Here is a web page that lists various Linux programs that can be used to replace various Windows programs:
Below is a link to the Linux Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition:
I have used Linux for about 1 1/2 years and have used several Word Processors. For about a year I used the word Processor in Open Office to create and print a newsletter for a small local club. The newsletter was in multi-column format with photos and clipart. Before that I had used Microsoft Word for to do the newsletter. With the multi-column format and photos I found the Open Office word processor easier to use than MS Word. The one thing I never liked about Open Office was how long it took for the program to start. Because of that I recently switched to the Textmaker workprocessor. It starts up in only 1 or 2 seconds and is very fast and is a full featured word processor. It also seems to have good support for complex layouts using frames, multi-columns, photos and clipart. It is not free. I purchased both the Linux verison and the Windows version and use both depending on which I am booted up into. I prefer to use a wordprocessor which is available in both Windows and Linux versions. That way I can use the same word processor to edit the same documents no matter which I happen to be booted up into at the moment. Below are two links to reviews of Textmaker:
Below is a link to the Crossover Office Software which I use to run Word 97 and Excel 97 under Linux. It is not free and it will not allow you to run all versions of MS Office and not all Windows programs:
Below is a link to a description of Midnight Commander. It is a directory browser/file manager for Linux. It was already installed by default on my copy of Red Hat 9. To start it and use it I just type mc ffrom the command line:
Below is my favorite page of the latest Linux news:
Are you interested in using a database program to create a web page with forms and everything on a web page? That could be used on the Interet or on a company's own private Intranet or on an extranet. If so, that is frequently done with a combination of HTML, PHP, MySQL and the Apache web server. Those come free on the installation CDs with most versions of Linux, but are not usually installed by default. Below is a link to my favorite book on the subjet. I have been experimenting with that some lately but am not yet an expert at any of that.