and logos, single sign-on, or dedicated support, you can consider the Enterprise or Cloud versions.

4. Calligra Plan

Plan by Calligra is a very neat app that you can use to manage fairly complex projects with multiple resources. Along with the standard features of most project management applications, such as task management and resource planning, Plan has some interesting features, such as rescheduling (even from the current state of the project) and the ability to compare the project rescheduled with the original program. Plan also offers detailed task, resource and cost breakdown features.

5. Planner

With a more recent release dated December 25, 2011, Planner is not the most up-to-date app, but it is still usable. This is the GNOME project management tool. It is a GTK+ application written in C. You can use it to manage tasks and resources. Planner saves its data in xml files or a postgresql database. You can print projects as PDF or export them to HTML.

There are many other Microsoft Project alternatives, for Linux and others, that I didn’t cover. For example, I didn’t cover Openproj, Gantter, Redbooth, Rally Community Edition or FreedCamp because they are already covered in the Microsoft Project alternatives article (although the article is a bit old, the same applications still exist). If the apps I chose in this article are not what you are looking for, check out the other five as they might be your cup of tea.

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