- title Applications
These guides provide information about various applications that are available for Ubuntu, both from repositories and from other sources.
- Accessories - Various useful utilities.
- Games - Information on games written for Ubuntu Linux, as well as how to run Windows games in Ubuntu.
- Graphics - Software for creating and manipulating images.
- Photo - Software for viewing and editing photos.
- Internet - Network applications like web browsers, email clients, and instant messengers.
- Other - Software for business, science, medicine, engineering, and other professional disciplines.
- Office - Software such as word processors, spreadsheet, presentation, and database applications.
- Productivity - Software such as organizers, schedulers, planners and management applications.
- Servers and Web Applications - Software for creating websites, teleconferencing servers, learning management systems, and other web applications
- Sound and Video - Software for playing, ripping, and burning music and videos.
- Multimedia - Software for playing and editing sound and video.
- System Tools - Software for configuring and managing Ubuntu.
Ubuntu comes with many pre-installed Applications. The [[UbuntuHelp:[Adding and Removing Applications | Add/Remove...]]] tool provides an excellent way to browse some of the applications which are available.
Browse by repository
Repositories are the recommended way to install software in Ubuntu. Different software will be found in the different repositories.
- Software in the Main Repository is supported by Canonical and the Ubuntu Community of users. Software installed by default is found in the Main Repository.
- Software in the Universe Repository is supported by the Ubuntu Community of users.
- Software in the Multiverse Repository is made available as is.
- Software in the Partners Repository is made available by Canonical, but supported by the software authors.
Ubuntu uses the Gnome Desktop. The Gnome Desktop places a Panel at the top of the desktop with drop down menus to the different software categories available in Ubuntu. Below you can browse the software organised after the menu structure.
- The Applications Menu contains most of the software for general computer use
- The Places Menu contains links to your files, search functions and network directories
- The System Menu contains sub menus for Preferences and Administration as well as help and support options
There is also a wide range of Free Software Alternatives available for Ubuntu, with even more to come. A number of Ubuntu Community Documentation pages lists these applications that you can install:
- Recommended Applications - Less well-known applications recommended by other Ubuntu users.
- Ubuntu equivalents to applications on other operating systems:
- Free Software Alternatives - A comprehensive list of alternative applications for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu Linux.
- Switching from MacOSX - Ubuntu alternatives to Mac OSX applications.
- Windows Applications Equivalents - Ubuntu alternatives to Windows applications.
Virtualization and Emulation
Just because you are switching to a different Operating System doesn't mean you have to give up all your old programs. You can run software from other Operating Systems inside of Ubuntu. This includes most Windows applications (and even the entire Windows OS itself).
Adding and Removing Applications
Ubuntu provides a number of very easy ways to add and remove software, the easiest of which is the Add/Remove Applications tool which can be found in the Applications menu. You can read more about managing applications in the Official Ubuntu Documentation (see the section on Adding and Removing Software) and the Software Management page.
- SoftwareManagement - Ubuntu includes some powerful tools for managing software. Here are some of those tools and terminology.
The applications on the following websites will generally work on Ubuntu, but may not be installable through Ubuntu's software management tools.
- Gnome Files - Software for the default Ubuntu desktop (called GNOME). Applications are categorized and rated.
- KDE-APPS.org - Software for the default Kubuntu desktop (called KDE). Applications are categorized and rated.
- osalt.com - Open source alternatives to proprietary software.