I have recently decided to try Ubuntu (a South African term meaning “humanity towards others”), which is an open-source operating system built on Linux but similar in interface to traditional Windows or Mac operating systems. My question is whether a scientist could get by using only free software. Here is a list of programs that I think more or less covers the basics. If you have suggestions/experiences/comments to share, please let us know.
Office suite (Word processor, spreadsheet, presentations):
(Also free, but not worth the price: Internet Explorer)
Email and personal information manager:
(A PDF creator and editor is included in OpenOffice.org)
Image viewing/editing software:
Audio editing software:
Lab management software: