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Old 11-09-2007, 09:21 PM   #1
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Host Win apps on Linux


Is there an Open Source tool out there that can host windows applications onto Linux. I came across 2X application server (http://www.2x.com/applicationserver/ ) but I was wondering if there are any open source ones that do a better or similar job.
Also how would this be accomplished with free software hacks as a work around?

Any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 11-09-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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Well if you just want users to be able to execute the program remotely rather than it being installed on the local machine, you can simply share a directory off of your server with Samba and install the application onto it from one of the Windows clients.

Then have a read-only account that the users use to run it without modifying or deleting anything. Set up the client machines to map a network drive at boot, throw some shortcuts on their desktops, and you are pretty much set.
 
Old 11-09-2007, 10:11 PM   #3
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That would work for sharing data but not for hosting applications.
I would like my Linux box to act as a thin client which is connected to a windows box server over network. Programs would be executed remotely from the windows box and passed over to the client via RDP or some other protocol. That seems to be the method used by 2x.

There are tools in linux like share desktops over RDP but I didnt come across any for hosting individual applications.
 
Old 11-10-2007, 04:20 AM   #4
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Wine is a software that allow windows software install at Linux box.

I hope this help.
 
Old 11-10-2007, 08:37 AM   #5
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Wine is a software that allow windows software install at Linux box.
Or the commercial version: CrossOver Office.
http://www.codeweavers.com/

Some things will run in WINE and not Crossover---and vice-versa
 
Old 11-10-2007, 09:58 AM   #6
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Check This out
http://www.safedesk.com/opensource/
Safedesk Terminal Server 3.1 (STS)
Open-Source Hybrid Thin-Client Project Invitation from SafeDesk
 
Old 11-10-2007, 11:50 AM   #7
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As far as I understand you have MS Windows server and some weak computers which have too little memory or HDD space to host fat soft like MS Office which cannot be replaced by lighter counterparts... so I guess it's only logical to use RDP to run all that soft right on the server as you've said.
What I fail to see is a problem - RDP has quite a few opensource implementations, rdesktop for example, just install, connect and exploit that evil os
 
Old 11-10-2007, 04:47 PM   #8
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I have tried rdesktop however that program tunnels the entire windows desktop via RDP, I am looking at ways to tunnel individual applications, is that possible with other tools?
This is probably more involved as there would need to be a daemon running on windows to host such application.
 
Old 11-10-2007, 10:09 PM   #9
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Sounds like X-forwarding on Windows. I don't know if there is any software able to do that (and never cared to look) but there are some X-servers for Win, prehaps you can use one of them to manage windows on server and forward them to linux X-servers?
Also if the only windows-specific software you use is MS Office I think it'll be worth it to replace Win on the server with Linux and use Wine or Crossover thru the same X-forwarding.
 
  


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