: the Linux application used to run Windows programs is called Wine. Wine appears to run TurboTax: http://goo.gl/fE02GZ
. Wine has worked in 90% of my past experience.
The applications +Richard Fletcher
mentioned (Visio and iTunes) have opensource alternatives available on many distributions in a software center not much different then Android's "The Play Store" or Apple's "App Store" on handheld devices. In fact, the applications available in the Ubuntu Software Center are searchable here: https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/
Steam does in fact run on Linux, and Gabe Newell has said, "Linux is the future of gaming" http://goo.gl/HUXzco
- Newell has also said CS GO is coming to Linux: http://goo.gl/1ObgoQ
I recommended Ubuntu and Elementary because they are probably the most similar-to-Windows, user-friendly solutions.
I'm actually a user of CrunchBang (#!) http://crunchbang.org/
myself. In a world where just-about all applications run in the cloud, Chrome has essentially become my operating system. #! is extremely lightweight, and doesn't consume valuable system resources :D