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As a part of my effort to gradually move over to using Linux as my primary workstation OS, I decided to buy CodeWeaver's CrossOver Office product, for only $39, which enables me to run some Windows applications on Linux.

Specifically, for work I must use a CRM app that has Active X and must run in MSIE, and I like to use Breeze Live to help diagnose remote problems. Now that I can run MSIE 6.0 SP1 on Linux, those 2 obstacles have been overcome. Yes, the breezeaddin.exe presenter plugin can be installed on Linux when using with CrossOver Office, permitting me to share my Linux desktop.

The commercial product CrossOver Office is a big improvement over my experiences using the freely available WINE, as I was doing last year.

CrossOver provides a Add/Remove Programs GUI to facilitate installing Windows programs, and they maintain a FTP archive of supported software so you can select from the list and choose to install, and the GUI will automatically FTP the software down, begin the installation, and then simulate a reboot when finished. When you logout of your Linux user account and then log back in, you'll find a Launcher Menu tree for Windows Programs containing the program just installed.

Just for kicks, I installed Allaire ColdFusion Studio 4.5.2, and then installed the tag/function insight and help files for ColdFusion MX 7 support.

Dreamweaver MX and Flash MX are officially supported by CrossOver Office at the Silver level meaning that some problems exist, but not many. Those products are further certified at that support level by Macromedia. HomeSite and CF Studio are not supported apps. Note that DWMX 2004 and FLMX 2004 will not work on WINE or CrossOver Office... the installation stops when they reach the product activation screen.

I tried installing the CFMX 7 Report Builder, but that didn't work out when I received a ZeroG error.

The last obstacle for me is really how to use OpenVPN for connection to my intranet from home. While I've installed it and run it as a service on Linux, I haven't found any simple how to. All the instructions were far longer than I really cared to read, and certainly didn't seem to compare the ease with which I can use the built-in Windows VPN client.

"What's a Breeze Meeting look like", you ask? Watch this archived one to find out.