WallpaperDownloader: Automate Your Wallpaper Management in Linux

By Aquil Roshan

WallpaperDownloader Menu

One of the main reasons why I use Linux on my computers is customizability. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Having an imagination for your desktop and realizing it, well, I’m pretty sure no other OS will beat Linux here. On other operating systems too, there are tools which are capable of altering the desktop to some extent, but they are nothing compared to Linux tools.

To begin with, there is a wide variety of desktop environments you can use on your Linux desktop. And if you are not completely satisfied with any of them, you can go ahead and use extensions for fine-tuning. And how can we forget about wallpapers when we are talking desktop customization?

WallpaperDownloader

WallpaperDownloader is a nifty application by Eloy García Almadén which has got you covered as far as wallpapers are concerned. WallpaperDownloader is a Java-based application which not only downloads wallpapers but is also a full-fledged wallpaper manager.

It is simple to use. It has got every functionality of a wallpaper manager. Right from downloading, storing, changing to space management. It works on Mate, GNOME Shell, Unity, XFCE and KDE Plasma (5.0 and above).

Basically, all you have to do is fill in your screen resolution, select the wallpaper providers and enter the keywords for wallpapers and rest is taken care of by WallpaperDownloader. Images are downloaded and changed automatically at your specified time interval.

You can also customize the time interval for the wallpapers to change.

WallpaperDownloader Menu

I input “Game of Thrones” as keywords and it was definitely impressive. BTW did you check out the Game of Thrones parody by SUSE Linux? A major Linux distro got dissed. So check it out. It’s war.

WallpaperDownloader in action

Nuff said. The installation instructions of WallpaperDownloader for different distros are given below.

Arch Linux/ Manjaro/ Antergos:

Run the below command in the terminal

yaourt wallpaperdownloader

Ubuntu/ Linux Mint/ Elementary OS and other derivatives:

Run the below commands in the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eloy-garcia-pca/wallpaperdownloader
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install wallpaperdownloader

Launch WallpaperDownloader from the Dash or the menu. And put in the parameters. Just be sure not to close the application but click on the ‘minimize’ button. That’s it. Give it a minute or two to see the changes.

Wrapping up

WallpaperDownloader is the best wallpaper tool for Linux. And it is a must-have in your arsenal if you’re serious about desktop appearance customization. Do give it a try. Use the comments below and let us know what applications and extensions you use to make your desktop more aesthetic. We’d love to hear. Don’t forget to share this article. Cheers.

From: It’s FOSS

Manjaro Linux Discontinues 32-bit Support

By John Paul

Free HD Linux Wallpapers to download

Brief: Manjaro has joined the long list of Linux distributions dropping support for older hardware.

You might already know that I love Manjaro Linux. And as an ardent Manjaro Linux fan, I have a bad news for you.

Recently, Philip, the lead developer of Manjaro Linux, announced that the project would be dropping support for the 32-bit architecture. He said that the reason for the move was “due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community”.

While Manjaro 17.0.3 is the last release to have a 32-bit ISO, current 32-bit installs will receive a short window of continued support. During September and October, 32-bit package will continue to be updated. However, starting in November, packages will be limited to 64-bit. After that period, 32-bit installs of Manjaro will essentially be unsupported.

Note: if you are currently using an application that depends on a 32-bit package, it will continue to be supported through the mulilib repo.

Alternatives

If you currently have an older device that can’t run 64-bit, don’t worry, you have several alternatives to choose. Debian 9 dropped support for 32-bit, but if you install Debian 8 you’ll get 32-bit support until 2020. Canonical has been hinting that Ubuntu 18.10 will be the last release to support 32-bit, but if you install the 16.04 LTS release, you’ll have support until 2021.

Another possible alternative is Void Linux. This rolling release distribution is built completely from scratch with its own package manager.

If you want to stay in the Arch family, check out. ArchLinux32. There isn’t much information available on this distro, but it appears to be a community effort to keep Arch available for older systems.

If you are looking for a small distro that can run on anything, I suggest trying out the Puppy Linux family of distros. There is also Damn Small Linux. In fact, the lightweight Linux distributions should support 32-bit systems for several years.

