Switching from Windows to Linux

A list based on software I use on Windows and alternatives that made sense to me in the switch to Linux


  • Ubuntu

    Free Windows Linux Windows S Website

    Alternative to: Windows

    Ubuntu is a rock solid OS and has a lot of useful resources that make it as good as or better than Windows.

     

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  • Open Drive (ODrive)

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Alternative to: Microsoft OneDrive

    A GUI Linux client for Google Drive, alternative to OneDrive, that I currently use.

     

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  • Google Chrome

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD iPad PortableApps.com Website

    Chrome browser is my main tool for using the internet and will keep on being it.

     

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  • Standard Notes

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Website

    Alternative to: Google Keep, Apple Notes, Microsoft Onenote

    Notes app that sync accross all my devices and has a nice end-to-end encryption to protect my thoughts from THEM. Also, it syncs via web, so, as good as it gets for note-taking, right?

     

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  • G Suite

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS Website

    Alternative to: Microsoft Office Online / OneDrive

    G Suite is a great office suite and has lots and lots of useful features built-in. The free version (Google Docs) is just as incredible, and works offline too!

     

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  • ONLYOFFICE

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Website

    Alternative to: Microsoft Office 2016

    I have two options for the office suite, this one, and G Suite. While G Suite is more complete, ONLYOFFICE works incredibly fast and best of all: 100% offline, for when I need it.

     

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  • Foxit Reader

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Windows S Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ReactOS Website

    Alternative to: Adobe Acrobat DC

    Foxit Reader is a good and solid alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC as PDF Viewer.

     

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  • Quire

    Free Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Chrome Website

    Alternative to: Microsoft Project, Trello

    Quire is a project management app that is so simple to use it made me let go of my Trello+Notes+Google Drive+Excel setup. It has everything I need and is free!

     

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  • Samba

    Free Mac Linux BSD Website

    Alternative to: Windows File Sharing

    I have an old Ubuntu Server netbook with Samba enabled that has been turned off on my shelf for almost a year now, it is time to put it back to work!

     

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  • Spotify

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple TV Kindle Fire Playstation Fire TV Xbox Website

    Alternative to: iTunes, Windows Media Player, Groove Music

    I use iTunes to synchronize music with my phone, but iTunes doesn't work on any Linux distro, so instead I'll just use Spotify on the PC and on my phone to keep my library organized. All the music I listen to (and many more) are already there, I was just waiting for the right moment to switch.

     

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  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Apple TV PortableApps.com Kindle Fire Haiku Xbox Website

    Alternative to: Films & TV, Windows Media Player, MPC HC x64

    It's simply the best media player out there. There's no discussion on this point.

     

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  • Audacity

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... LAME Website

    Good for basic recording and editing audio. Compatible with all available formats out there, also.

     

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  • GIMP

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD ... PortableApps.com Haiku AmigaOS Website

    Alternative to: Adobe Photoshop

    GIMP's new release has new tools and a better UI and UX and, for the uses I have, is a really really good alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

     

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  • Kdenlive

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD KDE Website

    Alternative to: Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Video Editor

    Good alternative with lots of features to use from basic to professional editing.

     

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  • Visual Studio Code

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Alternative to: Notepad++

    For playing with coding and Python and bioinformatics

     

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  • TeamViewer

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Windows S Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Chrome PortableApps.com Kindle Fire Website

    For remote connections and such

     

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  • qBittorrent

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    My favorite torrent app has a Linux version too!

     

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  • Steam

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Gaming plataform to relieve the stress :p

     

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