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LinuxPlanet: Running Windows Apps on Linux: Put Away the WINE

Mar 12, 2001, 22:10 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"It is a sad truth that many corporate IT departments have been resistant to switching their desktops away from the Windows platform because of the dependence of their end users on Windows-based applications."

"Even a switch from Word to the nearly identical WordPerfect, IT execs reason, would involve too much downtime and money spent in getting users acclimated to the new application."

"There are, of course, alternatives to making the switch more palatable. The Windows Emulator for Linux, WINE, is often proposed as a solution for migrating Windows apps to the Linux platform. But WINE's technology is tricky to use and not entirely stable at this point in its development."

"VMware is another potential solution for getting this task done, but this solution, while stable, is often hugely processor-intensive and a bit slow to use."

"Other solutions, however, exist for the Linux users, both corporate and home, who absolutely must have their Windows applications."

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