On the rare occa­sion, I find myself in front of a Mac­in­tosh. In its default state, the OS feels rather bar­ren. The default set of appli­ca­tions is quite sparse, and you have to put some work into installing the soft­ware you need to get going. As a GNU/Linux user, I’m accus­tomed to installing an oper­at­ing sys­tem and get­ting a full suite of appli­ca­tions with­out putting in any extra work. Mind you, OS X is not near­ly as bad as oper­at­ing sys­tems from a cer­tain oth­er ven­dor.

Here is a list of soft­ware that I rec­om­mend to Mac users. Most of these apps are free soft­ware and also work on GNU/Linux (or a suit­able ana­logue exists), so switch­ing between the two oper­at­ing sys­tems is easy.

Desk­top navigation:

Audio/Video play­back:

Web brows­ing (like Safari or Inter­net Explorer):

Office suite (like Microsoft Office):

Desk­top pub­lish­ing (like Adobe InDesign):

Draw­ing (like Adobe Illustrator):

Painting/Photo edit­ing (like Adobe Photoshop):

Print­er drivers:

Get more free applications:

Win­dows compatability: