One of the many things to consider Looking for an alternative operating system It is whether or not there are the right apps to help you stay productive. No matter how safe or reliable an operating system is, if there are no applications to use it, then this operating system is worthless.
I remember, back in the early 2000s, finding enough applications on Linux was quite a challenge. Sure, there were some equations, but they were so early in development that sometimes they couldn’t help me get to where I needed to be without big work.
Consider this: I worked for an organization that was pretty much all MS Office.
In fact, I was the only one who wasn’t using MS Office. Needless to say, using Star Office was a problem. I had to bend and twist the formatting and moldings to make it work, and it hardly ever did. I was told if I didn’t start using MS Office there would be penalties.
Fortunately, that was a long time ago. Today, things are completely different and there are plenty of applications available for Linux that are 100% capable of helping you be productive, creative and efficient, no matter what you are doing.
Let’s take a look at some application equations that you may not be familiar with (and some that you may not know).
The equivalent of MS Office
This is a bit tricky because the days of locally installed office suites are slowly becoming a thing of the past…unless you’re on Linux. Sure, you can use Office 365 whatever you want on Linux. You can also use Apple Pages within iCloud, Google Docs, or any number of cloud-based productivity suites. But when you need the MS Office equivalent, where do you turn?
in one word, LibreOffice. LibreOffice is a full-featured office suite that includes documents, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, formulas, and even a complete database component. LibreOffice is powerful and easy to useIt is highly compatible with MS Office file formats. So if you have to collaborate with MS Office users and you’re worried that Linux doesn’t have an equivalent, allay those concerns.
Some would argue that Photoshop simply has no equivalent. And for many, this is spot on. Photoshop is, after all, the de facto standard image editing tool. And no matter how much the Linux community puts up, Adobe will never port their software to Linux.
This is good because Linux has GIMP, which stands for GNU Image Processing Program. GIMP is a very powerful photo editor that has tons of bells and whistles to help you create all the images you or your company needs. Although you may not find nearly the amount of GIMP plug-ins, that doesn’t mean they can’t be extended or aren’t worth studying. I’ve been using GIMP to create book covers and the like, and I rarely give Photoshop a second thought.
I can put this at ease very quickly, as Linux actually has an official Zoom equivalent. Well, it is not open source, but it can be installed on almost every Linux distribution in the market. The Linux version of Zoom works just as well on any platform.
The equivalent of Slack
See enlargement above. That’s right, Linux also has a Slack app that can be installed via Snap or Flatpak. very easy.
Well this comes with a caveat as I don’t think anyone should use Chrome. However, I also know that it is the most used web browser worldwide by a long shot. However, if you are on Linux, consider Firefox instead. However, if that is not in the cards, you can install an official version of Chrome on Linux.
Antivirus and malware equivalent
You don’t need it. But, if you are overly paranoid, there are always versions of KasperskyAnd the BitdefenderAnd the McAfee you are a virusAnd the ESETAnd the komodo antivirusAnd the Avast Available for Linux. Of course, if you don’t like the idea of using a proprietary solution, there is always open source Clamav.
Media Player Equivalent
When you need to play local media, such as music and videos, the best available option is VLC media player. The Linux version of this software is the same as on Windows, so you won’t have any trouble speeding it up.
Password manager equivalent
This is also easy, since almost all password managers on the market have Linux versions or work via a web browser. Therefore, for those who want to keep their accounts and services Secured with a strong password (which everyone should), Linux has you covered.
As you can see, there is an alternative to just about anything, and that only scratches the surface. And since everyone’s workflow is different, there’s no telling what kind of apps you’ll need to use. But I bet, with a little research, you’ll find the Linux equivalent of that program you’re using…no matter how obscure it may be.
The lesson here is that Linux has plenty of applications that can solve any kind of problem, be it business, creative, or personal in nature.