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Old 04-05-2009, 02:08 AM   #1
vijendramisra
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Hello Frnds new to linux


Hi friends i'm new to this forum and currently i'm using Windows but i want to try linux as operating system as it attracts me more... so please tell me how i'm able to run my windows softwares on linux ... if there is any possible method.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-05-2009, 02:39 AM   #2
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Welcome to Linux World and Linuxquestions.org.

As far as running your programs on Linux is concerned, then it depends on what you want to run? if you are willing to run an .exe on linux, opss that won't work. because the architecture is different.. here you have .rpm's.

But on the other hand, Lets say you want to chat using msn, So in Linux you use amsn for that. xmms, mplayer, realplaayer and etc to play and listen to music...

So what exactly you wish to run on linux?

Cheers!!
 
Old 04-05-2009, 07:52 AM   #3
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if you are willing to run an .exe on linux, opss that won't work. because the architecture is different.. here you have .rpm's.
Hi the last part of your statement is a little misleading for someone new to linux, it is true but only for the distro's that use .rpm's

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Hi friends i'm new to this forum and currently i'm using Windows but i want to try linux as operating system as it attracts me more... so please tell me how i'm able to run my windows softwares on linux ... if there is any possible method.

Thanks in advance.
I wouldn't go into linux with that mind set, if you do you will be disappointed, get frustrated and end up walking away from it. Then any time you talk to people about linux you will be negative and give a negative reply. Linux is NOT windows, it is an alternative OS just like the BSD's OSX, Solaris, AIX and many other Unix/like operating systems.

There are ways to run some windows programs (i.e. Wine) some people have very good luck using it. I myself if I need to run a program that only runs on window, will boot up my windows system and run it. But I have found that for every one program that windows offers, Linux will have half a dozen programs that will do the same thing. Some of them may not have the prettiest GUI front end, but I'm looking for functionality not looks.

If you want you can dual boot, having windows and linux on the same system. This would be the best method if you only have on computer, the best way IMO is to put linux on it's own system, and USE it. Use it for everything and learn it, (just like you did with windows). If you have a problem (and you will) work through the problem, don't just re-install.

The biggest difference with linux is the Package Manager, the package manager is the way you install packages/programs it help resolve dependency issues. Dependencies are what one program depends on to run. If you ever get in a situation called Dependency Hell you will quickly see the advantage of using the Package Manager.

Oh and Welcome to LQ
 
Old 04-05-2009, 10:39 AM   #4
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Thank you so very much for your correction mrrangerman.

Cheers!!
 
  


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