Originally Posted by pete_1967
And how do you think Linux would be able to run Windows programs natively without somekind of emulator?
Try CrossOver Office or use virtualization to run Windows.
Well, theoretically you could run programs through WINE on an NTFS partition using WINE, right? Just set up WINE to look there and you may be able to do it. I've heard about people doing it, but I've also read somewhere that running Windows apps from their native partitions via WINE and NTFS can bork the installs of the programs making them unusable in Windows.
I would advise trying to run Windows apps using WINE from their native partitions. If you need to run Windows apps through Wine, run the installer using wine and install them to your Linux partition so that you can use them with WINE's compatability layer. As a rule, other than simple reading and writing, I tend to leave the NTFS partitions to Windows, especially when trying to emulate/use a compatability layer. Two cents and YMMV, of course.
Out of curiosity, what programs do you want to run? When I switched to Linux, I was concerned about losing certain Windows apps (e.g. iTunes) but then found all sorts of able replacements to all the Windows programs I use (excepting MS Office - but for my purposes Open Office is usually more than adaquate). (In fact, I'm having more problems finding application x or y for my Windows install that fits my needs
Never used it, but I know lots of people speak very highly of Cedega if you don't mind paying (however, Cedega emphasizes gaming).