Final Thoughts

This announcement isn’t really that big of a shock. After all, Arch Linux, the distro that Manjaro is based on, dropped support for 32-bit in February. Other distros like Debian, Ubuntu, Tails, Bodhi, Fedora, and others have either talked about doing the same or have already done it.

Change is inevitable. At one time, all computers were 8-bit and were replaced by 16-bit. And the cycle continues to this day and far past it. Thankfully, I only have a couple computers that I manage that need 32-bit support. Not much of a worry here.

What do you think? Are we looking at the end of 32-bit Linux?

From: It’s FOSS

Manjaro Linux Discontinues 32-bit Support

By John Paul

Free HD Linux Wallpapers to download

Brief: Manjaro has joined the long list of Linux distributions dropping support for older hardware.

You might already know that I love Manjaro Linux. And as an ardent Manjaro Linux fan, I have a bad news for you.

Recently, Philip, the lead developer of Manjaro Linux, announced that the project would be dropping support for the 32-bit architecture. He said that the reason for the move was “due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community”.

While Manjaro 17.0.3 is the last release to have a 32-bit ISO, current 32-bit installs will receive a short window of continued support. During September and October, 32-bit package will continue to be updated. However, starting in November, packages will be limited to 64-bit. After that period, 32-bit installs of Manjaro will essentially be unsupported.

Note: if you are currently using an application that depends on a 32-bit package, it will continue to be supported through the mulilib repo.

Alternatives

If you currently have an older device that can’t run 64-bit, don’t worry, you have several alternatives to choose. Debian 9 dropped support for 32-bit, but if you install Debian 8 you’ll get 32-bit support until 2020. Canonical has been hinting that Ubuntu 18.10 will be the last release to support 32-bit, but if you install the 16.04 LTS release, you’ll have support until 2021.

Another possible alternative is Void Linux. This rolling release distribution is built completely from scratch with its own package manager.

If you want to stay in the Arch family, check out. ArchLinux32. There isn’t much information available on this distro, but it appears to be a community effort to keep Arch available for older systems.

If you are looking for a small distro that can run on anything, I suggest trying out the Puppy Linux family of distros. There is also Damn Small Linux. In fact, the lightweight Linux distributions should support 32-bit systems for several years.

Final Thoughts

This announcement isn’t really that big of a shock. After all, Arch Linux, the distro that Manjaro is based on, dropped support for 32-bit in February. Other distros like Debian, Ubuntu, Tails, Bodhi, Fedora, and others have either talked about doing the same or have already done it.

Change is inevitable. At one time, all computers were 8-bit and were replaced by 16-bit. And the cycle continues to this day and far past it. Thankfully, I only have a couple computers that I manage that need 32-bit support. Not much of a worry here.

What do you think? Are we looking at the end of 32-bit Linux?

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Get Certified in Linux, AWS and More with Linux Academy [57% Off for Limited Time]

By Abhishek Prakash

Linux Academy deal

You might have already heard of Linux Academy. In the last couple of years, it has become a prominent name in Linux training at an affordable cost.

They offer high-quality, self-paced cloud training courses on Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, Linux, Azure, Containers, DevOps, and more! They are official training partners of Linux Professional Institute (LPI), Chef, CompTIA Linux+ and AWS.

These training courses are scenario-based and include hands-on labs to practice common tasks in live servers. This way you gain the skills required to pass certification exams and excel at your job.

Linux Academy has a monthly subscription plan that costs $29 per month but in a limited time deal on It’s FOSS Shop, you can get 12 months subscription for $149 instead of $348, saving you 57% on the purchase.

You’ll:

  • Get unlimited access to over 1,200 hours of in-depth video content, labs, study groups, flashcards
  • Gain real-world skills through hands-on lab training
  • Utilize full-time instructors for advice & to answer your questions
  • Follow curated learning plans to keep yourself on track
  • Earn certificates as proof of your hard-earned skill and knowledge
  • Join the community to learn from other students
  • Learn from an Official Linux Professional Institute Training partner, Official Chef Training partner, Official Quality Content Approved CompTIA Linux+ provider, & an Official AWS Technology Partner

I don’t always cover such deals but since this could help you build a career in Linux, I have dedicated an entire article for this.

