A while back I wrote a post entitled Give an old PC new life by replacing Windows with Linux as a means of extending the useful life of older PCs.
After that post was published I received a number of emails asking for a list of Linux programs that can replace the Windows programs they’d leaving behind if they made the switch.
I decided that it might be a good idea to publish that list in its own blog post, and here it is:
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Windows program > Linux replacement
- Microsoft Office > Open Office
- Adobe Photoshop > Gimp
- Quicken > GnuCash
- Notepad > Gedit
- Microsoft Outlook > Evolution
- Microsoft Edge / I.E. > Firefox
- AOL Instant Messenger > Pidgin
- Skype > Skype for Linux
- iTunes/Windows Media Player > Amarok
- Nero > K3B
- Roxio CD/DVD Creator > K3b
- Partition Magic > GParted
- Adobe Dreamweaver > Kompozer
- Adobe Audition > Audacity
- Adobe Photoshop Elements Premier > Open Movie Editor
- WinZip > PeaZip
- WS-FTP > Filezilla
- WinAmp > Rhythmbox
Note: Be aware that while these Linux replacements will do most everything that their Windows counterparts do, there will usually be a learning curve involved when you make the switch, and in some cases that learning curve can be fairly steep.
Also, while this isn’t an exhaustive list, it covers most of the popular Windows software packages in use today. If there’s a specific Windows program that you use that isn’t listed here, contact me and I’ll see if I can track down a suitable Linux replacement for you.
And finally, instead of just wiping your hard drive and installing Linux cold turkey, it’s probably best to either set up a dual-boot system with Windows or run Linux from the Live CD/USB drive until you have learned enough about your replacement programs to get your essential duties done in an efficient manner.
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