10 powerful applications compatible with both Windows and Linux

Switching from one OS to another can be an adaptation by us regarding the graphical environment and applications. The graphical environment and file management can be simple. The tricky part is knowing which applications we used in Windows or Linux are supported on both operating systems.

I will show you a list of 10 applications that are compatible with both OS, and the best of all they’re open source.


1. Multimedia: VLC

VLC is an excellent, comprehensive application that includes a robust list of codecs integrated that will allow you to play your favorite videos or music without problems. VLC is lightweight, simple and easy to use.

Link | Get VLC

2. Multimedia: SMPlayer

SMPlayer is another powerful media player. A good alternative to VLC or applications that you have been using. SMPlayer has an easy to use, lightweight interface, but unlike VLC, SMPlayer let us synchronize subtitles with any movie or series videos. Another unique feature is to allow the automatic video resume, i.e. if we close a video that was playing, when you open the player it will resume the video from the second it was closed at.

Link | Get SMPlayer

3. Boxee

Boxee is a great application that lets you see the videos from various sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, Metacafe, and also DVDs, multimedia files, photos via Picasa or Flickr and watch TV programs through Justin.

It works on Windows, Linux and Mac. The application also allows you to connect your TV to your PC, but for this you need the necessary hardware.

Link | Get Boxee

4. Web: Firefox and Chrome

We couldn’t avoid them. Both browsers are supported on both operating systems. If you still are a user of Internet Explorer on Windows, I suggest you try using any of these 2 applications that allow you to enhance their features with extensions, not to mention that both browsers are a lot more robust and will provide additional options that will improve your experience when surfing the Web.

Link | Chrome
Link | Mozilla Firefox

5. Mail: Thunderbird

Thunderbird is an email client that lets you manage and read your emails in an organized manner. Thunderbird has a clean interface and easy to use, and a powerful search engine through filters.

Link | Get Thunderbird

6. BitTorrent: Deluge

Deluge is one of the best multi-platform BitTorrent client with an interface very similar to uTorrent. Includes a fully encrypted BitTorrent protocol, lets you download multiple files, support DHT, allows plugin and much more.

Link | Get Deluge

7. Instant Messaging: Pidgin

If you are looking for some instant messenger program, Pidgin is the perfect alternative. Not only lets you connect to the messenger service called Windows Live Messenger, but also supports AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo! and more. Pidgin allow conversation windows to be organized in tabs from one window, file transfer, webcam, and more.

Link | Get Pidgin

8. Adobe Air and Java

Java is a powerful software platform compatible with both OS that allows us to view and play games, and is essentially necessary and required by many applications to function properly.

As for Adobe Air is a base platform upon which certain applications are developed, like Tweetdeck (a full Twitter client), among others.

Link | Get Java
Link | Get Adobe Air

9. Office: OpenOffice

OpenOffice office suite is a comprehensive and open source alternative to Microsoft Office. Like MS Office, OpenOffice includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a database manager, a presentation program and more.

Link | Get OpenOffice

10. Graphics: Gimp / InkScape

Gimp is the perfect alternative to Photoshop. Like Photoshop also includes an extensive range of tools for editing images. At first, getting used to its interface may take time, but if you do not want to wait you can install GimpShop, which operates almost as a interface theme so the interface will be similar to Photoshop.

Inkscape is an alternative to Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator and Xara X, with which you can draw vector graphics, having as strong feature a varied selection of filters and effects that allow us to add texture, color and light.

Link | Get Gimp
Link | Get inkScape