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Is there a way to get Windows programs to run on Linux?

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Posted: 20 Jan 2005

Q:
Is there a way to get Windows programs to run on Linux?

A:
Yes - there are quite a few different methods.

*caution* not every windows program can be run on Linux.

One way is through a program called Wine. It basically installs a recreation of the windows DLLs onto your system, thus allowing some programs to run.
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Crossover Office. It's a little better program to get the DLLs on your system - this one isn't free.
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There are a number of Virtual Machine suites available. These basically allow you to install a legit copy of windows onto your Linux system and run Windows within Linux.
VMWare is probably the most well-known program of this sort. VMWare isn't free.

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