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Linux 'equivalents' for Windows programs


It's nice when someone else does all the work for you. I ran across this post at downloadsquad.com that compiles several lists of applications from Linux users:

Sure, you know there are open source alternatives to many of your favorite programs, but who has the time to track them down?...Apparently plenty of people do, because we've found at least three good lists of Linux equivalents for Windows software.

Go check them out and let us know if there are any gems of yours that are left out. It never hurts to have a handy list like this for new converts who are missing their old Windows tools. Here's the first list from the Linux Alternative Project.

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14 comments
TheGooch1
TheGooch1

These lists have been done ad nauseum. I've done several myself in places such as linuxquestions.org. However, one size does not fit all. After running Linux exclusively for 4 years, I had to concede that Windows and Windows applications met my needs better than their Linux equivalents. However, it doesn't hurt to make a list and continue to update it, just keep in mind that YMMV( your mileage may vary ) whenever you read about some OS that "changed my life" or "changed how I think about computers"

bluebottle100
bluebottle100

How about the reverse, Windows programs for Linux.

nmaclennan
nmaclennan

How did you know I was looking for a list of equivalents to windows? Great! Thanks for taking the time.

dualchart
dualchart

oww i might have to look into this indeed thanks for the advise

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

I usually have to track this down myself via google or whatever. This is a great resource to use. Thank you posting it.

jlwallen
jlwallen

the list on linuxalt.com is really quite good.

shardeth-15902278
shardeth-15902278

the layout of linuxalt and linuxappfinder to be a little more efficient than the osalt.com site. Each site seeemed to have a few items the other site missed. One possible alternative view that I can see being quite helpful would be a feature comparison view (Kind of like the feature comparison list on the back of a quicken box, to help you pick the right variation of quicken). That would be a fair amount of work to keep updated and useful though, I imagine... Glad I saw this post though. Those will be fairly helpful in the next few weeks, I think... thanks.

demosthanese
demosthanese

what about stuff that only runs on windows like a lot of games? WoW, battlefield, all my favs. And some work progs too, like corel draw? WINE "works" but not all the time. and if i remember right it takes up a lil too many resources to emulate on high demand apps. Any other way to install those apps and make em work that you can think of?

jlwallen
jlwallen

the games card is the first card played. i used to play both diablo and never winter nights on linux - actually worked better on Linux than it did on windows. hopefully someday someone will get WoW working on Linux without the help of Cedega.