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Gregg Bolinger
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I thought a good sister discussion to my Who uses Linux and only Linux thread might be to list Linux software that would be used in place of MS Software. So I will start. If everyone contributes, I will write an article on my blog, so as you add more I will edit my list on this post..
  • Microsoft Office - Open Office (obviously), KOffice
  • Microsoft Outlook - Evolution, Mozilla, Mozilla Thunderbird
  • IE - Mozilla, Mozilla Firebird
  • Microsoft Messenger - Gaim (supports AOL, MSN, Yahoo, and ICQ)


  • [ January 26, 2004: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]

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    Adrian Yan
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    Open office? No thanks. It's about the worst office app out there. Koffice is about 10 times better.
    Gregg Bolinger
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    Originally posted by Adrian Yan:
    Open office? No thanks. It's about the worst office app out there. Koffice is about 10 times better.

    You can't just lay something like that out there and then not say why. I want good information and suggestions. Not shallow "it sucks" opinions. If you have nothing of value to add, don't add anything.
    Thanks.
    Adrian Yan
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    ok, just my biased opinion.
    I was looking for an office application when I decided to use xfce, and the light desktops. So I decided to install open office to give it a try.
    Here is my conclusions:
    1. General slowness, this is a very personal subjective benchmark, so, for me, it was slower than koffice.
    2. Installation process, maybe it's just me, but it was a mess. I have download a bin, then something else. Then, install the application is not enought, I have to install ton of stuff and directory into my home.
    After that, I basically stop using it and install koffice and its related libs to run on my xfce.
    Joe Ess
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    I'm going around in circles with your term "Linux Software". Much of what's available for the Linux platform is Open Source and has a Windows port (i.e. Apache, MySQL, Mozilla). Then there are the Java Open Source apps that don't care about the underlaying platform (Tomcat, Eclipse, Ant). Then there are the closed source apps that run Better With Linux (SAP, Oracle). Are you looking for apps that replace a MS app (i.e. Apache == IIS)? Are you looking for Free and Open (Eclipse == MS Dev Studio)? Are you looking for ports (i.e. Oracle) of Windows software that's more stable under Linux? How about the various terminal shells? Makes the Windows command line look pathetic, and you have your _choice_ of which one to use. The various window managers are another example of _choice_ being available on Linux and not on Windows. There's a couple of different paths to answer to your question, and I'm going down all of them at once.


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    Greg Karpov
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    To speed-up an OpenOffice you can allocate more memory, it is somwhere in "settings" or something - I can't tell exactly, since I don't have english vershion.Usually I give it about 45 Mb RAM and it flies, and on both Linux and Windows, and I don't think that KOffice can work on Windows or Mac, and that's important for many people to use the same apps on different platforms - Mozilla, OO and so on.
    Gregg Bolinger
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    Originally posted by Joe Ess:
    I'm going around in circles with your term "Linux Software". Much of what's available for the Linux platform is Open Source and has a Windows port (i.e. Apache, MySQL, Mozilla). Then there are the Java Open Source apps that don't care about the underlaying platform (Tomcat, Eclipse, Ant). Then there are the closed source apps that run Better With Linux (SAP, Oracle). Are you looking for apps that replace a MS app (i.e. Apache == IIS)? Are you looking for Free and Open (Eclipse == MS Dev Studio)? Are you looking for ports (i.e. Oracle) of Windows software that's more stable under Linux? How about the various terminal shells? Makes the Windows command line look pathetic, and you have your _choice_ of which one to use. The various window managers are another example of _choice_ being available on Linux and not on Windows. There's a couple of different paths to answer to your question, and I'm going down all of them at once.

    What I am looking for are applications that can be used in Linux that replace applications that people generally use on Windows.
    I don't care if they have a port for Windows or not.
    Basically, I want to write a short article about how a typical PC user can use Linux and still be able to do what they did on Windows. If a Windows app has a port to Linux that's great. But I don't really care if it runs on both or not. Just so that there is an equevillent on Linux for the Windows Applications.
    Greg Karpov
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    Gregg, you might find this table useful for your article: http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-lin-soft-en/table.shtml
    Gregg Bolinger
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    Originally posted by Greg Karpov:
    Gregg, you might find this table useful for your article: http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-lin-soft-en/table.shtml

    Awesome list Gregg. I think I will just say something about that link on my blog and let people go there.
    Thanks a bunch.
    Gregg Bolinger
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    Ok Greg, I posted that link on my Weblog. I gave you some kudos too.
    Thanks again. You can click the link in my sig for my weblog.
    Jeroen Wenting
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    OK, so being OS is no requirement?
    Visual Studio: Borland Kylix
    MS SQL Server: Oracle 9i or IBM DB/2 or Firebird (which is open source)
    Photoshop: gIMP
    Notepad: VI
    Eclipse or JBuilder: Eclipse or JBuilder (sorry, couldn't resist)


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    V Bose
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    Originally posted by Greg Karpov:
    Gregg, you might find this table useful for your article: http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-lin-soft-en/table.shtml

    Very helpful Table.Thanks!
     
    I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
     
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