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Old 05-28-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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linux vs windows

Is there a linux that will run window programs i have tried mint 5,1 it does not do it.I am feed up with windowsupdate
Old 05-28-2009, 04:47 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

As for your query: it depends on the programs. There's no generic "one
size fits all" tool that will do it. Ask more specific questions, name
what you're trying to install.

Old 05-28-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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If I understand correctly, you might check out wine, cedega as well as a few others that allow you to run some windows applications in linux. Other software may have a linux equivalent.

Hope that helps and welcome to linux.
Old 05-28-2009, 06:18 PM   #4
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Wine is the main program for running windows programs on Linux. It's available for most distributions, including Mint (see the Add/Remove programs option in the menus). It doesn't run all Windows programs by any means, and some are only partially supported; check the database at for the programs you want to run.

If that doesn't work for you, all is not lost. There are at least two commercial forks of wine that I am aware of: Crossover (targets popular applications) and Cedega (targets games). Both of these programs are based on Wine and add support for features missing from the Wine codebase, meaning that more programs run on them. All these features are added to Wine eventually but this process can take months because Wine has extremely high standards.



As I understand it, Crossover and Cedega both give you a trial period, after which you have to pay for them. Wine is free, and they all have compatibility databases to let you know what is known to work and any problems you might encounter.

If you really want a distribution, then I am forced to recommend Xandros. It is aimed at former Windows users and comes with a trial for Crossover Office (to run MS Office), and has versions to integrate better into Microsoft networks.

I don't like recommending Xandros for mainly political reasons: Xandros Corporation signed a deal with Microsoft so that MS wouldn't sue them for patent infringement, even though there are no enforcable patents being infringed. This means that they may not be able to distribute software under a GPL3 licence, which may cause them to have to stop supplying some programs at a later date. Technically, however, it may be your best bet as far as the current state of operating systems is concerned.
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Perhaps not the answer you may want at this time, but finding Linux' equivalents to the windows programs you are using is the better way to go with regards to compatibility with Linux. One of the first things you need to understand about using Linux is the simple fact that it is not Windows. I don't think you would really need MS office for example when there is Open Office for your Linux system.

here's a website where you can see what is out there for your Linux platform.

Welcome to Linux!
Old 05-28-2009, 06:55 PM   #6
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You could try the vbox virtual machine. Also, vmware has a free virtual machine program, and a very good for pay program.
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Have you tried using Wine?
Old 05-28-2009, 10:31 PM   #8
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Hi sunbay

I can recommend crossover linux for running MS Office. It will run word, excel and powerpoint
ok. but its a crap shoot if any other Office programs will run.

I have to use Windows at work so I have to have some windows programs at home also.
I think the best solution was answered above when it was said to find

"Other software may have a linux equivalent"
"but finding Linux' equivalents to the windows programs"

this is what I have done with great success!

I only run windows when I have to, which is almost never lately.
There are so many replacements for windows programs out there, I dont think
you will have any problems, if you take the time to look for them.

Old 05-28-2009, 11:10 PM   #9
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Virtualbox is your best bet. Run it in seamless mode, its the most convenient.

Wine is a crapshoot. Some things will run, some won't, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

If it is games you are concerned about, it seems to me that most windows games will run in wine. I've tried to run some older games in virtualbox, but I seem to get a lot of mouse problems. If it is office and you dont' want to go to openoffice(which I don't blame you) I have seen out on the web where people supposedly have it running in wine. I have been able to install 2007 Enterprise, but the only thing that will run is outlook.
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You could do like both of them.

I went cold-turkey to Linux last week, but when I realized there was not current way of full using Zune on Linux (Ubuntu 9.04) and also I kinda really like my DreamWeaver and Flash software programs (linux has no comparison), I decided to double-boot. I'm actually about to do it tonight.

I decided to try the Windows 7 after I couldn't get XP to work on my laptop (saw the blue screen of death during installation). I must say, Windows 7 is a definite improvement. So far so good.

I hope I manage to succesfully get the dual-boot to work, we'll see.
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the only program I am concerned with is Nobeltec navigation


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