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LinuxDevCenter: Windows Compatibility for the Linux Desktop

Jun 18, 2004, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Collier-Brown)

"In any business switching to Linux, there's at least one person who's stuck. These people need to use files from some Windows-only program, and usually have to do so by dual booting to and from Windows. Dual booting is very slow when all you really want to do is cut and paste a few screenfuls of data. Worse, because it is so slow, there is a real temptation to remain in Windows and use programs such as Outlook and Exchange, this year's favorite virus targets.

"There is a better alternative: run just the necessary Windows programs under Linux. This solves the same problem we saw when DOS started to replace CP/M. There was always something that only the older operating systems' programs did, so you ran the older programs with an emulator..."

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