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Old 02-16-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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How to Run Windows Applications as Linux Programs

What is the best way to run windows software on linux system? I have both Fedora 14 and CentOS 5.5 installed.

Old 02-16-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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WINE is pretty much the only option for running Windows applications natively under Linux. Your other route would be virtualization.
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Run windows apps on ubuntu or centos

RE: title: sorry about the ubuntu tag, should have typed fedora there.

Best answer: don't. Seek and learn to use Linux equivalents or replacements.
Second best answer: see earlier post: wine and/or virtualization.

For Virtuailization to run Windows on Fedora or CentOS (or Debian, Ubuntu, etc) my suggestion would be VirtualBox.

Virtualization requires extra disk, memory, and CPU resources: but given those is the most elegant answer to running Windows applications on Linux. Some Windows software will run directly under Linux using the WINE translations: see the WIN site for a database of software known to work, break, or work somewhat.

If Windows is a heavy load for VirtualBox on your machine, you might check into ReactOS. It is a driver-compatible Windows replacement, but is not production ready just yet. despite that it is already known to run a wide range of Windows applications.

Just for the edification of the group: what applications are we talking about?

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