Can I run Windows applications under Linux?

This is a typical question for those eager to learn to use Linux but are afraid that their favorite Microsoft programs "might not run under Linux."

Before answering that question, a very important note: Chances are there are great equivalent for your favorite Windows applications. For instance, if you've been using Microsoft Office, we are sure you'll love OpenOffice under Linux. (Although there's OpenOffice under Windows as well.)

To know more about these alternatives, please visit osalt.com.

Going back to the question, yes, you may run Windows applications under Linux depending on whether they are supported via a third-party software called wine.

For example, if you've been using Photoshop and are not yet ready to try the alternative Linux application called GIMP, you may install Photoshop via wine.

If you're using Ubuntu, install wine by entering the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install wine.

To install a Windows application, go to the folder where the Windows exe file is located. Right click on the file name and select "Open with Wine Windows Program Loader".

To know which Windows applications are currently supported by wine, visit http://appdb.winehq.org/index.php.