Last Updated on Sunday, 19 August 2012 14:03 Written by Linux-Tested.com Sunday, 19 August 2012 00:00
Just like in Windows and Mac OS X, Linux has available programs for work and for entertainment. The selection is zealous and includes top softwares available across all OS. Open-source softwares made it to the top list as well. Here we noted some of the impressive softwares available in the market.
Home and Office
Among all of the mostly used softwares are for documentation and feature-rich applications. Some of these include office suites used by students to professionals. LibreOffice and OpenOffice are two of the leading open-source office suites in Linux. They are slightly different with the accustomed Microsoft Office Suite, but upon several use, users realize it is just as easy to use as MS Office Suite. The usual applications are included: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, and desktop database apps. Also, these suites are capable of saving as a variety of formats and may be saved as the more commonly used .doc file format. Both office suites are available free.
A PDF reader that has received good reviews by Linux users is Foxit Reader. Not only does it provide plentiful of features, Foxit only requires a small space in your machine's memory. It reads, fill and save, and annotate PDFs easily.
If you want notes organizer, KeepNote and Tomboy Notes can provide what you need and a little bit more. Unlike the typical Windows Notepad, you can create folders, subfolders, and subpages within the application. Organizing is easy through drag-and-drop. Rich-text formatting, bullet listing, and hyperlinks are supported as well.
For professionals or aspiring desktop publishers, Scribus is an open-source program supporting page layout tasking. Professional publishing in Linux is made easier through its modern and user-friendly interface.
A popular advanced image editor in Linux is GIMP. It is a freeware program which offers advanced features helpful for professionals. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but its generous in functionality makes up for it. Unlike Windows program it is a multi-window application that may take some getting used to. However, if you are a beginner and prefer to find a simpler alternative to image editors, Pinta is ideal to use. Its interface and features are friendly to average users. The most common basic tools in image editing are supported in multiple layers.
For HDR or High Dynamic Range software, Luminance HDR is an available open-source graphical user interface program for Linux. The application provides high-quality imaging and workflow. Its features include tone mapping, 8-16-31 bit channels, and separate manual manipulation of images.
Vector graphics editing is also taken care of in Linux with Inkscape. The application is capable of providing basic to advanced levels in vector editing. CAD programs are available for 3D modeling, creating floor plan, and animation. Popular CAD app include Sweet Home 3D and Blender. Despite the complexity of the tasks the apps can fulfill, their respective interfaces are easy to comprehend. The capabilities of each programs do not compromise the user-friendly quality of its interface.
VLC Media Player does well across all operation systems. It supports playback of most media file formats without searching for additional codec packages. Also, All DVD region codes can be played back in VLC.
For music playback, Rhythmbox, Banshee, and Amarok, are noted applications in Linux. Clean interface, feature-rich, and organized. Most audio formats can be played. Importing, organizing, and sharing of audio files are easy with sleek layout of the applications. Various available features of music players in Windows and Mac OS X are included – ripping CDs, audio burning, podcasting, and music recommendations.
Among all of the categories of applications available in Linux, these are just a few that every Linux OS might need. Try them and see for yourself if it works for you. Some applications are different from how the other major OS format programs, it can both be confusing yet challenging to work out. The advantage of Linux and its applications is it is created by users for users.