In Vista OS against SimplyMEPIS Linux, DesktopLinux.com columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols compares the operating systems' bundled games, browsers, and instant communications applications.
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In this episode, I turn my attention to the software that both OSes include in their standard packages. Since I was using Vista Ultimate, the Vista with all the bells and whistles, I should note that it has more applications built in than its siblings. Similarly, MEPIS, a professional-grade adaptation of Ubuntu, comes with more applications than a vanilla Linux distribution, although with less than some Linuxes, such as Novell's openSUSE or SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop), or Xandros's Professional Linux desktop.