The open-source spirit (not to mention non-existent pricetag) of the Linux OS is appealing to many academics, I daresay, but they (myself included) may be hesitant to switch over to an entirely new operating system, devoid of their favourite programs. Mac users have an array of delightful programs for academic work (DEVONthink, I’m looking at you), but even us Windows users have some favourite standbys. Why make the switch over to a new system if we can’t find programs to handle our academic tasks?
I did some prowling through a very useful list of Linux apps to see if the functionality of the most important academic programs could be duplicated in Linux.
Addendum: Some bonus Linux software links from helpful commenter Xonan!
A desktop wiki under constant development
PDF reader with highlight and commentary features
Extracts bibtex data from the clipboard, PDFs, etc
Java software for building argumentation maps