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    Which version of linux (if any) would support programs avalible to windows, such as Photoshop and MSN Messenger? I'm am soon going to be making a semi-switch to linux and I was really interested to see a MSN Messenger icon on a screenshot I saw and another person has told me that photoshop will, indeed, install on linux. . . I was just wondering if this is true and if so how?

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    any distro will but you will need to emulate windows
    wine
    and
    winex
    are both emulators
    i tryed msn messenger but u need internet explorer installed, and i thought whats the point

    there is really no need to emulate the programs, there are alternatives
    eg
    firefox/mozilla - as a web browser
    gaim/kopete - an im client
    i think photoshop can be done using wine
    never tryed but yet again there is the gimp which is better in my opinion

    why not dual boot

    this is when you have 2 partitions on your hard drive and you could have windows xp and a linux distro

    i was like that at first
    but then i took the plunge and dual booted
    then i got rid of windows completely

    there are always live distros if you wana try them out

    they are linux distro's on a disc that dont touch your hard drive

    any more questions ask

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    Xandros Linux comes with a piece of software called Codeweavers Crossover Office (a commercial version of WINE) which allows you to install MS Orifice, Photoshop, Internet Exploiter, and some others. It's not free, but it might be worth your money if you *must* have these programs.
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    Well, I' m just glad to hear that there's a way to get Photoshop, I'm too attached to it. LoL As for IE, i hate it, I have been using FireFox for a good 4 -5 months now and I love it completely!

    As for the dual boot idea. . . I would really just use windows xp and linux if I could afford windows xp or i wanted to risk getting a bootable version off the internet. This is why I'm putting a little more thought into what I can still do with linux and in the long run, if I'll stick with it.

    edit: I looked on the Xandros website and there seems to be a free "open curculation" version that you can download using bit torrent

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    Quote Originally Posted by x__dark
    edit: I looked on the Xandros website and there seems to be a free "open curculation" version that you can download using bit torrent
    There is, but that version is missing Crossover Office, since part of the cost of Xandros full version is that program. There are a few more things missing, if you read the link supplied on the Xandros 3 OCE page. Nevertheless, it is a cheap way to find out whether the general OS look and feel appeals to you. I've enjoyed using it in the past (version 2.5).
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    I'm planning on installing WINE to Suse or Mandrake. I was attempting to download Suse earlier, but the download timed out on me. . it was going really slow too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_dressed_in_black
    any distro will but you will need to emulate windows
    wine
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    winex
    are both emulators
    Wine is not an emulator!

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    Quote Originally Posted by valan
    Wine is not an emulator!
    Haha. True. I think perhaps I'll emphasize something to clarify where the name WINE actually came from, as valan mentioned:

    Wine Is Not an Emulator

    Some MS Windows emulators include VMWare, Win4Lin, and VirtualPC (Apple OS X only)
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    Quote Originally Posted by valan
    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_dressed_in_black
    any distro will but you will need to emulate windows
    wine
    and
    winex
    are both emulators
    Wine is not an emulator!
    yes but i cant b btohered goin into detail
    it basically is the same

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    From what I read WINE still allows you to run MS .exe and .dll files without use of any windows coding.

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