linux on a mac w/ windows programs

I’m currently running a MacBook Pro with 2.2 GHz duo core,4 Gb memory,4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 160 Gb hard drive

I’m running mac os X and Windows XP through bootcamp. The programs I use are: The Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 3-D 4, 3-D Studio Max 9, Corel Painter X, Light Wave, and possible gamming in the near future but for now just the programs. I’ve been hearing Linux can’t run windows software or software that is bought.

My 1-year subsription of XP is about to run out and I don’t want to get raped and pay $200 for the full XP. Ideally, I would like to run only Linux and not partition off my harddrives, as well as, not piggy-back off of OS X, since I’m a windows guy. Also, I would imagine that it would be faster too. Windows on a Mac slows down considerilbly. I was forced by my college to buy a Mac Book or the wouldn’t let my sign-up for classes.(

While I doubt it will be as good as running your 3D apps natively, Linux has WINE which allows you to run (some) Windows-based apps in Linux.

Whether software is bought or not is not an issue, but most (but not all) bought software is made for Windows or Mac at this point. Is is incorrect that Linux means software has to be free (as in free of charge) or even open source.

There are Linux equivalents for many applications such as Blender for 3D, Xara, Gimp and Krita for pixel images, Inkscape and Karbon14 for SVG images, etc.

But if you spent money on those applications and they are not supported under WINE then I think you’re stuck ponying up the cash for XP!

Of course that doesn’t mean you can’t run everything else under Linux (email, browse, docs, games, etc.) :slight_smile: