Linux alternatives to popular Windows Software

Are you new to Linux, are you finding it hard to adjust to the Linux environment  and are wondering where you can get an application for Linux that is similar to the XYZ program on Windows.

Sit back and relax, today we present yo you programs that could be considered roughly equivalent to certain popular Windows applications.

The Linux programs might not have all the features which can be found in Windows proprietary software, but again some may actually have more features than the windows software.

Windows AppLinu AppDescription
Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.orgOpenOffice, KOffice, Siag Office, Libre OfficeOffice package
WordOOWriter, KWord, LaTeXWord Processing
Notepad, Wordpad, TheGun, EditPlus, SciTEKWrite, Kate, BlueFish, Gedit, JoeText Editors
Access, dBase, Foxpro, ParadoxKexi, OOBaseDatabase
Excel, Lotus123, QuattroProOOCalc, KSpreadSpreadsheet
VisioKivio, yedDiagramming
PowerPointOOImpressPresentation software
Microsoft Project ManagerImendio Planner, Kplato, MOOS Project Viewer, MrProjectProject management
Outlook, Thunderbird + Lightning, SunbirdKontact, BALSA, Thunderbird +Lightning, SunbirdPersonal information managers
Alcohol 120%, Discjuggler, Easy CD Creator, Nero Burning ROMK3b, XCDRoast, moreCD burning
Quicken, Microsoft Money, TurboTaxGnucAsh, KMyMoney, CrossOverOffice with Quicken, lazy8ledgerAccounting
ActiveSyncSynCESynchronization with Windows Mobile devices
WinEdt, TeXnicCenterKile, Texmaker, LyXLaTeX IDEs
Veritas Backup Exec, Cobian BackupUniSon, Veritas Netbackup, moreBackup
Google DesktopBeagle, Recoll, Google DesktopDesktop Search
Norton GhostPartition Image, g4u, Mondo, ddDisk imaging
Norton Partition MagicQTparted, GPartedDisk partitioning
Disk Size ExplorerFile Light, KonquerorDisk usage analyzers
Filemon, Regmonsyscalltracksystem call tracking (file monitor & others)
WinMerge, SyncToyMeld, Unison, Synkron, rSyncFile synchronization
Windows Update, Add/Remove programsapt-get, Aptitude, portage, rpm,urpmi, yast, yum, SynapticEvery Linux distribution has an infrastructure to manage installed software which is quite different from Windows. For instance, all updates are handled by a single program. See package management.
WinRunnerxautomationautomating interactive applications
7-Zip, Winzip, WinrarKarchiver, File Roller, ark, hjsplit;command line toolsArchivers
chkdskfsckcheck your file system (and the hard disk beneath it) for errors
Daemon Toolsmount, GMount-ISOISO mounting
DisclibgWhereDisk cataloging programs
Dreamweaver, NVU, KompoZerOOWeb, moreWeb Design
Quark, Quark Express, Microsoft PublisherScribusDTP software
Adobe Acrobat PDF ReaderAdobe Acrobat Reader, Xpdf, Kpdf, Ghostview, Evince; morePDF readers
Adobe Acrobat Distiller, PDFCreatorCUPS-PDF,, kprinter — can convert to pdf. morePDF authoring
Adobe Acrobat PDF editorpdftk, pdfedit, pdfjam, pdf studio, morePDF editing tools
SilverFastxSane, VueScanscanning
FinePrintpage-crunch, mpage, Kprinter, psnup/PSutils, pdfnup/PDFjamDocument printing/reformatting tools
Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Elements,MultiquenceCinelerra, KDenlive, LiVES, Kino, AviDemuxVideo Editors
Windows Media Player, PowerDVDMPlayer, Xine, Totem, Kaffeine, VLCVideo Players
Winamp, Sonique, iTunes, aTunesamaroK, aTunes, XMMS, noatun, RhythmBox, xine will play aac and wma,BansheeMusic Players
VideorathinliquidfilmVideo converter
TMPGEnc DVD Author, Roxio DVDitBombono DVDDVD authoring software
SIA Smaart LiveBRP-PACUSound analysis
OTSAV, OTS Turntables, Serato, Traktor, Virtual DJ, PC DJ,Mixxx, UltraMixerMixxx, UltraMixerAudio & video play out (DJ/presenter)
NoteWorthy Composer, MuseScore, LilyPondMuseScore,LilyPondMusical score typesetting
Microsoft Paint, Kid Pix, Tux PaintTuxpAint, KolourPaintBasic raster painting programs
Irfanview, ACDSeeXnView, GQView, Mirage, GThumbImage viewers
GuitarPro, TuxGuitarTuxGuitarGuitar tablature editors
Corel Draw, Adobe IllustratorInkscapeVector graphics editors
Cakewalk/Sonarkmid, kmidi, RosegardenMIDI
Audio Catalyst, dbpoweramp, CDexGrip, AudacityAudio Editors
Audacity, Cubase, CoolEdit, GoldWave,Cakewalk/SonarArdour, Rosegarden, Audacity, GNUsound, BeastDigital audio workstation software
Adobe Photoshop,Corel Photo-Paint, GIMP, GIMPShopGIMP, GIMPShop, Krita, Pixel (non-free high quality), LightZone (non-free high quality)Raster graphics editors
3D Studio MAX, Blender, MayaBlender, Maya, Softimage, K-3D3D modeling software

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