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Linux Equivalents to Windows Software

Migrating from Windows to Linux v1.85

There are many articles written about the reasons why users may wish to convert to Linux. Frequently cited reasons include the favorable licensing terms, the freely distributable software (with source code), support from the Linux community, improved security, open file formats, the fact that Linux can run on a wide variety of platforms, etc. However, unless a desktop user is provided with real alternatives to the existing software he or she currently uses, migration to a different operating system is going to be very difficult.

This collection of articles aims to dispel the myth that Linux isn't ready for the desktop user to move away from the Microsoft world. If you are contemplating switching from Windows to Linux, please be assured that many of your favorite desktop applications have Linux equivalents, often with a comparable feature set.

For each Linux application, we have compiled a portal page providing an overview of the software, a screenshot of the application in action, a comprehensive list of its features, and links to sites offering information and support on the software such as forums, tutorials, and reviews.

Unlike their Window counterparts, the vast majority of the Linux applications listed below are available to download without charge (a few of the Linux equivalents are commercial, or released under a proprietory license). Popular Linux distributions conveniently include many of the software applications listed below (see our Linux Distribution Guide if you are unsure what is meant by the term distribution, or if you would like more information on what they offer).

We have also produced a more detailed compilation of the best Linux software in our Portal Pages & Features section.

Use the dropdown box below to select applications filtered by their type.

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Alternatively, we have also provided a large flat list of all the software included, which is in alphabetical order.

Windows Software Category Linux Equivalent
3D Studio Max 3D Computer Graphics Art of Illusion
Blender
K-3D
ACDSee Graphics Viewer Cornice
gThumb
Gwenview
Imgv
Adobe Acrobat Pro PDF editor PDFedit
Adobe After Effects Realtime Editing Jahshaka
Adobe Flash Player Multimedia Gnash
Adobe Reader Office Utility Adobe Reader
Evince
KPDF
okular
Abode InDesign Desktop Publishing Scribus
Adobe Illustrator Graphics Inkscape
Skencil
Xara Xtreme
Adobe PhotoAlbum Digital Camera digiKam
Adobe Photoshop Graphics CinePaint
GIMP
Gimpshop
Krita
Pixel
AOL Instant Messenger Communication Kopete
Pidgin
ArcGIS Geographic Information Systems GRASS
Quantum GIS
uDig
AutoCAD CAD K-3D
QCad
BRL-CAD
Borland Delphi Pascal Development Lazarus
CDex Multimedia Grip
K3b
RipOff
Sound Juicer
ChemDraw Chemical Structures XDrawChem
Citrix Presentation Server Networking NX Free Server
RealVNC
Vinagre
Copernic Tracker Web site tracking Specto
DigiGuide TV Guide Maxemum TV-Guide
Dreamweaver Web Development Bluefish
Quanta Plus
KompoZer
Nvu
Screem
Eviews Econometrics gretl
Filezilla FTP Client gFTP
FileZilla
FireFTP
KFTPgrabber
Final Cut Pro Multimedia Editor Avidemux
Cinelerra
Kino
Rosegarden
FL Studio Midi Sequencer

Drum Machine
EnergyXT2

Hydrogen

LMMS
Forte Agent Usenet newsreader KNode
Pan
GetRight Download Manager Downloader for X
GWGET
KGet
Gmail Notifier Email Tool CheckGmail
Gmail Notifier
Mail Notification
Google Desktop Search Search Tool Beagle
Google Desktop
Google Earth Virtual Globe World Wind
Marble
Google Earth
Guitar Pro Multitrack editor TuxGuitar
Inspiration Mind mapping FreeMind
Semantik
View Your Mind
iTunes Media Player Amarok
Banshee
Exaile
gtkpod
Rhythmbox
Songbird
Launchy Application Launcher GNOME Do
Katapult
Legacy Genealogy GRAMPS
Logos Bible Software Bible studies BibleTime
Xiphos
MATLAB Numerical computation MATLAB
Octave
Scilab
Mathematica Computer algebra Maple
Mathematica

