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Old 03-14-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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XP3 to Linux application compatibility


Hello. I have 6-8 yr old Dell PC w/XP3. Microsoft has apps for XP3 to 7 or 8/8.1 compatibility check. Is there similar for Linux? Became confused on Linux web site deciphering which Linux would be suitable. I know zip about Linux or variations. Thank you.
 
Old 03-14-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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Hi, Welcome to Linux Questions!

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Became confused on Linux web site deciphering which Linux would be suitable.
I'm not sure I understand. Suitable for what? Compatible with what? Windows Apps don't run on Linux in general, you use the Linux native equivalent, e.g. Instead of Microsoft Office, use Libre Office, instead of Photoshop, use Gimp or Lightzone.

Linux gets updated pretty frequently and unlike programs running on Windows, the Applications are updated as well, as and when updates are available. All pretty much automatically.

You might want to check this out:

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

Play Bonny!

 
Old 03-16-2014, 01:03 AM   #3
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Hello. I have 6-8 yr old Dell PC w/XP3. Microsoft has apps for XP3 to 7 or 8/8.1 compatibility check. Is there similar for Linux? Became confused on Linux web site deciphering which Linux would be suitable. I know zip about Linux or variations. Thank you.
This link shows windows to Linux alternatives
http://www.linuxalt.com/

Another option is to try if your window's programs can run in wine. Wine lets you run windows programs in linux. However some programs may work great and others may not.
 
Old 03-16-2014, 03:19 AM   #4
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:33 AM   #5
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The best way is to create a "Live DVD" or "Live USB" and take Linux for a test-drive (try without installing) on your computer. If your computer is "linux-compatible" then the test drive will go well.

However, if your computer is 6+ years old and came with XP originally, it might be getting a little "long in the tooth" and you might consider a hardware upgrade. There are a lot of good sales and bargains right now. Linux on a fast, modern computer is a dream.

Good luck!

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The best way is to create a "Live DVD" or "Live USB" and take Linux for a test-drive (try without installing) on your computer. If your computer is "linux-compatible" then the test drive will go well.

However, if your computer is 6+ years old and came with XP originally, it might be getting a little "long in the tooth" and you might consider a hardware upgrade. There are a lot of good sales and bargains right now. Linux on a fast, modern computer is a dream.

Good luck!
 
Old 03-16-2014, 01:03 PM   #6
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there is a old saying
"linux is not windows "
it also can be said that "Apples Mac is not windows "

for the most part you can not run Microsoft Windows programs on a Linux Operating System

some can be ran using a emulator called "wine"

however almost all windows software has an equivalent in linux
 
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:13 PM   #7
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Thank you for the info.

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there is a old saying
"linux is not windows "
it also can be said that "Apples Mac is not windows "

for the most part you can not run Microsoft Windows programs on a Linux Operating System

some can be ran using a emulator called "wine"

however almost all windows software has an equivalent in linux

Hi. Thank you for the info. It is what I expected, but hoped not. Regards.
 
Old 03-16-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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Thanks from saltydog83

To snowpine, Die-hard-Linux-user, chrism01, and soadyheid. Thank you for your input. I'll try the "live DVD" route and see how it goes. Regards.
 
  


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