14 Most Used Windows Alternatives for Linux

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In many cases, people hesitate to switch from Windows toxa0Linuxxa0because they fear that they won’t get an appropriate set of programs and apps to perform their day-to-day tasks. Moreover, there is a general perception according to which:

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“A Paid service or a paid project would be more reliable as compared to a project that falls under the category of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)”.

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If that were true, perhaps there would not be a project namedxa0Linuxxa0today and you would not be reading this post right now. Only truexa0GEEKSxa0know that there are alternatives to almost all the projects that are available forxa0Linuxxa0and even more than that.

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The alternatives below are more reliable, less buggy, more secure, easy to upgrade, and easy to install. They have a huge amount of fans among users and don’t crash as often as their Windows equivalents. Get ready to change the prevailing perception while reading this article.

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1. Microsoft Office

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If you have experience in working onxa0Windows,xa0you are definitely familiar withxa0Microsoft Office.xa0This is an office suite that is used to create or edit a formatted text document, spreadsheet, or presentation.

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However, you have to buy Microsoft Office separately because this office package doesn’t come with thexa0Windows OS. The best alternatives toxa0Microsoft Officexa0are LibreOffice and ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors.

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LibreOffice

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LibreOfficexa0is an open-source office suite developed and maintained by a big international community. It contains all the required plugins like the built-inxa0PDFxa0converter to make it easier to work with documents of different types, does not crush too often, and comes as the default office suite in many Linux distros (e.g.,xa0Debian).

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LibreOffice is based on the Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF), so a file created inxa0MS Officexa0could be opened and/or edited inxa0LibreOfficexa0but not vice versa. Despite this, LibreOffice is the choice of many Linux users due to a wide range of editing features and more than 115 languages available.

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ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors

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ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is another open-source Microsoft Office alternative for Linux. Like LibreOffice, this office suite is free and runs on all major Linux distros.

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Its native format is OOXML, so ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors seamlessly opens and saves any Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files while being compatible with other popular formats too.

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ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors also come with a wide range of third-party plugins (YouTube, translators, etc.) and can be used for collaborative work via integration with Nextcloud, ownCloud, and Seafile. Once connected to one of these platforms, ONLYOFFICE allows you co-edit files with others in real-time.

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What distinguishes ONLYOFFICE from other alternatives is its security features. Not only can you protect your documents with passwords and add digital signatures right in the app but you can also collaborate on encrypted files via Private Rooms. This functionality works if you connect the desktop app to a self-hosted instance of ONLYOFFICE Workspace deployed on your Linux machine.

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Alternatively, you can try other office suites like OpenOffice,xa0AbiWord, WPS Office, SoftMaker FreeOffice, etc.

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All of them are available forxa0Windowsxa0too. However,xa0MS Officexa0is not supported inxa0Linuxxa0but you can certainlyxa0use Winexa0to installxa0itxa0on Linux. It’s the power ofxa0Linux, isn’t it?

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2. Windows Notepad

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Windows Notepadxa0is another default program that is available in thexa0Windowsxa0OS. It is a fast and simple word processor that is a must-have if you work a lot with simple texts.

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Some of the best alternatives to Notepad for Linuxxa0are the following:

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3. Microsoft Edge Browser

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Internet surfing is the most widely used task one performs using a computer. Windows ships its OS withxa0Microsoft Edgexa0as the default browser. Before saying anything aboutxa0Microsoft Edge,xa0one quotation that is too hilarious and commonly shared is “Microsoft Edgexa0is the best browser available to download another browser”.

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You will rarely find anyone usingxa0Microsoft Edgexa0even on thexa0Windowsxa0platform (I fear ifxa0Bill Gatesxa0himself is using another browser for his personal computing). The alternatives toxa0Microsoft Edgexa0arexa0Firefox,xa0Chrome,xa0andxa0Opera.

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According to users’ needs, these alternative browsers are highly customizable and support several plugins and when it comes to security,xa0Microsoft Edgexa0is far behind, although it gets better with each new update.

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Other reliable alternatives arexa0Epiphany,xa0Konqueror,xa0Opera, Tor Browser, etc.

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Most of them are available for Windows too and some of them are even available for Mobile Devices.

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4. Microsoft Outlook

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Microsoft Outlook is a program that’s mainly used to send and receive emails. However, it can also be used to manage various tasks, including calendar appointments, contacts, notes, etc. Microsoft Outlook isn’t free, as you need to purchase it or pay a subscription.

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Probably, the best alternative to Microsoft Outlook for Linux is Thunderbird. It’s an open-source cross-platform e-mail client that is available for free. Thunderbird supports the POP and IMAP protocols and comes with excellent mail filtering and management features.

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Some other alternatives to Microsoft Outlook for Linux desktopxa0are:
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5. Microsoft Teams

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If you think that Microsoft Teams is exclusively designed for corporate communication and collaboration within big teams, that’s not exactly true. It also works quite well for personal purposes, and you can use this app for audio and video conferencing, chatting, calendaring, and file stores.

