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64-bit or 32-bit? I need to run graphics software such as Adobe Master Collection CS3 and MS Office Publisher. What do I need ot make this work?

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Adobe software barely runs ON Wine/PlayonLinux only Photoshop runs mostly ok and Flash relatively fine Illustrator doesn't work, Indesign Doesn't Work and.. the rest of the suite doesn't work.Office Works on Play on Linux. – Uri Herrera Jan 5 '12 at 22:59
32 if you have legacy hardware that's why it still exists, 64 if yuou have modern hardware, regardless of any other stuff. – Uri Herrera Jan 5 '12 at 23:00
A virtual Machine though slow would still be better than trying to make things work with Wine. – Uri Herrera Jan 5 '12 at 23:02
Depending on the hardware, KVM + spice or Virtualbox have excellent performance. – bodhi.zazen Jan 5 '12 at 23:41

In terms of Ubuntu most would advise you start with the 64 bit version.

In terms of running your Adobe and Microsoft applications, I would either use Linux native alternates, dual boot with windows, or run windows in a virtual machine such as KVM, virtualbox, or VMware.

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What about WINE? – Woodpile Jan 5 '12 at 22:52
Wine is difficult to impossible to configure, depending on the application and your knowledge of both windows and linux. You can check , I did not see either of your applications listed there. – bodhi.zazen Jan 5 '12 at 23:01
Well thank you. Are there any other shell options I could consider? The reason I ask is because I am very new to Ubuntu and have been using XP for the longest time. I am very pleased with XP, but it will not run on this computer I just built. So I am using Vista (or virus) and I'm running into problems with its usability and the fact that it won't install Adobe. I wonder if it is possible at all to run the programs I need to run on Ubuntu or if I will be forced to go to a different, even less familiar OS. – Woodpile Jan 5 '12 at 23:17
If you want to run primarily Windows applications, IMO, you are going to be far better off running Windows or with virtualization. But, as you can see, it is not always so easy to install windows either (most people purchase windows pre-installed and pre-configured, so it seems easy). – bodhi.zazen Jan 5 '12 at 23:20
Which Which of the shells that you mentioned in your initial answer, would be the best choice and where can I find them? – Woodpile Jan 5 '12 at 23:36

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