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From the Gloucester Linux User Group Website http://www.gloucs.lug.org.uk

Description

These are notes from the talk on running Windows applications under Linux given by John Mckeown at the July Gloucester Linux User Group meeting 2002.

Contents

  1. MS Windows Applications
  2. How do you run Windows apps
  3. Why run Windows applications?
  4. Difficulty of Transition
  5. Legacy Applications
  6. Favourite Applications
  7. More Transitional Users Coming
  8. Linux Running on MS Windows
  9. Linux on Windows Not for Me
  10. Another PC, Dual Boot
  11. VM Ware
  12. Win4lin
  13. Wine Winex
  14. Crossover Office
  15. Random Thought

1. MS Windows Applications

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2. How do you run Windows apps?

Poll in MandrakeClub (July 2002) 899 members voted

Method%
Dual-boot39.5
Don't14.75
VMWare14.25
Win4Lin12.5
Crossover 8.75
Wine6.5
WineX3.75

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3. Why run Windows applications?

  1. Invested learning - most users need a transitional period between Windows and Linux
  2. There may be no native Linux equivalent for some applications
  3. Someone might like a Windows equivalent application better

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4. Difficulty of Transition

How many applications used?
A. one - extreme
B. my applications - see chart
New users cannot learn all Linux native equivalent applications at once. If a user is waiting until there is an identified Linux equivalent for all applications, they may never jump across

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5. Legacy Applications

Specialist software written from 1982-2002 for
DOS eg Smoke, Coastal
Win16 eg Kid's educational s/w
Win32 eg ?

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6. Favourite Applications

Either where perceived as industry standard, or simply a favourite personal to an individual user
Dreamweaver
Powerpoint
The Bat! (email client)

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7. More Transitional Users Coming

OpenOffice
Install Days!
Pre-installed boxes
Lindows (Outlook & Favorites)
Schools etc put off by MS licensing

So... transitional path needed

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8. Linux Running on MS Windows

CygWin
Phat
Lin4Win

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9. Linux on Windows Not for Me

My (dual-boot) Win32 is flaky
Hibernation
Cron
Viruses

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10. Another PC, Dual Boot

One option not offered in poll:
Windows on another PC, network remote screen eg VNC
Unlikely for home user, requires 2 computers on home LAN

Dual-boot: I still do. Inconvenient. Windows cannot see Linux's data

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11. VM Ware

Heavy duty - for the user who runs lots of OS at the same time

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12. Win4Lin

Focus on Win95/98 on Linux
Kernel modified
Fast as native Windows
Microsoft license required
No DirectX, USB, ?
Costs 79 pounds

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13. Wine, WineX

I can't even get Notepad to run?
DirectX works but not Direct3D
Corel Wordperfect ported?

WineX
Subscription 60 dollars / year ?

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14. Crossover Office

Microsoft Office has more market share on Apple than on Intel boxes
Scenario: (non-native) MS Office may become top suite on Linux boxes!
+ general danger in WinLin solutions, neglect to seek out and learn native Linux equivalents

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15. Random Thoughts

Web, enter Dos/Win app; suggests Linux alternatives, with reviews.
Web, DosForge, converting old specialist Dos apps to Linux native.
(Dos educational & simulations, often open source BASIC , written by subject specialists)

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