Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 07-09-2006, 06:48 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2006
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Windows Compatible Linux

Hey there,

Are there any free distros that will allow you to run windows applications on them? My mom has an old POS system running windows 98. She doesn't have the money to get a new one so I was thinking about getting her linux. The problem is that she uses only a couple of programs for work purposes, and they require windows. She does not have the hard drive space to dual boot. I've heard a little about Voodoo being windows compatible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Old 07-09-2006, 06:53 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: London
Distribution: Arch - Latest
Posts: 1,522

Rep: Reputation: 45
You can use wine - it has a compatibility list and google will have info on others trying to get <insert program name here> to work.

Out of curiosity what are the apps she needs? things like MS office can be replaced by open office pretty much.
Old 07-09-2006, 06:53 PM   #3
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: UK
Distribution: (X)Ubuntu 10.04/10.10, Debian 5, CentOS 5
Posts: 900

Rep: Reputation: 32
All distros can run some Windows programs via wine, but it's a pain to set up. None of them natively support Windows programs. Which programs does she need? Office type stuff? To be honest, you'd be better off sticking with Windows. An older computer is not going to be able to handle OpenOffice, and she may not be willing to learn another program (though you can always try to persuade her!).


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
file-system compatible with Linux/Windows ditch* Linux - Newbie 6 03-04-2005 08:35 AM
using kword I want to export document to be compatible with Windows Starch Linux - Newbie 3 01-27-2005 02:52 PM
HELP! Which external HD USB port to buy compatible with Linux and Windows? asaba Linux - Hardware 3 10-29-2004 02:33 AM
C++ and OpenGL- how to make programs/games compatible with both windows and linux uveraser Programming 9 06-16-2004 02:38 PM
Videoconference software compatible with windows The_Ace Linux - Software 1 11-03-2003 10:03 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:47 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration