I admit that, nine years ago, I advocated the ability to run Windows apps as strongly as anyone. But that was a year before OpenOffice.org. In general, GNU/Linux desktop apps ranged from non-existent to the minimally functional.
Since then, native desktop apps have started coming into their own. Although more work is needed here and there, productivity software is maturing rapidly for GNU/Linux, to the point where, for most purposes, it equals or exceeds the proprietary Windows equivalents.
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