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Vista vs. Linux software wars - bundled apps

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A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

Part 4: Software Wars -- Bundled Apps

by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

To get you up to speed, here's where we are in my evaluation of Vista vs. Ubuntu/MEPIS Linux. When we left off, I had the system up and running in a dual-boot environment.

In the last episode, the question was how each operating system would work, or not, with the hardware on my HP Pavilion Media Center TV m7360n PC. The answer was that neither OS worked perfectly with the computer, but Ubuntu/MEPIS -- yes, the Linux system -- actually worked better with the PC than did Vista. In no small part, that was because Vista's built-in DRM (digital rights management) gets in the way of viewing or listening to high-quality video or music.

In this episode, I turn my attention to the software that both OSes include in their standard packages. Since I was using Vista Ultimate, the Vista with all the bells and whistles, I should note that it has more applications built in than its siblings. Similarly, MEPIS, a professional-grade adaptation of Ubuntu, comes with more applications than a vanilla Linux distribution, although with less than some Linuxes, such as Novell's openSUSE or SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop), or Xandros's Professional Linux desktop.

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