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Old 06-15-2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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installing windows or dos software on Ubuntu 9.04

This is my first post, so my explanation as to why I am posting in the Newbie thread, rather than General, will be far longer than the question itself.

Before I posted here, I first read threads 1-50 (of 2,282)on page one of the Newbie thread. None of them had anything to do with my problem and I really didn't want to read through 2,232 more of them just to see if my problem had already been addressed.

Then I read the tinkster post of 08-24-05 and the two links it contained, both links to trickykid posts. Trickykid's 10-13-03 post mentioned that anything to do with Microsoft should go to General, but I think that my problem is so basic that it doesn't belong on anything but a Newbie thread. The trickykid 02-12-03 post dealt with tar.gz and .tgz type files, both of which I never heard of.

That's why I'm here in the Newbie thread.

My situation is this:
1- I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a guided install, wiping out Windows.
2- In case it's relevant, I have a Pentium III IBM Thinkpad laptop with 30 GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM.
3- I am not looking to do a dual boot.
4- THE PROBLEM: I have some old softwear programs that were created in Windows or DOS and I want to install and run them on 9.04.
5- These programs are written in DOS or Windows instructions.
6- These are activity programs, not operating systems like DOS or Windows.
7- Please let me know if I can install such programs on Ubuntu 9.04 so I can run them and if I can then save them on the hard drive for future use.
8- If that can be done, please explain to me, hopefully in step-by-step terms meant to be read and acted upon by someone who knows absolutely nothing (that's me) about Ubuntu, how I can do that.

Thank you for your attention and, if this should have been posted on the General forum in spite of its simplicity, please accept my apologies.
Old 06-15-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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You need to install WINE, which is a Windows Emulator for Linux that can run most DOS and Windows Software, although with DOS, you be better served install DOSBox, which is a DOS emulator much like WINE.

You can search for WINE on your Software Installation menu (I forget what's it's called in Ubuntu's version of GNOME) or something like that. Alternatively, you can open a terminal window and type: -

sudo apt-get install wine
You may be able to do the same with DOSBox if it's available with: -

sudo apt-get install dosbox


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