Last edited by AirWolf; 06-09-2007 at 10:17 PM.
Which would be easier to use for say MS Office 2000?
I have seen 3 or 4 files for wine in the apt-get list. After wine is installed is it simply a case of putting the cd in the drive to install a program or is there more to it?
I'd rather go with QEMU even though I havent tried it yet
Some progs act weird graphics-wise if you WINE them
Wine attempts to provide Windows applications with all needed system calls and what not else natively on Linux.. It's still considered "alpha" though so expect varying levels of success - depending on what you want to do.
Some apps or games work excellent - I played "Call of Duty" on my Linux box using Wine without a single hitch - it's one of the few attempts I've had such success with.
A good idea is to look up any app you want to try on the Wine application database: http://appdb.winehq.org/
It lists apps / games and people post there success / failure stories there.
Qemu works very well. I have used it myself, but of course it requires you to have a copy of Windows or whatever operating system you want to run on the virtual PC. Don't expect to be able to play games or stuff with it though - seeing as it only emulates a very basic graphic card you can't get 3D support - unless there's some other way I don't know about.
But mostly assuming your file browser has associated "exe" files with "wine" then it's as easy as double clicking an exe.. just like in windows.
But it's probably a better idea to run it from the command line.. otherwise you're left confused wondering where the app went to if/when it crashes..
i.e., $ wine /<pathtocd>/setup.exe
Something like that.
Yes, QEMU is the same and yes VMWare runs on Linux but it's not free.Originally Posted by morph1
I prefer VirtualBox [also free] , it has a nicer front-end feels much like VMWare. I struggled to get WinXP up on QEMU on Ubuntu, so just went with VirtualBox..
WINE is was mentioned, a whole different ballgame. First advantage is , you don't actually have to "reboot a virtual PC" just to run Office. Secondly it uses your actual system's resources [you're not making fake hard drives,sound cards,graphic cards etc as with Virtual PCs] .
Main disadvantage is compatibility is not 100%, not everything actually works in WINE. And there's especially problems with apps that are dependent on other "windows" apps, i.e. Internet Explorer or MDAC or some other 'built-in' thing that normally comes with the Windows OS.
So WINE at least doesn't use up 'n huge chunk of system resources so you can run some small WebCam app , where QEMU/VirtualBox/VMWare needs to boot up a whole new OS ....[big pain in the arse]
Last edited by diabolus; 05-09-2007 at 02:58 PM.
System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
Search for Lyx, "mark for installation" and apply". Its a nice application for mathematical, graphical and academic purposes.
It is the easiest to install Wine with the Synaptic Package Manager (Ubuntu 7.04) like above.
In top left taskbar: Applications>Accesories>Wine File and search for a file to install or run
Sometimes you need root access to be able to install an app.
Open up a terminal, type in "sudo -i" and change directory to the install.exe file of the Windows app you want to install and type the command:"wine install.exe" or whatever the install file is.
Hope it helps.
Last edited by Fearisgood; 05-09-2007 at 04:45 PM.
Thanks for all the feedback I'll give wine a shot tonight on my home pc. @Fearisgood, the root commands wont be a problem - I always log in as root.
Can count the number of times when i logged on as root on my 1 hand