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bpmendis 10-31-2012 08:17 AM

Can we put Visual fox pro to the client machine which runs Ubunto
Dear all,

I am newbie to this Wonderful Linux World which day by day attracts many professionals and users to the Open Source flat form. As said as a newbie, I am little bit concern about how to deploy Microsoft software which developed through Visual Fox Pro and VB 6. I need specific answer to whether we could deploy these software for Ubuntu or Linux servers

Please send one copy to my personal gmail in the event I could not find this thread. Appreciate very much if you could reply how should I see whether professional has been answered to my query.

Thank you,



jkirchner 10-31-2012 08:23 AM

Microsoft programs will not run natively on Linux. You may have luck running them using Wine ( Often you need to set up Windows in a virtual Machine and run the programs within that.

To be honest, if you truly need to run windows software and have it run at its optimum you are probably better off using Windows.

You could also look into Linux alternatives to what you have.

You might want to not put your email in the post though else spam may result....

bpmendis 10-31-2012 08:42 AM

Thanks for your kind reply sir. I will try my luck first by see wine !!!! is it some kind of OS like Ubunto ? Or we need it deploy after Ubunto ?

Please reply this through the forum I can see it being updating rather to getting by mails.

jkirchner 10-31-2012 09:10 AM

Wine is a compatibility layer that allows you to run many windows programs in Linux. It would be installed after Ubuntu using Ubuntu's package manager.

If I were you I would test this all out on one machine before you make any final decisions. There are MANY microsoft programs that just will not run using Wine (Microsoft Visual Studio is one) and many times, even if a program runs it may not run as well as it would in Windows.

Like I said, if you depend on windows software and need that software to run as best as it can you really should just run it in windows. I cannot be more specific as some of your programs you allude to sound like they were programmed by your own folks.

Also, are these server apps or are you talking about workstations? The more details you give about the apps/types of apps, the better answers we could get.

Also, to get an idea of how some programs work/don't work using Wine check the AppDB. It has a great deal of info. Although somewhat old, here is a snippet of info from the appdb on Visual Fox Pro

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