If you think that $149 is a bit out of your pocket, I suggest that you pool a group of friends and take the yearly subscription. This way you and your friend(s) can follow various courses of your choice.

Get Linux Academy: 1 Year Subscription [57% Off]

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Get Certified in Linux, AWS and More with Linux Academy [57% Off for Limited Time]

By Abhishek Prakash

Linux Academy deal

You might have already heard of Linux Academy. In the last couple of years, it has become a prominent name in Linux training at an affordable cost.

They offer high-quality, self-paced cloud training courses on Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, Linux, Azure, Containers, DevOps, and more! They are official training partners of Linux Professional Institute (LPI), Chef, CompTIA Linux+ and AWS.

These training courses are scenario-based and include hands-on labs to practice common tasks in live servers. This way you gain the skills required to pass certification exams and excel at your job.

Linux Academy has a monthly subscription plan that costs $29 per month but in a limited time deal on It’s FOSS Shop, you can get 12 months subscription for $149 instead of $348, saving you 57% on the purchase.

You’ll:

  • Get unlimited access to over 1,200 hours of in-depth video content, labs, study groups, flashcards
  • Gain real-world skills through hands-on lab training
  • Utilize full-time instructors for advice & to answer your questions
  • Follow curated learning plans to keep yourself on track
  • Earn certificates as proof of your hard-earned skill and knowledge
  • Join the community to learn from other students
  • Learn from an Official Linux Professional Institute Training partner, Official Chef Training partner, Official Quality Content Approved CompTIA Linux+ provider, & an Official AWS Technology Partner

I don’t always cover such deals but since this could help you build a career in Linux, I have dedicated an entire article for this.

If you think that $149 is a bit out of your pocket, I suggest that you pool a group of friends and take the yearly subscription. This way you and your friend(s) can follow various courses of your choice.

Get Linux Academy: 1 Year Subscription [57% Off]

From: It’s FOSS

How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux

By Abhishek Prakash

How to create bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux

Brief: This tutorial shows you how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux with a GUI tool called WoeUSB.

I have talked a lot about creating bootable USB of Linux in Windows. How about the other way round? How about creating a bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux?

If you are uninstalling Linux from dual boot or if you want to reinstall Windows completely or you simply want to have a Windows installation disk ready, you’ll need a bootable Windows 10 USB or DVD.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB in Linux. I am using Ubuntu for this tutorial but the steps should be valid for other Linux distributions as well.

How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux

Here’s what you need:

  • Windows 10 ISO
  • WoeUSB application
  • A USB key (pen drive) with at least 6 Gb of space

If you have an active internet connection, you can follow the instructions below. If not, you’ll have to get Windows 10 ISO and WoeUSB installer from some other means.

You can also watch a video of creating Windows 10 bootable USB. Do subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Linux videos:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8KNg6e3aKc?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390]

Let’s see how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu and other Linux distribution.

Step 1: Download Windows 10 ISO

Go to Microsoft website and download Windows 10 ISO:

Download Windows 10 ISO

Step 2: Install WoeUSB application

WoeUSB is a free and open source application for creating Windows 10 bootable USB. It is actually a fork of WinUSB tool that has been discontinued now.

Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, elementary OS etc have a PPA available. You can use the command below to install WoeUSB:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install woeusb

For other Linux distributions, you can check out the source code from the GitHub repository:

WoeUSB

Step 3: Format USB drive

Now, plug in your USB key. You’ll have to format it first. I presume you know how to format a USB key in your Linux distribution.

Ubuntu users can simply right click on the USB and click format.

Format before creating Windows 10 USB in Linux

The important part here is that you should format it in NTFS:

Format in NTF mode to create bootable WIndows 10 USB in Linux

Note: If you use Fat 32 file system for formatting, you may see encounter the error below later on:

Creating Windows 10 bootable USB in Ubuntu Linux

Step 4: Using WoeUSB to create bootable Windows 10

We have everything ready for us now. Start WoeUSB program.

