Linux alternatives to Windows programs

Hey, it’s me! No, I’m not dead. I’ve just been a bit busy for the past few months. Anyways, onto the post.


Basically everyone has used Windows before, I can guarantee you that. However, not everyone wants to use it as their primary OS. It’s a shame that there’s such a large library of software that’s not available for Linux.

Well, there are always decent alternatives. This post is to help with finding those alternatives.

1. Office Suite – LibreOffice

Everyone knows Microsoft is generally the king when it comes to Office Suites. Microsoft Office has a far higher marketshare than most competitors combined. However, it shows no love for Linux users. Well, fear not, The Document Foundation does, and provides LibreOffice. (It’s usually bundled with most distros anyway.) Even better, it’s completely free and open source (something a lot of Linux users love).

2. Photo Editing – GIMP

Everyone knows about Photoshop right? It’s become so common it’s now used as a verb. Unfortunately, Linux users don’t get to experience it like Windows or Mac users do. Thankfully, there’s something else you can use, it’s called GIMP. The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is well-known as a free alternative to Photoshop. What sets it apart from others though, is that it’s incredibly powerful, close to as feature packed as Photoshop itself. It’s open source too. And you know what’s common with a lot of open source programs? They’re available on Linux, just like this one!

3. Video Editing – Openshot/Shotcut/Cinelerra

Okay, this one’s a bit tricky. There are powerful editors for Windows and Mac users such as Adobe’s Premiere Pro, or MAGIX’s Vegas Pro, however in the case of Linux it’s a bit more scarce. Thus, I’m giving you not one, but three different applications you can try.

First up, Openshot – This is a free video editor with an easy to use interface. Don’t let it’s simplicity fool you though, it’s capable of quite a lot and contains a lot of features found in the likes of editors like MAGIX Vegas Pro. This is also open source.

Next, we have Shotcut. This is another free video editor that is available for Linux. It’s probably a lot more simple than OpenShot, but it’s still a very capable editor that can be used for more easy-going projects such as a school presentation or home movie. As you may have guessed, this program is also open source.

Last but not least, there’s Cinelerra. The interface may look a bit old, but it’s still a viable option when looking for a video editor. It can probably get a bit confusing, and there’s not always easily accessible documentation, but the numerous videos on YouTube should greatly help.

3. Download Manager – XDM/uGet

Okay, a lot of you have probably heard about Internet Download Manager (IDM). It’s by far the most popular download manager/accelerator on Windows. For Linux however, you’ll find zilch about it. However, as with everything else so far, we got something for Linux users.

First option, XDM. Xtreme Download Manager (XDM) is a very popular download manager choice among Linux users. It’s pretty much feature identical to IDM, and the interface is also quite similar. It’s very cross platform as it runs on the Java JVM. It also features excellent browser integration for Chrome, Firefox and Chromium based browsers.

Now we move on to uGet. This is another popular open source download manager. This one has a highly customizable and nice looking interface. It uses aria2 as its backend.


That’s all for now folks. I’ll be updating this list over time, so be sure to check back here often. Also, if you have any ideas for Linux-compatible alternatives to popular Windows software, be sure to leave a comment, and it might get added to the list. Thanks for reading, until next time. (Hopefully not as long as the last time.)