06 Apr 2016

Free/Open Source Softwares for Linux and Their Windows/MAC Equilavent

Many people hesitate with the switch from Windows and Mac operating systems due to them no longer being able to access/use their everyday softwares for productivity.

What they don’t know is that those softwares have their Linux counter parts that are as equal if not better than the software available for only Mac and Windows.



GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. The UI has a modern look and feel to it and the windows can be changed between separate or single window mode. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins. GIMP updates seem to get better and better with each update.

Alternative to: Adobe Photoshop

Download GIMP: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/


Libre Office

An open source office suite that provides a good alternative to commercial office tools on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

It is available on a variety of platforms, and it’s comprised of six main components: Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Math, and Draw.

It’s a great alternative to Microsoft Office, you may find many of the components of Libre Office just as good if not better than Microsoft Office.

Alternative to: Microsoft Office



Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s free and open source.

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

Inkscape is a great software to use especially for vector images or SVG.

Alternative to: Adobe Illustrator


Download Inkscape: https://inkscape.org/en/download/

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