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When looking for a Microsoft Teams alternative, you can try several options with Jami being the best app, probably. It’s an open-source cross-platform for video/audio calls and messaging that uses advanced encryption and doesn’t require a server to transfer data between users.

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Try other alternatives to Microsoft Teams for Linux:

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6. Adobe Photoshop

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Why should one use a program that is too high on the processor as well as money and when the Foss alternative of the software is low on the processor and provides you with more tools and is very easy to use. Gimp is a very nice alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

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Gimp is written in C and GTK+ and Photoshop in C++ which makes photoshop a nice tool but its constraint is being a close source program that costs too much on cost and processor load. Gimp comes packed with almost all the distros.

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Other alternatives are CinePaint, Gimp, Darkable, and RawTherapee:

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Gimp can be installed on Windows, too.

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7. MS Paint

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Microsoft Paintxa0is another tool that comes bundled with thexa0Windowsxa0box. However, there are some similar tools that run on Linux. One of them is MyPaint, an easy-to-use and fast painting program that allows you to make the most of the full-screen use.

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Other great alternatives that are worth giving a try are KolourPaint, Pinta, and Tuxpaint.

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8. Nero Burning ROM

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Neroxa0provides tools for burning an optical disk. There lies a much stronger reason to find an alternative software ofxa0Nero. Firstly,xa0Neroxa0is not supported inxa0Linuxxa0followed byxa0Neroxa0makes thexa0Drivexa0andxa0Diskxa0freeze. Secondly, it is closed source and it costs too high on the purse.

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Braseroxa0is a very nice alternative toxa0Nero. Braseroxa0is a free, open-source tool, the output of which is very reliable.

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Other alternatives ofxa0Neroxa0are:

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9. Microsoft Windows Media Center

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Axa0PCxa0entertainment system that comes with Windows 7xa0and later, although it is not available forxa0Windowsxa0prior toxa0Windows7. It requires a high-end graphics card for full functionality and results inxa0Windowsxa0freezing often. Why don’t you try the alternative of this, without any constraints and walls, and tell us your experience?

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Alternatives of Microsoft Windows Media Center are:

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10. Windows Media Player

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Windows Media Playerxa0is shipped with thexa0Windows OS, but the same look and feel for years, frequent resulting inxa0BSODxa0(Blue Screen Of Death), bugs, and poor codec support are the drawbacks ofxa0Windows Media Player.

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VLCxa0is a very pleasing alternative forxa0Windowsxa0Media Player and all other media players for all the platforms. VLCxa0gets frequent updates, resulting in fewer bugs, plenty of codecs support, and a sneak look.

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Another good option to consider is Clementine, a cross-platform open-source music player with a fast and intuitive interface.

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In a nutshell, the best alternatives ofxa0Windows Media Playerxa0are:

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There are certain fancy media players that can run from the terminal, giving you a Geeky feeling viz., CMUS.

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11. Windows Movie Maker

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Many newbies believe thatxa0Linuxxa0is tooxa0Geekyxa0thing and perhaps there is no support for high-quality video editing. So they appraisexa0Linux Environmentxa0for theirxa0Geekyxa0productivity environment but when it comes to video editing, they see towards eitherxa0Windowsxa0orxa0Mac.xa0Cinelerraxa0is the most advanced alternative toxa0Windows Movie Maker.

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Other alternatives ofxa0Movie Makerxa0are:

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12. Partition Magic

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Partition Magic is a tool for creating or repartitioning a mass storage device or block. Ok, if you don’t know about the alternative of this closed source software then give a look at these alternatives, you surely will love the power provided to you with these Foss software.

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One of the best options is KDE Partition Manager, an open-source utility program designed for managing disk devices and file systems on a Linux desktop. It makes it possible to create, copy, move, delete, backup, and restore disc partitions.

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13. utorrent

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A general user comes across torrent download most often, when in a closed source,xa0Utorrentxa0could be a good option but certainly there exist a better plan. Tryxa0Transmission, qBittorent, Deluge, or WebTorrent.

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14. Adobe Acrobat Reader

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To view axa0Portable Documentxa0File, axa0Windowsxa0user must havexa0Adobe Acrobat Readerxa0installed in their system. Well, if you have used the above, you might be aware that Adobe for no reason prompts you to download and install updates every second day, and you have the same software from the first day you installed to the day you installed the 100th update.

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Moreover, it provides you with the feature only to view the portable file. Just move your sight from proprietary software toxa0Fossxa0and give a try to the below-mentioned packages. At least one of them comes with almost everyxa0Linuxxa0distribution pre-built and installed.

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This is the power and popularity ofxa0Linuxxa0that axa0FOSS Projectxa0has severalxa0Alternative Foss Project. So our competition is not with other platforms but within the same platform, giving a choice of use without any bottleneck. This healthy competition is a sign of a good future forxa0Foss Worldxa0but certainly a threat to other platforms.

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Stay Tuned! I will be joining you in the very next article soon. Don’t forget to mention your valuablexa0commentsxa0here,xa0Likexa0andxa0Sharexa0them and help us spread.

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