Browse to the downloaded Windows 10 ISO file and select the USB drive on which you want to install it. Just click on Install to begin the process.

Create bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu Linux

Note that it may take up to 15 minutes in creating the Windows 10 USB. Don’t get fooled by the ‘done’ on the screen.

Create bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu Linux

That’s it. You should see a success message.

Create bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu Linux

Step 5: Using Windows 10 bootable USB

Once the bootable USB is ready, restart your system. At boot time, press F2 or F10 or F12 repeatedly to go to the boot settings. In here, select to boot from USB.

Booting Windows 10 USB

You’ll see that Windows 10 is being booted and it gives you the option to install or repair your system. You know what to do now from here.

Booting Windows 10 USB

I hope you find this tutorial useful for creating bootable USB of Windows 10 in Linux. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free leave a comment.

From: It’s FOSS

How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux

By Abhishek Prakash

How to create bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux

Brief: This tutorial shows you how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux with a GUI tool called WoeUSB.

I have talked a lot about creating bootable USB of Linux in Windows. How about the other way round? How about creating a bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux?

If you are uninstalling Linux from dual boot or if you want to reinstall Windows completely or you simply want to have a Windows installation disk ready, you’ll need a bootable Windows 10 USB or DVD.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB in Linux. I am using Ubuntu for this tutorial but the steps should be valid for other Linux distributions as well.

How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB in Linux

Here’s what you need:

  • Windows 10 ISO
  • WoeUSB application
  • A USB key (pen drive) with at least 6 Gb of space

If you have an active internet connection, you can follow the instructions below. If not, you’ll have to get Windows 10 ISO and WoeUSB installer from some other means.

You can also watch a video of creating Windows 10 bootable USB. Do subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Linux videos:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8KNg6e3aKc?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390]

Let’s see how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu and other Linux distribution.

Step 1: Download Windows 10 ISO

Go to Microsoft website and download Windows 10 ISO:

Download Windows 10 ISO

Step 2: Install WoeUSB application

WoeUSB is a free and open source application for creating Windows 10 bootable USB. It is actually a fork of WinUSB tool that has been discontinued now.

Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, elementary OS etc have a PPA available. You can use the command below to install WoeUSB:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install woeusb

For other Linux distributions, you can check out the source code from the GitHub repository:

WoeUSB

Step 3: Format USB drive

Now, plug in your USB key. You’ll have to format it first. I presume you know how to format a USB key in your Linux distribution.

Ubuntu users can simply right click on the USB and click format.

Format before creating Windows 10 USB in Linux

The important part here is that you should format it in NTFS:

Format in NTF mode to create bootable WIndows 10 USB in Linux

Note: If you use Fat 32 file system for formatting, you may see encounter the error below later on:

Creating Windows 10 bootable USB in Ubuntu Linux

Step 4: Using WoeUSB to create bootable Windows 10

We have everything ready for us now. Start WoeUSB program.

Browse to the downloaded Windows 10 ISO file and select the USB drive on which you want to install it. Just click on Install to begin the process.

Create bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu Linux

Note that it may take up to 15 minutes in creating the Windows 10 USB. Don’t get fooled by the ‘done’ on the screen.

Create bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu Linux

That’s it. You should see a success message.

Create bootable Windows 10 USB in Ubuntu Linux

Step 5: Using Windows 10 bootable USB

Once the bootable USB is ready, restart your system. At boot time, press F2 or F10 or F12 repeatedly to go to the boot settings. In here, select to boot from USB.

Booting Windows 10 USB

You’ll see that Windows 10 is being booted and it gives you the option to install or repair your system. You know what to do now from here.

Booting Windows 10 USB

I hope you find this tutorial useful for creating bootable USB of Windows 10 in Linux. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free leave a comment.

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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Products for Linux

By Ambarish Kumar

GIMP Interface

Brief: In this article, we list the best Adobe alternatives for Linux. These Adobe Creative Suite alternative for Linux are also free and open source.

Adobe provides a number of applications under Adobe Creative Suite, now under Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s not just limited to Photoshop but contains various other software that helps primarily in Web design, logo making, video editing, pdf editing and more.

