Unlike Windows, when you install Ubuntu (& many other Linux distributions), a lot of Office and other Basic applications also get installed. You don’t have to spend time installing applications after you’ve installed the OS (that’s another reason why Linux is preferred for Live Distributions).
Here is some info about the applications which you’ll be using:
- OpenOffice.org: It is a free and complete Office Suite. It contains the following applications as a part of it:
- Writer - a word processing software
- Calc - a spreadsheet software
- Impress – a presentation software
- Base – a database management program
- Draw – a vector graphics editor
- Math – a tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae
- GIMP: GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is almost as powerful as Photoshop, but Photoshop users might find it’s interface a bit awkward.
- Brasero Disc Burner: As the name suggests, it’s a complete and simple Disc Burning software.
- Transmission: Transmission is a BitTorrent client which can be used to download torrents.
- Pidgin: Pidgin is an All-in-one Instant Messaging client. It supports, Gmail/Jabber, Yahoo, MSN/Live, AIM, ICQ, IRC and everything right under one free program.
- Ekiga: Ekiga Softphone is a free VoIP and video conferencing client for GNOME and Windows.
You’ll really be surprise to see that OpenOffice.org has almost everything inspite of being free which it’s counterpart Microsoft Office 2003 had. We’ll not compare the Microsoft Office 2007 with OpenOffice.org 3.0 because of a different interface.
Most OO.o applications can be accessed in the Application —> Office menu
GIMP can be accessed in the Application —> Graphics menu.
Brasero can be accessed in the Application —> Sound & Video menu.
Transmission can be accessed in the Application —> Internet menu.
But but but, we’ll highly recommend installing Deluge as we feel, it is better than Transmission and gives you a ‘uTorrent-ish’feel.
Deluge can be installed by the following command: sudo apt-get install deluge-torrent or alternatively from the Synaptic Application Manager.
Pidgin can be accessed in the Application —> Internet menu.
Ekiga can be accessed in the Application —> Internet menu.