February 18, 2006

Alternatives for Windows' programs

One of the reasons that people hesitate when switching from Windows to some other OS is that they don't want to lose their favorite applications. Well, here are some alternatives that you might not have heard of:


By a good margin, Adobe Photoshop is the one application that most people want ported to Linux, Morris said. Free and open-source software (FOSS) already available for Linux that have similar feature sets to Photoshop include:

* Pixel Image Editor
* The GIMP
* Krita (Part of Koffice)
* Photoshop also works with WINE

"So, if you're looking to get Photoshop ported to Linux, you might give these suggestions a try [in the meantime]," Morris said.

Many suggestions were listed as replacements for Autodesk AutoCAD, including:

* VariCAD, which has a version specifically designed for SUSE Linux
* LinuxCAD
* arcad
* Cycas
* Synergy

"After checking these applications out a little, some of them look pretty slick. If you need a CAD app, check these out," Morris said.

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1 The last time I tried to use The Gimp I gave up trying to figure out how to use it after about 20 minutes of being unable to get it to do anything. And I've only been using computers for a bit over 25 years.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at February 22, 2006 10:38 AM (S1ka/)

2 A valid point. I've been using computers for about 30 years and I find GIMP to be not intuitive to use. Having said that, I don't think you can sit down with Photoshop cold and immediately start editing images. I do think that the GIMP help files are woefully incomplete, but there are websites devoted entirely to help people learn GIMP.

Posted by: physics geek at February 22, 2006 03:55 PM (Xvrs7)

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