I was just looking at the 15 program icons on my Linux desktop and noticed that 12 of them are cross-platform applications which also operate in Windows.
- Firefox (web browser)
- OpenOffice (office suite)
- The Gimp (image editor)
- Pidgin (instant messenger)
- Acrobat Reader (PDF reader)
- VLC (movie player)
- Songbird (desktop web player)
- RealPlayer (audio and movie player)
- PeaZip (archive utility)
- Skype (phone/messenger)
- JFTP (file transfer)
- Frostwire (file sharing).
The last two are interesting in that they are java programs.
The common use of these programs across operating systems shows that Linux is a valid option for desktop users who don’t want to pay a lot of money for Windows or software. It makes the transition less difficult.