One of the hardest things about switching from Windows to Linux is not having the ability to run all of your Windows software. Sure there is Wine which will give you the capabilities to run some of your software, but it probably won’t run all of it. That is why you will want to download QEMU.
QEMU will allow you to run Windows XP inside Linux just like VMWare does. The difference is that QEMU is open source and free! Another great feature is that your Windows XP information is stored in one central file so if you have to format your computer or wanted to take your Windows XP somewhere else it is as simple as backing up the one file.
For those people running Ubuntu you can use the guide below to walk you through how to setup QEMU to run Windows XP. QEMU is a great solution for me and I hope it will help you, too!