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http://www.nawaz.org/wiki/index.php?title=Table_of_Equivalents

What do you say about creating a clone of that except with no nonfree software?

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So you would also remove the entire windows column? Well, looky here.

By the way, linux is not windows, so I think the idea of a table of equivalents is not such a great one.

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Yea, my frequent advice to GNU/Linux newbies is treat everything, whether a function, a complete application or a desktop feature as something completely new; do not try to make comparisons to common proprietary software that function on Windows (ie Photoshop), nor Windows-applications (ie. Internet Explorer).

Reason why I do this is because otherwise newbies get caught up in this idea that GNU/Linux and it's open source applications are just alternatives, like another version. They think that things should be similar, functions should be named similarly or the same as to what they were used to; everything ought to be the same or very similar. You might as well just call it Winux or something then.

Although a comparison is alright I would make it more general. Name the function and purpose of the program, rather than the proprietary program. Thus:

Optical device and media burning/creation - K3B, GNOMEBaker, cdrecord, ...
Web browsing - Firefox, Konqueror, Epiphany, w3m, links, links2, ...

As apposed to:
My Computer "enable burn" function - K3B, GNOMEBaker, cdrecordm, ...
Internet Explorer - Firefox, Konqueror, Epiphany, w3m, links, links2, ...

I think this brings the user away from the idea that Microsoft came up with all these applications and ideas in the first place, that Microsoft was the first to create such applications, that Microsoft is the one making the leading applications which is why GNU/Linux is copying. This is a negative and misinformed way to look at this whole deal and should therefore be avoided. I think naming the function of a program is a better way to go about this than making straight comparisons. :smiling:

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Removing the Windows column wasn't what I had in mind, but after reading kleplas's post that's actually a good idea.

Btw it already lists things by task.

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I would agree with klepas and Taco too. It is better not to present Free Software applications as alternatives or even equivalents. It is better to list software by task only.

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In that case, feel free to pick up those orphaned pages in the libervis wiki and give them some more content. No doubt it can be added to the libervis projects menu to attract more attention ;-)

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