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Old 04-30-2004, 03:20 AM   #1
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ok, so i just got the gui working in mandrake. now i am wondering... can i use any progs i had in windows, in linux? like games and stuff? i also have some progs i use to compose electronic music...(fruity loops, reason, cubase sx... etc.) can any of these be used in linux? and if so... how? thank you.......
Old 04-30-2004, 04:04 AM   #2
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You can run windows applications on your linux box by using 'wine' - a windows environment emulator. However, this application is in its early development stages and therefore there is no guarantee that a windows application will run properly using wine. For example, you can run 'solitaire' on windows with wine in the following way:

wine /mnt/windows/windows/sol.exe....Similarly, other small games such a freecell, minesweeper, hearts can also be run the same way with wine. Microsoft Office and many other applications have been made to run successfully with wine...

You can download 'wine' from

The following page has a list of all the applications that can be run using wine.

Additional information and tutorials on running wine applications can be had from

Old 04-30-2004, 04:05 AM   #3
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Yes and no

Short answer:No Programs made for Windows won't work under Linux. You are better off using Linux native applications. Here is a table of equivalents applications Windows - Linux.

Long answer:Yes There are some programs that allow you to run Windows applications and games under Windows. Wine runs a few and is very buggy. At Frank's Corner you may find some tutorials about getting Windows programs to run under Linux with wine.

A non-free, but better solution is Crossover Office. It's mainly a modified version of Wine, but with a nice and easy to use setup. It's aimed to run MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Windows Media Player and a few others. You may even get some non-supported programs to run just fine. There is a 30 day trial if you are interested on this one.

For games, we have WineX, a modified version of Wine optimized for DirectX-based games. It works much, much better then wine and, unlike wine, I recommend this one...

Also, it's possible to run some few games made for Windows, natively under Linux using an installer. Here you may find a bunch of installers. Most of them are easy to use and works as good (and often better) then those games would run in a WinXP environment.

Don't forget that some games were ported to Linux too, as Quake 3, Soldier of Fortune, Unreal Tournament 2003(the Linux installer is on the third disk), The Sims(?), Sim City 3000, Return to the Castle Wolfenstein, Heroes of Might and Magic 3, Myth 2: Soul Blighter, Heavy Gear 2, Enemy Territory, Americas Army and a few others. However, it's nearly impossible to find the boxed Linux versions of those games in most countries. You are better off going to the developers homepage and download the official installer... ID and Bioware offer great tutorials to get respectively RTCW and NWN to run under Linux...

Good luck!

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Old 04-30-2004, 03:49 PM   #4
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You can test various noob, semi-pro, pro, ultra-pro, music programs with this live linux:
Download and burn the .iso (on a cdr-w, if u want) and boot it. It's a live cd, so it won't install anything on your PC. This is a 100% music distribution.
Tip: the "media player" you'll see on the desktop is not a media player, it's an audio router ^^
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I've gotten older versions of Fruityloops (versions 1&2) sort-of working with WineX or Crossover Office, but they're unstable and some features are buggy or don't work at all.
I think Hydrogen is a good alternative for a native Linux application. It isn't yet as rich in features, but it's the best I've found so far.


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