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Old 04-21-2004, 03:53 AM   #1
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Quik Question?

not sure if this is the right place, im sorry if it isnt, but is there a version of linux that can handle windows software so i can use all my old software on it?
Old 04-21-2004, 04:05 AM   #2
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Quick question, short answer: no.

You can use SOME windows software on Linux, using the Wine compatability layer, but it is nowhere near complete. You could also use a true windows emulator like VMWare or such, but in the long run if what you really want is to run windows apps, I suggest you stick to windows. If, however, you are interested in breaking away from windows and finding open sources alternatives to your windows apps, by all means jump in.
Old 04-21-2004, 10:49 AM   #3
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I agree with ProfJohn's point. I dual-boot... for the games! I have quite a few video games, and they are very much Windows-only.
As for the basics - browsing, e-mail/calendar, text documents, IM'ing, I now use Linux Mandrake in a successful migration. Keeps the work one one side and the games on another... I have tried with Wine - - but the compatibility layer has it's limits. What are the programs you'll need? There are quite a few Linux alternatives to most program types.


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