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What Photoshop Substitute Works With Linux?

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Terri from Australia writes:

You mention substitute sites for Photoshop & cover Windows & Mac users, but can you please tell us which ones work on Linux?

Teri, when it comes to sites, you can find out if they work with Linux by opening up a browser and going there. For example, I suggested BeFunky Photo Editor as a Photoshop alternative and that site works fine in the Firefox browser in Linux Ubuntu. I didn’t try it out in every type (sometimes called flavor or distro – short for distribution) of Linux, because there are several and the only way to be sure is for you to check out the site on your own computer.

If you are looking to purchase software on disc that is made specifically for Linux, you aren’t going to find any. Software for Linux distributions is found in the app store for that particular flavor of Linux.

For example Ubuntu users would find apps in the app center at

You can sort by categories like graphics and subcategories like painting or photography. You can also check which versions of that particular distribution the app works with.

If you use the Mint distribution, you’d check the Linux Mint Software Portal.

The same applies for other flavors of Linux as well.  Linux is much different than Windows or Mac computers where the software is created by mostly by companies and offered for sale. Programs for Linux systems are usually developed by users and available for download only through the website for that distribution of Linux. 

Some Photoshop alternatives you might want to look into for Linux-based systems are GIMP, MyPaint and Pinta. You’ll have to check the store for your particular version of Linux to see if they are available.

The reason you see less coverage of Linux systems compared to Windows and Mac is strictly a numbers game. Linux is the operating system on about 1.5 % of home computers. Mac accounts for about 6% of users and Windows holds the crown with well over 90% of home computers using a version of their operating system.

If you have any questions about programs for you Linux system, make sure to ask us.

~ Cynthia

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