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DesktopLinux.com: Making the Switch to Open Source Gradually

Mar 27, 2003, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Holton)

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"Some of the best free and open source applications for Linux also have versions that run very well in Windows and Mac OS X. So if you have not yet tried or are hesitant to try Linux, you might download and try some of these Windows and OS X applications now, for free. You'd be surprised how good they are, and how they can completely replace Microsoft's applications, including opening and saving to Microsoft's file formats. Now is a good time to start taking baby steps towards open source and Linux because the three major Linux distributors are starting to release new versions (Red Hat 9, Mandrake 9.1,and Suse 8.2)...

  • Instead of IE and Outlook...Mozilla includes a web browser and email client many consider better than Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook/Entourage. The only thing missing is a calendar/scheduling app, but there is a separate Mozilla calendar component in development that already works great. I personally just use the web-based Yahoo Calendar. And if you do switch to Linux, Ximian Evolution is a complete replacement for Outlook especially if you use Microsoft Exchange..."

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