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Old 2004-04-22, 05:26   #1
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Day by day, I like MicroS**t less and less. It has reached a point where I am considering switching to Linux. However, I would like a version that would run Windows programs as efficiently or nearly as efficiently as Windows. Which version should I look into? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 2004-04-22, 12:47   #2
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What you want is wine or xwine. Suse is pretty good and that have come out with what they call wine rack if all your wanting is to play windows games I recommend Xwine not to be confused with winex
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Old 2004-04-22, 15:26   #3
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Thanks, now where would I find that?
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Old 2004-04-22, 21:44   #4
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http://www.suse.com/us/company/press.../winerack.html
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Old 2004-04-24, 05:53   #5
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Day by day, I like MicroS**t less and less. It has reached a point where I am considering switching to Linux. However, I would like a version that would run Windows programs as efficiently or nearly as efficiently as Windows. Which version should I look into? Any help would be appreciated.

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I'll be interested to hear how you get on. I've never tried to run Windows programes under LInux - I keep a Windows partition on 2 computers just in case I need to run any old progs but, since Open Office came along, I rarely have to. One of the beauties of Linux is that, once you get the withdrawal period over, there's very little software that requires spending any money so you have more left over for the hardware

(BTW Suse 9.0 is available with this month's Linux User and Developer magazine.)
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Old 2004-04-24, 16:27   #6
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suse 9.1 is latest version and you can install for free if you do a ftp install
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Old 2004-04-25, 15:34   #7
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ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/live-cd-9.1

That is the link for the live cd...

Here is more info on this release...

http://www.suse.com/us/private/produ...interview.html
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Old 2004-04-30, 19:25   #8
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I tried Open Office for Windows, and it actually turned out to be better than the Micros**t version. I've been telling all my friends about it.
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Old 2004-05-09, 01:13   #9
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My former colleague looked at this issue. He recommended Win4Lin as being much better than Wine. As I understand it, Win4Lin emulates Windows, and can therefore run any Windows app. (Wine must emulate each individual app separately.) So, he tried it, and found Win4Lin / Red Hat Linux a very effective and robust combination.
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My former colleague looked at this issue. He recommended Win4Lin as being much better than Wine. As I understand it, Win4Lin emulates Windows, and can therefore run any Windows app. (Wine must emulate each individual app separately.) So, he tried it, and found Win4Lin / Red Hat Linux a very effective and robust combination.
I never tried win4lin but if it's a emulator like your stating then it would be much slower than wine. WINE stand for "wine is not an emulator"
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