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Is it possible to run VB applications in Linux? Our company is slowly migrating to Open Source. We already have Linux servers which serves as our proxy, authentication and firewall. However, there are some Windows applications that we need to migrate to Linux. The backend is mySQL though but I want to know if this applications can run on Linux. I tried wine but not successful. If it will not run on linux, what are the nearest application programming (with VB and Fox) can we use? I know PHP is a web based application but still learning..Any other suggestions? Thanks.
depam, I'm in the same boat...well...minus the company...
I need to migrate a buttload of applications written in VB to my linux system, but there isn't a VB clone for linux. There are ones that come close (like Gambas).
Unfortunately, I've found out, the hard way, that you can't install VB on linux using either WINE or CrossOver.
If you can't switch from BASIC, I suggest googling for a free BASIC compiler. There's tons of them out there.
If you can spare the time to learn another language, definitely give Python a shot (http://www.python.org/). I have to feverently disagree with MegaManX and mrcheeks about Java. It's much to close to C/C++ to be of any quick use to a BASIC (let alone a VisualBASIC) programmer.
If I find anything that I think works as a good VB substitute, I'll let you know.
mrcheeks wrote a great editor with Java (if my memory servers me right) and I'm a Java lover myself, so maybe we were a little biased in this case . However, if depam's VB applications were pretty simple in GUI terms, using Java Swing would not be a hard task. Now, if he has no experience at all with Java, that could take a while and as you said, it should not be a good solution :\.
If I wasn't so busy at school I could give a hand creating the interfaces and linking to the database. That's a one day job, if the GUI's are really simple
I've been attempting to learn Java for a while now, but recently, I haven't had much time to put into it...I've got enough tutorials and books on Java to choke a moose, but I just haven't had the time. I'd really like to learn it though.
Thanks for your comments guys.. Honestly, I am very much concern about the migration. I was instructed to migrate to Open Source to avoid the high cost licensing. I'll try PHP but I think VB is still the easiest way because of its GUI, drag and drop. Is there a GUI application development for Linux? I am also wondering, why does WIndows run better at P1 units while Linux needs more RAM than WIndows. Before, we can run Office, Windows 95 on P1 166 MHz 16 MB Ram. I just can't find any X-window with an acceptable speed Linux distro for our old P1 units. Anyway guys I really appreciate it. I think I have to take course on PHP.
I guess it's because Windows 95 is pretty old and designed for machines like P1 and earlier, while Linux is, well, new . Blackbox or IceWM should work great on those machines I suppose. You might even want to try a distro with 2.4.x kernels ratter then 2.6.x. I suggest this because 2.4.x is not only smaller, but also has arguably better support for older harware.
There's a pretty good distribution that seems pretty close to what you seek. It's called Deli Linux:
Well, I guess I have to learn the linux programming the hard way. Maybe PHP or Java will do.. Regarding, running Linux on low end PCs, my boss' requirement is to have Open Office running. However, I found out that Open Office will only run on 64 MB memory. I'll also try Deli, Vector and Slackware for PC 166s. It just frustrate me to know that nice Linux desktop runs on high end PCs. Thanks man for all the advice.