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Is there any way to get windows programs to run on ubuntu?

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Is there any way to get windows programs to run on ubuntu?

nickk32
I have just installed ubuntu onto my computer and was thinking of changing over completely, yet there are a few programs that I need for work. These programs are essential for my day to day activities, and range from accounting packages to cad drafting programs.

Do I need to buy new programs? Or can I run my windows programs?
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    boxfiddler Moderator

    which is limited re: Linuxanyflavor, Ubuntu comes with Virtual Box. Virtual Box allows for running Windows and Windows programs in a virtual machine.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox

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    markp24

    hi,

    I agree the virtual box running a virtual windows is the best option. But you can use Wine for some apps also.
    here are some demos of Wine with 3d games.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpJPgw1Wgcw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaBbLOGqnXo

    hope that helps

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    markp24

    Hi

    you may want to look ath this
    http://www.wine-reviews.net/wine-reviews/bordeaux/bordeaux-206-for-linux-released.html


    Supported Applications/Games:

    * Microsoft Office 2007
    * Microsoft Office 2003
    * Microsoft Office 2000
    * Microsoft Office 97
    * Microsoft Office Visio 2003
    * Microsoft Office Project 2003
    * Adobe Photoshop 6
    * Adobe Image Ready 3
    * Adobe Photoshop 7
    * Adobe Image Ready 7
    * Adobe Photoshop CS
    * Adobe Photoshop CS2
    * Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
    * Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
    * FireFox 3.6.3 and multimedia plug ins
    * Steam and Steam based Games
    * Google SketchUp 7.1
    * VLC 1.1.0
    * Apple QuickTime 6.5.2 Player
    * IrfanView 4.27 (Image files only)
    * Winetricks support

    About Bordeaux:

    The Bordeaux Technology Group is a software services and development company specializing in Windows compatibility software. Users of Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris and Mac systems from time to time find themselves in the need to run specialized Windows software. The Bordeaux suite enables access to these programs and data in a seamless and low cost manner without requiring licensing of Microsoft Technology. The Bordeaux Group also provides migration services and support for alternative operating systems specializing in Windows compatibility.

    There is a multitude of software developed only for the Windows operating system and even when software vendors port their applications to another platform, generally it lacks features that the Windows version contains. The only solution these developers face is to have access to both systems for testing which leads to increased infrastructure demands, and wasted project resources. If you are vendor interested in supporting your application on Linux, BSD, Solaris or Mac OS X or a software user that needs to run a Windows application on Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris or Mac OS X we can help.

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    robo_dev

    Most CAD programs are very resource hungry, so running it in a virtual machine would probably not work well. CAD programs typically need to interact 'intimately' with the video adapter, and an 'emulated' adapter in a VM may just not work.

    An accounting app would be no big deal, most likely.

    For one app, which is a security-camera viewer app, I run the Windows application on a Windows PC back in the server room and use the VNC viewer app in Ubuntu to view the output on the screen. It actually works better this way in terms of speed and stability.

    VNC and Ultra-VNC are VERY stable, very fast, and in full-screen mode you really cannot tell that you are running it remotely.

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    dldorrance

    Here we run Ubuntu as the primary OS. For Windows only programs we have installed VirtualBox for Ubuntu (the PUEL version which is a free download from the Oracle website, not the open source version which lacks USB support). With a dual core microprocessor running at 1.6 GHz this installation requires at least 2 GB of system RAM to run Windows XP at less than native speed). Of course, you need a copy of Windows to install onto Virtualbox.

    An alternative is to dual boot Linux and Windows, but you lack the ability to run both OS's simultaneosly which includes sharing files on the fly.

    WINE will run a limited number of popular Windows applications only, but it runs these programs faster than then they run in a virtual machine.

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    markp24

    Hi, the usb support was an issue for me, I did not knwo about the option you mentioned.

    thank you great info!!

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    nickk32

    Im goiing to give it a try tonight. Ill keep you posted.

