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
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
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
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
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
we have also provided a large flat list of all the
included, which is in alphabetical order.
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
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.
Last Updated Sunday, June 22 2014 @ 01:24 PM EDT