I would like to access some windows programs on Ubuntu. If at all possible I would like to access programs installed on windows like antivirus software, flash, silverlight etc.
How do I do this?
You can run a lot of windows programs on Ubuntu but you'll need wine.
You cannot however run programs from your windows partition using wine. This is done on purpose because a lot of people messed up there windows installs trying to run it using (past versions of) wine.
You can check if your program works using wine by checking it here. (use the top right search bar to find your desired program)
For the examples you gave us there are Linux alternatives. For flash run this:
I personally don't use antivirus software on my linux installation because I only give my sudo password to trusted software and I know what I'm doing but if you want to use antivirus in linux you can use avast, bitdefender, clamav or avg
Silverlight has a linux alternative called moonlight
I hope this helps
The answer is actually yes with some quid proquos etc. ifs but and maybe's and so on.
I am not going to give you the win advice as that has already been covered.
Yes but just not the
to update you use
go to clam web site full instructions are there, if you are dual booting then install
"NO" its not possible , but for some software’s like adobe photo-shop and all, you can use wine and wine tricks for installing windows based software’s but you cant use them on ubuntu by installing them in windows.
In generally: No. Windows and Ubuntu (Linux) are different platforms and software is developed/compiled for a specific platform. That means you can't run windows software at ubuntu and vice versa.
Have a look at SwitchingToUbuntu/FromWindows.
Anyway, there are possibilites to run windows software at ubuntu, for example using wine. But I wouldn't recommend this if it isn't really necessary. It's better to search for a ubuntu equivalent to the windows software you would like to have in ubuntu and some windows software is simple not needed with ubuntu, e.g. antivirus software.
You can run some windows programs in wine, which can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center. A list of which programs work in wine, and which programs don't can be found here:
As far as antivirus goes, there are some antivirus products available for Ubuntu, but they typically only scan for Windows viruses rather than linux ones. I would recommend Comodo Antivirus For Linux, though it's one of the more difficult to install, alternatively you can install ClamAV from the Ubuntu Software Center.
How To Install Software Using The Ubuntu Software Center:
How To Install Comodo Antivirus For Linux 1.1 X86-64 On Ubuntu 12.10 - Desktop X86-64:
1st: There is almost no virus in Ubuntu provided you update;
2nd: For Windows programs you may use PlayOnLunix;
Use F-Secure to configure your firewall.