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SUSE Linux includes a number of programs that are used under both GNOME and KDE, such as the OpenOffice.org office suite and The GIMP image editor, but the GNOME and KDE desktops also have their own software for some specific tasks, such as playing back multimedia. Table 11-1 lists various popular Windows programs alongside their SUSE Linux counterparts for the GNOME and KDE desktop environments. All of the programs mentioned in the table are located on SUSE Linux's applications menu. In the case of the GNOME desktop, this is the menu at the bottom of the screen marked Applications; in the case of the KDE desktop, this is the green gecko icon at the bottom left (referred to throughout this book as the K menu).

Tip Although KDE and GNOME include their own specific software packages, they'll run fine within alternative desktop environments. For example, there's no reason why you can't run the KDE K3b CD-burning application under the GNOME desktop, or the GNOME Nautilus file manager under the KDE desktop. Working this way gives you an excellent choice of software for your system.

In addition to listing SUSE Linux replacements for Windows favorites, Table 11-1 also includes a number of other alternatives, some of which are installed by default under SUSE Linux. You might want to try these later on. As you might expect, they're all free of charge, so you have nothing to lose. Many of them are available on the SUSE Linux DVD supplied with this book (see Chapter 29 to learn how to install new software). Others must be downloaded and installed from the web sites mentioned in the table.

Table 11-1 lists only a fraction of the programs available under Linux. There are quite literally thousands of others. The programs listed here are those that work like their Windows equivalents and therefore provide an easy transition.

The remainder of this chapter outlines a handful of the programs listed in Table 11-1. As I noted at the beginning of this chapter, my goal is to give you a head start in using each program. In many instances, the software introduced in this chapter is covered in far more detail later in this book. You'll find more information about The GIMP image editor, multimedia tools, and office applications in Parts 5 and 6.

linux has it all

The SUSE Linux software archives contain thousands of programs to cover just about every task you might wish to do on your computer. Diversity is vitally important within the Linux world. For example, rather than offering just one e-mail program, you'll find many available. They compete with each other in a gentle way, and it's up to you which one you settle down with and use.

Part of the fun of using Linux is exploring what's available. Of course, the added bonus is that virtually all this software is free of charge, so you can simply download, install, and play around. If you don't like a program, just remove it from your system. However, don't forget to revisit the program's homepage after a few months; chances are the program will have been expanded and improved in that short period, and it might be better at meeting your needs.

Table 11-1. SUSE Linux Alternatives to Windows Software

Type of Program

Windows

GNOME

KDE

Alternatives

Word processor

Microsoft Word

OpenOffice.org Writer

OpenOffice.org Writer

AbiWord (www.abisource.com), KOfflce KWord (www. kof f ice. org/ kword)

Spreadsheet

Microsoft Excel

OpenOffice.org Calc

OpenOffice.org Calc

Gnumeric (www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/), KOffice KSpread (www.koffice.org/kspread)

Presentations

Microsoft PowerPoint

OpenOffice.org Impress

OpenOffice.org Impress

KOffice KPresenter (www.koffice.org/ kpresenter)

Drawing (vector art)

Adobe Illustrator

OpenOffice.org Draw

OpenOffice.org Draw

Inkscape (www.inkscape.org), KOfficeKarbonl4 (www.koffice.org/karbon)

Database

Microsoft Access

OpenOffice.org Base

OpenOffice.org Base

Rekall (www.thekompany.com/products/rekall/)

Web page creation

Microsoft FrontPage

OpenOffice.org Writer

OpenOffice.org Writer

Mozilla Composer (www.mozilla.org), Amaya (www.w3.org/Amaya/)

E-mail

Microsoft Outlook

Evolution

KMail

Thunderbird (www.mozilla.com)

Contacts manager/ calendar

Microsoft Outlook

Evolution

Kontact

Chandler (www.osafoundation.org)

Web browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer

(www. konq ueror. org)

Opera (www.opera.com)1

CD/DVD burning

Nero

Nautilus2

K3b

X-CD-Roast (www.xcdroast.org)

MP3 player

Winamp

Banshee

amaroK

XMMS (www.xmms.org)

CD player

Windows Media Player

CD Player

KsCD

XMMS (www.xmms.org).AlsaPlayer (www.alsaplayer.org)

Movie/DVD player

Windows Media Player

Totem Media Player

Kaffeine

MPlayer (www.mplayerhq. hu/homepage/)

Image editor

Adobe Photoshop

The GIMP

The GIMP

KOffice Krita (www.koffice.org/krita)

Zip files

WinZip

File Roller

Ark

TkZip (www.woodsway.com/TkZip/)

MS-DOS prompt

cmd.exe/command.exe

GNOME Terminal

Konsole

Xterm (www.x.org)3

Calculator

Calc

Gcalctool

KCalc

Too many to mention!

Text editor/viewer

Notepad

Gedit

Kate

KWrite (www.kde-apps.org/content/ show.php?content=9901)

1. Opera is a proprietary project, rather than open source: however, it is free of charge.

2. Nautilus is the file manager under the GNOME desktop. To activate its CD/DVD burning mode, open a standard Nautilus file browsing window and click Go > CD/DVD Creator.

3. Xterm is part of theX.org package, so it is installed'by default under SUSE Linux. To use it, typex term in a GNOME Terminal window. See Chapter 10 to learn how to create a permanent desktop shortcut for xterm.

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