I was talking with my boss the other day and saying that I think it’s possible I could give up Windows and still do everything I do at work as efficiently with Linux. I could use GIMP instead of Photoshop for imaging, OpenOffice.org in lieu of Microsoft Office for productivity, Bluefish instead of Notepad++ for coding, and Pidgin instead of Google Talk for IM. Maybe I could even find a Linux video editing package somewhere. As we were talking, I realized the biggest problem would be giving up Internet Explorer, not because Firefox isn’t a good browser, but because our Web site’s CMS requires ActiveX. So how do you run ActiveX applications on Linux? You install IEs 4 Linux. And yes, it really works. You just follow the installation instructions and poof – you have IE 6 (IE 7 support is in beta). As soon as I installed IEs 4 Linux, I immediately navigated to our site’s CMS, let the browser download some ActiveX controls, and it worked perfectly! Now, I’m off to go update the laptopmag.com site, using Linux!