Linux Alternative to 8 Common Windows Applications


When switching from Windows to Linux, most people have a very common fear of losing the applications they use to perform their day-to-day tasks. Although the chances are the same applications can be available on Linux but in most cases, there isn’t. And the great news is there are plenty of alternatives to the same applications that you can choose.
You may also have purchased some software on Windows and are worried about whether the free(yes, they all are almost free) Linux alternatives would be able to perform similarly. Don’t you worry because we have compiled the list of Linux Softwares which are on par with their Windows counterparts.
And if you are not satisfied with the alternatives we also have the solution for that too at the end of this article.

1. Microsoft Office

libreoffice as an linux alternative to microsoft office
Microsoft Office is probably the most common Windows software which is not available on Linux. It somewhere costs you around $220 to $440 (price differs with versions). The best alternative we have for you is LibreOffice. It comes pre-installed with almost every major Linux distributions but you can always install it from the app center if not.
It features a fast and familiar-looking user interface and performs very similar to Microsoft Office. All your files created with Microsoft Office will be compatible with LibreOffice.
Some other good alternatives are:

2. Notepad

gedit as a Linux alternative to windows notepad
Notepad is a simple and lightweight text editor for Windows which comes pre-installed with it. There are a number of alternatives to Notepad but my favorite one is gedit. It also comes pre-installed with distributions having Gnome DE. Overall Gedit is a simple Linux alternative to Windows Notepad.
Some other worthy alternatives are:

3. Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a paid photo manipulation software. Although it is the first choice of creative professionals but, no one denies the fact that it is heavy on both their wallets (about $10/month) and system. On the other hand, Gimp is a great Linux alternative which is absolutely free and light on the system as compared to Photoshop. 
It provides all the tools you need with an easy to use user interface. It usually comes bundled with most distributions or you can install it via their website or the app center.
Some other popular options are:

4. Internet Explorer

firefox as a linux alternative to windows internet explorer
IIf you are still living in the 19th century. Or you have other personal reasons to use the Internet explorer over any other browser. Unfortunately, it is not available on Linux but a less worthy option for you can be Firefox. Firefox is the official browser of Linux because no matter which distribution you are, you can find it already installed. And most probably you are reading this article on the firefox browser if you happen to be using the mighty Linux. If not head over to Mozilla.
Most of the popular browsers are available on Linux:

5. Windows Media Player

VLC as a linux alternative to windows media player
Windows Media Player is the default Windows media player. It is considered one of the failures in the Windows family (IE is on another level) having too many drawbacks. And since every Linux distribution come with its own media player you might not need an alternative. But VLC is one of the most popular choices whether on Linux or Windows as the best alternative to Windows media player.
Not only it supports almost all media formats, but it also provides many more options. And with frequent updates, it is much more stable.
Some other options are:


6. Adobe Acrobat Reader

evince as an option for adobe acrobat
The adobe acrobat reader is undoubtedly a very popular “cross-platform” PDF reader application. But unfortunately, it has dropped the support for Linux in 2013. You can still install the dated version 9.5.5 for Ubuntu-based flavors. But there is a fair alternative to it called Evince which comes default with distributions having Gnome DE. Other distributions also provide their own solutions to a PDF reader. 
Some other PDF reader you may like:

7. Windows Movie Maker

VLC media creator [linux] for windows movie maker users
Or any video editor you use to refine your videos and clips on your Windows machine. VLC Movie Creator and OpenShot Video Editor are my top two gems for video creation and editing. They can blow so-called free editors for Windows out of the water. You might get a pre-installed video editor (like Kdenlive on KDE) on some distributions. If not, you have plenty of choices below:

8. utorrent

Torrents are generally the faster way to download over the web. Users mostly use utorrent as their favorite torrent application. But, there’s fast and simpler way to manage your torrents with TransmissionIt is usually the default torrent application you can get pre-installed with most of the popular distributions. Deluge is also a great alternative and is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux.

Final Words!

There is nothing like paid is pro and free is trash in the Linux world. You can always donate the developers of your favorite Linux application if you like to. Everything has its alternatives, but most of the time it takes some time to get the hang of it. You can find a good alternative to any application you are used to if you really look for it. 
And as I promised here’s what you’re going to do when you didn’t find one or didn’t like it.
You always have an option when it comes to installing the exact Windows apps on Linux called Wine. It basically snatches the only ability of Windows(compatibility to run Windows apps) and gives it to Linux. Just set it up and you are good to install your favorite Windows apps on Linux. Holy Wine!
Let us know which are the best Linux alternatives to Windows in your opinion by your valuable comments down below. Don’t forget to share!


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