Why should I use Linux?Here are lots of reasons why Linux might be the perfect operating system to meet your requirements. Here are a few:
Can my Windows applications run under Linux?There are a number of choices that are available. One popular commercial program is VMware, which lets you run multiple operating systems on an individual machine. A wide number of operating systems are supported including Windows 95, Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, and FreeBSD. Their website is www.vmware.com.
If you want to run Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer (why?), Access, Project, Photoshop, Visio, Notes, iTunes, FrameMaker and others, you might be interested in CrossOver Office, a project that has built upon the success of Wine.
The downside of both VMWare and CrossOver Office is that both applications are proprietary. However, there is a no cost alternative. Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. Wine makes it possible to take advantage of all the Unix strong points (stability, flexibility, remote administration) while still using the Windows applications you depend on.
Which Linux Distribution should I install?LinuxLinks.com currently lists over 800 Linux distributions, although some of these distributions rely heavily on others.
There are a number of factors that need to be considered:
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