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Old 05-30-2006, 12:33 AM   #1
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Compatibility, using Windows programs in a Suse environment

I am going to be keeping certain programs intact on my old Windows partition after I install Suse, however, I will not be able to utilize these programs from within Windows, to the best of my knowledge. Will they work properly in a Linux environment, or will I need to work on finding patches and stuff like that, or simply reinstalling their Linux versions, if they even exist? My distro will be Suse, since I have read that it works well as far as connectivity is concerned. The two programs that I want to be able to use in Linux are a Sound Mixing Program, Fruity Loops, and my Motorola cellphone software, which enables me to download pictures that I take on my phone. Anybody know of any issues or compatibility associated with stuff like this in Suse?
Old 05-30-2006, 12:55 AM   #2
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Generally speaking, windows binaries will not work in a linux environment. There are things like Crossover Office, wine, and win4lin that allow you to recreate (emulate in some cases) a windows environment in Linux. However, there are usually linux native equivilents that work just as well, and in the Linux environment, better than their emulated option. Fruity Loops, you may have a slightly hard time finding something that is really close, but there are certainly options available. As for the Motorola software, you probably won't be able to use that in Linux, not using wine at least (my guess, though it may be possible). If it's just something that lets you access the Phone's flash card (mini-sd for example) then you can plug your phone into the USB port on the computer and SuSE will probably recognize it as an external storage device; at which time you can access the files saved to it.


Old 05-30-2006, 01:09 AM   #3
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Windows could not even accomodate the phone connected to the USB without the software, so I doubt that will work. I'll just have to see what my options are.
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you may want to check this website for your motorola cellphone
Old 05-30-2006, 08:28 AM   #5
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Hi, here's what I have discovered by personal experience...

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It's very probable that Suse will immediately recognize your phone when plugging it in the USB-port.

Why?? Because, unlike Windows - the largest (in download size) and most popular linux-distros today has already built in driver-support (in the kernel or as loadable modules) for a great amount of different hardware and connections. When you connect something in the USB-port - it will detect what it is - and load the appropriate software for it automatically.
I know by personal experience that Suse (10.0 & 10.1) has very good driver-support.

I have a brand new Sony Ericsson (W810i) - and I plugged it in the USB-port (I have Fedora Core
3). A few seconds later, 2 windows appeared: One that showed the picture-folder in the phone, and
the other one that showed my media files (it's got a built in mp3-player).
There was no need to install any driver / software - and this is one of the latest models on the
market today!!

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There's an alternative to Fruity Loops - called "Linux MultiMedia Studio". Check out this

Hope this gives any help / ideas for you.



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