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Old 03-30-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
rongo
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How to use "windows only" softwre with linux?


Hallo,
Forgive me about this very basic question:
I have to use a software for my studies (mainly data base of text books with sophisticated search). The software supports only windows. Do I have to make dual boot on my laptop or there is more convenient way to use this software, kind of emulator or intermediary layer.
the client program has to be installed and the data base is on a cd.
Thank you
 
Old 03-30-2009, 05:46 PM   #2
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Hallo,
Forgive me about this very basic question:
I have to use a software for my studies (mainly data base of text books with sophisticated search). The software supports only windows. Do I have to make dual boot on my laptop or there is more convenient way to use this software, kind of emulator or intermediary layer.
the client program has to be installed and the data base is on a cd.
Thank you
Hi there rongo,

There are several ways to accomplish that. A good start would be with wine:

www.winehq.com

Wine allows you to run many Windows applications under Linux. Some run just as well as it does in MS Windows, while others work only partially or not at all. You might want to take a look at wine's page and check if your program is supported, or simply try to install anyway

Another option would be to install Windows inside a virtual machine, say, virtualbox:

http://www.virtualbox.org/

I've tried several applications to run Linux applications under Linux for years now. Results vary significantly from one application to another. In my case, as a gamer, the easiest thing to do was, as you may have guessed, to dual boot.

Regards!

Last edited by Mega Man X; 04-02-2009 at 02:57 AM.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #3
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I've tried several applications to run Linux applications under Linux for years now. Results vary significantly from one application to another. In my case, as a gamer, the easiest thing to do was, as you may have guessed, to dual boot.
Yeah, I've had problems running native Linux software on my Linux box too.
 
  


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