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Old 06-26-2012, 01:19 AM   #1
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How to use windows based softwares in Linux ?


hi,
I facing virus issue in windows 7.Though I have installed antivirus but still my laptop is full of viruses.Mostly I work on office 2010 and adobe acrobat for presenting my slides.
Fedora,Ubuntu is the alternate of windows desktop pc.The question is how can I use windows bases applications in Fedora 16 or Ubuntu.

2- Does Ubuntu/Fedora support all hardware drives like NVIDIA and Wireless card which is built-in in my laptop ?

Thanks
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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Office 2010 runs almost fine in wine.
You can find some more info on the WineDB pages:
http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=31
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...ication&iId=10
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...ication&iId=11
Even Adobe acrobat runs good enough, but depends by the version:
http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=847
Still, you can even use native applications for accomplish most of the jobs.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 02:12 AM   #3
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1. For a good portion of windows programs to be used in Linux, you need wine (or cedega). Wine is pretty good with most applications, but you should look at winehq.org page to double check. There are other options though, such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice (both of which are also available for Windows if I recall correctly) which also work in Linux.

2. Give me a second to use my telepathy to read your mind to know what laptop you have as well as its hardware.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 02:26 AM   #4
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2. Give me a second to use my telepathy to read your mind to know what laptop you have as well as its hardware.
Easy, the answer is pretty much yes but YMMV.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 12:32 PM   #5
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"but still my laptop is full of viruses."

This is also an issue. If you fail to use best practices in linux, you may also end up with malware and errors. The reasons you got virus's is that you failed to use best practices in windows. There are many and you need to learn and use as many as you can to avoid this sort of stuff.
 
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:37 PM   #6
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I am somewhat astonished that someone who is member here since 2004 and has more than 500 posts has to ask this questions and then does it in that bad way.

Anyways, please post your hardware specs so that we can answer the hardware questions.
Also, while Microsoft's Office and Acrobat may run with Wine I would look if there are any native Linux equivalents that are sufficient for your purpose. It is always better to run native programs.

And +1 to what jefro said.
 
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:57 PM   #7
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As far as ridding your wins 7 from viruses you can do it with a live-cd like hiren,s boot cd, as far as the office program that are comparable to ms office, OO & Libreoffice can be set to have documents save in ms format.
 
Old 06-26-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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Linux fans who feel the need to run a Windows app or two can take advantage of WINE, which enables most programs written for Windows to run on the Linux desktop. But what about those seeking the opposite -- Windows fans that need to run Linux apps?

If you're lucky, someone has already ported your favorite Linux app over to Windows. If not, here are some options for getting Linux apps on your Vista or XP desktop. It sounds daunting, but don't be scared -- all of these methods utilize the incredibly popular and easy to grasp Ubuntu Linux distribution.
 
Old 06-28-2012, 06:12 AM   #9
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Sorry I forgot to write the model of my laptop.It is ".Dell MXG071". Really wine is a cool thing.
 
Old 06-28-2012, 07:06 AM   #10
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Another option to mention: Crossover. This is the commercial (paid) version of WINE, and includes a user-friendly interface + support. Quite often, things will work in Crossover that will not work in plain WINE without some tweaking. They are the principal supporter of the WINE project and it's good to support them if you can afford it.
 
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:22 AM   #11
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i would recommend not trying to use microsoft office on linux and instead install open-office.
also evince could open pdf files.
 
Old 06-28-2012, 08:28 AM   #12
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You should be careful with wine as well as you can end up with windows viruses running under that too!
 
Old 07-07-2012, 10:56 PM   #13
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One other option that i didn't see mentioned is virtualization. You install Windows inside a virtual machine under Gnu/Linux and use any crucial Windows programs under that. It is a little resource taking but sometimes a program will not work under wine but work flawlessly under the vm. It's still Windows though, and you can catch Windows malware on the vm which some can transfer over to your Gnu/Linux host if you've enabled networking, (to my understanding). I have a virtual machine for Windows 7 but it never connects to the internet, and only gets used for a game called rpg maker xp.
 
Old 07-13-2012, 02:52 AM   #14
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thanks for your guideline.Yes I think it is batter to use visualization under linux.Well which virtual Box is smart for using windows xp or windows 7.
Thanks.
 
Old 07-13-2012, 08:44 AM   #15
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There is only one Virtualbox. It is capable of running XP and 7.
 
  


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