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Can I run my existing pc software such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, PTC Creo Parametric, etc., on Ubuntu without any sort of help from a Windows OS ? Or do I have to download a separate Linux version to run them on Ubuntu? Please Help.

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You probably want to try out Wine, see this question about it, although you will probably have lower performance than using the windows-native versions of Solidworks etc, you should give it a try anyways. Alternatively check out this question: How can I install Windows software in Ubuntu? –  Oyibo Jan 5 '13 at 10:57

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Most likely not, you have to check with the company behind each of them to see if they have a Ubuntu/linux version available (the difference between Ubuntu and linux: Ubuntu is a linux distribution, meaning it is build around the linux kernel).

If this is not the case don't worry, often there are alternatives which do run on Ubuntu and are completely free, so you can try them out. For instance on http://www.osalt.com/ you can check for open source alternatives for commercial windows software.

Or you can try to run them through wine [1] (or the commercial version Crossover [2]).

Or you can have a virtual Windows on your Ubuntu by using Virtualbox [3](works almost always, but you need to have a fast computer).

What I recommend (I suspect you have only recently been introduced to Ubuntu) is that you try to install Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (most stable version, with support through 2014) with wubi [4], see how it works and play with it. If it doesn't work you can simply uninstall it. If it works for you, hurrah!


Some links
[1] http://www.winehq.org/
[2] http://www.codeweavers.com/products/
[3] https://www.virtualbox.org/
[4] http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

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You can run a lot of Windows software on Ubuntu using Wine, you can check WineHQ's website for software that has already been tested and it will tell you what kind of experience you can expect.

Their is also Play On Linux, and

Crossover

This isn't free but if it works for you it's worth it.

You generally wouldn’t need to run different version of Linux I can't see the benefit.

Not everything works on Linux and if you really cannot find an alternate that works you can always use a Virtual Machine to run Windows inside of Linux.

Virtualbox is quite good and easy to use.

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What you want is a program called "Wine". Here's the process to install it: WineHQ: Installing Wine on Ubunutu In a tongue-in-cheek naming style you'll get used to, Wine stands for "Wine is not an Emulator", or the alternative name is "WINdows Emulator" (it's actually an interpretation layer, not an emulator, but it's effectively an emulator, but I digress.)

Now, I doubt Wine will work perfectly for you. It rarely does, it's hit and miss with any program. It can be made better by getting access to your window system's core files, but it still won't be perfect.

Alternatively, if you want to run stuff perfectly, but with a lot more hassle and a lot slower, you can install a virtual machine (a pretend computer on your computer) and install windows on that virtual machine. One of the more standard virtual machines is Oracle's VirtualBox. And it can be set up so your virtual box files are accessible from the rest of your linux installation.

Anyway, I hope one of these options meets your needs!

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