This sort of debate crops up time and time again. Windows users like the idea of switching to Linux but they don't want to let go of all their Windows applications. Some don't want to let go of the "Windows way" of doing things either. This is a case of wanting the cake and wanting to eat it too. While it's possible to run some Windows applications in Linux, or even virtualize a copy of Windows; complete with applications within Linux, the better solution is to let go of Windows entirely and fully embrace what Linux has to offer. It's the old sink or swim philosophy. There are many, many, many software applications available for Linux that perform the functions of Windows applications. The trick is figuring out what they are and how to use them. It's also critically important, as you embark on your Linux journey, to proceed with an open mind. Linux is NOT Windows. Repeat as often as necessary. Obviously they'll be an adjustment period and a learning curve. This is worth the effort as you find that you can get by splendidly with free applications most of the time. Not only will you find yourself completely free of Microsoft, but free of other expensive proprietary software vendors as well. I've been free of Windows and most proprietary software for five years now. I run a small business and I can do everything with free, open source software. You can too. Just try.
Here are a few links to get you started:
1. Comprehensive list of Linux equivalents (find the equivalent Linux applications for the ones you use in Windows.)http://www.linuxrsp.ru/win-lin-soft/table-eng.html
2. Setup a copy of Windows within Linux with VMware Server
For Daryna Users:http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-instal ... ibbon.html
For Celena Users:http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu_feisty ... rver_howto
3. Run (some) Windows software natively within Linux using WINE
For Daryna Users:http://www.ubuntu1501.com/2007/12/insta ... ibbon.html
For Celena Users:http://www.ubuntu1501.com/2007/05/insta ... -1501.html
Check the WINE compatibility database to ensure the software you want to run is supported. Some run with all features enabled, some only partially. This should be your first stop.http://appdb.winehq.org/
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