Top 50 Best Programs and Their Linux Open Source Alternatives

After having switched from Windows to Linux, have you ever thought of using your favorite programs in the Linux OS, programs that are available in both Linux and Windows? Knowing that will let you instantly use the same old programs in the fast and secure Linux.

If your favorite programs are not available in Linux, then at least you can find some counterparts that work the same as your Windows program. At least this will cut short your learning curve of a new program that does the same job as in Windows. Someone did just that – a full list of 50 programs (now 60 as I edit this post) has been listed, showing their names both in Windows and Linux.

Here is the full list, worth keeping: click here to see.


The Best PDF Utility Application in Linux

If you simply need a small application to delete, merge a page or a few pages to your existing PDF files, then I would highly recommend a Linux application called PDFshuffler. It is extremely easy to use. You can import as many PDF files as you want for you to rearrange page order or even delete certain pages – no, you cannot edit texts or images on each page. Once you are satisfied, you simply export the final result as a new PDF file. So these are what PDFshuffler can do easily: insert other PDF pages to a particular PDF file, rearrange the order of pages of a particular PDF file, split a PDF file by deleting certain pages.

The following are descriptions that come with the application and users reviews:

PDFshuffler is a small application which allows to merge or split pdf documents and rotate, crop and rearrange their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface.

09/02/2010 la_monda Does what it says in a simple way!
07/14/2010 Liszt Small, quick easy to use program.
07/09/2010 jajodo Works exactly as indicated. simple
06/04/2010 huntman Good
06/04/2010 patriki Easy!

If you do not agree with me, then please post your favorite in the comment area below.


Openshot – the Best Video Editor for Linux

Openshot Video Editor is easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful to create the videos you want.

* Trim & Slice – OpenShot has many easy ways to cut your video.

* Unlimited Tracks – Add as many layers as you need.

* Video Effects – Remove the background from your video, invert the colors, adjust brightness, and more.

* Title Editor – Use templates, or make your own.

* 3D Animations – Render beautiful 3D animated titles and effects, such as snow, lens flares, or flying text.

* Slow Motion & Time Effects – Control the power of time, reversing, slowing down, and speeding up video.

* Edit Video – Drag and drop video, audio, or images from your file manager into OpenShot.

* 70+ Languages – available in many different languages, and can be translated online with LaunchPad.


gColor2 – Handy Color Selector and Picker

Gcolor2 is a simple GTK2 color selector to provide a quick and easy way to find colors for whatever task is at hand. Colors can be saved and deleted as well.

The following are users’ reviews:

cloudgroup (2011.09.22) – Great tool and simple to use, always comes in handy
Squirrel (2011.08.06) – For quick color picking. fewest clicks needed to get the job done of any program like this i have seen.
SjorRekr64 (2011.01.26) – Great, nice small window, more convenient then using a similar online tool.
DaElsta (2010.10.19) – Great, simple and easy to use
Alexio (2010.04.28) – Useful program for web development, it will tell you the color of anything on your screen.


The Best FTP Client in Linux

Once I found it, I have never stopped using it – it is called FileZilla. Yes, it is much better than gFTP – that’s for sure!

The nice thing about FileZilla is that it remembers everything, including the default local directory, default remote directory, even the password for each FTP account via Site Manager.

The following are descriptions that come with the application and users reviews:

FileZilla is a full-featured FTP client with an easy-to-use GUI. It is written in C++ and uses the wxWidgets library.

FileZilla includes the following features:

* Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
* IPv6 support
* Available in more than 40 languages
* Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
* Easy to use Site Manager and transfer queue
* Bookmarks
* Drag & drop support
* Speed limits
* Filename filters
* Directory comparison
* Network configuration wizard
* Remote file editing
* Keep-alive
* HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP Proxy support
* Logging to file
* Synchronized directory browsing
* Remote file search
* Tabbed interface to connect to multiple servers

10/07/2010 rodrigo_uruguay Really, really good!!
09/30/2010 johanjohnsson Love it!
09/25/2010 karmanull I’ve been using it for years. excelent client both for windows and linux
09/22/2010 kip- Top one!
09/21/2010 gobblegob No better ftp
09/21/2010 ulrich Kick-ass ftp client
09/15/2010 parapluie Very easy. an excellent program
09/13/2010 ozos Nice and easy to use ftp client

If you do not agree with me, then please post your favorite in the comment area below.


The Best Email Client in Linux

Thunderbird is my favorite email client – I use it on daily basis. The nice thing about it is that it allows me to set up as many email accounts as I want and each email account is separate from others and has its complete set of folders such as Inbox, Drafts, Sent, Trash, Outbox, etc for each account. Also I can create a custom folder within each folder if I want to.

The following are descriptions that come with the application and users reviews:

The Mozilla Thunderbird email client.

