What Application Do You Want Ported to Linux?

Are you waiting--patiently or not--for one application finally to be ported to Linux to make your life easier? Novell wants to know what it is.

A couple of weeks ago, Novell's Cool Solutions on-line
users community site posted a survey asking people what Windows-only
applications they are using that prevent them from switching
to Linux. The survey also asks current Linux users what Windows-only
applications they would like to see ported to Linux. Novell's end goal
is to take the survey results to the vendors and ask them to work
with Novell on making Linux ports available.

On an individual basis, many Linux users for years have been requesting
a Linux port of QuickBooks or Photoshop, to no avail. The standard
response from developers and vendors has been "there isn't enough of a
user base to make Linux ports worthwhile". With this survey Novell is hoping
that many voices united finally will motivate the application vendors.

Last week, Cool Solutions shared the first round of
. So far, the top-three application port requests are
QuickBooks, AutoCAD and Photoshop, respectively. Overall, most of the
requests are for financial and multimedia application ports.

To get your voice heard and your application needs counted, take part in
the Cool
Solutions survey

Heather Mead is the Web Editor of LinuxJournal.com and


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port to linux

Sweitz's picture

I need Poser 7.0 and Adobe cs3 Master I've installed wine for ubunto intrepid but nothing works

Most Wanted Appl 2 Linux OneNote.

Anonymous's picture

OneNote is the ONLY MS app. I find it very, very, difficult to live without.

I would pay for it, again, if it were ported to Linux (esp.Ubuntu/Deb). Or, I would pay for a Linux alternative that really mimicks 75% of OneNote's features!

If you've never tried it, DON'T! It's like a drug! LOL

You can download a free 60 trial at MS office online. After the download expires (and it doesn't expire in exactly 60 days, more like 95), you can still use it to view OneNote docs.

So, which brilliant programmers out there will rise to the challenge??? :)

M$ Office 2007

Anonymous's picture

Yes, there are substitutes, but nothing beats M$ Office. M$ Office is used by the majority so life would be easier if Linux users would be using the same Office because exporting would be easier. Other than that, it's hard to find substitute to programs like Office Groove and Office OneNote

+1 to OneNote

Deniz Çınar's picture

+1 to OneNote

autodesk 3d studio

Anonymous's picture

autodesk 3d studio max

Outlook and proper Exchange

Anonymous's picture

Outlook and proper Exchange integration.
E-mail is the most dominant tool in corporate environments and M$ and Exchange seem to be the biggest player here.

The current version of the Exchange Connector sux big time. Needs a better port of that Exchange connector code (which is a hack/workaround), or a complete Outlook for Linux as opposed to Evolution.


jcc's picture

We need it! There is no good counterpart for FlashFXP for linux! Iglooftp , kftpgrabber and kasablanca are three big clients of discontent, yeah they work but they are far away from perfect (as in flashfxp:)!
Flash FXP supports perfect site-to-site transers and SSL/TLS transfers. FlashFXP also features nice queuing and site managing. And yes, I've tried FlashFXP under WINE, SSL and dir-listing problems.
SwiftFXP was a nice idea, too bad it's not under development anymore.
However FlashFXP is the only client for professionals, PORT IT!

FlashFXP counterpart

Alexlendar's picture

Recommand that CrossFTP is a good counterpart for FlashFXP in linux. For KDE, the latest KFTP 0.81 is a good candidate.


Hyper's picture

I agree, we need flashfxp, itś a great ftp-client for windows, to bad there is no one like it for windows, and wine doesnt make it work very good, port it please! :)


Anonymous's picture


one more for FlashFXP

esoos's picture

Word, I put my hat in for FlashFXP as well. Solid, stable, frequenty updated, I've become quite dependent on it.

Only 2

Anonymous's picture

I think that it would be nice if there was a program like MS ACCESS in linux. Something with that level of simplicity, in particular. It's pretty easy to throw together some data entry forms and reports for an SQL database in just a few minutes with it. Right now I just write something, and I have toolkits that make it fairly easy, but it would be nice to have it for some of the smaller projects. I wouldn't care if it worked with the MDB files or used it's own kind of data files, as long as it actually simplified everything as much as Access does.

Another tool that I don't really need but I think would be nice to have is Dreamweaver. I can do a lot with PHP to simulate the whole "template" functionality, but I've never found anything as fast, easy, and effective as Dreamweaver for just building a small website fast.

Other than that, I think all of the linux programs I use are better than anything I've found on Windows. I've become so dependent on the power and flexibility of all of my linux software that I can barely even use Windows anymore. It's like a stripped down show plane out of the box, and without thousands of dollars and hours of research time it's almost completely useless. A better and more productive topic might actually be "What linux programs do you want ported to Windows?".

access? it's a joke, isn't it?