However, Adobe Creative Suite is a proprietary software costing you a good amount of your money and if you are a Linux user, even if you are willing to spend that money, it’s not available for your OS.

In this article, we are going to cover some of the best Adobe products alternative for Linux.

Best Adobe alternatives for Linux

If you are not in a mood of reading the article, you can watch this video from our YouTube channel. Do subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Linux related videos.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1klOx1AyPw?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390]

I have included one non-FOSS item in this list. This is because I really couldn’t find a decent alternative to Adobe Acrobat in Linux.

For the rest, here we go!

1. GIMP: Alternative to Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the most popular and widely used graphics editing tool both for regular and professional users. It’s an excellent tool for photo editing, website design, and graphics creation.

When it comes to an alternative to Adobe Photoshop, GIMP provides the best replacement.

GIMP is a free and open source image editor available for GNU/Linux, Mac, Windows and other Operating System. It provides a handful of sophisticated tools that make a graphic designer and photographer’s work easier.

From high-quality photo manipulation to original artwork creation, GIMP includes options to create icons, graphical design elements, color management features etc. And the customization options along with third-party plugins make your work a bit easier.

Most likely GIMP is already installed in your system. If not, you can search in the official software repository to install it.

Get GIMP

2. Inkscape: Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Inkscape is one of the best vector graphic editor for Linux

Adobe Illustrator is a standard tool suited for vector graphics editing and design. With an impressive set of drawing tools and effects, it is widely used for vector editing, posters creations etc.

Inkscape is a very competitive, free and open source tool to Adobe Illustrator. A powerful vector editor, Inkscape has flexible drawing tools, various file format compatibility, powerful text tools and support for Bezier and spiro curves. It supports advanced scalable vector graphics features like markets, clones and blending.

Get Inkscape

3. Scribus: Alternative to Adobe Indesign

Scribus is alternative to Adobe Indesign in Linux

Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing application used primarily for creating posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, books etc. It supports exporting a file to epub format for creation of e-books. When it comes to an alternative to Adobe InDesign, Scribus provides a powerful and easy alternative.

Scribus is a free and open source application available for all major operating systems and is based on the free Qt toolkit. From creating layouts to typesettings and creating animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms, Scribus is used to write newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters, and books.

4. OpenShot: Alternative to Adobe Premiere

Openshot free video editor on ubuntu

Adobe Premiere Pro is video editing application from Adobe System which is used for high-resolution video editing, audio sample-level editing, 5.1 surround sound mixing and more.

OpenShot is a powerful and easy to use video editor which serves as the best replacement for Adobe Premiere Pro.

With a simple user interface, OpenShot provides a large number of features.

Get OpenShot

5. Synfig: Alternative to Adobe Animate

Synfig is alternative to Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate is useful for creating interactive animations that work on everything from mobile devices to the ultra-high resolution displays. When it comes to an alternative to Adobe Animate, Synfig is an awesome open source replacement.

Synfig is a free and open source 2D vector graphics and timeline-based animation program for animation designing and rendering. The goal of the application is to provide quality animation with fewer resources and provides manual tweening, hence saving you from the pain of drawing each and every frame.

Synfig can simulate soft-shading using curved gradients and provides a wide variety of real-time effects which can be applied to layers or a group of layers. You can control and animate the width of lines at their control points and link any related data from one object to another.

Get Synfig

6. darktable: Alternative to Adobe Lightroom

Darktable is Linux alternative of Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer which allows viewing, organizing and retouching large numbers of digital images. With Lightroom, you can enhance and your photographs, punch up colors, remove distracting objects and straighten skewed shots.

When it comes to an alternative to Adobe Lightroom, the best free and open source software is Darktable.

darktable is a photography workflow application and raw developer which manages digital negatives or RAW images, lets you view them and have features to enhance them.

It provides basic image operations like crop and rotation, highlight reconstructions, white balance, invert operation and exposure control. Tone image operations include modification to the exposure, level adjustments, changing lightness, recreating contrast for HDR images etc.

darkable also includes color image operations for correcting overexposure and color, contrast, enhancing saturation and manipulation of RGB channels. The Correction modules helps you manage sharpening of details, noise level, spot removal, chromatic aberrations and more.

