Linux migration. Part III. What you get ‘From Box’

In the previous post I show how to create a Dual-Boot System on your PC. Lets now reboot computer with our fresh Linux and see what we get ‘from Box’.

Kubuntu desktop looks similar to Windows™. You’ll find the Start button in the form of “K” and the System menu with installed applications.

Office Applications

Kubuntu (Ubuntu) distribution has OpenOffice 2.3 package preinstalled.
The Office section of the System menu contains:

  • Kontact (PIM)
  • OpenOffice Drawing
  • OpenOffice Presentation
  • OpenOffice Spreadsheet
  • OpenOffice Word Processor

Kontact is the integrated solution to your personal information management needs. It combines KDE applications like KMail, KOrganizer, and KAddressBook into a single interface to provide easy access to mail, scheduling, address book and other PIM functionality.
We’ll consider the Kontact close in further posts while transfer emails from Outlook™.

OpenOffice Drawing (Draw) is a vector graphics editor comparable to CorelDRAW in features. The DRAW gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams (flowcharts, organisation charts, network diagrams, etc). Sophisticated rendering let you create photorealistic images with your own texture, lighting effects, transparency, perspective, and so on. Import graphics from all common formats (including BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and WMF). DRAW has ability to create Flash (.swf) versions of your work.

OpenOffice Presentation (Impress) is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will stand out with 2D and 3D clip art, special effects, animation, and high-impact drawing tools. IMPRESS has built-in ability to create Flash (.swf) versions of your presentations.

You are able to use your old Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, or save your work in PowerPoint format.

OpenOffice Spreadsheet (Calc) is similar to Microsoft Excel, with a roughly equivalent range of features. It provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as PDF files.

Calc is capable of opening and saving spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel file format.

OpenOffice Word Processor (Writer) is a word processor similar to Microsoft Word, with a roughly equivalent range of features. Writer provides a number of features not present in Word, including the ability to export to the PDF format natively.

Writer is capable of opening and saving documents in a number of formats, including the OASIS Open Document Format, Microsoft Word’s DOC, RTF and XHTML.

Internet Applications

Konqueror is a default browser for Kubuntu. It’s more then just browser. Konqueror is a web browser, file manager and file viewer.

The Internet section of the System menu also contains Akregator (RSS feed reader), Konversation (IRC client), Kopete (Instant Messenger), KTorrent (BitTorrent client).

Graphics Applications

The Graphics section of the System menu contains DigiKam (PhotoAlbum Manager / image organizer), Gwenview (Image Viewer), KSnapshot (Screen Capture application. All screenshots of this post are created with the KSnapshot.), KPDF (PDF Viewer).

Multimedia Applications

The Multimedia section of the System menu contains media payers: Amarok (audio player), K3b (CD & DVD Burning application), Kaffeine (Media palyer).

Add Programs

When you need more software, you don’t have to search for it there and everywhere. Use the Add/Remove Programs item of the System menu. The Adept Installer helps you to select and install in a couple of clicks any of 23 thousands available applications for various areas.

The Next Step

At the next step we’ll test KMail as an E-Mail application. It’s needed to import old messages and address book from Outlook™.


by Michel Komarov, © Copyright 2008.


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