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Hi guys

I have in my adventures in Ubuntu, found some software equivs to Windows ones. here they are..hope this helps.

'System Profiler and Benchmarks' = Windows equiv. is ~SIW (System Information for Windows)

'CPU-G'* = Windows equiv. is ~CPU-Z (no duh lol)

'Desura' = Windows equiv. to ~Steam (not *as* good but its still maturing)


(I found 'psensor' today as well, but it looks nothing like speedfan, but does work)

Now for some Mac/OSX equivs. although it is already included software, i thought just 'say it anyway' :-)

Software Center = App Store

Banshee* = iTunes

Ubuntu One = iCloud

OpenGL is on both.

Compiz is more powerful than Carbon/Cocoa (if I understand it correctly). both use X window manager.



just a wee note, My rig is not very good with Ubuntu, the onboard ethernet is temperamental, the NV graphics drivers won't do 1080i* only 1080p which makes my screen a little fuzzy in comparison. shame I cannot get this totally working as I have 'lived' in Ubuntu before and enjoyed it. and just use Windows for Steam. (although Windows is an okay OS IMO)


peace

Dava








*just found this today.

*the Banshee team have a money beef with Canonical at the moment, for Amazon ad shares, but it's really a mixed bag there, because without Canonical using Banshee in Ubuntu, Banshee wouldn't be 'on the map' as much without Ubuntu, but Canonical should respect the teams wishes, so it's a bit up in the air really.

*also wont do the res. i tell it to.
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You should check out the Synaptic Package Manager. The Ubuntu App Store is junk in comparison. It is slow and glitchy, whereas Synaptic used to be the default GUI software installing tool until they removed it in 11.10 (or was it 11.04?).

WINE is cool too if you want to push Steam over to Linux. Granted, it doesn't work perfectly and the games take a hit in performance, but at least you won't be playing in windows wink.gif.

Also I am sure you can get 1080i working with proprietary Nvidia drivers. As long as you installed those restricted drivers (I hope you did!), there are probably guides on writing a xorg.conf file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf) that can make it so your system will run 1080i.

I wish you luck on your Ubuntu adventures. Feel free to spread your horizons a little, and try something new. Also, OMG! Ubuntu!, Web Upd8, and Ubuntu Vibes are great sources of cool ideas that might be worth trying out sometime. I certainly have learned about programs through these blogs before.
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Originally Posted by dava4444 View Post

Compiz is more powerful than Carbon/Cocoa (if I understand it correctly). both use X window manager.

Compiz and Carbon / Cocoa are different types of products.

* Compiz is a compositing window manager - which in laymans terms, is the APIs that manage the drawing and interaction of the Windows. The Compiz equivelent on Windows would be Aero and on OS X I believe it's Aqua (though in all honesty, I'm not entirely sure where Aqua's responsibilities start and end, so it may just be a desktop environment such as GNOME Shell).

* Carbon and Cocoa are just toolkits - they don't manage any rendering, they just provide a set of standard APIs for designing interfaces (eg buttons etc) and such like. Carbon / Cocoa's direct competition would be .NET and Win32 (Windows) or Qt and GTK (open source / Linux).

* OS X doesn't use XWindows. Like Android, it has it's own graphics engine.

also, you raised the point about OpenGL - you're absolutely right that it does run on both Linux and OS X. However it also runs on Windows and various games consoles too. (I wasn't sure if you're already aware of this - so please forgive me if I'm just reiterating facts you already know). In fact OpenGL (as the name suggests - Open Graphics Library) was intended to be a universal cross-platform graphics library. However due to the slow way in which development was handled (as if often the case with open specifications - sadly) so Microsoft pushed in with DirectX (which, to be fair, is more than just graphics libraries) and hence DX3D is now the primary graphics rendering toolkit for Windows development. And I'll give MS their dues, DirectX is a very nice set of APIs to develop with thumb.gif


I do like the idea behind this thread, by the way. So a few more suggestions:
Windows / OS X -> Linux
Photoshop -> GIMP
Windows Media Player -> VLC
Visual Studio -> Eclipse / Qt Creator
MS Office -> LibreOffice
Notepad -> Gedit / Kate (former being GNOME, the latter being KDE)
Edited by Plan9 - 2/13/12 at 1:11am
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cool. :-)
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Good job. thumb.gif
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GKrellM is equal to Core Temp and Speedfan. You have to install lm-sensors first and 'sensors detect' in terminal for it to work but the themes and interface itself is far superior to any Windows software I have seen. The program has been out forever, I was using it back on Mandrake 8 (2001)
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