Get darktable

7. Natron / ButtleOFX: Alternative to Adobe Aftereffects

Natron is Linux alternatives to Adobe Aftereffects

Adobe After Effects is a visual effects and motion graphics application used for filmmaking and television production.

Natron provides a perfect alternative to Adobe After Effects with motion editing and multi-view workflow. With an intuitive user interface and a quick rendering, you can work with keyframes with a very accurate curve editor.

It can be used as a command line tool and the command line version is executable from ssh on a computer with any display. It supports smooth zooming and panning for large images, and includes a full-featured dope-sheet to quickly edit clips and keyframes in time-space.

You can download a deb/ rpm package or a portable archive form the page below:

Get Natron

ButtleOFX is another open source composition software which provides an intuitive Graph Editor to connect nodes, Parameters Editor to customize effects and three different Workspace layouts to switch in-between according to your needs.

The project is still in alpha state so there will be bugs. If you are willing to try, you can grab a copy from here.

8. Ardour: Alternative to Adobe Audition

Ardour audio editor alternative to Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is a digital audio workstation from Adobe Systems for editing and mixing audio contents. When it comes to open source alternative to Audition, Ardour is an excellent application.

Ardour is a free and open source, cross-platform application to record, edit and mix different audio files with ease. Let us look at the features which Ardour provides.

Get Ardour

0. Master PDF: Alternative to Adobe Acrobat [Non-FOSS]

Adobe Acrobat is another application from Adobe Creative Suite which is mainly used to view, create and modify PDF files. The Adobe reader supports viewing, printing and annotating of PDF files while the Acrobat is used to create, edit, convert, digital sign, encrypt and export PDF files.

It’s difficult to find a fully functional open source PDF editor. LibreOffice can be used edit a pdf file with some limitation, and so can Inkscape. However, Master PDF, the only proprietary software in this list supports all the features for editing a PDF file.

It allows creating, editing, encryption and signing the PDF documents with ease. You can comment documents with stamps, notes, text underlining and fill PDF forms easily.

There are both commercial and free versions available for Linux.

You can download a .deb package from below link.

Get Master PDF

Do you have any suggestion to an open source PDF editor which works well on Linux, let us know in the comments and we will update it here.

Final Words

Adobe Creative Suite is a commercial product with continuous development and release. When it comes to open source alternative to Adobe products, we have several choices some of them are at par with the Adobe products while some are lagging a bit. However, there is always an application which can make things work for you, you just have to find it.

Let us know in the comments, which open source product you use as an alternative to any Adobe Products.

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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Products for Linux

By Ambarish Kumar

GIMP Interface

Brief: In this article, we list the best Adobe alternatives for Linux. These Adobe Creative Suite alternative for Linux are also free and open source.

Adobe provides a number of applications under Adobe Creative Suite, now under Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s not just limited to Photoshop but contains various other software that helps primarily in Web design, logo making, video editing, pdf editing and more.

However, Adobe Creative Suite is a proprietary software costing you a good amount of your money and if you are a Linux user, even if you are willing to spend that money, it’s not available for your OS.

In this article, we are going to cover some of the best Adobe products alternative for Linux.

Best Adobe alternatives for Linux

If you are not in a mood of reading the article, you can watch this video from our YouTube channel. Do subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Linux related videos.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1klOx1AyPw?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390]

I have included one non-FOSS item in this list. This is because I really couldn’t find a decent alternative to Adobe Acrobat in Linux.

For the rest, here we go!

1. GIMP: Alternative to Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the most popular and widely used graphics editing tool both for regular and professional users. It’s an excellent tool for photo editing, website design, and graphics creation.

When it comes to an alternative to Adobe Photoshop, GIMP provides the best replacement.

GIMP is a free and open source image editor available for GNU/Linux, Mac, Windows and other Operating System. It provides a handful of sophisticated tools that make a graphic designer and photographer’s work easier.

From high-quality photo manipulation to original artwork creation, GIMP includes options to create icons, graphical design elements, color management features etc. And the customization options along with third-party plugins make your work a bit easier.

