Windows Ham Radio on Linux?
If the ham radio operator is a novice to Linux, or accustomed to using popular windows programs like echolink, which free the operator from needing to set up cumbersome antenna equipment due to its satellite connections, it is possible to run these Windows programs in the faster, virus free environment of a Linux workstation.
The solution is a Windows emulator called Wine. This is a software program that allows the user to install Windows applications within a compatible Linux distribution. Ubuntu, Fedora, Redhat, and Debian all have wine installable through the add-remove feature. Configuring Windows software to work in a Linux environment is far simpler than you might think. The biggest stumbling block for novice wine users is when the program they wish to use requires Windows specific graphics drivers. Most ham radio software is light on graphics, so they should run seamlessly in the wine emulator.
With all the options out there, the biggest challenge facing the ham radio operator is which programs to use. Of course, considering that most software built for Linux is free, the operator can sample as many apps as they please at no cost at all. This, in addition to Linux superior speed and security, makes it a promising growth area for ham radio applications.
So go forth and enjoy this fascinating hobby unshackled from the limitations of proprietary OS's!