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q64 03-29-2004 02:28 AM

Do executables that you can run in windows for example, run in linux? Are only some compatible? I'm refering to programs you get off the net. Is it only a case by acse situation?

sjia 03-29-2004 02:44 AM

I believe WINE will run as a platform for some windows software. Could be wrong though. Go to the software forum and ask a question about the package WINE.

Y0jiMb0 03-29-2004 04:25 AM

executables in linux and in windows are different things, and they aren't compatible. However, as sjia said, you may be able to execute a ".exe" file in linux with the help of emulators (tipically "wine")

profjohn 03-29-2004 04:31 AM

Not meaning to sound snobby, but WINE is not an emulator...


Think of Wine as a Windows compatibility layer. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely alternative implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft-free code, but it can optionally use native system DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit (Winelib) for porting Windows sources to Unix and a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows binaries to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.

OK, that being said, take a look at the application database for WINE at:

You might find your WIN application listed there. If it is, you are set.

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