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
|Adobe Acrobat Pro||PDF editor||PDFedit|
|Adobe After Effects||Realtime Editing||Jahshaka|
|Adobe Flash Player||Multimedia||Gnash|
|Adobe Reader||Office Utility||Adobe
|Abode InDesign||Desktop Publishing||Scribus|
|Adobe PhotoAlbum||Digital Camera||digiKam|
|AOL Instant Messenger||Communication||Kopete
|ArcGIS||Geographic Information Systems||GRASS
|Borland Delphi||Pascal Development||Lazarus|
|Citrix Presentation Server||Networking||NX
|Copernic Tracker||Web site tracking||Specto|
|DigiGuide||TV Guide||Maxemum TV-Guide|
|Final Cut Pro||Multimedia Editor||Avidemux
|Forte Agent||Usenet newsreader||KNode
|Gmail Notifier||Email Tool||CheckGmail
|Google Desktop Search||Search Tool||Beagle
|Google Earth||Virtual Globe||World
|Guitar Pro||Multitrack editor||TuxGuitar|
View Your Mind
|Logos Bible Software||Bible studies||BibleTime
|Meal Master||Recipe Manager||Gourmet Recipe Manager|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer||Web Browser||Firefox
|Microsoft Money||Money Management||GnuCash|
|Microsoft NetMeeting||VoIP and videoconferencing||Ekiga|
|Microsoft Office||Office Suite||Google
|Microsoft Office OneNote||Notetaking||BasKet
|Microsoft Outlook||Email Client||Balsa
|Microsoft Project||Project Management||Calligra
|Microsoft Silverlight||Web Application Framework||Moonlight|
|Microsoft Visio||Office Drawing||ArgoUML
|Microsoft Visual Basic||Programming Language||Gambas|
|Microsoft Visual Studio||Development Environment||Anjuta
|Microsoft .NET Framework||.NET Development||Mono|
|Movie Collector||DVD Cataloging||GCstar
|Nero Burning Rom||CD/DVD Burning||Brasero
|Nero Recode||MPEG-4 encoder||HandBrake|
|Nero Vision Express||DVD Authoring||KMediaFactory
|NewsBin Pro||Usenet Binary Downloader||KLibido
|Notepad||Simple Text Editor||Cream
|OmniPage||Text Recognition (OCR)||Kooka|
|Partition Magic||System Utility||GParted|
|Quick Books||Financial / Taxation||MyBooks Professional|
|Symantec Veritas NetBackup||Backup||Amanda
|Traktor DJ||Disc Jockey Tool||Mixxx|
|Tweak UI||Utility||Ubuntu Tweak|
|Windows File Explorer||File Management||Endeavour
PCMan File Manager
|Windows Live Messenger||Communication||aMSN
|Windows Media Center||Home Media Box||XBMC
|Windows Media Player||Multimedia Player||Kaffeine
|WinIso||CD Image File Utility||KIso|
|WinZip||Compression Utility||File Roller|
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
If you had worked on Windows you would probably be familiar with Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office is the only office suit that Windows Ships that is used to create or edit formatted text document, and you have to buy it separately i.e., this package doesn't comes with the Windows OS. The alternative to Microsoft Office is Libreoffice.
Libreoffice is fast, contains necessary plugins like PDF converter inbuilt and installed, does not break oftenly, comes bundled with many distros (e.g., Debian). A file created in Ms Office could be opened and/or edited in LibreOffice but the vice-versa is not true. A file can be created to be Ms Office compatible in LibreOffice but the vice-versa is again not true. The main installer of LibreOffice is nearly 175 MB as compared to Ms Office which is over 500 MB.
Certain other alternatives are OpenOffice, AbiWord, etc.
All of them are available for Windows too, however Ms Office is not supported in Linux but you can certainly use wine to install MS office to Linux, that's the power of Linux.
MS Notepad is another program that is pre-built in Windows box. Some of the alternatives of Notepad are.
