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Posted 04-22-2009 at 12:35 PM by AnujaA

I'm totally new to this site as well as to Linux. Yesterday I installed Debian version of Linux. Now I want to install some Windows programs to that. But I don't know how to run a .exe file in Linux environment.
After a google search I found,
this page and I followed that process. But I didn't succeed. So please help );
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    While a blog isn't exactly the best place to ask questions, here's my answer: Linux and Windows are like different languages. A program written for one OS (especially one which comes as an exe file for Windows) is not understandable to the other OS. Expecting a Windows program to work in Linux is like expecting to understand a book in Russian after learning Spanish.

    Wine, which you downloaded, can be seen as a translator software which may enable a Windows program to work in Linux, but more often than not it won't work.

    In short, if you need to run a Windows program, use Windows.
    Posted 04-23-2009 at 07:17 AM by bitpicker bitpicker is offline
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    If you got to have a "windows" program you have some choices. Wine may or may not work as mentioned, check the wine site and forums, it may save you some work in the long run as to whether a particular program may run or partially work or not; 2) try VirtualBox - it does a good job (for me) in running windows XP as a virtual machine - haven't had any problems running windows programs; some run just as fast, some a tad slower (have at least 1GB ram in the system and generally allocate at least 512 to windows in the Virtual machine.) 3) Dual boot XP and linux dist - setting up partitions ahead of time seems the easiest to me. I generally setup 4 partions and a swap. 1 for Windows OS (15GB), 1 for NTFS data (varies with HD size), 1 for Linux "root" (7 GB - leaves plenty of headroom), 1 for linux "home" (again depends on HD size), and 1 for the linux swap (1.5-2 GB, there's plenty of recommendations for this one). Anyway - whatever, just do a little research and plan it out (as in write it down - helps me). Think about checking out Linux Mint - based on Ubuntu/Debian, I've tried a few including Debian and keep coming back to Mint - not that it's better than some others - just fits me. That's what I like about Linux - you have choices. Welcome to Linux.
    Posted 04-28-2009 at 09:38 AM by jcoleman jcoleman is offline


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