Can I use my old windows software with Mandrake 10?
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Can I use my old windows software with Mandrake 10?
I am totally new to Linux Mandrake, and obtained it to install on a laptop to save cost of buying XP.
Before I take the plunge I want to know if any of my old software that has not been written specifically for Linux can run under it.
I get the idea from what I have read that, generally, the answer could be "no."
But, for example, I have a bible-search program that I know does NOT have a Linux version available.
Is there any way I can know if it will work, or do I just have to try?
I am reluctant to proceed with install without having some answers here.
Your assessment is correct.
While there are some programs that have been made to work well it is best not to count your chickens before they hatch.
Usually attempting to run the Windows program with WINE is the way to go.
You may want to check out Codeweavers for what does work.
I used their old Plugin and it worked great.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
something else to consider, would be alternative programs, to do the same things you wish to do, that are specifically written for linux. there is a linux program for just about every comparable windows program, usually for free. this table will get you started
OK thanks again. Re using WINE I went to Codeweavers web site and noticed this comment from them:
"Wine is well-known for allowing Linux users to run many Windows applications via its binary loader. In fact, Wine is able to run a majority of Windows applications in some fashion. However, Wine is not yet released - it is still a developers-only release. Wine still has many APIs that are not implemented, and it is not 100% compatible with Windows yet. However, CodeWeavers is leading a drive to improve Wine sufficiently so that it can be released as version 1.0. "
So... do I ignore this and download it anyway?
Besides, if you yourself want to send MS-Word compatible documents attached in e-mails (which is a bad habit, according to Richard M. Stallman and me, but many people like it that way), you can install the SendDoc macro. When you run the macro in OpenOffice.org, the program automagically converts the document to Word format and sends it to your e-mail program as an attachment waiting to be sent.
I have a bible-search program that I know does NOT have a Linux version available.
Well, you do not mention the name.... Here is a link about someone using Crossover Office:
.....to run the few Windows tools I cannot do without, such as Adobe Photoshop 7.0, and Bible Works, on my Linux system.
Hey, guys, thanks, you've really got me surfing... and because I haven't yet loaded the software, probably asking dumb questions, but hey, here goes another one.
On looking at the link to crossover office I came across this:
"Lycoris Desktop/LX 1.4 desktop operating system"
Is this a "better" (menaing easier) Linux system to use than mandrake?
Mandrake is a very user friendly Linux distribution. However in sacrifice of this it is also a little unstable. However compared to a windows machine it will crash rarely.
Crossover Office is a very good program to use. However it costs money unless you download it from one of those illegal bittorrent sites using a program such as azureus from a site such as isohunt.com or http://www.suprnova.org/ (Hint Hint).
A more ethical alternative is to use the Open Source project Wine found at http://www.winehq.org/ from which Crossover office is derived.
I would suggest setting a day aside and installing mandrake and wine or Crossover office. Try it out and see if it satisfies your expectations.
OK, I understand crossover office to be written to enable use of windows programs in Lunix-based OS. But my question was more related to Lycoris Desktop/LX which I would understand to be a completely separate Linux-based OS.
Yes, I pay for it (a relatively small sum) but if much better than Mandrake, is it worth the cost? In other words, is it an easier interface for a less- computer-literate person?
(I am considering this whole system for a fellow worker who uses, but doesn't deeply understand, computers).
Thanks for all the advice so far!
If the PC is set up as it should and the user is not one of those people who has to install every new gimmick that is released, I recommend Mandrake over Lycoris. The issues encountered are bound to be more or less the same, or worse: Lycoris-specific, and there are really <i>a lot</i> of people who use Mandrake. It is much easier to find help.
I do not get the impression from what I have seen that much is gained by purchasing Lycoris, with regards to whether it is easier (have seen it used, but never tested it myself). If you want the version with Crossover, you are paying 75$ to be able to run certain Windows programs. Then the point of using Linux is sort of lost.
Yea, I get the point - why avoid buying XP if you have to pay that much for a Linux system, right?
I think I've got the hang of it now, and am ready to try Mandrake. Will check my laptop works with it first, though.
Thanks for all the help everyone! No doubt I'll be back.
Bit late on this one, but want to pitch in that crossover office is the way to go, even if you pay the $40 as I did to support the wine project. I need to run a couple of windows apps and this allows me to do so easily. Another option is win4lin if crossover don't work, tho with win4lin you need a valid win9x licence and copy of win9x