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Free as in awesome: our favorite open source apps for Ubuntu 12.04

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Ubuntu 12.04, codenamed Precise Pangolin, was released last week, and I’ve been updating my Linux boxes to the shiny new version of the operating system. The upgrade system has gotten a lot smoother in recent years, but I still like to do a fresh installation for each release on my PC and netbook. In this short roundup, I’ll look at some great third-party applications that you can get from the Software Center to augment your Ubuntu installation.

Word processing: LibreOffice, which is included by default in Ubuntu 12.04, has made a lot of progress since it was forked from OpenOffice.org. The developers are adding features, removing bloat, and generally delivering a better user experience. Despite these advances, I still find myself occasionally wanting a lightweight word processor with less overhead, particularly for quick document viewing. Abiword meets those requirements, and also offers a great user interface with a more native look and feel.

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