Ubuntu 8.04 Preinstalled!

This article is aim to those who wants to try Ubuntu / Linux yet still have doubts about leaving their long-trusted Windows OS.

In this first post I’m going to take a closer look at some of the applications that ship with Ubuntu 8.04 and which are ready to use as soon as you’ve booted into Linux! And the cool part of it is you don't even have to install it!

See, after you’ve install Windows, you’ve got the OS, Notepad, Calculator and a few other bits and pieces. After installing a distro like Ubuntu you’ve got a whole raft of applications at your disposal.

Okay, the first application you will surely use in Linux afterwards:

OpenOffice.org 2.4

When you install Windows you don’t expect to be able to produce word processor documents, spreadsheets or presentations. For this you’d need to install an office suite. With Ubuntu that’s not the case as it comes complete with OpenOffice.org 2.4 pre-installed.

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Writer : Word Processor

Calc : Spreadsheet

Impress : Presentation

Draw : An advance paintbrush alternative

So right there you have Linux-based replacements for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint - and it is FREE!

I’m not going to kid you that these applications offer all the functionality that their Microsoft Office counterparts do, because they don’t. But, let’s face it, how many people really need all the functionality that Office offers? I’m guessing not many. In fact,OpenOffice.org only keeps the functionality that people find useful.

OpenOffice.org has some nice features that Office doesn’t have. For example, you can easily export documents to the PDF format without the need of a plug-in or converter.

Unless you’re a hardcore user of MS Office documents, OpenOffice.org could be all the office suite you need.