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Old 12-02-2004, 09:13 PM   #1
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Question .exe in linux?

I heard of a linux os called lindows and I heard it can run .exe files. But when I tried to download it I learnt it costs money. Is there any free linux os that can run .exe files?
Old 12-02-2004, 09:22 PM   #2
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You can run some .exes with Wine or CrossOver office. BTW, IIRC Linspire (what Lindows was renamed to) doesn't actually run .exes. That was a planned feature, but I think it proved to be too difficult to implement.
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it basicly depends on what the .exe does. there is an app called wine which will handle most basic .exe. wine will run on any disro and most include it.
Old 12-02-2004, 09:57 PM   #4
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Be sure

to first check and see if your desired function already exists in linux. Since you gave no example, we cannot point you at something in l inux which might do what you want with a solid app. Not everything, of course, is available in linux, but there are a lot of neat things.

My personal favorite of a little known app in linux is a reverse polish calculator which can easily, for example, give square root of numbers to 1,000 digits, as well as add my checkbook. It is called dc and some programmer wanted that function, so he wrote it. I have never encountered anyone else who has ever used it, but to me it is my favorite calculator for any great amount of numbers to be added.

It is run from the prompt, and when you are done, all numbers are still displayed, for double checking.

This is just an example, there are normally linux solutions to most problems, but not all, of course.

I understand that running an .exe file is just one of many choices made by linux users, I am not trying to discourage you from trying. I even ran DOS programs via dosemu several years ago, helping a California attorney run his old DOS based court calendar on linux.
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It is a fact that a lot of .exe files are actually compiled zip/tar files. Using the tar command can open about 85% of .exe files. It's exactly how I installed some windows drivers on my partition for ndiswrapper. Straight up shell command.


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