My latest at ProfHacker: Wine? Yes, please.

Wine bottlesLinux has been a fairly frequent topic of conversation here at ProfHacker recetly, and with good reason. Back in August Lincoln explained his reasons for switching to Linux from OS X, and last month I wrote about my experience of installing Ubuntu on an Acer Chromebook.

Linux is an excellent operating system, but it doesn’t have everything (not that any operating system does). Windows and OS X dominate the computing world, and some applications just aren’t available for Linux. ProfHacker favorite Postbox is one such application.

Enter Wine. Wine makes it possible to run Windows applications in Linux. It’s not difficult to install; Ubuntu users will find it in the Ubuntu Software Center, and users of other Linux distributions can either check their respective software centers or get the software directly from Wine’s downloads page.

I have just one word of caution: Wine doesn’t handle all Windows applications equally well. Postbox runs beautifully; so far as I’ve been able to determine, it runs every bit as well in Wine as it does in OS X or Windows. That’s not true of all applications, however, and users might want to check Wine’s application database to see how well the software they’re interested in is likely to run.

Do you have any favorite applications that you’ve been able to bring with you to Linux thanks to Wine? Alternatively, are there good Linux substitutes that you’ve found for favorite OS X or Windows applications? Feel free to share your experience in the comments.

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