Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Many would-be Linux users don't make the leap because there are one or two Windows applications they just can't live without. That doesn't have to hold them back anymore.
Thanks to Wine (Wine is not an emulator), an open-source implementation of the Windows API (application programming interface), you can run many of the most popular Windows programs on Linux. That includes games like World of Warcraft and Diablo II as well as business applications like Microsoft Office 2003, Quicken, and Internet Explorer.
The easiest way to use Wine to run Windows applications is to set them up with CodeWeavers's CrossOver Linux 6.0, the new version of its CrossOver Office. I've been using CrossOver for years, and it works just fine.
With CrossOver, I've been running IE 6, along with the core fonts and Windows Media Player 6.4, since IE (Internet Explorer) 6 started showing up on a wide variety of Linuxes. Now I install these two plus Office XP on almost all of my Linux workstations. None of them are my first choice of programs in their category.