Teffy, on 17 March 2015 - 02:27 PM, said:
Is there a way to run Windows "apps" within Linux? I do a lot with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Microsoft Money, etc.
Certain windows programs, yes. It's called Wine.
Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.
Here's a list of windows software that might run on Wine:
and an "About Wine" page with a little info on the Wine Project:
I've never used Wine myself, but I'm sure someone else will come along with more info if you're interested. Searching for "wine on linux" will give you lots of hits for general background.