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Linux Equivalents of Windows Software

There are many articles about why and how to convert to Linux, and all the sites praise Linux for a common reason:

  1. The freely distributable software
  2. Open Source code
  3. Open file formats
  4. Favorable licensing terms
  5. Improved security
  6. Support from the Linux community
  7. Wide variety of platforms

However, until a desktop user is provided with real alternatives to the existing software that is been currently used, migration to a different operating system is going to be very difficult.

There is more application software available for Windows. Then again, there may be sufficient Linux software for your needs.

Following is the flat list of Linux Equivalents of Windows Software I know about, you are free to add your list in the comment box below and I will have to the list:

Category Windows Linux Comments
Browser Firefox

Internet Explorer

Opera

Safari

Firefox

Epiphany

Konqueror

Opera

File Manager Windows Explorer Dolphin (KDE)

Nautilus (GNome)

Media Player Windows Media Player

iTunes

Amarok

Banshee

Exaile

gtkpod

Rhythmbox

Songbird

Totem

There are many other software for both Windows and Linux however these are few of them.
Mail Client Outlook Express

MS Outlook

ThunderBird

Kontact (KDE)

Evolution

ThunderBird

CD / DVD Burner Windows Media Player (very basic) K3b (KDE)

GnomeBaker (Gnome)

Coaster

Brasero

Goobox

Graveman

Grip

Serpentine

Instant Messenger Yahoo

MSN

GTalk

Pidgin

IRC

ICQ

Kopete

Pidgin

Gajim

Gabber

Smuxi

XChat

Office Suite MS Office

Star Office

Open Office

Star Office

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

IDE Eclipse

Xemacs

.NET Studio

EditPlus

TextPad

NotePad

Eclipse

Xemacs

Kdevelop
Anjuta

Mono

Scaffold

OpenLDev

Kate

Gedit

Kedit

.NET Microsoft Visual Studio Anjuta

Code::Blocks

Eclipse

Geany

KDevelop

NetBeans IDE

.NET Development Microsoft .NET Framework Mono
XML Editor XMLEdit Conglomerate

KXML Edit

Web Server IIS Apache
Programming Languages .NET

Java

PHP

Perl

Python

Java

PHP

Perl

Python

Graphics Photoshop GIMP

F-Spot – Photo Manager

3D Studio Max Art of Illusion

Blender

Dia – a diagramming application

K-3D

Image Viewer, Image Manager Microsoft Image viewer

ACDSee

gThumb – Image Viewer

Eye for GNOME (GNome)

KphotoAlbum (KDE)

Kview (KDE)

Cornice

Gwenview

Imgv

Adobe Adobe Illustrator Inkscape – a vector drawing application.

Skencil

Xara Xtreme

CAD AutoCAD K-3D

QCad

BRL-CAD

FTP Client FileZilla gFTP

Filezilla

FireFTP

KFTPgrabber

Download Manager GetRight Downloader for X

GWGET

KGet

Accessories MS Calculator Gcalctool

SpeedCrunch

Others MS Project Planner – Project Management Software
System Tools Disk Management

Partition Magic

GParted – Partition Editor
Search Tool Google Desktop Search

Yahoo Desktop Search

Beagle

Google Desktop

Database MS SQL Server

MySQL

MySQL
Astronomy MegaStar Celestia

Stellarium

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