Ubuntu VS Windows

Application name Market price
(tigerdirect.com or vender site)
Application name
OS Windows XP home w/ sp2 192.99 Ubuntu 5.10 i386
Chinese input Smart Pinyin free SCIM
Office Suite Office 2003 std. 341.99 Openoffice.org 2
Text Editor UltraEdit 10.0 39.95 Gedit 2.12.1
Dictionary Powerword 2005 49.95 StartDict
Ebook Reader Adobe Reader 7.0

CHM reader

free Evince 0.4.0


MultiMedia Player MediaPlayer


(avi, rmvb, xvid, divx, quicktime)

free Totom, Xine, win32codes


Images Viewer ACDSee 7.0 49.99 gThumb 2.6.5
Photo Editor PhotoShop CS2 v9.0 569.99 Gimp 2.2.8
Compress WinRAR 3.2 29.00 Nattilus 2.12.1
Emule Emule 4.6c free Amule 2.0.3
Download Tools Thunder 5 free Download for X v2.5.0
Ftp Client FlashFXP 25.00 Gftp 2.0.18
BT BitComet free Azureus
IM Tools  
MSN Messenger 7.0 free GAIM 1.5.0
Google Talk free GAIM 1.5.0
Skype free Skype
Email Client Outlook Express free Evolution 2.4.1
Web Browser IE free Firefox 1.0.7
Security suite Mcafee Internet Security Suite 29.99 unnecessary
DVD/CD Burner Nero 6 Ultra 86.00
Total Cost of Software 1,414.85 free

There are so many options. I list what are installed on my Ubuntu pc.
I will try the software one by one and compare with the application on the windows side by side.
I trust that it is the habit, not the tech., to postpone the change from the paid software to free software.