Let’s get started shall we?
We all need a great alternative to Microsoft Office for Linux. While some go for Libre Office or Open Office, I choose the alternative.
Kingsoft Office 2013
Yea yea, it’s STILL in alpha stage -- software like this tends to break on some systems. However, it’s the CLOSEST clone of Microsoft Office you’re going to get. Why would I choose a look-a-like? There are many reasons.
1. People are now (finally) accustomed to the ribbon used in Microsoft Office 2007+.
2. Um, did I mention it looks like Microsoft Office?
OK, there’s actually ONE reason I can think of. (Besides excellent compatibility with .doc and .docx files.)
Hell, I’m typing this blog post with Kingsoft Office right now.
Give it a spin and download it here.
Personally, I rarely use Libre Office. I hate it because the interface sucks. You may like it, so here’s the link.
I’m getting lazy so I’ll just give a quick summary for the rest.
Fast, intuitive, clone of Amarok 1.6. Download here.
Lightweight, simple, easy-to-use music player. Download here.
Fast browser with the best memory management around. Download here.
Speedy web browser developed by Google and Co. Download here.
Dead simple video editing. Offers drag ‘n drop, exporting to various profiles suitable for YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Download here.
Photoshop alternative which offers powerful tools for professional image editing. Download here.
This is my favorite section. Let’s keep it short, too.
LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio)
Great, powerful, albeit intimidating at first, tool used to create custom beats/music for the aspiring musician. Download here.
Best damn drum machine you’ll ever freakin’ use. Download here.
Great tool for mixing. Download here.
Stay tuned for part II.