Questions regarding hardy heron

I ordered a  copy of hardy heron which jast came in the mail yesterday I plan on trying it tonight,a friend of mine has it on his pc and he loves it,and he has shown me some of the features of it.He got rid of windows and just uses ubuntu hardy heron,And so far thats what I plan on doing,but I have a couple of questions before I say that I am definitly going to convert completely over to linux.1)I am an Amateur Radio (ham)Operator,and there are a few small programs for logging and digital modes that are written for windows.    Is there a way to make them run on linux? Without dual boot?2)My pc is a Dell Dimension 4400,that is about 7 years old.It still has the original dial up modem(I am not sure what brand or if it is a winmodem).    Will linux recognize the modem or will I have problems with it?

"1)I am an Amateur Radio

"1)I am an Amateur Radio (ham)Operator,and there are a few small programs for logging and digital modes that are written for windows. Is there a way to make them run on linux? Without dual boot?" It is possible to run Linux inside Windows, or Windows inside Linux. Linux has a lot of programs itself for Amateur Radio and they might be worth a look as possible alternatives. You can run SOME Windows programs ON Linux, but not all, using things like (free as in beer) Wine, Wine-Doors or PlayOnLinux. You can also use things (commerical) like Cedega (or Win4Lin?). These cannot be guaranteed to run on Linux... "2)My pc is a Dell Dimension 4400,that is about 7 years old.It still has the original dial up modem(I am not sure what brand or if it is a winmodem).    Will linux recognize the modem or will I have problems with it?" Not knowing exactly what make and model of modem makes it difficult to answer. There are problems with Winmodems but there are various solutions. Linux SHOULD definately work with a serial (NOT USB) external modem.