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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2006. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 18th.


View Poll Results: Windows on Linux App of the Year
Wine 506 50.10%
Crossover Office 88 8.71%
Cedega 63 6.24%
VMware 248 24.55%
Win4lin 7 0.69%
QEMU 79 7.82%
Parallels Workstation 19 1.88%
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:31 PM   #1
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Windows on Linux App of the Year

When you just *have* to run windows.

Old 12-30-2006, 07:47 PM   #2
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I have been using VMware lately but I don't think it would qualify (to me) as Windows on Linux. It's a virtual machine so to me it's more Windows in Linux. I would love to get into QEMU but I don't have the time right now.

I think that wine does a great job and I use it for Windows on Linux. It's always my first stop and only if I can't run the programs I will fire up VMware player.
Old 12-31-2006, 05:33 AM   #3
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Wouldn't QEMU be Windows in Linux then?
Old 12-31-2006, 01:31 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Tortanick
Wouldn't QEMU be Windows in Linux then?
Yes it would, to me anyway. It does the same virtualization thing as VMware but it's open source which is excellent. I use both virtualization and the wine-type emulators and to me they are different things (Windows in Linux vs. Windows on Linux). I'll always go for the emulator-type before virtualization but there are just things I can't get done in things like wine.

I would have voted for Crossover Office but it isn't really open source, like Cedega. I've used it in the past but I stopped because there's no sense in paying for the few extra abilities that wine doesn't offer. Wine is free. It's the same thing as VMware vs. QEMU. Like Crossover vs. Wine, I don't want to have to be paying for VMware when I can spend a little extra time and figure out QEMU. It might not be easy as running an installer but it's free to use. I use VMware player right now because it was free and I'm really just starting to feel this out. I like it but there are just some things I don't want to have to be "booting Windows" for when I could run it quicker in Wine... as long as it works. When I want to really get into the virtualization thing I'm going to learn to use QEMU so I don't have to be paying for something that's (at least currently) a toy to me.
Old 12-31-2006, 01:37 PM   #5
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WINE. It works for my needs and it has been tried and true.
Old 12-31-2006, 03:45 PM   #6
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I voted wine, though i use cedega for my games, but as wine is true OSS, and cedega is not, i voted wine! I do use wine for apps though!
Old 12-31-2006, 06:54 PM   #7
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Crossover Office.
Old 12-31-2006, 08:02 PM   #8
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All made a good progress this year. Win4lin should have kept support for their old version (win98), new pro version is a dead end for them. I vote for wine as it is the most difficult and important.
Old 12-31-2006, 09:32 PM   #9
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Running WARIII in Linux by cedege, is so excited!
Old 12-31-2006, 11:14 PM   #10
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Crossover Office works for me.
Old 01-01-2007, 10:58 AM   #11
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Vmware, I basically need to run windows for the fact I do ALOT tech support. And windows users seems to be the only ones who has "big problems" and when I don't remember all the windows places from the top of my head, I have to check it so my help is as clear as possible. I like helping people, I don't have problems with that. Even when some people are dumb enough to understand any instructions at all and makes me lose my nerves, I still like that 'job'.
Old 01-01-2007, 10:54 PM   #12
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Wine all the way. Course I have very few needs for any program. The only thing I run on wine right now is photoshop 7 but krita might just finally get me to the point I can go fully off the windows crutch.
Old 01-01-2007, 11:09 PM   #13
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I just installed vmware server, and I was astonished at what I was able to do with the virtual machine. I ran DOS fdisk, created a boot partition for DOS (for 80x86 assembly) and installed Win2000 to another partition. Everything ran just as in Windows from there. I was surprised at how easy it was to get the whole thing up and running in so little time.

However, I'm open to QEMU and Wine; I've never tried the former, but I have tried the latter in the past and wasn't entirely successful, perhaps they both merit further exploration. But the ability to so easily power on/power off a virtual machine (whether it's running Windows or any other OS) makes vmware server extremely attractive for my purposes.
Old 01-02-2007, 01:44 AM   #14
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Crossover works fine for me.
Old 01-02-2007, 02:40 AM   #15
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WINE. It works very well with the only Windows program I couldn't live without, PokerStars.


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