Maxima
Meal Master Recipe Manager Gourmet Recipe Manager
Microsoft Access Database Kexi
LibreOffice
OpenOffice.org
PostgreSQL
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Gnumeric
LibreOffice
OpenOffice.org
Microsoft Internet Explorer Web Browser Firefox
Konqueror
Opera
Microsoft HyperTerminal Communications GtkTerm
minicom
Microsoft Money Money Management GnuCash
Microsoft NetMeeting VoIP and videoconferencing Ekiga
Microsoft Office Office Suite Google Docs & Spreadsheets
KOffice
LibreOffice
OpenOffice.org
Microsoft Office OneNote Notetaking BasKet Note Pads
Tomboy
Microsoft Outlook Email Client Balsa
Evolution
KMail
Sylpheed
Thunderbird
Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation Calligra Suite
LibreOffice
OpenOffice Impress
Microsoft Project Project Management KOffice KPlato
GanttProject
TaskJuggler
Microsoft Silverlight Web Application Framework Moonlight
Microsoft Word Wordprocessor AbiWord
Kword
LibreOffice
OpenOffice.org
Microsoft Visio Office Drawing ArgoUML
Dia
Kivio
Microsoft Visual Basic Programming Language Gambas
Microsoft Visual Studio Development Environment Anjuta
Code::Blocks
Eclipse
Geany
KDevelop
NetBeans IDE
Microsoft .NET Framework .NET Development Mono
mIRC IRC Client Konversation
XChat
MegaStar Astronomy Celestia
Stellarium
Movie Collector DVD Cataloging GCstar
Griffith
Tellico
vMovieDB
Nero Burning Rom CD/DVD Burning Brasero
GnomeBaker
K3b
Nero Linux
Nero Recode MPEG-4 encoder HandBrake
Nero Vision Express DVD Authoring KMediaFactory
Q DVD-Author
NewsBin Pro Usenet Binary Downloader KLibido
Pan
NewzCrawler News Aggregator Akregator
BlogBridge
Liferea
RSSOwl
Thunderbird
Notepad Simple Text Editor Cream
gedit
Kate
SciTE
Scribes
OmniPage Text Recognition (OCR) Kooka
Palm Desktop Personal Information
Manager
Chandler
Evolution
J-Pilot
Kontact
KPilot
qOrganizer
Spicebird
Parasoft Insure++ Debugging Valgrind
Partition Magic System Utility GParted
Picasa Photo Management blueMarine
F-Spot
Picasa
PowerDVD DVD Player MPlayer
VLC
Quicken Personal Finance GnuCash
Grisbi
kMyMoney
Moneydance
Quick Books Financial / Taxation MyBooks Professional
Scientific Word Typesetting Kile
LyX
TeXmacs
Skype Internet Telephony Skype
QuteCom
Soundrec Audio Recorder Audacity
Jokosher
Traverso DAW
SPSS Statistical Analysis PSPP
R
SPSS
Symantec Ghost Backup Clonezilla
Partition Image
PING
Symantec Veritas NetBackup Backup Amanda
Bacula
Keep
Traktor DJ Disc Jockey Tool Mixxx
Tweak UI Utility Ubuntu Tweak
VideoReDo Video Editing Avidemux
Kdenlive
Lives
VMware Workstation Virtualization VirtualBox
VMware Workstation
Winamp Multimedia Player Audacious
Amarok
Banshee
Helix Player
Windows Calculator Calculator SpeedCrunch
Windows File Explorer File Management Endeavour Mark II
Konqueror
Krusader
Nautilus
PCMan File Manager
Thunar
Xfe
Windows Live Messenger Communication aMSN
emesene
Kopete
Mercury Messenger
Pidgin
Windows Media Center Home Media Box XBMC
MythTV
Freevo
Windows Media Player Multimedia Player Kaffeine
KPlayer
MPlayer
Totem
xine
WinIso CD Image File Utility KIso
WinZip Compression Utility File Roller
ZoneAlarm Firewall Guarddog
Firestarter

The list above is not exhaustive. We welcome suggestions for titles to be added to the existing Linux equivalents, other software you would like us to list, or sites that have relevant information about the already listed software. Send your emails to our resident webmaster. Visit our changelog.

The table below will provide alternatives to more specialised Windows software, typically software that a systems administrator needs to perform his or her job.

Windows Software Category Linux Equivalent
Check Point VPN-1 Virtual Private Networking OpenVPN
CommView Protocol Analyzer Wireshark
HP OpenView Network Node Manager Network Management Nagios
NeDi
OpenNMS
Pandora FMS
Microsoft Exchange Server Groupware Zimbra
Microsoft Internet Information Services Web Server Apache HTTP Server
Plesk Web Server Administration Webmin

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