Most likely GIMP is already installed in your system. If not, you can search in the official software repository to install it.

Get GIMP

2. Inkscape: Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Inkscape is one of the best vector graphic editor for Linux

Adobe Illustrator is a standard tool suited for vector graphics editing and design. With an impressive set of drawing tools and effects, it is widely used for vector editing, posters creations etc.

Inkscape is a very competitive, free and open source tool to Adobe Illustrator. A powerful vector editor, Inkscape has flexible drawing tools, various file format compatibility, powerful text tools and support for Bezier and spiro curves. It supports advanced scalable vector graphics features like markets, clones and blending.

Get Inkscape

3. Scribus: Alternative to Adobe Indesign

Scribus is alternative to Adobe Indesign in Linux

Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing application used primarily for creating posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, books etc. It supports exporting a file to epub format for creation of e-books. When it comes to an alternative to Adobe InDesign, Scribus provides a powerful and easy alternative.

Scribus is a free and open source application available for all major operating systems and is based on the free Qt toolkit. From creating layouts to typesettings and creating animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms, Scribus is used to write newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters, and books.

4. OpenShot: Alternative to Adobe Premiere

Openshot free video editor on ubuntu

Adobe Premiere Pro is video editing application from Adobe System which is used for high-resolution video editing, audio sample-level editing, 5.1 surround sound mixing and more.

OpenShot is a powerful and easy to use video editor which serves as the best replacement for Adobe Premiere Pro.

With a simple user interface, OpenShot provides a large number of features.

Get OpenShot

5. Synfig: Alternative to Adobe Animate

Synfig is alternative to Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate is useful for creating interactive animations that work on everything from mobile devices to the ultra-high resolution displays. When it comes to an alternative to Adobe Animate, Synfig is an awesome open source replacement.

Synfig is a free and open source 2D vector graphics and timeline-based animation program for animation designing and rendering. The goal of the application is to provide quality animation with fewer resources and provides manual tweening, hence saving you from the pain of drawing each and every frame.

Synfig can simulate soft-shading using curved gradients and provides a wide variety of real-time effects which can be applied to layers or a group of layers. You can control and animate the width of lines at their control points and link any related data from one object to another.

Get Synfig

6. darktable: Alternative to Adobe Lightroom

Darktable is Linux alternative of Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer which allows viewing, organizing and retouching large numbers of digital images. With Lightroom, you can enhance and your photographs, punch up colors, remove distracting objects and straighten skewed shots.

When it comes to an alternative to Adobe Lightroom, the best free and open source software is Darktable.

darktable is a photography workflow application and raw developer which manages digital negatives or RAW images, lets you view them and have features to enhance them.

It provides basic image operations like crop and rotation, highlight reconstructions, white balance, invert operation and exposure control. Tone image operations include modification to the exposure, level adjustments, changing lightness, recreating contrast for HDR images etc.

darkable also includes color image operations for correcting overexposure and color, contrast, enhancing saturation and manipulation of RGB channels. The Correction modules helps you manage sharpening of details, noise level, spot removal, chromatic aberrations and more.

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7. Natron / ButtleOFX: Alternative to Adobe Aftereffects

Natron is Linux alternatives to Adobe Aftereffects

Adobe After Effects is a visual effects and motion graphics application used for filmmaking and television production.

Natron provides a perfect alternative to Adobe After Effects with motion editing and multi-view workflow. With an intuitive user interface and a quick rendering, you can work with keyframes with a very accurate curve editor.

It can be used as a command line tool and the command line version is executable from ssh on a computer with any display. It supports smooth zooming and panning for large images, and includes a full-featured dope-sheet to quickly edit clips and keyframes in time-space.

You can download a deb/ rpm package or a portable archive form the page below:

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ButtleOFX is another open source composition software which provides an intuitive Graph Editor to connect nodes, Parameters Editor to customize effects and three different Workspace layouts to switch in-between according to your needs.

The project is still in alpha state so there will be bugs. If you are willing to try, you can grab a copy from here.

8. Ardour: Alternative to Adobe Audition

Ardour audio editor alternative to Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is a digital audio workstation from Adobe Systems for editing and mixing audio contents. When it comes to open source alternative to Audition, Ardour is an excellent application.

