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Re: Sometimes Wine Relaxes Linux, Sometimes It Just Causes Headaches
Posted by: Jack M. Germain 2011-11-30 07:05:13
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A little Wine with your Linux computing session can keep you using your favorite Microsoft Windows programs. What is Wine? Wine is a compatibility layer that's sometimes referred to as an emulator, though it's not "that kind" of emulator, according to the project's wiki. Wine doesn't do any CPU emulation, hence the acronym "Wine Is Not an Emulator." However, it will let you run Windows programs from your Linux OS. This Linux app has a troubled reputation among hard-core Linux fans.

Alternatives to Plain Wine
Posted by: LinuxRocks 2011-11-30 10:00:46 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
Plain, basic Wine is a pain to work with for a novice user, however, there are viable alternatives.

I have been using Crossover Games and Crossover Office now for over 5 years and have not ran into as many problems as you. If you follow the compatibility list, you will have trouble free Windows application support under Linux for years to come.

Crossover Office supports most modern Windows software including office products and apps like photoshop, etc.

Crossover Games is much the same, touting support for recent titles such as Rift, WOW, Steam based games, and other new titles every month.

Hope this helps!

Solutions OTHER than Wine require a Windows license
Posted by: daboochmeister 2011-11-30 07:07:08 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
You mention pros/cons of Wine, and that dual-boot for a virtual machine are alternatives. You fail to mention the big con of those alternatives - you still have to license Windows. Wine allows you to run Windows applications without doing so.

ReactOS is another alternative, btw.
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