The German pcwelt.de have an article in English about Ubuntu and the wealth of utilities on Linux platforms.
Have your fun here
Is it the perfect bare-bones desktop? No; it still ships with multimedia players, unnecessary Internet tools, and, yes, the GIMP. But Ubuntu's developers have taken great care to streamline its Gnome-based UI to make it as accessible as possible to entry-level users. In this respect, it resembles the early Macintosh UI.