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    markp24

    hi

    just curious if you got this working

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    dldorrance

    Did you try to virtualize Windows?

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    markp24

    Hi,

    just to give recognition give those who gave helpful information a thumbs up.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    which is limited re: Linuxanyflavor, Ubuntu comes with Virtual Box. Virtual Box allows for running Windows and Windows programs in a virtual machine.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox

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    markp24

    hi,

    I agree the virtual box running a virtual windows is the best option. But you can use Wine for some apps also.
    here are some demos of Wine with 3d games.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpJPgw1Wgcw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaBbLOGqnXo

    hope that helps

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    markp24

    Hi

    you may want to look ath this
    http://www.wine-reviews.net/wine-reviews/bordeaux/bordeaux-206-for-linux-released.html


    Supported Applications/Games:

    * Microsoft Office 2007
    * Microsoft Office 2003
    * Microsoft Office 2000
    * Microsoft Office 97
    * Microsoft Office Visio 2003
    * Microsoft Office Project 2003
    * Adobe Photoshop 6
    * Adobe Image Ready 3
    * Adobe Photoshop 7
    * Adobe Image Ready 7
    * Adobe Photoshop CS
    * Adobe Photoshop CS2
    * Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
    * Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
    * FireFox 3.6.3 and multimedia plug ins
    * Steam and Steam based Games
    * Google SketchUp 7.1
    * VLC 1.1.0
    * Apple QuickTime 6.5.2 Player
    * IrfanView 4.27 (Image files only)
    * Winetricks support

    About Bordeaux:

    The Bordeaux Technology Group is a software services and development company specializing in Windows compatibility software. Users of Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris and Mac systems from time to time find themselves in the need to run specialized Windows software. The Bordeaux suite enables access to these programs and data in a seamless and low cost manner without requiring licensing of Microsoft Technology. The Bordeaux Group also provides migration services and support for alternative operating systems specializing in Windows compatibility.

    There is a multitude of software developed only for the Windows operating system and even when software vendors port their applications to another platform, generally it lacks features that the Windows version contains. The only solution these developers face is to have access to both systems for testing which leads to increased infrastructure demands, and wasted project resources. If you are vendor interested in supporting your application on Linux, BSD, Solaris or Mac OS X or a software user that needs to run a Windows application on Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris or Mac OS X we can help.

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    robo_dev

    Most CAD programs are very resource hungry, so running it in a virtual machine would probably not work well. CAD programs typically need to interact 'intimately' with the video adapter, and an 'emulated' adapter in a VM may just not work.

    An accounting app would be no big deal, most likely.

    For one app, which is a security-camera viewer app, I run the Windows application on a Windows PC back in the server room and use the VNC viewer app in Ubuntu to view the output on the screen. It actually works better this way in terms of speed and stability.

    VNC and Ultra-VNC are VERY stable, very fast, and in full-screen mode you really cannot tell that you are running it remotely.

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    dldorrance

    Here we run Ubuntu as the primary OS. For Windows only programs we have installed VirtualBox for Ubuntu (the PUEL version which is a free download from the Oracle website, not the open source version which lacks USB support). With a dual core microprocessor running at 1.6 GHz this installation requires at least 2 GB of system RAM to run Windows XP at less than native speed). Of course, you need a copy of Windows to install onto Virtualbox.

    An alternative is to dual boot Linux and Windows, but you lack the ability to run both OS's simultaneosly which includes sharing files on the fly.

    WINE will run a limited number of popular Windows applications only, but it runs these programs faster than then they run in a virtual machine.

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    markp24

    Hi, the usb support was an issue for me, I did not knwo about the option you mentioned.

    thank you great info!!

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    nickk32

    Im goiing to give it a try tonight. Ill keep you posted.

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    markp24

    hi

    just curious if you got this working

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    dldorrance

    Did you try to virtualize Windows?

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    markp24

    Hi,

    just to give recognition give those who gave helpful information a thumbs up.