Applications

The table below displays a comparison between Ubuntu and Microsoft Windows applications:

Applications

Ubuntu

Microsoft Windows

Web browsing and E-mail

• Firefox Web browser by default

• Evolution e-mail client by default

• Internet Explorer Web browser by default

• Outlook e-mail client by default

Word Processing

• OpenOffice.org suite

• WordPad by default

Multimedia

• Includes several default multimedia programmes, such as Sound Juicer, Rythmbox, Serpentine, Movie Player and Sound Recorder

• Includes Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 (WMP) and Microsoft Windows Media Center (WMC)

Image Editing and Picture Management

• F-Spot photo manager

• Gimp for image editing

• Picture Gallery application

• Paint

Table 2.3: Application Based Differences

Table 2.3: Application Based Differences

Looking at each element outlined in the table in greater detail: Networking, Web browsing and E-mail

Network setup on both Ubuntu and Microsoft Windows is easy. Web browsing features are relatively the same on both OSs.

Mozilla Firefox is loaded as the default browser on Ubuntu, and Internet Explorer is the default browser on Vista. You can also install Firefox on Microsoft Windows.

Evolution is the default e-mail client on Ubuntu. It connects to POP accounts, conventional UNIX mailboxes and Exchange servers via Outlook Web Access. Evolution also has a built-in Personal Information Manager (PIM) and a calendaring and appointment system. The Microsoft Windows Mail application in Vista is a rewritten version of Outlook Express, with a stripped down calendar or appointment application, Microsoft Windows Calendar. An upgrade to Outlook is suggested if you use the calendar often or if you have a full PIM. Ubuntu users enjoy the out-of-the-box mail client setup facility.

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