An Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Project

My colleague Dave just pointed me to an open-source alternative to MS Project:

OpenProj is a free, open source desktop alternative to Microsoft Project. The OpenProj solution is ideal for desktop project management and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. OpenProj is a complete desktop replacement of Microsoft Project and even opens existing native Project files. OpenProj shares the most advanced scheduling engine in the industry with Project-ON-Demand. The OpenProj solution has Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more. You can get more detailed information on OpenProj or download now!

Sounds promising. If it really is a viable alternative, it’ll save us a good £350ish per volume licence! Now, to find a few willing Project Managers to try it out… 😉

Slipstream Project 2003 SP3

How to slipstream Service Pack 3 into Microsoft Office Project 2003

These instructions apply to Project 2003 Standard Edition. To slipstream other versions, you’ll need to replace PRJSTDE.MSI with the name of the MSI for your Project Edition.


You’ll need a Volume Licence Key setup CD.

Save to C:\project2003\

Download Project 2003 SP3

Extract its contents to C:\Project2003SP3\ with:

Perform slipstream with:

Delete the C:\Project2003SP3\ folder as you no longer need it 🙂