Linux Alternatives to Windows Multimedia Apps


With Windows 8, Microsoft has changed the look of the computer landscape. More changes than Microsoft users have seen since the Windows 95 days mean that for the first time in years, some people are contemplating a switch in operation system. And while plenty of Windows faithful will cheerfully embrace the learning curve, those looking for a change may find that Linux simply works better for them.

When it comes to making the switch to Linux, the area of most concern for those used to dealing with Windows might just be multimedia. Is there a way to view, stream and edit your media content on Linux that mirrors the Windows experience? Absolutely.

Here’s a look at some easy-to-use applications that will replace your Windows multimedia stand-bys.

Music and Podcasts

If you’re looking for a way to manage your podcasts and play your favorite music, you’ll find that there’s no shortage of either option in Linux. Audacious, Banshee and Decibel are all great music players with plenty of options, while Rhythmbox offers an experience very similar to iTunes. Additionally, look into Miro for a video and music player that also allows you to take in your favorite podcasts.

Image Editing

Photoshop – the most well-known and widely used photo and image editor – is made by Adobe, which doesn’t offer its applications to Linux users. But that doesn’t mean there’s no way for them to create quality edited images. GIMP, for example, is a popular Linux editor that allows you to do many of the same things as Photoshop.

Video Editing and Manipulation

If you’re looking for a video editor on Linux, check out Kdenlive. It’s a popular alternative to Windows Movie Maker, and comes with tons of advanced features. And there’s good news for those looking to create a feature film with Linux, as well – Lightworks is currently in the process of being created for Linux.