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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 22 Dec 2004
 

"You mean I can't run Word or Excel on Linux? How am I supposed to write documents or make my spreadsheets?", a coworker once asked me. We were discussing the pros and cons of Linux and Windows. Though he accepted the fact that Linux is superior, he had some legitimate questions. He wanted to try Linux, but was at a loss for which applications to use instead of their Windows counterparts. I took a moment to introduce to him OpenOffice.org. It has word processing, spreadsheets, and can even open PowerPoint Presentations. It's all built into a very familiar interface. He raised an eyebrow at me, his curiosity piqued, and doubts satisfied.

After that discussion, I took notes of many Linux equivalents of Windows software. Such information is very useful for those who want to use Linux but don't know what programs to use. Additionally, most of these applications are are installed during the installation of the operating system. This means that instead of having to go out to a store and purchase software (as you do in Windows), you need look no further than the menus in your window manager.

The table below has two columns. In the first column, you'll find the functionality you're used to on Windows. There may be an example of software, as well. The second column matches this functionality to the equivalent Novell Linux Desktop software:

Functionality
Novell Linux Desktop Application

Office Suite

Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, etc.

OpenOffice.org

This software should already be available on your system. To access this suite, go to the "N" menu followed by the "Office" menu. The various applications are listed.

Email client, Personal Information Management

Microsoft Outlook

Novell Evolution 2

This software should already be available on your system. To access it, go to the "N" menu, then "Internet," "More Programs," and select Novell Evolution.

Burn CDs

K3b (in KDE)

This software should already be available on your system. To access it, go to the "N" menu, then "Multimedia." You can select "K3b CD/DVD burning" from this menu.

Media Player

Winamp, Windows Media Player

XMMS

This is not installed by default. Install with YaST. Once it's installed, go to the "N" menu, "Multimedia," "More Programs," and select XMMS. For another great resource on media and the various formats, please view this article.

Text Editor

Kate or gedit

This software should already be available on your system. To access it, press ALT+F2, type "kate" or "gedit" (without the quotes), and press Enter.

Instant Messenger

Gaim

This software should already be available on your system. To access it, go to the "N" menu, then "Internet," "More Programs," and select GAIM Instant Messenger.

Web browser

Mozilla Firefox

This software should already be available on your system. To access it, go to the "N" menu, then "Internet." You can select Mozilla Firefox from this menu.

This list is a general overview only, to cover the main software applications.


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