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SURVEY: Status, Statistics, Suggestions, and Solicitations

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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 15 Feb 2006

Reports for the Week

First and foremost, it seems appropriate to share some statistics. There has been a total of over 14,000 submissions from the survey. That's a great start. Secondly, I have compiled several reports from the results of the survey, available as a PDF. As this is an on-going survey, feel free to take it at any time. Also, remember that I will be giving out an iPod nano to someone who fills it out during the month of February. So, make your voice heard. Take a moment and fill out the survey.

All the feedback and participation has been great thus far. As the survey continues, I wanted to share some of the suggestions that people have made regarding the top-requested applications. They have been both impressive and helpful. Also, keep in mind that I am not familiar with them all. Thus, if you are in need of a few extra points, and want to write a nice 5-10 page review on one of them, I'll be glad to shell out some points for it. Let me know if you are interested in this.

Linux Equivalents of Windows Software

One great suggestion was made to take a look at the lists of Linux equivalents of Windows software that exist on the Internet. Many resources exist online for this. You can look up on these charts to see what type of software exists for your favorite Windows application. The links sent in with this suggestion are as follows:

#1 - Adobe Photoshop

To continue, then, let's take a look at the suggestions made for the rest of the top applications. By a decent margin, Adobe Photoshop is the application that people want ported to Linux. Software already running on Linux which also have similar featuresets to Photoshop include:

So, if you're looking to get Photoshop ported to Linux, you might give these suggestions a try.

#2 - Autodesk AutoCAD

Another highly-requested application is Autodesk AutoCAD. Many suggestions were sent in for this one. A list of them is here:

After checking these applications out a little, some of them actually look pretty slick. If you need a CAD app, check these out.

#3 - Macromedia Dreamweaver

Macromedia has a couple on this Top Ten Most Requested Apps list. A couple of suggestions were sent in for what to use in place of Dreamweaver:

  • Nvu
  • Evidently, Dreamweaver also works with WINE

#4 - Apple iTunes

There were a handful of great suggestions for iTunes. Evidently, there is even a version of Linux that will run on many iPods, themselves. Suggestions for iTunes:

  • Banshee (Available directly from YAST)
  • Rhythmbox (Available directly from YAST)
  • AmaroK (Available directly from YAST)
  • Muine

Also available for management of the music on your iPod are

  • gtkpod
  • Syncpod
  • Yamipod

For those who are looking for something to use instead of iTunes, there are some suggestions.

#5 - Macromedia Flash

Fifth on the list of the Top Ten Most Requested Applications is Flash. Surprisingly, there are actually a number of useful resources already working on Linux:

#6 - Macromedia Studio

Macromedia Studio comes next in the Top Ten, but there were no suggestions made for it. Being such a huge application suite, that is no surprise. If we make enough noise, Macromedia themselves will port all of their own stuff.

#7 - Intuit Quicken (and #9 - Intuit QuickBooks)

These two programs are almost at the very top of the highest requested applications in the United States for porting to Linux. Overall, they are closer to the end of the list. I wonder why Americans want these apps ported disproportionately to the rest of the world. Here are the suggestions for these two apps:

From what I can tell, these apps seem to be pretty mature and feature-rich. They'd be worth at look.

#8 - Microsoft Visio

I have to be honest, here. I don't see this one getting ported. However, as it is in the Top Ten, people must be using it. Fortunately, there were some suggestions made for this app:

These suggestions appear to be fairly capable applications. Try them out to see which is the best for your needs.

#10 - Lotus Notes

Survey says:

That rounds out the suggestions for Lotus Notes. See if those will fit your needs.


There are quite a few people taking advantage of making their opinions known. Let's see how many people we can get to take this survey. Right now, we have quite a number of respondents, as I have said. The more people we can expose to the survey, the more the Independent Software Vendors will listen. For right now, there appears to be an abundance of software available that we can use now while we are waiting for our favorites to be ported to Linux. Take a look and see if you can't find something that fits your needs.

If you would like to provide more information on one of these applications, such as a review, comments, experiences, etc., then please let me know.

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