Linux for translators

These pages are intended primarily for any translators who are using Linux in their day-to-day work, or who are interested in experimenting with Linux in order to assess its suitability for translation work. Particular attention is therefore given to applications and aspects of interest to translators. Members of the Linux/Open Source community, in particular developers, may also find it interesting to see how the operating system is seen by this particular end user group.





PCLOS-TransFull Linux distribution including a broad variety of tools for translators, including many of those listed here, and a full KDE desktop, English and German localization available.Linux distribution

Open source

Linguas OS
A light-weight Linux distribution for translators including and OmegaT (see below), and a fluxbox desktop. Fits on one CD (412 mb current release) and runs from the CD drive). Additional software easily added with synaptic after installation.

Light-weight Linux distribution / LiveCD


Open source

0.2 (v. 1.0 due in Feb. 2008)

Openoffice is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. Offline open source suite All - Java basedOpen source2.3.1
OmegaTOmegaT is a free translation memory application written in Java. It is a tool intended for professional translators. Computer-aided translation toolAll - Java basedOpen source1.6.1. stable / 1.7.3 development
OmegaT+OmegaT+ a free machine aided human translation platform. Includes a translation processor, bitext aligner/converter, TMX validator, and other third party tools. Machine-Aided Human Translation (MAHT) toolsMost - Java basedFree softwareOmegaT+ 1.0 in development; milestone 1 (M1) available
FirefoxInternet browserOpen source Internet browserAllOpen source2.0.11
ThunderbirdMail applicationMail applicationAllOpen source2.0.0.9
KdictKdict is a graphical client for the DICT protocol. It enables you to search through dictionary-like databases for a word or phrase, then displays suitable definitions. Kdict has support for all protocol features, a separate list of matching words for advanced queries, configurable database sets, a browser-like user interface, convenient interaction with the X-clipboard, configurable html-output and printing. Dictionary applicationUnix, Linux Open source0.5.6
KthesaurusKThesaurus lists words related to a given term and offers a user interface to WordNet, a powerful lexical reference system. By default, only the English language is supported. This package is part of the KDE Office Suite.Reference applicationUnix, Linux Open source1:1.6.1
KpdfPdf viewerPdf viewer Unix, Linux Open source 0.5.8
Koffice KOffice is a free, integrated office suite for KDE, the K Desktop Environment. Offline open source suite Unix, Linux Open source 1.6.3
Kopete Kopete is an instant messenger supporting AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It is designed to be a flexible and extensible multi-protocol system suitable for personal and enterprise use. Instant messaging Unix, Linux Open source 0.1.24
Kdepim KDE PIM is a package of the KDE desktop environment that contains personal information management tools. * Akregator - Feed reader. * KMail - The official KDE mail client. * KAddressBook - Address Book frontend. * KOrganizer - Calendar and scheduling program. * KonsoleKalandar - Command line interface to KDE calendars. * KPilot - Replacement for the Palm™ Desktop software. * Kandy - Data synchronisation of phonebook, organizer and other data between a mobile phone and computer. * KArm - Time tracker that integrates with KOrganizer todo list. * KNotes - Virtual paper notes on the desktop. * KAlarm - A personal alarm message, command and email scheduler. * KNode - A Usenet news client * Kontact - Brings kdepim applications under one roof * KJots - outliner (tree structured) simple text editor Application package for KdE Unix, Linux Open source 3.5.8
gFTP gFTP is a free multithreaded ftp client for *NIX based machines running X11R6 or later. Ftp application Unix, Linux Open source 2.0.18
Gimp GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. Image editing and creation All Open source 2.3.4.
Scribus Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. Desktop publishing All Open source
kpdftool KPDFTool is a GUI interface for GhostView and ImageMagick for performing basic and usefull operations with PDF and PS (PostScript) files such as merge, extract pages and protect the text into new files in a simple and practical way. Pdf application Unix, Linux Open source 0.22
Quanta plus Quanta Plus is a highly stable and feature rich web development environment. The vision with Quanta has always been to start with the best architectural foundations, design for efficient and natural use and enable maximal user extensibility. Web development Unix, Linux Open source 3.5.8
Ktranslator KTranslator is a program to translate words from one language to another. KTranslator should support any language (I hope that) and come with a plugin system, to ease the addition of new dictionaries. The main idea behind KTranslator is to translate a word without disturb the application in use. So, when the user selects a word while pressing CTRL key, KTranslator will try to translate the word and show the result in a popup window. It behaves like Babylon for Windows. Machine translation Unix, Linux Open source 0.4
Kbabel KBabel is a set of tools for editing and managing gettext PO files. Main part is a powerful and comfortable PO file editor which features full navigation capabilities, full editing functionality, possibility to search for translations in different dictionaries, spell and syntax checking, showing diffs and many more. Also included is a "Catalog Manager", a file manager view which helps keeping an overview of PO files. Last but not least it includes a standalone dictionary application as an additional possibility to access KBabel's powerful dictionaries. KBabel will help you to translate fast and also keep consistent translations. Text editor for PO files Unix, Linux Open source 3.5.1
Kmymoney The free, easy to use, personal finance manager for KDE Finance manager Unix, Linux Open source 0.8.8
Skype Make calls from your computer — free to other people on Skype and cheap to phones and mobiles around the world. Instant messaging and communication (audio-video) All Proprietary 3.6
gnucash GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. Finance manager All Open source 2.2.3
Coreutils The GNU Core Utilities are the basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system. These are the core utilities which are expected to exist on every operating system. Basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities Unix, Linux Open source 6.9
