faq — what are the applications to use in linux?

applications in msWindows applications in Linux

office

MS Word Buy separately     Open Office Writer * Free, installed with linux
Said to be completely compatible
MS Excel Buy separately Open Office Calc * Free, installed with linux
Said to be completely compatible
MS PowerPoint Buy separately Open Office Impress * Free, installed with linux
Said to be completely compatible
Tally (accounting) Buy separately ??  

graphics

Photoshop Buy separately     GIMP * Free, installed with linux
Compatible?
Adobe Illustrator Buy separately Open Office Draw *, others Free, installed with linux
Compatible?

publishing

Adobe Acrobat Buy separately     ps2pdf and others Free, install with linux,
Compatible
PageMaker Buy separately FrameMaker * or Scribu Free, install separately,
Compatible?

internet and web

Internet Explorer (web browser) Built into the system; open to viruses.     Firefox, * or Opera, * or Netscape, * or Konqueror, or many others Free, installed with linux or can install separately
Secure, more features
Yahoo Messenger (messaging) Free, install separately GAIM Free, installed with linux or can install separately
Secure, does not collude with China
Skype (messaging, internet phone) Free, install separately Skype Free, can install separately

web dev and programming

IIS (web server) Built into the system? Install separately? Costs? Open to viruses.     apache * Free, installed with linux.
Secure, more features, does not collude with China. Used by 70% of web hosts around the world.
NotePad (text editor) Free, built into the system; limited features emacs, joe, kate, kedit, nedit, vi, ... * Free, installed with linux or can install separately
More features, many choices
TextPad, NotePad++ (text editors) Free, good features.
DreamWeaver (web page designer) Buy separately ... Free, install separately

media

Music and video players Buy separately     Many applications - search the web Free, installed with linux or can install separately
Nero (cd burner) Buy separately cdrecord, Nautilus, others Free, installed with linux or can install separately

utilities

Control Panel Built into the system; limited functions     many commands and applications Free, installed with linux. Can view and manage everything on the system.
Process Manager Built into the system; limited functions ps, top, many others Free, installed with linux. Can view and manage everything on the system.
   
* Also available for MSWindows

(The word "free" above is used in the meaning of free of cost, not freedom of thought)

(These notes are by necessity brief summaries, and do not give all the pros and cons. For full information visit the websites of the different applications, and search the WWWW (Wonderful World Wide Web) for different opinions and experiences.)

Know more

Application sites
http://www.openoffice.org/
FrameMaker
http://www.openoffice.org/
GIMP
http://www.openoffice.org/
Open Office
General info
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
Philosophy of free software