Some Windows XP users might be considering Linux Mint as a replacement operating system. But just replacing the operating system isn’t enough, you’ll also need Linux applications that will replace the ones you used in Windows. ZDNet has a roundup of Linux Mint applications that might fill the void when making your move from Windows XP to Linux Mint. The list in the article is solid, and will probably work very well for most Windows XP users.
The biggest challenge for Windows XP users switching to Linux Mint is having to change the programs you’ve known and used for years. Fortunately, some programs are available on both Linux and Windows. In addition, there are Linux programs that duplicate the functionality of your favorite Windows programs. I’m not going to lie and tell you that all your programs are available on native Linux. They’re not. Now, there are ways to run Windows applications on Linux. Indeed, you can run Windows itself on Linux. But I’ll take up those methods in my next XP to Mint story. For today, I’m going to focus on native Linux and Web-based programs that you can use to duplicate your Windows XP software functionality.