May 1, 2016

Can my windows software be run on Linux?

I think the question describes itself!
That question came on your site when I googled it. I did read the comments and not sure if this is a comedy site!
It wasn't straightforward to register and then how to add a comment, the thread disapeared and came to this.
I'm sick of MS Windows, always problems, always patches to glue on and then get working, many add-on programs needed with no decent help to malke them work.
If is wasn't for MS we wouldn't have the internet and global computer semi compatability we have today but they have lost the plot and now it's just about money.
So is Linux any good, what programs work in it?
Serious question!

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Why use Windows? If you dont need to run software that depends on Windows, then  use Linux and the equivalent software that does the job. Office and Desktop Publishing, video, photo & music software have been great on Linux for years, and continue to expand in range and ability. Try it and see, its not hard to get used to it, and you will  love the security and reliability.



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I think that the best way to take a look how linux and what type of programs have is to use a live-cd. There are many distributions that have live-cd's,
The negative side is that it is slower than hdd, and you cannot install more than one small app (except if you set some temporary folder on computers hdd but it is little complicate for newbie.

Another solution is to install on your pc creating partitions and have both Windows and Linux on the same machine.
Take a look at distro's information.

There are many sites giving you a list of programs alternative from Windows to Linux.

As for wine, I have not good experience. .exe files sometime are archived files. It is tricky. But at the same time, there are very rare cases that I needed.

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If you need to have your Windows software to work at Linux this is not a easy job to do I must tell.

You need to install and configure a 'wine' package, which is basically a Windows emulator and which is by description is working not so good as Windows itself!

And then you can (or can't) run your Windows programs on Linux.

Specific programs rarely can run on 'wine' smoothly, so I think that you can better take your time or budget to configure your Windows PC properly first than migrating to Linux as last hope.

Good luck.

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