Cockroach's picture

I'm a programmer, we work a lot with databases and we always talk about microsoft's software if we wanna laugh, specially access.
Also, why waste time porting Linux applications to windows? Let the windows people continue with their never-ending problems, they do have alternatives, windows failure is inevitable as people become less stupid.
There is one thing that really upsets me, as microsoft prevents our technology to advance faster by having a hold of so many desktops with their trash-OS, Microsoft spends a lot of money on advertisement, however, no Linux advertisement exists, so it has been a race without competition for Microsoft, it is now so easy for microsoft to force people pay for trash-OS in their box when one buys a new computer.

OpenOffice2 Base provides a

Anonymous's picture

OpenOffice2 Base provides a pretty good alternative to Access. And it works in Linux. Has the advantage of working on a variety of different database backends, as well as having it's own built-in database system similar to MS Access DB's.

halflife counterstike

Anonymous's picture

halflife counterstrike install.exe

why would I do something so dumb?

Anonymous's picture

without any doubt, MSIE is the worse browser in the world. The only reason why people use it is because MS propaganda and people simply do not bother to use something more productive such as opera or firefox, they simply stack their desktop with a window-mess. Most people that try any alternative to MSIE never go back to MSIE.

I most decidedly would not.

Anonymous's picture

I most decidedly would not. At least, not until Microsoft bothers to actually apply the standards for HTML and other web technologies as provided by the W3C.


Anonymous's picture


Just keep improving the

Anonymous's picture

Just keep improving the multimedia programs like RealPlayer and Amarok. Streamed video is still choppy and out of sync in many cases. I'd also like to see improved hardware drivers for video, sound, cable modems and network interface cards.

Not so much an app but...

Paulinbkk's picture

The two most important things that will have me give up Windows.

1. Linux needs both a DDE Server and OLE type embedding, and apps that support it. I don't care if I have to pay for the apps, just give me the damn ability to link my data across different files, file types, and across the network.

2. Decent programming tools. I don't want to spend 2 days writing and debugging a small program to automate my business documents. I want it done in 5 mins and working properly!

2.1. Linux needs to be faster. Not a real complaint but try opening Writer and Calc at the same time and I am on a coffee break. WinXP is 10 times more responsive on the desktop.

I love and use Fedora, OOo, Squid, and Firefox at home -- because it's free! I would also be willing to adopt these free apps at the office as well. I wouldn't switch though if I had to pay for them because they are a poor substitute compared to MSO.

Linux is faster than windows

Anonymous's picture

unless you installed a bunch of servers and stuff you don't need, the reason this does not often happen with microsoft is because windows software is very expensive and takes light-years to install, while a linux installation is straight forward and done in a matter of minutes, with all the software most people will ever need, unlike windows takes about a whole day the computer is good for anything and somewhat secure. There are many web sites that explain how to install linux, but because there are so many most people never bother reading them for a half hour, microsoft does have the microsoft.com label defined for people to go get lost.

RE: Not so much an app but...

francesco's picture

In my humble opinion linux is not slower than windows... I use OOo with no problem. Maybe your Gnu/linux is not correctly configured.

whatcha mean, "application"?

bee kay's picture

Many of us are stuck with MSWin due to remote access clients, such as MSRA. Does that count as an application? Results may be skewed by the "app" dropdown.

Alternative to MS OneNote and Tablet PC support!

Michael R. Rose's picture

OneNote is the perfect notetaking application for Tablet PCs. Without it, I can't imagine being able to switch to Linux on my TC1100 (and believe me, I would love to). For just about everything else I NEED to do, I can find a Linux alternative. I too would love better gaming support, but that is something I don't need. OneNote is a great product and has become and indispensible tool for me.

The opensource community really needs to come up with and support an open document format for digital ink related files and some sort of notetaking application. It would be even better if it could import Onenote documents. Something like this should be scalable from small handhelds to Tablet PCs and other desktop/laptop computers with pen digitizers. I know of GPE, Familar, Qtopia, and OpenZaurus for handhelds running Linux, but I have yet to see something to go up against the Tablet PC features that Microsoft is offering in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Tablet PC support is going to be standard in all the various versions of Vista as well. Hopefully before Vista ships, there will be a viable alternative for Linux distributions.

Basket is here

Bea's picture

Just discovered KDE's answer to OneNote - Basket

Check it out here - http://basket.kde.org/

Basket is here

Keith Daniels's picture

It's a lot more than a replacement for OneNote -- IMO. I like it a lot and use it all the time for many different things.


All the new OSs and windowing systems are oriented towards content consumption instead of content production.

--Steve Daniels 2013


Anonymous's picture

BasKet doesn't seem to have tablet support at all!

surprised at results

Anonymous's picture

Wow, most programs in the pulldown menu are also in the top ten. Maybe all surveys should do the same. And act surprised at the results.

Xara Xtreme

Anonymous's picture

Long time Xara user, and I know Xara is working on an OS version of Xara Xtreme: Xara LX. I hope it comes available soon.

A graphical GPS package would be nice

BobFahey's picture

I would like a graphical GPS package.
On a side note, a small version for cell phones would be nice.

