(Ubuntu provides a lot of software applications for all computing purposes)

After talked about intro and releases, now I will talk about applications on Ubuntu GNU/Linux that are replacements to ones on Windows. You need to know this information in order to switch as the most important thing you really use is the application. For example, if previously you are accustomed to Microsoft Office, MATLAB, and Adobe Reader, on Ubuntu you will use LibreOffice, Octave, and Evince, respectively. More fortunately, just as I said on Part 2, all applications are available for you in the central Ubuntu repository, you do not need to manually search different places anymore. I hope this will be useful for you. Happy reading!

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Preamble


GNU/Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular already provided us all software for all kind of purposes. You may wonder if you can edit photos or create 2D animations on Ubuntu. The answer is yes, you can, with professional apps available free and gratis. You may also wonder what is replacement to IDM on Ubuntu, and the answer is there is Persepolis for you here. And so on.

Please be aware that in our community we believe that all software should be free including all Windows applications. "Free" does not mean gratis, but respecting user's freedom and community. So whenever you find out any replacement I put here not satisfying your needs, we feel sorry for you, you should ask your proprietary software developer to free their product for you (paid or not is OK), so you can run it fully on Ubuntu because it's your right and their responsibility, not ours.

For example, you may find AutoCAD cannot be replaced with FreeCAD for your needs, so you should ask Autodesk company to free AutoCAD for you (you should receive source code of it with free license) so you could run AutoCAD fully on Ubuntu. You purchased AutoCAD from them then it's their responsibility not ours.

How To Get Software


The easiest way to add new software to our computer is by: simply run your Ubuntu Software Center and search program name under Ubuntu columns below. I selected for you programs that are officially available on Ubuntu.


(Software Center showing an interesting video game with INSTALL button for you)

(Software Center showing a lot of internet applications for you)
(Please be aware that among software being presented there are proprietary software such as Dropbox there)

1. Most Popular Applications


This category summarizes all. This includes generic programs everybody knows such as office suite, player, browser, and image editors. Important to notice here, that GNU/Linux does not need antivirus and neither defragmentation tool just like I mentioned in Part 1.


Windows


Ubuntu
Microsoft Office


LibreOffice*
Word


Writer*
Excel


Calc*
PowerPoint


Impress*
Winamp


Rhythmbox*
Media Player


Totem*
Internet Download Manager


Persepolis Download Manager
Windows Explorer


Nautilus*
MATLAB


GNU Octave
Photoshop


GIMP
CorelDRAW


Inkscape
Paint Shop Pro


Krita
Kaspersky Antivirus


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WinRAR


Archive Manager*
Adobe Reader


Evince*


(LibreOffice running on Ubuntu 19.04)

2. Multimedia Applications


This category includes tools used for imaging, drawing, photo editing, animation, 2D/3D designing, audio/video editing, special effect (for movie), rendering, and so on.


Windows


Ubuntu
Photoshop


GIMP
CorelDRAW


Inkscape
PageMaker


Scribus
Lightroom


Darktable
Picture & Fax Viewer


Image Viewer*
ACDSee


Digikam
Ulead Studio


Kdenlive
Adobe Audition


Audacity
Any Video Converter


WinFF
Camtasia Studio


Kazam
Voice Recorder


GNOME Sound Recorder
Macromedia Flash MX


Synfig Studio
Corel Painter


Krita
AutoCAD


FreeCAD
3D Studio Max


Blender
After Effects


Natron
FruityLoops


LMMS
Windows Media Center


Kodi HTPC
Adobe Digital Editions


Calibre Ebook Manager


(Rhythmbox on Ubuntu playing MP3s and OGGs)


3. Internet Applications


This category includes web browser, chatting, and downloader programs.



Windows


Ubuntu
Internet Explorer


Mozilla Firefox*
Outlook


Mozilla Thunderbird*
MIRC


Hexchat
Yahoo! Messenger


Pidgin
WhatsApp


Telegram Desktop
Skype


GNU Jami
Internet Download Manager


Persepolis Download Manager
WinSCP


FileZilla
PuTTY


PuTTY
BitTorrent


Transmission*
TeamViewer


Remmina*
Outlook (RSS Feed)


Akregator
XAMPP


XAMPP
Cisco Packet Tracer


GNS3
  • Kazaa
  • LimeWire
  • Bearshare


Vuze


(Transmission on Ubuntu finishes downloading various big files)


4. Educational Applications


This includes educational game for kids, scientific and training programs for elementary up to university grades.


Windows


Ubuntu
Childsplay


GCompris
MATLAB


GNU Octave
ArcGIS


Quantum GIS
AutoCAD


FreeCAD
Microsoft Paint


GNU Paint
Typing Master


Tux Typing
Genius Maker


Tux Math
Mendeley


Zotero
Notepad


Gedit*
DOS


FreeDOS
VMWare


QEMU
Scientific Workplace


Texmaker
  • Lingoes
  • Oxford Dictionary
  • WordWeb Pro


StarDict
Google Earth


KDE Marble
Periodic Table Explorer


KDE Kalzium
NASA World Wind


Celestia
CyberSky


KDE KStars


5. Utility Applications


This category includes usable tools we use daily like system maintenance, disk partitioning, network sharing, etc.


Windows


Ubuntu
Control Panel


System Settings*
Add/Remove Programs


Ubuntu Software Center*
WinZIP


Archive Manager*
Task Manager


System Monitor*
Notepad


Gedit Text Editor*
Clipping Tool


GNOME Screenshot*
Disk Management


Disk Utility*
EASEUS Partition Manager


GParted
Pandora Data Recovery


Testdisk
Xinorbis Disk Examiner


Disk Usage Analyzer*
EasyBCD


BootRepair
Connectify Wifi Sharing


Network Manager*
Nero Burning ROM


Brasero*
WinRAR


Archive Manager*
Rufus


Startup Disk Creator*
  • Prolink Modem Manager
  • Huawei Modem Manager
  • ZTE Modem Manager


Modem Manager GUI

6. Programming


This category includes popularly used programming tools, language platforms, and code editors. I tried my best to present the easiest choices here as starting point for you.

Windows


Ubuntu
  • Visual Basic
  • Visual Studio
  • AutoIt


Qt SDK
Turbo Pascal


Free Pascal
Turbo Assembler


GNU Assembler*
Delphi


Lazarus
  • Sublime Text
  • DevC++
  • Notepad++


Geany
Visual C, Visual C++


GCC
OpenJDK


OpenJDK
Dreamweaver


Bluefish
MikTeX


Texmaker
  • Android Studio
  • Intellij IDEA


Eclipse
.NET Framework


Mono Framework
Visual Studio .NET


MonoDevelop



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