Perhaps you have been tempted to switch to Linux, the free operating system that is more stable and less prone to viruses and other problems than the dominant Windows operating system. Millions have switched to Linux, and most refuse to go back. However, you may find significant disadvantages to Linux. For one thing, it will not use Windows programs unless you take special steps to add that functionality.
To be sure, you can find excellent Linux web browsers, word processors, spreadsheet programs, e-mail programs, RSS blog readers, and more. Some of them are clones of Windows programs and operate in an identical manner to their Windows cousins, such as the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail program.
Linux genealogy programs are harder to find. Indeed, there is no Linux "clone" of any Windows genealogy programs.
This article will describe the easy way for anyone to use almost all Windows programs on a Linux system. The required software is available free of charge if you already have the Windows operating system CD. If you are converting a PC that previously had a licensed copy of Windows XP installed, you may already have that.
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