Linux GPS packages do exist

numptyspence's picture

Tanke a look at www.directions.ltd.uk they do a really good GPS product for RPM based distributions not sure how well alien will move it over to a DEB But the product is top notch i run it on my laptop in the lorry.



emptythought's picture

all i really miss from windows is photoshop, at least twice a day theres something i wish i could do in that.(and no, gimp is not there yet)


Anonymous's picture

I used to work with photoshop at work, but I quit doing that since I discovered the gimp, I don't miss any windows program yet, I realize that in this web page people look at linux the way some people today still says Japanese cars are bad (because Japanese cars were inferior 30 years ago)


d_claire's picture

Did you tell the gimp developers what makes photoshop so much better? Because for me a photoshop replacement with gimp, ImageMagick and netpbm works quite well. I rather expected to see adobe illustrator on the list.

Quickbooks or MYOB

Bill's picture

There is a lack of good accounting software for Linux. I was using Quickbooks before M$ bought it out and got used to the format, but MYOB is also very popular. Either, or both, would be a great addition to the Linux desktop, even better if they were open source :-)

Not really an application,

Anonymous's picture

Not really an application, but... How about the ability to easily install things. Thats the worst part about linux.

You have to find the right files for each kernel, then make sure you meet alllll the dependancies etc...

So so so annoying


pooky's picture

It all really depends on the Linux distribution. Some are more difficult at installing applications than others. Try something like Debian (or Knoppix which is easier), or Gentoo. Both work great and once installed are easy to work with (IMO).

DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++

Anonymous's picture

DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++ DC+ DC++ DC+ DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++ DC++......

also, don't use such a crap rpm based distro, stupid noob...

want DC++ for linux system

Anonymous's picture

want DC++ for linux system

use linuxdcpp, its the

Anonymous's picture

use linuxdcpp, its the best!!

You shoul try Valknut. It

Dan's picture

You shoul try Valknut. It works pretty fine for me, it doesn't provide a very impressive graphical interface, but after a few days using it i got used to it.

Sad but true

Anonymous's picture

Sometimes I regret supporting freedom of speech that much.

Acctually, I have been using

Anonymous's picture

Acctually, I have been using linux for about 10 years. I don't use an RPM distribution at this point either. But Thanks for the criticism.

Im currently running Debian 'Sid' on my laptop. Id have to admit that I do manage some fedora systems at work, and that they actually have better package management than Debian or any other distribution I have ever used.

Let me also add that 99% of the time for new versions of software you need to compile.

How can windows do it so well? Surely the wonderful open source "community" (collective?) can do better.

huh what?

mikesd's picture

Lots of apps have binary pacakges for the major distros like debian, suses, and red hat.

That which does not kill me only postpones the inevitable.

Propellorheads Reason, and Adobe/Macromedia

Lewis Walsh's picture

The only tools that stop me moving over to Linux are Reason by Propellorheads software, which is a music authoring tool, Photoshop/Illustrator, and Flash.


Anonymous's picture

Games. There are solid counterpoints for nearly every type of application out there. OpenOffice is a good alternative to MS Office. Firefox is arguably better than IE. Gimp is nearly as good as photoshop and it's free!

Essentially, everything I want on linux is there -- it is missing games however, especially Direct3D games. If I could sit down and fire up Black & White 2, Civiliation IV and World of Warcraft with no issues, I'd probably never come out of Gentoo. My wife would probably insist on a linux port of iTunes however.


Anonymous's picture

I'm not really a big gamer, but I'd have to agree with this one too. Most of my friends use linux to do everything but play games. Many of them won't even connect their Windows computers to the Internet because their afraid that they'll be infected with worms and viruses if they do, and it seems like a valid concern to me. At any rate, running games is the only reason that 90% of the people I know install Windows at all, and the only reason that I would.

OpenOffice is a good alternative to MS Office

Anonymous's picture

It depends on your definition of good. Last time I checked, for any kind of complex work and work using data MS Office is still much better. I would also say (weird idiocyncracies aside) that MS Office is easier to use quicker.


Anonymous's picture

Absolutely Games are the most important port.

Its by far the biggest part of the Software Industry.
The Gaming Industry is almost completely isolated from Linux.

It we could run any D3D game as easy as it is on windows, then Linux could go mainstream. Thats the sad fact.

Any OS, Mac, Windows, Linux can web surf, wordprocess, tell time etc. But the one thing 2 of them is missing is gaming.

Some progress is being made... cedega, wine... but its still got a long way to go. It doesnt help that cedega is commercial, and not part of every distro freely out of box.


Duewydo's picture

MR. Anonymous is right!

Every popular big hit game comes to Windows first and prime time. by the time you see it on other platforms its old news. I know you have wine and other was to emulate windows api and play games and for example a way to run battlefield 2 just came out, but bf2 is old. I would hop to any linux disto on my main desktop in a heat beat if I knew any new game I wanted to play I woudl be able too, that is the single thing I need that I dont have