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 Novell Linux Desktop Equivalents of Windows Software - New and Improved

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Posted: 23 Feb 2005

Once upon a time, way back in December, I posted some Novell Linux Desktop equivalents of Windows software. The concept seemed to agree with people, but with one complaint. It wasn't complete enough. I'd like to remedy that with the newer, fuller list found in this article. Much of the information found here came from the Novell Linux Desktop manual, Appendix A.

The name or a description of the Windows Application is found in the first column. The equivalent Linux Application is in the second column. In the third column, I have put the menu location of the software.

appears where the menu location is in Gnome.
appears where the menu location is in KDE.

In some cases, the software is not installed by default. Many times, you should be able to find it in YAST. In cases where it is not installed by default and not in YAST, a link to the homepage of the software appears. I've also divided the software into different categories.

Office Applications
Windows Linux Location
MS Word OpenOffice.org Writer
Programs => Office => Word Processor
N Menu => Office => OpenOffice.org Writer
MS Excel OpenOffice.org Calc
Programs => Office => Spreadsheet
N Menu => Office => OpenOffice.org Calc
MS Powerpoint OpenOffice.org Impress
Programs => Office => Presentation
N Menu => Office => OpenOffice.org Impress
MS Access Rekall http://www.rekallrevealed.org/
Address Book Evolution
Programs => Internet => More => Novell Evolution
N Menu => Internet Novell Evolution
Calendar/Schedule Evolution
Programs => Internet => More => Novell Evolution
N Menu => Internet Novell Evolution
Acrobat Reader Acrobat Reader
Programs => Office => PDF Viewer
N Menu => Office => PDF Viewer
Quicken GNUCash http://www.gnucash.org/
Notepad gedit
Programs => Accessories => Text Editor
N Menu => Accessories => Text Editor

Internet Applications
Windows Linux Location
Web Browser Firefox
Programs => Internet => Firefox Web Browser
N Menu => Internet => Mozilla Firefox
E-Mail Evolution
Programs => Internet => More => Novell Evolution
N Menu => Internet Novell Evolution
Instant Messenger Gaim
Programs => Internet => More => Gaim Instant Messenger
N Menu => Internet => More Programs => Gaim
Video Conference GnomeMeeting http://www.gnomemeeting.org/
Audio Chat/VoIP Skype http://www.skype.com/
Frontpage Express OpenOffice.org Writer
Programs => Office => Word Processor
N Menu => Office => OpenOffice.org Writer
FTP Client Gftp http://gftp.seul.org/
News Reader Pan
Programs => Internet => More => News Reader
N Menu => Internet => More Programs => Pan Newsreader

Data/File Management Applications
Windows Linux Location
Windows Explorer Nautilus (Gnome)
Konqueror (KDE)
Programs => Accessories => File Manager
N Menu => Home
WinZip File Roller (Gnome)
Ark (KDE)
Programs => System Tools => Archive Files
N Menu => System => More Programs => Ark
CD Burning K3b
Programs => Multimedia => K3b
N Menu => Multimedia => K3b

Multimedia Applications
Windows Linux Location
Windows Media Player Totem
Programs => Multimedia => Totem Movie Player
N Menu => Multimedia => More Programs => Totem Movie Player
Audio Player amaroK
Press ALT + F2, type 'amarok', press ENTER.
N Menu => Multimedia => More Programs => amaroK
CD Player Gnome CD Player (Gnome)
Programs => Multimedia => CD Player
N Menu => Multimedia => KsCD
Adobe Premiere Main Actor http://www.mainconcept.de/
Real Player Real Player
Programs => Multimedia => RealPlayer 10
N Menu => Multimedia => RealPlayer 10
Audio Editing Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Adobe Photoshop Gimp
Programs => Graphics => GIMP Image Editor
N Menu => Graphics => GIMP Image Editor
Adobe Illustrator Sodipodi
Programs => Graphics => More => Sodipodi
N Menu => Graphics => More Programs => Sodipodi
Photo Archiving gThumb
Programs => Graphics => Thumbnail Image Browser
N Menu => Graphics => More Programs => Thumbnail Image Browser

This list deals mainly with major, day-to-day software used in most desktop environments. It is much more comprehensive than the prior list that I compiled. Much of this software is probably already installed on your computer. If you have more specific needs, please see The table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux.

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