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Windows / Linux Software Equivalents

Windows is definitely the big player in the game still, however Linux usage is gaining some steam. This post is going to concentrate on what programs you can use to make the switch to Linux. This process is not going to be entirely pain free if you are an avid user of all things computer related, however, if you are just a basic office user/worker or only need to check your email and play a few basic online games, Linux might be for you. There are literally thousands of choices for most applications out there so I’m only going to name the ones that I like or use and also only ones that work on Ubuntu. If you have any additions, please let me know.

Windows vs. Linux (Ubuntu)

Internet Browsing
W – Internet Explorer
U – Firefox

Email Clients
W – Outlook, Outlook Express
U – Thunderbird, Evolution

Chat Clients
W – MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM, mIRC
U- Gaim / Pigdin, xChat, BitchX

Com Port Communications
W – Hyperterminal
U – MiniCom

FTP Client
W – Filezilla FTP Client
U – Filezilla FTP Client

Remote Access Servers
W – Terminal Server, RealVNC, TightVNC, WinVNC
U – FreeNX, RealVNC, TightVNC

P2P Filesharing
W – Limewire, Bearshare, Bittorrent
U – Limewire, Azureus

VoIP Clients
W – Skype, X-Lite
U – Skype, Linphone, Twinkle

Drawing / Photo Editing
W –, Photoshop, MSPaint
3D Annimation / Rendering
W – 3D Studio MAX, Blender
U – Blender, Maya

DVD Players
W – Windows Media Player, PowerDVD
U – MPlayer, Kaffine, VLC

MP3 / Music Players
W – Winamp, iTunes
U – RhymeBox, K3b

Office Productivity
W – Microsoft Office
U –

Network / Relation Mapping
W – Microsoft Visio
U – Dia

Accounting / Financial
W – Quicken, Microsoft Money
U – GnuCash

Desktop Publishing
W – Microsoft Publisher, Quark
U – Scribus

PDF Editing
W – Adobe Acrobat Professional
U – PDFEdit, pdftk

W – Norton Ghost
U – G4u, dd

Partition Resizing
W – Norton Partition Magic
U – GParted

Backup Software
W – Symantec Backup Exec
U – BackupPC, Amanda

Web Servers
W – Microsoft IIS
U – Apache

File Servers
W – Microsoft File Services
U – Samba

Email Servers
W – Microsoft Exchange
U – Postfix, Sendmail

AntiVirus Software
W – Symantec AV, Mcafee
U – ClamAV, AVG

For more of these “like” software lists, please visit what I believe to be the most complete list on the internet, Table of Equivalents.


Send an email with telnet

This little piece of info has been beaten to death on the Internet, posted hundreds of times on hundreds of websites. The only reason that I am posting it here is to help me remember it after I haven’t done it in quite a while. (The filing cabinet theory)

Telnet to the mail server of your choice (note the 25 at the end)

telnet 25

Say hello to the receiving mail server with HELO


Tell the receiving mail server who is sending the email

mail from:

Tell the receiving mail server whom you are emailing

rcpt to:

Send any message you wish


hello spamuser1, i know where you live.

End with a single . (period) on a line


All done. The receiving mail server should tell you that the message has been queued for delivery.

The whole message track should look like this

telnet 25
mail from:
rcpt to:
hello spamuser1, i know where you live.

I would say on average, I use this technique for testing mail servers 3 times a week now. Seem’s pretty high, but it sure beats logging into a webmail server and sending mail, then looking for the message to process through the logs for verification. Just telnet, and verify in 10 seconds or less. Have fun, happy telnetting.


Free Software – Clone Different Sized Drives

There are definitely some commercial alternatives to this process, however, like I’ve said before, I’m cheap. If, I were to purchase software to do this, I would get a copy of Symantec Ghost, Partition Magic, or HD Clone Professional edition. But for this post, we are going to discuss how to do this process for free. I’m not going to go into much detail, however, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or post a comment.

  • Download the Ultimate Boot CD (Free)
  • Burn the ISO to CD using ImgBurn (Free)
  • Install 2nd HD in computer that you wish to clone
  • Boot that computer from the CD that you burned
  • Choose “File System Utilities” from the OS Menu
  • Choose HDClone (Free Edition)
    • Walk Through the Questions it asks you on screen. Very basic.

Note: After the clone of the smaller to larger drive is complete, remove the smaller drive from the system, install the larger drive as you would normally do, and boot again off of the Ultimate Boot CD

  • Boot from the CD again
  • Find partition tools in the menu and choose “Partition Resizer”
    • Answer the questions on there just as you did before. Very basic. The last part will be simi graphical; just use the page up button to max out the partition size that you wish to use.

When this process is finished, remove the CD from the CD Rom tray and reboot into your newly cloned and repartitioned system. Everything should function as nothing has changed; however I recommend defragmenting and running CHKDSK on the drive right away to avoid any potential disasters. The process is very simple, clean and cost you zero dollars to do. Very nice in my book.


Environmental Technology

My father subscribes to Inc. magazine which is one of my favorites. I don’t get a subscription because my dad gives them to me when he’s done and I’m cheap. I think you already knew that from my previous posts of “free” tech, but just in case you didn’t know….I am cheap. This in it’s own way is an environmentally friendly gesture. Less paper prints, or I would like to think so anyways, though, I’m sure they have a set number of prints they must roll out, I just don’t participate in the disposal of those prints, and tree killing. 🙂 I’m not a tree hugger, but I hate printing things out when I don’t have to. The same goes for technical things, if I can get it on the computer, I will. It’s searchable, highlightable, and saveable. SHSable.

OK, back to the original subject. Approximately 14,000 blogs have agreed today to post something about the environment. This could include how to’s for making your own Eco friendly detergents, cleaners, or batteries. It could include how to make a solar grid work for your home, install a wind generator, or even explain the benefits of geothermal heat. The reason I mentioned Inc. magazine was it’s never ending ability to always put an Eco friendly spin on technology, include articles about businesses and entrepreneurs who are Eco friendly and they look good doing it. Just go to the website, and see for yourself.

Here are a few of my favorite Eco friendly videos. It really makes you wonder what they will come out with next.





Captain Planet::..


Google Apps Expanded

Today I received a PDF from one of my subscription sites that talked about Google Apps in the enterprise. Though, I don’t know the full ramifications for switching a large company over to this suite of tools, I do think it would reap the same benefits as the small business just in a larger scale. I wanted to clarify that Google Apps does have a 1 for 1 with Microsoft and the open source community.

Google App’s Comparison

I’m interested in what Google will come up with next. I will do my best to keep you all informed on the new features, changes, and additions that Google will add to the mix.