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

André Luiz Alcântara
André Luiz AlcântaraList by André Luiz Alcântara, last updated 2018-09-15
  1. Ubuntu icon

    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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    Ubuntu screenshot 1
  2. ODrive icon

    Alternative to: Microsoft OneDrive

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

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    ODrive screenshot 1
  3. Google Chrome icon

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

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    main window
  4. Standard Notes icon

    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?

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Standard Notes screenshot 1
  5. Google Workspace icon

    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!

    • Mail Server
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • ...
    Google Workspace screenshot 1
  6. ONLYOFFICE icon

    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.

    • Word Processor
    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Flatpak
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    ONLYOFFICE screenshot 1
  7. Foxit PDF Reader icon

    Alternative to: Adobe Acrobat DC

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

    • PDF Reader
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • ReactOS
    • ...
    Foxit PDF Reader screenshot 1
  8. Quire icon

    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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    Quire screenshot 1
  9. Samba icon

    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!

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • ...
  10. Spotify icon

    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.

    • Music Streaming Service
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Kindle Fire
    • Playstation
    • Fire TV
    • Xbox
    • ...
    Spotify screenshot 1
  11. VLC Media Player icon

    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.

    • Media Player
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple TV
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • Android TV
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    VLC Media Player screenshot 1
  12. Audacity icon

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

    • Audio Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • LAME
    • ...
    Editing Audio
  13. MusicBrainz Picard icon

    Alternative to: MP3tag

    Audio tagging tool, to replace MP3tag.

    • Mp3 Tag Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Python
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    Main
  14. GIMP icon

    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.

    • Image Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • AmigaOS
    • ...
    yes
  15. Kdenlive icon

    Alternative to: Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Video Editor

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

    • Video Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • KDE
    • Flathub
    • Flatpak
    • ...
    Logging
  16. Visual Studio Code icon

    Alternative to: Notepad++

    For playing with coding and Python and bioinformatics

    • Code Editor
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • ...
    Visual Studio Code screenshot 1
  17. TeamViewer icon

    For remote connections and such

    • Remote Desktop Tool
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
    • Raspberry Pi
    • ...
    TeamViewer screenshot 1
  18. qBittorrent icon

    My favorite torrent app has a Linux version too!

    • Torrent Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • ...
    qBittorrent screenshot 1
  19. Steam icon

    Gaming plataform to relieve the stress :p

    • Game Store
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • SteamOS
    • ...
    Steam Store

This list was created by André Luiz Alcântara Sep 14, 2018 and was last updated Sep 15, 2018. The list has 19 apps.

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