that ask what does Ubuntu have? Well, there are a multitude
"free" programs that are excellent. Below I have listed some
the great features that Ubuntu has. All these programs for
free and the Microsoft Windows equivalent usually costs
After you look at all the free excellent programs then how could you
ever go back to Microsoft?
are just a
few of the programs that are freely available to Ubuntu users.
you can see there is not much you cannot do with Windows that cannot be
accomplished on Ubuntu with greater security. And also
you won't have to deal with all of Windows Vista or OSX DRM crap.
- Openoffice.org - A great alternative to Microsoft Office.
Text editor, spreadsheet, presentation, etc.
- Gnome - An excellent user friendly GUI to interact with
- Nautilus - Ubuntu's default file manager.
Supports "drag and drop" and "copy and paste".
- Terminal - You sometimes need it to get the job done.
- Gaim - An excellent Instant Messaging client that is
compatible with AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, Jabber, MSN, etc.
- Archive Manager - An excellent alternative to WinZip,
handles compressed archives such as .zip,
.tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .rar, etc.
- K3B - An excellent CD/DVD burning program very much like
- Gedit - An excellent text editor far superior to Notepad.
Has syntax highlighting for programmers as well.
Comparable to Notepad++ or TextPad.
- Firefox - The best web browser out there. Much
better than Internet Explorer.
- Evolution - An excellent clone to Outlook email.
User can also install Thundebird via Synaptic.
- Sound Juicer - An excellent program to play and rip CDs to
.ogg, flac, .wav. etc.
- K9Copy - A program to rip DVDs and can also recode a DVD-9
to a DVD-5 discs. Very much like DVDShrink.
- VLC - An excellent alternative to Windows Media Player.
Plays .mp3, .ogg, .flac, .mpg, wmv, .wma, .mov, .avi.
- KTorrent - An excellent bittorrent client.
- Gnome Partition Editor - A linux equivalent to Partition
- Firestarter - An excellent internet firewall like Zone
Alarm or Comodo.
- Nvu - An excellent HTML editor much like Front Page.
- Eye of Gnome - Ubuntu's default image viewer.
Supports .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .tif, .tga, .png, .pcx and others.
- The Gimp - An excellent powerful image editing program like
- Kino - A KDE based application used to edit video for DVD
- Gnucash - An excellent alternative to Quicken.
- Games - All the games (Freecell, Solitaire, Hearts, Mines,
etc.) that you know and love.
- Evince - Default PDF reader for Ubuntu. You can
also install Acrobat through Synaptic.
- Cups-pdf - Package to create PDFs from any application via
use as a printer driver. Much like PDFCreator.
- Google Earth - The same that you use on Windows.
This package through download.
- Programming languages like C, C++, C#, Java, Perl, Python,
Ada, Fortran to
name a few. Java is installed through the Add/Remove.
you guess how many programming language compilers come with Windows?
All this and a secure operating system to boot. Also the
listed here are secure as they come from Ubuntu's trusted synaptic