Kaider KAider is a computer-aided translation system that focuses on productivity and performance. Translator does only creative work (of delivering message in his/her mother language in laconic and easy to understand form). KAider implies paragraph-by-paragraph translation approach (when translating documentation) and message-by-message approach (when translating GUI). Computer-aided translation tool Unix, Linux Open source 0.1
gtranslator gtranslator is an enhanced gettext po file editor for the GNOME desktop environment. It handles all forms of gettext po files like compiled gettext po files (gmo/mo files), compressed po files (po.gz/po.bz2 etc.) and features many comfortable everyday usage features likeFind/Replace, Auto Translation, Message Translation Learning, Messages Table (for having an overview of the translations/messages in the po file), Easy Navigation and Editing of translation messages & comments of the translation where accurate. Gettext po file editor Unix, Linux Open source 1.1.6
JabRef JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format. JabRef runs on the Java VM (version 1.5 or newer), and should work equally well on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Reference managment All Open source 2.3.1
AntConc AntConc is a freeware concordance program for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems developed by Laurence Anthony of Waseda University, Japan. AntConc can generate KWIC concordance lines and concordance distribution plots. It also has tools to analyze word clusters (lexical bundles), n-grams, collocates, word frequencies, and keywords. Concordance programAllFreeware3.2.1
Sunbird Mozilla Sunbird® is a cross-platform calendar application, built upon Mozilla Toolkit. Our goal is to provide you with full-featured and easy to use calendar application that you can use around the world. Calendar application All Open source 0.7
Wine Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix, a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris. Emulator Unix, Linux Open source 0.9.53
Krusader Advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE and other desktops in the *nix world, similar to Midnight or Total Commander. It provides all the file management features you could possibly want. File management Unix, Linux Open source 1.80.0
Keepass KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). Password management All Proprietary 1.10
Kompozer KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding. Html Editor All Open source 0.7.10
bitext2tmx is a program to segment and align corresponding translated sentences, contained in two plain text files, and generate a TMX translation memory from them for use in computer-assisted translation; in particular it makes a nice companion to other applications, such as the OmegaT cross-platform computer assisted translation program. This program has been developed using the Java programming language so that it may be used on any Java supported platform.Segmentation / alignment applicationAllOpen source0.9
Open Language ToolsThe Open Language Tools are a set of translation tools that aim to make the task of translating software and documentation a lot easier. Initially, they comprise of a full-featured XLIFF Translation Editor and a set of XLIFF file-filters for a number of documentation and software file formats. Our intended audience is tools developers and translators of software and documentation - both professional translators and those just doing it for kicks ! Translation toolsAllOpen source1.2.7
KplatoKPlato is a project management application. In this first public release we focus on planning and scheduling of projects. Project managementUnix, Linux Open source0.6.3
height="66">muCommander face="Arial">muCommander is a lightweight, cross-platform
file manager featuring a Norton Commander style interface and running
on any operating system with Java support (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux,
*BSD, Solaris...)
face="Arial">File management face="Arial">Unix, Linux face="Arial">Open source face="Arial">0.8.1 face="Arial">
height="50">Filezilla face="Arial">FileZilla, the free FTP solution. Both a client
and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software
distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License
face="Arial">FTP application face="Arial">All face="Arial">Open source sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left"> sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left">
height="18">JaLingo face="Arial">JaLingo is a free OS independent dictionary
face="Arial">Dictionary application face="Arial">All face="Arial">Open source sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left">0.6.0 sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left">
height="352">jEdit face="Arial"> jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor
with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of
development behind it. To download, install, and set up jEdit as
quickly and painlessly as possible, go to the Quick Start page. While
jEdit beats many expensive development tools for features and ease of
use, it is released as free software with full source code, provided
under the terms of the GPL 2.0. # Written in Java, so it runs on Mac OS
X, OS/2, Unix, VMS and Windows. # Built-in macro language; extensible
plugin architecture. Dozens of macros and plugins available. # Plugins
can be downloaded and installed from within jEdit using the "plugin
manager" feature. # Auto indent, and syntax highlighting for more than
130 languages. # Supports a large number of character encodings
including UTF8 and Unicode. # Folding for selectively hiding regions of
text. # Word wrap. # Highly configurable and customizable. # Every
other feature, both basic and advanced, you would expect to find in a
text editor.
face="Arial">Text editor face="Arial">All - Java Based face="Arial">Open source sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left">4.2 sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left">
height="66">tesseract face="Arial">A commercial quality OCR engine originally developed at HP between 1985 and 1995. In 1995, this engine was among the top 3 evaluated by UNLV. It was open-sourced by HP and UNLV in 2005. face="Arial">OCR face="Arial">Linux face="Arial">Open source sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left">1.03 sdnum="1033;0;@" align="left">
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