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Running Windows Programs on Linux WITHOUT Windows !!

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Running Windows Programs on Linux WITHOUT Windows !!


    Hi there

    For several years a Linux program called WINE has been available -- this basically attempts to install Windows programs on a "pseudo" "C" drive and execute them without needing Windows itself. The early versions were a bit "random" as to whether your program would work but the latest version really is quite good -- even to the extent of running OFFICE 2007. Don't expect it though to run specialized games etc yet though -- it's more intended for programs you like on Windows but want to keep on a Linux system. - Testing these on a Linux VM is a great idea IMO.

    Quite a few games etc now work including STEAM I think too !!.

    I've got a music server streaming app (server and client) that was designed for windows -- now although the SERVER works natively on Linux too I could never get the CLIENT to work on a remote Windows machine. Now with WINE client works perfectly!!! -- Strangely enough the Linux server could always use my Android mobile as a Client though !!


    Just tested Office 2010 (32 bit version) !!! -- So far everything 100% !!!!!! including some quite complex macros -- use the LATEST release of Wine though.

    My Windows boxes I think will soon be living on "Borrowed time" -- Office 2010 was a Big Windows one for me .

    Now only really SAPGUI and Adobe photoshop CS6 - then I'll simply keep W8.1 as backup archive just in case I need it again.

    So if you are tinkering around with Linux I suggest you have a look at WINE -- you might be surprised at how good its becoming.

    WineHQ - Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    They say anything you can do with Photoshop you can do with Gimp. I've only played around with Gimp a bit. And several years ago at that. I'm just curious if you considering switching. I know the way things are done is different than Windows graphics programs. Is the learning curve that steep? Or are there other considerations?

    I'm just nosy.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Jimbo, Is that 1.6 or 1.7 you are using. And thanks for the heads up.

    PS - I found the terminal commands for Mint to install 1.7. Maybe they are useful for someone:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Was 1.6 - Office 2007 runs 100% -- Office 2010 needs 1.7 but IMO there's not a huge (if any) difference between Office 2007 and 2010 for what most people want to do - other than Office 2010 has a 64 it version.

    Note WINE needs a 32 bit config if you are running 32 bit software on a 64 bit machine --set the compatibility to either VISTA or W7 for the best results -- just play around with it.

    Fixes can also be installed from the UBUNTU repositories. - I'm using OPENSUSE which has RPM but I'm starting to compile this stuff from source more and more so it can be reasonably distro independent. You don't have to know a lot or even a little about compiling this stuff -- just follow the instructions usually contained within source files.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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