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working with ubuntu

By timbuzgil ·
some people have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to successfully work with Ubuntu due to their inability to run windows application. Some of them have been told about a certain WINE software. the thing is i don't have an idea of how it works or where to get it. Any ideas?

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Im not infront of Ubuntu so I cant tell u...

by Slayer_ In reply to working with ubuntu

I know in Mint. You click the button on the bottom left, and in the text box, type in "Wine"
If its installed, it will run, if its not installed, it will allow you to install it.

Once Wine is installed, you just dbl click an EXE file, just like Windows, and it should work, or at least try to work.

Ubuntu might work similar, though where you can type in a search... I don't know.

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Since we're on the subject,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Im not infront of Ubuntu ...

How does one install the desired Windows app? I assume you can't double-click the SETUP.EXE file and follow the prompts.

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The proper question is

by jdclyde In reply to Since we're on the subjec ...

is there a similar application that is native to linux. Will ALWAYS run better than something under an emulator.

If not, THEN go the WINE route.

I am just about to start playing with this stuff again, so will have to see how it goes.

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Actually you do

by Slayer_ In reply to Since we're on the subjec ...

It will figure out a C drive and everything. It's really very smart. I usually have Wine make a C drive off my home directory.

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If I'm following you correctly,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Actually you do

You're saying I have to use Wine (or other emumlator) to run the installation app in the first place?

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Wine vs. VirtualBox

by burnettd In reply to If I'm following you corr ...


I've been using Ubuntu for years, including Wine and even CrossOver Professional. These applications do a pretty good job emulating a Windows environment to run Windows applications, but they're still a bit quarky - especially if you're trying to use Outlook to connect to an Exchange server as I do. Or, if you're stuck using IE for web sites that are written specifically for IE. My solution has been to install VirtualBox and build a Windows XP virtual machine. Works FLAWLESSLY, and you can copy the VDI file to other computers to run the same virtual machine there as well (kinda like imaging a physical machine using Ghost - you just have to be sure to rename the computer before connecting it to the network... and be sure you have the licenses for XP).

- - Dave

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That works but then you might as well just run Windows

by Slayer_ In reply to Wine vs. VirtualBox

If you have to maintain a virtual machine for a key application, you might as well just run Windows.

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In addition,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to That works but then you m ...

you still have to pay for that Windows license.

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Well yes, its a windows installer afterall

by Slayer_ In reply to If I'm following you corr ...

So the installer will install to the C drive and run like normal. It will even create its shortcuts, everything. Wine maintains a list, sort of like Win7's XP mode of installed programs. You can run em from the list, or just find any EXE file and set the association with Wine (or just right click and choose to run with WINE).

Again, this is in Mint, not Ubuntu, it could be completely different and convoluted in Ubuntu.

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sounds comvoluted for mint also

by Jaqui In reply to Well yes, its a windows i ...

install wine-doors and then let the user install their microsoft based malware.

as long as it isn't a 3d modeling / animation / cad\cae app or game it should work just fine.

though I shudder at the thought of running a resource hungry speech to text type app under wine, double the resource load you know. since wine is a translator, not an emulator. it needs exactly the same resources to run an app as the app needs to run anyway.

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