10/14/2010 TonyKZ1 Great email client
10/11/2010 Fuzzi99 Like all mozilla apps it’s going downhill with the memory hogging
10/11/2010 frankeinstein Easy to set up and use. has always been my favourite. love the themes and add-ons.
10/10/2010 m4daredsun My favorite e-mail client. simple & friendly
09/18/2010 emuse Simply the best email client! dont use it without lightning plugin, because that plugin is as good as thunderbird itself.
09/16/2010 linux1492 It’s the mail client i choosed to use after plenty of trying. certainly, there is space for improvements, e.g. import function for appointments from ms-office outview. if you are forced to use at work microsoft software, it would be nice to synchronize some of your data, such as appointments with the clients of different oss at home. since thunderbird is lightweight and works fine it is a real improvement for people who have a slow/instable internet connection (e.g. mobile internet in germany). why then not ‘awesome’ for thunderbird? it is not straight forward to set it up to connect to any possible provider. there are thinks to know (e.g. different ports) if you wish to use instead of a google mail account your webmail account from the local provider. it’s a jungle and there are no good man pages for thunderbird on this matter.
09/16/2010 dbpatankar Its good. but can’t use pgp without additional plugin(enigmail). i think this need to be fixed.
09/13/2010 ozos My favorite e-mail client. easy to use and works great.
09/13/2010 shwany Does a brilliant job.

If you do not agree with me, then please post your favorite in the comment area below.


Calibre – the Best eBook Cataloging and Converting Software

Calibre is primarily a ebook cataloging program. It manages your ebook collection for you. It is designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e. a single entry in the database that may correspond to ebooks in several formats. It also supports conversion from a dozen different ebook formats to LRF and EPUB. A graphical interface to the conversion software can be accessed easily by just clicking the “Convert E-books” button.

Supported input formats are: MOBI, LIT, PRC, EPUB, ODT, HTML, CBR, CBZ, RTF, TXT, PDF and LRS.

Calibre has a modular device driver design that makes adding support for different e-reader devices easy. At the moment, it has support for the SONY PRS 500/505/700 and the iPhone (with the stanza reader software). Syncing supports updating metadata on the device from metadata in the library and the creation of collections on the device based on the tags defined in the library view. If an book has more than one format available, calibre automatically chooses the best format when uploading to the device.

It works for Amazon Kindle and can convert most file formats to what Kindle accepts. It generates a much better Kindle document than MobiPocket Creator – the software that Amazon recommends.

Calibre has also a built-in ebook viewer that can display all the major ebook formats.

The following are descriptions that come with the application and users reviews:

Calibre Reviews:
Ottimo per il sony prs-650 :-)) voto 10!
lucianozeta (2011.08.23) It’s an almost perfectebook management tool. provides convertion and wireless access via the built in server.
mbernardi (2011.08.22) It keeps my pocketbook 603 organised
alberto_chaos (2011.07.18) Its too good
ali20 (2011.07.17) Ugly, but effective. it works with the amazon kindle.
jose_r (2011.07.08) The best app to manage your ebook.. and very good on all the os
larlequin (2011.07.01) Good programm. use it on linux and windows, also.
aaliseyko (2011.06.15) Works very well, easy to use, everything you need for your e-book library
dumsterdave (2011.06.11)

If you do not agree with me, then please post your favorite in the comment area below.


Linux Mint 17 now allowing to upgrade system from within

While installing Linux Mint 17 for a friend, I noticed that it allows one to upgrade the whole operating system from 17 to 17.2 simply by clicking a link!

You can do it from the Update Manager under “View” of the menu. Wonderful!

Now unlike former version, you do not have to upgrade the system by burning DVD from an image file and re-installing the whole system from scratch.

Now this free and open-source Linux Mint is beating the Windows 10 free upgrade system.

Would I switch to Windows 10? No, as Linux Mint is much secure and fast. It never slows down as you use it — this is the main problem with almost any of the Windows versions. I cannot say much for Windows 8 and 10 as I never want to touch them any more. But as long as they do not change the hard disk file structure, the slowing down problem may never get solved.


Introducing Linux Mint 17.1 MATE – the best!

Linux Mint 12 served me well without problem until one day last week I needed to re-install my wife’s computer. Since it was a fresh install so I chose to install the latest Linux Mint. During the process I found that Linux Mint 17.1 MATE is a much better version for all computer in my house!

For those who are new to Linux, I would say Linux Mint 17.1 MATE is the closest operating system to Microsoft Windows. You would have the shortest learning curve if you replace your Windows with this one or install it side by side with your existing OS, whatever it is.

You may want to read this post if you cannot decide on which version of Linux Mint might work for you.


Linux Mint 12 released, but I still like Linux Mint 11

Linux Mint 12 was released by the end of November last year (2011) and I tested a few machines. But for the ease of use, I still like my Linux Mint 11 install.

What do you think? You like Linux Mint 12 better than 11? Share your thoughts below. Thank you!