Linux Guide/Software equivalents

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This table lists commonly used proprietary software and their open source equivalents. The open source programs are usually also available for Windows and Mac OS. This list is nowhere near completeness.

Somebody please add Mac software equivalents to this list and forgive any omissions / inaccuracies.

Purpose Windows Mac Linux
Web Browser Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera, Chrome Safari, Firefox, Camino, Chrome, Opera Firefox, Epiphany, Konqueror, Galeon, Iceweasel, Opera, Dillo, Chromium, Rekonq
Office suite Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, NeoOffice, OpenOffice, Calligra iWork, Microsoft Office, NeoOffice, OpenOffice, Calligra OpenOffice.org: Writer, Calc, Impress, Base; Calligra: Words, Sheets, Stage, Kexi, Flow, Plan, Braindump
Text editor Notepad, Crimson Editor, UltraEdit TextEdit, TextMate, BBEdit, TextWrangler, Smultron, SubEthEdit, Vim, Emacs, GEdit, Nano Nano, GEdit, Kate, Geany, Bluefish, Vim, Emacs, JuffEd
Multimedia player Windows Media Player, Winamp, iTunes, VLC Quicktime, iTunes, VLC, MPlayer Totem, VLC, XMMS, Rhythmbox, Amarok, Audacious, Xine, MPlayer
E-mail client / PIM Microsoft Outlook Mail, Thunderbird, Entourage Thunderbird, Evolution, Kontact
Internet messenger MSN Messenger, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu-Gadu iChat, Adium, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger Pidgin (supports multiple protocols), Kopete
Bitmap graphics Paint, Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop, GIMP Tux Paint, GPaint, GIMP, GIMPShop, Krita, mtPaint
Vector graphics CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator, EazyDraw, Inkscape Inkscape, Xara Xtreme
Desktop publishing Microsoft Publisher iWork Pages, Adobe InDesign, Quark Scribus
Desktop effects Aero (Vista only, built-in) Aqua (Mac OS X only, built-in) Compiz Fusion
Sound editing SoundForge, Nero Wave Editor Garageband, Logic Studio, Logic Express, Audacity Audacity, Ardour
Integrated development environment Microsoft Visual C++ Xcode, CodeBlocks CodeBlocks, Eclipse, Kdevelop, Geany
iPod management iTunes iTunes gtkpod
Guitar effects rack Guitar Rig ? JACK Rack, Creox
Font editing FontLab Studio, FontCreator Font Book FontForge
Tablet PC Journal Microsoft Journal None (no official Mac Tablet PC) Xournal, Jarnal
Numerical computations Matlab Matlab, GNU Octave GNU Octave
Graphs, plots, charts Origin Graph Sketcher, Gnuplot Gnuplot
Virtual CD-ROM drive Alcohol 120%, Nero InCD, Daemon Tools Disk Image Mounter, Daemon Tools mount command (works with ISO images)
CD Burning Nero, Roxio Built into OS Brasero, K3B
Automatic software installation ? App Store, Homebrew, MacPorts, Fink Click N Run, Synaptic, Aptitude, YaST, RPM
Antivirus Norton AntiVirus, AVG, etc. Norton AntiVirus (not really necessary) Not necessary! For e-mail scanning on servers - ClamAV

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