posted on Jan, 21 2012 @ 04:08 PM
Originally posted by kai22
reply to post by juleol
If I did that, would I need anything new to run things such as Chrome or programs like Guitar Pro?
Basically, would anything that runs fine on Windows, run ok on linux?
Or is it more like the whole PC/MAC situation?
Any standard PC hardware can run Linux (i*86 or x86_64 processors).
You can run both of those programs on Linux natively; As they provide native installers:
Alot of programs however, do not offer Linux builds (photoshop being a good example here). While there are some image-editing suits for Linux, they
can do the job. Although most of the time, where a commercial piece of software isn't available for Linux, someone has gone and written their own
implementation of the program which effectively does an identical task. Such as kdenlive for video editing, or Gimp for photo editing.
Although, yes it is like "Windows/Mac" as in you can only run programs which are built for Linux, usually most of the software available is free and
may even be familiar to what is available on windows... such as Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC, OpenOffice for a few examples.
There are ways to run software on Linux which is built for windows using a compatibility layer called Wine. Most software will "just work", it's
useful if for some reason you cannot find a Linux equivelant piece of software for whatever job needs to be done. Alot of the latest games for windows
can even run under wine with no noticable problems.
Although, it isn't worth the hassle of moving to another operating system if you heavily rely on windows software. Ie; there isn't much point in
using Linux if one wanted to run windows only programs on it.