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I like most computer users, have many Windows based programs. Can these be operated under Ubuntu and if so what is required. Thanks for your help Chris

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You can run programs that are designed for windows with "wine".
Just install "wine" and then you should be able to install those programs.
I think that you can install wine by typing (in the terminal):
sudo apt-get install wine
and typing your password when prompted for it.

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    It should be noted that this will only work with most, not all of the Windows software. Particularly, more complicated software like games, graphics design, etc. wont work without quite a bit of effort (or not at all) – kiri Sep 30 '13 at 4:20
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Sure you can - http://wiki.winehq.org/. Most of the windows software can run with wine.

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