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Old 03-31-2003, 10:00 AM   #1
yak3jk
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Wine and S.U.S.E. 8.1


Hi everyone, I am an extreme newbie to linux. I would like help installing windows apps with wine. Is there a good online manual or website that could help me out or maybe someone could walk me through the process. I have a Linux only machine (no traces of windows) that I'm trying to learn with.


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Old 03-31-2003, 11:28 AM   #2
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Well my first question would be what do you need wine for anyway?

I've found that in most cases someone who wants to run wine is in 1 of 3 categories.

1. wants to run windows programs because they don't know of a linux alternative
2. wants to run games
3. legitimately needs to run a windows app (such as lotus notes or similar, internet explorer and ms office don't qualify)

My response would be:
1. don't be a wuss, find a real Linux program and you'll probably find it's better that whatever windows app it is you think you want
2. it doesn't work very well anyway, you'll be disappointed and go back to windows. Why not buy a playstation?
3. wow, you're a rare few. are you sure #1 doesn't apply to you? are you really sure? ok, then let's look at wine.

So my question to you is do you really need wine?
If you havn't looked for a linux alternative do that first. I'm almost certain you can find one.

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Old 03-31-2003, 12:00 PM   #3
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yak3jk,

there is plenty of good information out there on how to get WINE working in Linux. Keep in mind, that not all Windows applications will work with WINE however.

Perhaps the easiest thing to do would be to see if there are RPM's provided by SuSE. From what I can see at:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/...8.1/suse/i586/
It appears there are. Use the command "rpm -qa | grep wine" to see if they are already installed. If they are installed, you need to check the local documentation to see what the next step is.

Usually, you just have to run "wine-setup" or something like that. Look in /usr/share/doc for a "wine" directory for more information.

Note: Usually, the distribution provided rpm's for Wine do not come OpenGL enabled. If you want to run OpenGL in Wine, you should check out the Linux Halflife how-to at:
http://lhl.linuxgames.com/howto/half...HOWTO-0.5.html

I agree with some of what "bahamat" says, even if I would chosen a less condescending way to say it. Quite often there are unknown Linux alternatives to running a certain Windows application, and it would be in your best interest to check that out. However, I run Halflife and several other games in Wine, as well as some other mandatory applications (i.e. VMS terminal emulator, etc.) that I could not run without Wine. Some of them are tricky to set up, but the performance has been excellent for me. If you think you need it... give it a shot and don't worry about what others say.


-KevinJ
 
Old 03-31-2003, 12:29 PM   #4
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hey guys thanks for the responses, the program I was looking to run is KazaaLite. If there is an alternative I would love to try it. I am extremely open to trying any and all linux programs rather than using wine as a crutch. I am not a full fledged M$ hater in fact, I am an M$ advocate for the most part but disagree with some of thier newer practices. Aditionally I am planning on administrating a linux fileserver at work.

Thanks Again Yak3jk
 
Old 03-31-2003, 01:01 PM   #5
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I don't know if there is a Kazaa Linux client or if Kazaa Lite will work in Wine.

There are many other file sharing clients that work in Linux however. Limewire, eDonkey, and others. Check out http://www.gnutella.com for even more info.

-KevinJ
 
Old 03-31-2003, 01:36 PM   #6
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