Linux Alternatives to Windows Software

Jun 17th, 20101 Comment

Before downloading from the websites listed below, check to see if there is a version available in your package manager.

Office Suites and Applications

Windows Application Linux Alternatives
Microsoft Office (suite) LibreOfficeOpenOffice.org, KOffice, siag office
Microsoft Word LibreOffice WriterOOWriter, AbiWord, KWord
Microsoft Excel LibreOffice CalcOOCalc, KSpread, Gnumeric
Microsoft Access LibreOffice BaseOOBase, Kexi
dBase LibreOffice BaseOOBase, Kexi
Microsoft Powerpoint LibreOffice ImpressOOImpress, KPresenter
Microsoft Project OpenProj, Planner, Gantt, MOOS Project Viewer
Microsoft Publisher Scribus
Quark Scribus
Microsoft Visio gliffy, Kivio, LibreOffice DrawOODraw
Notepad gedit, Kate, KWrite
Wordpad gedit, Kate, KWrite
Adobe Acrobat viewer Evince, Xpdf, Okular
Adobe Acrobat Distiller CUPS-PDF, LibreOfficeOpenOffice.org
Adobe Acrobat PDF editor pdfedit, pdftk, pdfjam
Microsoft Money GnuCash, KMyMoney, grisbi, Homebank
Quicken GnuCash, KMyMoney, grisbi, Homebank
Microsoft FrontPage KompoZer, Amaya, Bluefish
Dreamweaver KompoZer, Amaya, Bluefish
Autodesk AutoCAD Bricscad

Internet Applications

Windows Application Linux Alternatives
Internet Explorer Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Konqueror
Microsoft Outlook Thunderbird, Kontact, Zimbra Desktop, Evolution
MSN Messenger Pidgin, aMSN, Kopete, Emesene, Gabber, Psi
Microsoft Netmeeting Ekiga
eMule aMule
uTorrent Transmission, Ktorrent, Vuze, Deluge
Azureus Transmission, Ktorrent, Vuze, Deluge
Skype (VoIP) Skype, Ekiga
CuteFTP FileZilla, KFTPgrabber, FireFTP
WS FTP FileZilla, KFTPgrabber, FireFTP
mIRC Xchat, PidginKonversation
UltraVNC rdesktop, NX, TightVNC, x11vnc, SSH, Synergy
Remote Desktop rdesktop, NX, TightVNC, x11vnc, SSH, Synergy

Multimedia Applications

Windows Application Linux Alternatives
Adobe Photoshop GIMP, GIMPshop, Krita
Adobe Photoshop Elements F-Spot, KPhotoAlbum, gThumb, Gwenview, digiKam
Corel Draw Inkscape, Xara Xtreme
Adobe Illustrator Inkscape, Xara Xtreme
Microsoft Paint Tux Paint, KolourPaint
ACDSee XnView, Mirage, gThumb, GQview, Gwenview
Irfanview XnView, Mirage, gThumb, GQview, Gwenview
3D Studio MAX Blender, K-3D, Softimage, Maya
Maya Blender, K-3D, Softimage, Maya
Windows Movie Maker Kdenlive, Cinellera, Kino, LiVES, AviDemux
Adobe Premiere Kdenlive, Cinellera, Kino, LiVES, AviDemux
TMPGEnc DVD Author DeVeDe, Bombono, KMediaFactory, ‘Q’ DVD-Author
ConvertXtoDVD DeVeDe
videora thin liquid film
Windows Media Player VLC, Totem, Kaffeine, xine, MPlayer
Winamp Rythmbox, Amarok, Banshee, Audacious, aTunes
iTunes Rythmbox, Amarok, Banshee, Audacious, aTunes, Ubuntu One
Cubase Ardour, Audacity, Beast, GNUsound, Rosegarden
CoolEdit Ardour, Audacity, Beast, GNUsound, Rosegarden
Cakewalk KMid, Rosegarden
NoteWorthy Composer MuseScore, LilyPond
Guitar Pro TuxGuitar

CD/DVD Recording

Windows Application Linux Alternatives
Nero Burning ROM Brasero, K3b, X-CD-Roast
Alcohol 120% Brasero, K3b, X-CD-Roast, CDemu
UltraISO ISO Master, AcetoneISO, CDemu
PowerISO ISO Master, AcetoneISO, CDemu
Daemon Tools CDemu

Server & Networking Applications

Windows Application Linux Alternatives
Microsoft IIS Apache, lighttpd, Zope, thttpd, Yaws
Serv-U FTP Server vsftpd, Pure-FTPd, ProFTPD
FileZilla FTP Server vsftpd, Pure-FTPd, ProFTPD
File/Printer Sharing Samba
Microsoft Exchange Zimbra, Open-Xchange, Citadel
Microsoft Sharepoint KnowledgeTree, Open-Xchange
Small Business Server ClearOS, Zentyal, SME Server
NetLimiter L7-filter, MasterShaper, trickle, Bandwidth Arbitrator
PA Server Monitor ZenOSS, Nagios, Zabbix
Norton AntiVirus ClamAV, Avira, AVG, Avast
McAfee AntiVirus ClamAV, Avira, AVG, Avast
ZoneAlarm Firewall Firestarter, FireHOL, Guarddog, Gufw, KMyFirewall
Sygate Personal Firewall Firestarter, FireHOL, Guarddog, Gufw, KMyFirewall

Utilities

Windows Application Linux Alternatives
Norton Partition Magic Gparted, QtParted, Parted Magic
Norton Ghost Clonezilla, Partimage, g4u, dd
Winzip File Roller, Ark, Karchiver
Winrar File Roller, Ark, Karchiver
7-Zip File Roller, Ark, Karchiver
Capsa Network Analyzer Wireshark, Ethereal
Bitvise Tunnelier Gnome SSH Tunnel Manager, HotSSH

This page is a “continual work in progress”, so more software will be added as it becomes available or we become aware of it, so if you know of anything you think should be in this list, feel free to leave a comment.

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One Response to “Linux Alternatives to Windows Software”

  1. avatar Emilija says:

    I would like to mentions Seavus Project Viewer also which alternative for viewing Microsoft® Project files.

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