This former Windows user is all set with a new Ubuntu installed to his box. And now I'd like to know what default applications I have in my system? And esp. for these categories:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Graphics & Design
  • Internet & Network
  • Torrent client
  • Office Packages (Word Processors, Spreadsheet, etc.)
  • System and Administrative tools
  • command line emulator
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    Question that generate lists are not suited for Ask Ubuntu.
    – Braiam
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 17:47
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    Yes, this question will be most likely closed. And there are other sites which deal exactly with this stuff linuxalt.com linuxappfinder.com/alternatives alternativeto.net
    – falconer
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 18:52
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    Still, not a bad thing, is it? @Braiam
    – Wilf
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 19:12
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    That's nice that you want to help new users, but big list questions are not allowed here (AFAIK). See the notice here. A Where to find alternative programs? with an answer containing links to these dedicated sites wouldn't go against the rules. I guess.
    – falconer
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 19:29
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    @hash AWESOME QUESTION AND ANSWER!! -can't help it commenting-!! I've even bookmarked the question!!!!
    – 842Mono
    Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 19:30

3 Answers 3


A little about Ubuntu...

Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating system, with Unity as its default desktop environment. It is based on free software and named after the Southern African philosophy of ubuntu (literally, "human-ness"), which often is translated as "humanity towards others" or "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity".

Development of Ubuntu is led by Canonical Ltd., owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. According to Canonical, the Ubuntu project is committed to the principles of open source development; people are encouraged to use free software, study how it works, improve upon it, and distribute it.

Homepage: ubuntu.com

Recommended links for intro. about application search and installation process in Ubuntu:

Here's the list of some default applications (along with some alternatives):

(The applications that are default or have been default in the past are marked with an asterisk (*).)

GUI Program installers

These are some great graphical front ends for package management. Categorized applications list with description, screenshots, ratings, etc. is really helpful to search and install the application that meets your need.


Audio Player [Alt. to Winamp; Windows Media Player]

Audio Editor [Alt. to SoundForge; Adobe Audition]

Stream Browser

CD Ripper


Video Player [Alt. to BSplayer; Windows Media Player; VLC]

Video Editor [Alt. to Adobe Premiere]

DVD Ripper

Screen Capture

Video/Audio format converter/transcoder

[Alt. to FormatFactory, Total Video Converter, etc.]

Graphics & Design

Image editor [Alt. to Adobe Photoshop]

Image Organizer [Alt. to Picasa]

Vectorgraphics editor [Alt. to CorelDraw]

3D Modeler [Alt. to 3D Max; Maya]

Computer Aided Design [Alt. to AutoCAD; MathCAD]

Internet & Network

Internet Browser [Alt. to Internet Explorer]

E-mail [Alt. to Outlook Express, Outlook]

Usenet/Newsreader [Alt. to Outlook Express, Forte Agent]

RSS Feed Reader

FTP Client [Alt. to FileZilla; WS_FTP]

Instant messenger [Alt. to AIM; ICQ; MSN; Yahoo!; Jabber; Gadu-gadu]

Internet Relay Chat [Alt. to mIRC]


Download Manager/Accelerator

VoIP [Alt. to Skype]

Graphical User Interface

Desktop Environment [Alt. to Explorer, Aston, GeoShell]


Web [Alt. to Dreamweaver]

IDE [Alt. to MS Visual studio]

  • KDevelop
  • NetBeans
  • Anjuta - Anjuta is a versatile IDE for C and C++, written for GTK/GNOME
  • Eclipse - An extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle
  • Eric - Python IDE
  • Qt
  • Geany


Office Suite [Alt. to MS Office, Adobe Reader, etc.]

Calendar [Alt. to Ms Outlook]

Text Editors GUI [Alt. to Notepad]

System tools

File managers

[Alt. to Total Commander]

[Alt. to Windows Explorer]

CD Burners [Alt. to Nero]

Partition Managers [Alt. to Partition Magic]

X Terminal Emulator

Other Utilities


  • Artha
  • Dictionary (gnome-dictionary)*

Cleaning temporary/unwanted/duplicate files [Alt. to CCleaner, etc.]

System Monitor (gnome-system-monitor)* [Alt. to Task Manager]

Disk Utility (gnome-disk-utility)*

Disk Usage Analyzer (baobab)*

Archive Manager (file-roller)* [Alt. to WinRAR, 7zip, etc.]

Source of the list: ubuntuguide.org

Also visit: Ubuntu's Application Guide

More links for suggestions on Windows/MacOS X app alternatives:

(Courtesy: falconer, wilf, Jason R, Steelsouls, Kunal Sangwan, number5 for suggestions with applications and links.)

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    Answering your own question? May I mention you have missed some of the nastier alternatives - I have to use Kingsoft Office for my work in the UK (mainly for .docx and .pptx though.), as it all seems to be Windows based here...
    – Wilf
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 14:10
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    thought it would be helpful to new users... I'll update the list with Kingsoft Office's link, thanks... and yup, self answering for good...
    – rusty
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 15:29
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    Kdenlive is another video editor that might be worth listing.
    – Jason R
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 16:27
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    Kdenlive is pretty much the only video editor - worthwhile one anyway ;-). I would not suggest Tux Paint as alternative to photoshop, Google Chrome is another closed source nasty alternative for browsing, Karbon, for Vector graphics, and Nemo file manager (Nicer than Nautilus). This list should be really useful to new users... +1, by the way :-)
    – Wilf
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 19:08
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    Thanks for the list! Pleaes add Guake terminal emulator. My favorite I install it on every Ubuntu machine I have.
    – Steelsouls
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 20:00

I think this here is the best choice and best answer. http://linuxappfinder.com/alternatives ! Hope it helps. It has 17 page documentation.


http://alternativeto.net/ this website have list many popular Windows apps and their Linux/Mac alternatives.

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