Linux Desktop Publishing Software

Desktop Publishing Software Titles for Linux

Unlike Mac and Windows, there are only a handful of Linux programs for doing desktop publishing. But if Linux is your preferred OS and you want to create fliers, brochures, newsletters, business cards, and the like, then give one of these programs a spin. Because there aren't many Linux options, this list includes more graphics software and office titles for Linux that are often used in conjunction with desktop publishing or to produce typical desktop publishing projects.

Tux the penguin is the official Linux mascot.
Tux the penguin is the official Linux mascot. Getty Images/John Coulter

Laidout 0.096 for Linux

A page layout program by Tom Lechner, a SourceForge.net Project. See this feature comparison chart for Laidout, Scribus, InDesign, and other programs. "Laidout is desktop publishing software, particularly for multipage, cut and folded booklets, with page sizes that don't even have to be rectangular." More »

PageStream 5.8 for Linux (and Mac, Windows, Amiga, MorphOS)

Desktop publishing and page layout for multiple platforms by Grasshopper LLC. It also has integrated illustration tools. More »

Scribus 1.5.2 for Linux (and Mac, Windows)

Probably the premiere free desktop publishing software application. It has the features of the pro packages, but it's free. Scribus offers CMYK support, font embedding and sub-setting, PDF creation, EPS import/export, basic drawing tools, and other professional level features. It works in a fashion similar to Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress with text frames, floating palettes, and pull-down menus -- and without the hefty price tag.

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GIMP 2.8.20 for Linux (and Windows, Mac, FreeBSD, OpenSolaris)

The GNU Image Management Program (The GIMP) is a popular, free, open-source alternative to Photoshop and other photo editing software. More »

Inkscape 0.92 for Linux (and Windows, Mac, and will run on FreeBSD, Unix-like systems)

A popular free, open source vector drawing program, Inkscape uses the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Use Inkscape for creating text and graphics compositions including business cards, book covers, fliers, and ads. Inkscape is similar in capabilities to Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. Inkscape is also being used to create fonts. More »

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 for Linux (and Windows, Solaris, Mac)

Free suite comparable to Microsoft Office, includes a word processing application that can double as desktop publishing software on the cheap. More »