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Re: Install and Run Windows Applications in Linux

__/ [ rapskat ] on Friday 24 February 2006 09:58 \__

> On Thu, 23 Feb 2006 17:48:45 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> The article is 'fresh', but it does not add anything new.
>> "Without requiring Microsoft OS CD or license, CrossOver Office v5.0 for
>> Linspire lets users install and run Windows productivity applications as
>> well as plug-ins natively from Linspire desktop Linux OS. It features
>> single-click interface for installing applications, which then integrate
>> directly with Linspire environment. Any documents created with CrossOver
>> Office applications may be opened and edited with other native Linux
>> programs. "
>> http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/475776/rss
> I don't know if it's just my hangup of using Linux for Linux's sake, but
> when informing people about Linux and OSS, I never even mention products
> like Wine or CrossOver or the like unless it's in relation to games and
> gaming.

We fully agree on that latter point. Dual-boot likewise. I cannot say,
however, that I use Linux because it's Linux. I use Linux because I need to
get work done, /regardless/ of the cost. As Nicholas Negroponte once said,
the reason for choosing KDE for the $100 laptop was because it's better, not
cheaper (than Windows).

> IMO, it's just a setup for a letdown.  Why promote the use of tools
> developed for one platform on another, especially when the other has
> plenty of tools that more than likely will do the job just fine?  People
> will then take way the expectation that their winsoftware will continue to
> work just like it did on that other OS, when it more than likely won't.
> Plus it just adds another layer of complexity.

Well, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Most users are very possessive
about and fascinated by the software they have grown to love over the years.
Everything they are not familiar with (yet) *must always* be terrible. If
you were not happy with what you have, after all, how would you be able to
live with yourself? (inner-conflict)

> If you absolutely have to have that Windows application, then just run
> Windows.  Otherwise, if it's just the *task* that's important - the end
> result - and the tool is irrelevant, then one is much better off using the
> native applications available for the Linux platform.
> Just my 0010 cents.

*1000 (Intersting)

Congrats. You've got yourself a Red Hat-based laptop.

Best wishes,


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