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Applications Supported By Ubuntu- A Linux Distribution

Updated on April 24, 2012
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So you're thinking of changing operating systems but you're not sure if the chosen operating system will suit your needs? Here I will look at some of the applications included with the installation of a Linux distribution - Ubuntu.

Firstly, the name Ubuntu is an African word meaning 'Humanity to others', or 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world. Ubuntu itself is a free operating system and that is potentially one of the best possible solutions when looking at costs.

Ubuntu was developed under the GPL license so it is freeware. While Microsoft has support technicians and you pay for support, Ubuntu is more community based. But don't let this scare you off! A community together is better than a solo technician, and posting on the Ubuntu forum is quick, painless and always receives an answer.

You may perhaps need a word processing program or perhaps a spreadsheet program. In Windows, Microsoft Office was all you needed. In Ubuntu, we use Open Office org; a free open source alternative to Microsoft Office. It is easy to use and why pay for a program when a free one can do the job as well?

Ubuntu has a note taker called Tomboy notes which is like sticky notes, only in a computer format. So if you ever need to write a quick note to remember something, Tomboy notes is there to help you remember.

We have Firefox as a web browser. One of the most customizable browsers around with millinos of plugins, the world of Internet lies at your feet while browsing with Firefox. If Firefox is not your thing, you can change it!

Windows Media Player freak? We have Rhythmbox Music Player. If you don't like it much, I strongly recommend Songbird, another freeware product.

There are a lot of WIndows program alternatives available in Ubuntu. If you still want to use the Windows program, get yourself a copy of WINE. It's free and found in the add/remove software tab. It allows you to run Windows applications on Ubuntu but it may not have the same quality as it would have on Windows.

If you'd like to find out more about Ubuntu - go check out their website. I am a proud Ubuntu user and have been for many months. The only reason I still have Windows on my computer? To play games of course!

In a world of Linux, who needs Windows and Gates?


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      free ubuntu now 7 years ago from

      Great article! I use Tomboy daily and love that it can export to html. I use Wine and recently installed Kindle for PC on my Linux machine. One setting in Wine to 98, and now I can use my laptop as a Kindle. The programs you mentioned are invaluable and save money.

      Way to go.