There are thousands of applications with nearly identical counterparts between these two operating system “types.” Of course there are probably many similar counterparts for Mac users, but that won’t be the focus of this artricle.
Our particular goal here will be to show some of the less commonly demonstrated applications that might have been overlooked by new users to either platform. Like vpn services, Google One Drive variants, and some similarly useful but not widely discussed platform specific apps.
VPN’s on Windows: Since Windows 7 it has been possible to use an inbuilt VPN service that relies on ptp tunneling. On Linux it is nearly as simple requiring only a command line installation and a similar configuration, depending on which VPN service you prefer.
Similarly Google’s One Drive: While it is no secret that the one drive service is similar to numerous other open source services like Ubuntu One, the likelihood of a new Linux user knowing which of these services will best suit their needs is slim. Ideally a One Drive user will have a simple time installing a one drive client that just works on Linux without much trouble.
Evernote users: Yes there are evernote apps for Linux.
Dreamweaver: Some versions of Dreamweaver work in Wine, as do several of the adobe suites. Natively there are html programs for Linux like Kompozer, Bluefish. etc but even the most common office suites and image editing suites in Linux tend to have html options that almost negate the need to use a wysiwyg editor.
Coding: Visual Studios users might enjoy the range of coding options available on Linux, from codeblocks to eclipse there is usually a development environment that works on both platforms and can at least supplement the need to try to port over a coding project to an unfamiliar dev environment.
Accounting software: Aside from whatever you were already using on Windows there are several linux accounting apps that round out an office suite for billing purposes quite nicely.
Video Editing: Aside from the whole host of tools available on both platforms I personally couldn’t live without Kdenlive. It has every tool I use and justifies your efforts for you with perfect lossless compression in most video export modes.
Mozilla Thunderbird: Works across platforms and is my preference over most of the “other” Linux and Windows mail programs, due primarily to the simplicity of set up, and migration. Outlook users will appreciate the simplicity after jumping through this flaming hoop of migration one last time. Also here.
One resource I always suggest to new Linux users is OSALT. Of course you can find resources here on my site as well! I hope no matter which platform you are using primarily, you get the best experience possible, so feel free to mention in the comments what software you wish would work on your current operating system.
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