Available Software

Table 11-1 lists various popular Windows programs alongside their Ubuntu counterparts. You'll find most of the programs listed on the Applications menu. Table 11-1 also includes a number of other mainstream alternatives, most of which aren't installed by default under Ubuntu, but are available from the Ubuntu online software repositories. You might want to try these later on. As you might expect, they're all free of charge, so you have nothing to lose.

â– Note 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.

Table 11-1. Ubuntu Alternatives to Windows Software

Type of Program

Windows

Ubuntu

Alternative Choices

Word processor

Spreadsheet

Presentations

Drawing (vector art)

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Adobe Illustrator

Database Microsoft Access

Web page creation Microsoft FrontPage

E-mail

Contacts manager/ calendar

Web browser

CD/DVD burning

MP3 player

CD player/ripper Movie/DVD player

Image editor

Zip files

MS-DOS prompt

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Nero

Winamp

Windows Media Player Windows Media Player

Adobe Photoshop

WinZip cmd.exe/command.exe

OpenOffice.org Writer

OpenOffice.org Calc

Microsoft PowerPoint OpenOffice.org Impress

OpenOffice.org Draw

OpenOffice.org Base1

OpenOffice.org Writer

Evolution

Evolution Mozilla Firefox Nautilus3

Rhythmbox

Sound Juicer

Totem Media Player

The GIMP Archive Manager

GNOME Terminal

AbiWord (www.abisource.com), KOffice KWord (www.koffice.org/ kword)

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

KOffice KPresenter (www.koffice.org/kpresenter)

Inkscape (www.inkscape.org), KOffice Karbon 14 (www.koffice.org/karbon)

Knoda (www.knoda.org)

SeaMonkey (www.mozilla.org/ projects/seamonkey), Amaya (www.w3.org/Amaya)

Mozilla Thunderbird (www.mozilla.com), KMail (http:// kontact.kde.org/kmail)

Kontact (www.kontact.kde.org)

Konqueror (www.konqueror.org), Opera (www.opera.com)2

K3b (www.k3b.org), Brasero

(www.gnome.org/projects/

brasero)

Aqualung (http:// aqualung.factorial.hu), Banshee (http://banshee-project.org)

Grip (http://nostatic.org/grip)

VLC (www.videolan.org) MPlayer (www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage)

KOffice Krita (www.koffice.org/ krita)

KArchiver (http://pagesperso-orange.fr/coquelle/karchiver)

Xterm (www.x.org)4

Calculator

Calc

Calculator

Too many to mention!

Table 11-1. Ubuntu Alternatives to Windows Software (Continued)

Type of Program

Windows

Ubuntu

Alternative Choices

Text editor/viewer

Notepad

Gedit

Kate (www.kate-editor.org)

Desktop games

Minesweeper/Solitaire

Mines/AisleRiot

Too many to mention!

Solitaire

1 Base isn't installed by default, but it is easily installed via the openoffice.org-base package. This database tool is tightly integrated with the rest of the OpenOffice.orgsuite.

2 Opera is a proprietary product, rather than open source; however, it is free of charge.

3 Nautilus is the file manager within Ubuntu; to activate its CD/DVD burning mode, click Go > CD/DVD Creator.

4 Xterm is part of theX.org package, so it is installed by default under Ubuntu. To use it, typexterm in a GNOME Terminal window. See Chapter 10 to learn how to create a permanent desktop launcher for Xterm.

1 Base isn't installed by default, but it is easily installed via the openoffice.org-base package. This database tool is tightly integrated with the rest of the OpenOffice.orgsuite.

2 Opera is a proprietary product, rather than open source; however, it is free of charge.

3 Nautilus is the file manager within Ubuntu; to activate its CD/DVD burning mode, click Go > CD/DVD Creator.

4 Xterm is part of theX.org package, so it is installed by default under Ubuntu. To use it, typexterm in a GNOME Terminal window. See Chapter 10 to learn how to create a permanent desktop launcher for Xterm.

LINUX HAS IT ALL

The Ubuntu 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 home page 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.

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