The BOLD Difference between Windows and Linux
For those of you coming from the Windows environment, the first thing you will notice is the Immense list of programs and utilities in Linux. The typical Windows distribution is a single CD which contains the operating system and a few utility applications like briefcase, Virtual networking, etc.. In Linux, there is anywhere from 1 to 20 CD's depending on whether you downloaded it or bought a general or deluxe box-set from a store. The first CD/DVD in Linux contains the actual install of the operating system. It usually has quite a number of optional programs and utilities on it as well. There is also an index of all programs and utilities found on any subsequent media. The total number programs and utilities can range in the thousands but in practice, you will find that many are the same application but in a different language or different operational structure. For example you may have an application called something like kde-locales-it which is an Italian language plug-in for the KDE desktop system. So if you don't speak Italian the package is useless to you. But by the same token you might also have Koffice which contains an illustrator, a spreadsheet, a word processor, an organizer and a mail system. You may also find OpenOffice which has many of the same apps to it. In this case, you can install both or choose which one you want based on what is easiest or most functional for you.