Ardour is a free and open source, cross-platform application to record, edit and mix different audio files with ease. Let us look at the features which Ardour provides.

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0. Master PDF: Alternative to Adobe Acrobat [Non-FOSS]

Adobe Acrobat is another application from Adobe Creative Suite which is mainly used to view, create and modify PDF files. The Adobe reader supports viewing, printing and annotating of PDF files while the Acrobat is used to create, edit, convert, digital sign, encrypt and export PDF files.

It’s difficult to find a fully functional open source PDF editor. LibreOffice can be used edit a pdf file with some limitation, and so can Inkscape. However, Master PDF, the only proprietary software in this list supports all the features for editing a PDF file.

It allows creating, editing, encryption and signing the PDF documents with ease. You can comment documents with stamps, notes, text underlining and fill PDF forms easily.

There are both commercial and free versions available for Linux.

You can download a .deb package from below link.

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Do you have any suggestion to an open source PDF editor which works well on Linux, let us know in the comments and we will update it here.

Final Words

Adobe Creative Suite is a commercial product with continuous development and release. When it comes to open source alternative to Adobe products, we have several choices some of them are at par with the Adobe products while some are lagging a bit. However, there is always an application which can make things work for you, you just have to find it.

Let us know in the comments, which open source product you use as an alternative to any Adobe Products.

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Sublime Text 3.0 is Here! See, How to Install it on Linux

By Derick Sullivan M. Lobga

Brief: After several years in beta, Sublime Text 3.0 is finally here. Check out the new features and installation of Sublime Text 3.0 in Linux.

The stable version of Sublime Text 3.0 has been released with major changes seen in almost every aspect of version 2.0. According to the release statement, “virtually every aspect of the editor has been improved in some way, and even a list of the major changes would be too long.”

Sublime Text is a cross-platform proprietary text editor that is available for Linux, Windows and macOS used for “code, markup and prose”. It has often been termed as the best code editor but as Abhishek said, “it was one of the top choices once but things have changed in last few years after Atom entered the scene”.

The major changes to be seen in Sublime Text 3.0 are the Goto Definition, the new UI, syntax highlighting engine and an expanded API. Spell-check and word wrapping work better now.

The release specifies that Sublime Text 3.0 has more performance when compared to Sublime Text 2 even though it is larger in size than 2. It now has a faster startup, scrolling is more efficient and files open faster.

Sublime Text 3.0 Interface

New Features in Sublime Text 3.0

General UI

  • The most prominent change here is the settings which now opens in a new window. The user and default settings stand side-by-side.
  • Image preview is added when opening images
  • A preview tab is created when previewing files from the sidebar
  • The status bar now displays encoding and line endings
  • Panel Switcher has been added to the status bar
  • When pressing ctrl+w, a tweaked window closing behavior is seen

OS Integration for Linux

  • Starting Sublime Text from the command line will daemonize the process by default
  • Sudo save has been added
  • Menu hiding now possible
  • Other fixes like the incorrect handling of double clicks in the Find panel and underscore display in some of the menus

Editor Control

  • An “Open URL” will show when you right-click on a URL
  • Word wrap behavior improved
  • Word navigation has been improved
  • Paste from History added
  • Autocomplete works as expected in macros
  • Spell checking word selection behavior has improved

You check out all the Sublime Text 2.0 to 3.0 changes here.

Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free for unlimited time, however, a license must be purchased for continued use.

Sublime Text 3.0 already accepts license key for those who purchased it in February 2013. For those who have a license key for Sublime Text 1 or 2, they can purchase an upgrade.

Install Sublime Text 3 in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions

Packages and package repositories have been provided for major Linux distros.

Users of Debian, Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-based Linux distribution such as Linux Mint, elementary OS etc, can follow the commands below to install Sublime Text 3:

wget -qO - https://download.sublimetext.com/sublimehq-pub.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb https://download.sublimetext.com/ apt/stable/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sublime-text

For Arch, CentOS, Fedora and openSUSE, please follow the installation instructions on the page below:

Install Sublime Text 3 on Linux

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