Migrating to Linux – Essential Software

Essential Software List for Migrating to Linux

I have been using Ubuntu 8.10 for nearly a month now. It is a big deal for me, being a dedicated Windows (Windoze) user since 1993/1994. Since then from time to time I have tried out various distros, Solaris, Irix, Red Hat were what I experienced during my university days. Later on Fedora, SuSE and Ubuntu. All these never lasted long enough, except now.

The first experience was that Ubuntu is the easiest to install when compared to Fedora and SuSE. It came loaded with a lot of software already. However, Below is a list of what I think are important software, from the point of a Windows user..

  1. Open Office from Sun is a good alternative to Microsoft Office. It supports Office 7 file formats.
  2. OpenProject is a good equivalent for Microsoft Project 2007, allowing the opening and editing of Project 2007 documents.
  3. I was using VLC Player on Windows, and am still using it here.
  4. Pidgin is the almost all-in-one IM messenger, for me it supports Google Talk and Live Messenger protocols.
  5. Skype for Linux is available from their site, I use it for official chit-chat.
  6. aMSN is a Live Messenger clone for Linux, tried it for a little while but then switched to Pidgin.
  7. MonoDevelop is the IDE for developing software over MONO, the port of Microsoft .NET framework.
  8. Deluge bit torrent client I prefer over the pre-packaged Transmission client.
  9. Firefox was my choice of browser on Windows, it still is on Linux.
  10. Evolution mail client I use for connecting to Exchange.
  11. Gimp is a great Image authoring and editing tool I was using on Windows also, it is here on Linux.
  12. {More to Come}

I will keep updating this list as time goes on, or when I can. 😉 If you have any suggestions, please let me know through your comments.


About khansalmanahmad
A technology and solutions specialist who at times dabbles in philosophy. Is interested in learning new things. Gets really excited by and looks forward to "WOW" experience.

3 Responses to Migrating to Linux – Essential Software

  1. Great list, I use many of the same myself. What about a music player? I’d add Amarok or Exaile. And for photo management, maybe f-spot or Picasa for Linux.

    • I’ve used Amarok, however, not really been listening to a lot of music these days :p Picasa I’ve used on Windows, and well.. I never really got to explore it .. I guess cuz I don’t really have to “manage photos” lol

  2. Alpha_Cluster says:

    Nice list. I totally recommend Exaile for music. Also try out SMplayer for video player I personally think its better then VLC since it a nice frontend for mplayer which is generally(read: in my opinion) better then VLC in Linux.

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