In my most recent article (“Five tips to help ease the migration from Mac to Linux“) I outlined ways to help end-users transfer from the Mac operating system to the Linux operating system. It was suggested to me that I should cover applications that could serve as replacements for popular Mac apps. Your wish is my command.
In this article I will outline a
few of the possibilities that can be used to replace the beloved
applications often used in Mac. In some cases their may be equivalents
that are nearly identical. In some cases, however, there may be
equivalents that miss some features, or even offer better features.
Either way, after this article, you should feel much more comfortable
about migrating from OS X to Linux.
In the previous article I already mentioned using Songbird as a replacement for iTunes.
Personally I prefer Songbird to iTunes. The only downfall is that
Songbird can not yet communicate to either the iPhone or the iTouch.
Yet. There is another tool that is currently in development that will
most likely change that. But for now – you can use Songbird as a
replacement for iTunes – just don’t expect Songbird to communicate with
looking to compose music on your Linux machine, a good replacement for
Garage Band is Jokosher. Jokosher is a simple, powerful multi-track
recording studio. With this outstanding tool you can import music,
record instruments, mix down, set tempos, and more. You will not,
however, find a large collection of pre-recorded instruments and sounds
to add and manipulate. But, if you have a Freesound
account, you can import anything from their. Unlike Garage Band,
Jokosher is really more a user-friendly multi-track recorder. So don’t
expect to just open up the application and start piecing together music without picking up an instrument.
For more information on other audio creating software take a look at Linux-Sound.org. In my humble opinion, if you are looking for mult-media creation, your best bet is to download Ubuntu Studio which will include so man pre-installed applications for media creation/editing.
This one should be obvious. If you’re looking for an office suite to take care of all your office needs, look no further than OpenOffice.
Although OpenOffice may have a different look and feel, you will find
it just as easy to use AND it includes more features and applications
If you like Apple’s stand alone calendar (that also integrates with other applications) you can install the stand alone Sunbird
calendar. Sunbird was created by Mozilla so it has a very
Firefox/Thunderbird feel to it. Sunbird is very close to a
feature-for-feature equivalent to iCal.
My wife uses a Mac and she HATES iPhoto. But it is the standard for Mac photo management. For Linux there is the F-spot
photo management tool. F-spot not only manages your photo collections,
but will work with your digital camera as an import tool. F-spot is
actually easier to use than iPhoto and will not have you fighting to try
to get a piece of software to do something you KNOW it should do, but
It’s not an
exhaustive list, but it will help you get by with the main applications
one would use on a modern Mac computer. If you have a Mac-based
application you are looking for a Linux equivalent, let me know what
that is and I will attempt to locate an equivalent for you.
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