Internet surfing is the most widely used task one perform using a computer. Windows ships their OS with Internet Explorer or IExplorer as Browser. Before Saying anything about IExplorer, one quotation that is too hilarious, commonly shared as - "IExplorer is the best browser available, to download another browser”. You will rarely find anyone using IExplorer even on Windows platform (I Fear, if Bill Gates himself is using another browser for his personal computing). The alternative to Ms IExplorer is Firefox.
Firefox is highly customisable, according to users' need. Firefox Supports a number of plugins and when it comes to security, IExplorer is a way far behind Firefox.
Certain other alternatives are Epiphany, Konqueror, Opera, etc.
Most of them are available for Windows too and some of them are even available for Mobile Devices.
Windows AOL Instant Messenger, commonly called as AIM, is the Instant Messenger, provided by Windows. Some of the alternatives of AIM are.
Why should one use a program that is too high on processor as well as money and when the Foss alternative of the software is low on processor and provides you with more tools and is very easy to use. Gimp is a very nice alternative of Adobe Photoshop.
Gimp is written in C and GTK+ and Photoshop in C++ which makes photoshop a nice tool but it's constraint is being close source program that cost too much on cost and processor load. Gimp comes packed with almost all the distros. Another alternatives is CinePaint.
Gimp too can be installed on Windows.
Ms Paint is another tool that however comes bundled with the Windows box. Why don't you try yourself the alternative of this program and tell us which one you liked the most?
Nero provide tools for burning optical disk. There lies many strong reason to find an alternative software of Nero. Firstly Nero is not supported in Linux followed by Nero makes the Drive and Disk to freeze, it is closed source and it costs too high on purse. Brasero is a very nice alternative to Nero.
Brasero is free, open source tool, the output of which is very reliable. Other alternatives of Nero are:
A PC entertainment system that comes with Windows 7 and later, however it is not available for Windows prior to Windows7. It requires high-end graphics card for full functionality and results in Windows freezing oftenly. Why don't you try the alternative of this, without any constraints and walls and tell us your experience.
Alternatives of Microsoft Windows Media Center are:
Windows Media Player is shipped with the Windows, but the same look and feel for years, frequent resulting into BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), bugs and poor codec support are the backdraws of Windows Media Player. VLC is a very pleasing alternative for Windows media player and all other media player for all the platform.
VLC gets frequent updates, resulting in less bugs, plenty of codecs support and a sneak look.
Other Alternatives of Windows Media Player are:
There are certain fancy media players that can run from terminal, giving you a Geeky feeling viz., CMUS.
Many of the newbie believes that Linux is a too Geeky thing and perhaps there is no support for high quality videos editing. So they appraise Linux Environment for their Geeky productivity environment but when it comes to video editing, they sees towards either Windows or Mac. Cinlerra is much advanced alternative of Windows Movie Maker.
Alternative of Movie Maker are:
Partition Magic is a tool for creating or repartitioning a mass storage device or block. Ok, if you don't know about the alternative of this closed source software then give a look at these alternatives, you surely will love the power provided to you with these Foss software's.
A general user come across torrent download most oftenly, when in a closed source, utorrent could be a good option but certainly there exist a better plan. Try Transmission or qBittorent.
To view Portable Document file, a Windows user must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in their system. Well if you have used the above, you might be aware that adobe for no reason prompts you to download and install updates every second day, and you have the same software from the first day you installed to the day you installed 100th update.
Moreover it provides you with the feature only to view the portable file. Just move your sight from proprietary software to Foss and give a try to the below mentioned packages. At least one of them comes with almost every Linux distribution pre-built and installed.
This is the power and popularity of Linux that a FOSS Project has several Alternative Foss Project. So our competition is not with other platform but within the same platform, giving choice of use without any bottleneck. This healthy competition is a sign of good future for Foss World but certainly a threatening to other platforms.