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Hey I was wondering how you use programs like wine and slackerware and what you need for it and all, I'm running fedora core 4, and I would like to know if theres already a thread and i just missed it, or if someone can just help me out here.
dunno about "proper" wine or slackerware. The only version that I've used was the commercial Crossover Office version from Codeweavers. And all I had to do with that, was install it. then run it and follow the instructions to install some MS apps "through" it. Then I could just click the MS app(s) icon and they'd start up. You should find something better for wine here.
I don't about using wine so much, but after looking into using Windows apps in linux I know that it depends on what app you want to use and/or how stable you need it to be.
Crossover Office is based on Wine and seems to be used more for business necessity. It has proprietary stuff that makes some Windows must-haves more stable and sort of guaranteed to work (you get tech support through CodeWeavers). With both of them there are databases and such for what works and what doesn't. If it's for fun, try wine, if you NEED it to work well try Xover Office.
Other alternatives are virtualization-based, like Win4Lin and VMWare. In these you actually run Windows and install the Windows app in there. Requires a MS license and has some resource overhead, but it's much more stable for the Winders app as it's actually using the Winders code. I kind of depend on Quicken2004, which doesn't seem to be stable in Wine/CrossoverOffice, so I might try Win4Lin, where I don't have to worry about my finances getting all F'ed up.
Well VMWare is right out then. I'd first try the free approach with wine.
I can't help with running wine or slackerware, but if you check out that WineHQ the other dude (dudette?) mentioned and google groups of keywords like
wine application compatibility
wine "indigo prophecy" linux
then I'm sure you'll find some better ideas as to whether to use wine or slackerware or whatever. Once you've done that then search for one of the many resources to install whatever app you've decided upon, then how get you Windows app working with it...
Well... i never get wine get working right, it's very unstable, and almost all the time crashes my pc, but i know it's one of the best choices if you still want to get some Win progs running in linux.
In the past, a edition of wine (WineX) was designed mainly to run games (and emulates the DirectX & OpenGL win api's), the company who developed this, now it's called cedega, and, like CrossOver, it comes with a setup program, and some very handy tools (well, at least it looks like) it requires a Graphic accelerator card, and i haven't get work my geforce... so, i don't know how cedega works... but at least, it's developed for gaming