So you'd like to use Ubuntu but.... ~ Ask The Admin

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

So you'd like to use Ubuntu but....

But you have your reservations.

You've gotten so accustomed to using MS Office and Open/Star Office just wont make you happy.

You like Adobe Acrobat and have web apps that require Internet Exploiter.

Photoshop...Lotus Notes....Winrar....Flash, Dreamweaver, iTunes, Quicktime, etc...

Nope you can't use Ubuntu, not with those things.

But you're wrong!

Just yesterday I stumbled across a product, which I am told has been around for a long time, it's called CrossOver from Codeweavers.

For $40 you can run just about anything you want on a Linux machine from the Windows world with this version of WINE on Barry Bonds approved steroids. It is drop dead simple to install and put applications on it.

Currently on the Ubuntu box I am running MS Office XP, Acrobat Reader, IE 6 and a couple other apps just for shits and giggles.

Haven't had too much of a problem getting the applications to install yet, with the exception of a Citrix client.

According to their website there are a lot of Win32 games that are supported as well, so if you're a gamer it will make the transition to Linux easier to swallow.

Look it up and give it a test drive. It is worth it and might convince you to put Ubuntu on your personal machines knowing you can run much of the important apps you are used to. Let us know in the comments if you like it, hate it or use something else!