Sorry, got hung up - could not reply . In order to run Windows software on linux you must use a "virtual interface" such as codeweavers or the WINE project. In my experience, it is better to migrate everything over to linux apps, and there are only two or three windows apps that are ABSOLUTELY necessary in business critical situations and those are Adobe Photoshop or another typesetting software (can't remember the name) and Autocad. Remember, unless you own a newspaper or professional printshop or are an architect or engineering firm, the opensource alternatives of OpenOffice, GIMP and Qcad will take care of 95% of all your needs.
I have migrated my rental business to Linux for two years now.
MS Office -> OpenOffice 2.0.2 - business letters, faxes, invoicing, purchase orders, letters, labels
Paperport -> Xsane - for document scanning and management
IE 6.0 -> Mozilla-Firefox - internet
Roxio or Nero -> K3b for archiving and backup- file cd burning
Windows desktop -> KDE desktop for point n click
Windows Explorer -> Koqueror or Krusader - file management
CUPS - printing
Adobe reader 7.0 for linux - pdf
Squid and Dansguardian for internet sharing and cache proxy and webfiltering
SSH - secure peer networking
Nvu - website design
Sorry, I use my PC for business so don't know too much about multilmedia.
Totem, Kaffiene, mplayer, Amarok, Audacity, KsCD are available for entertainment.
BTW, I have never had much luck with Fedora Core, but just for grins downloaded BLAG this weekend. It is based on FC5 but is pared down to 1 CD instead of the FC5 multi-CD boat anchor. I don't like GNOME, but to be fair will [play with it for a week or so, but so far seems well layed out and more intuitive than FC5.
Edited by Trio3b, 19 November 2006 - 03:57 AM.