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SearchWin2000.com: Running Windows applications on Linux

Oct 03, 2001, 14:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Krissi Danielsson)

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"IT managers who want to switch to Linux often butt heads with users who can't stand to part with Microsoft Office. While managers and their companies like the low cost and stability of the Linux operating system, the lack of popular and well-developed applications is a major sticking point. Yet, a solution does exist, says Jim Graham, CTO of CodeWeavers, Inc., based in St. Paul, MN. By running Windows emulators, companies can benefit from Linux while still being able to use their favorite Windows applications. In this interview with searchWindowsManageability, Graham describes the pros and cons of the three major options for running Windows apps on Linux.

searchWindowsManageability: Why do companies want to run Windows applications on Linux?

Graham: They may rely on a lot of application software that doesn't exist on Linux. They may have application software that they've written specifically for Windows. One of the biggest things that a lot of people need is the stability of Linux. It's a very easily maintained and stable operating system. The second biggest strength is the cost of the Linux operating system, as it can be deployed throughout your entire organization for the price of a CD.

searchWindowsManageability: What technical issues might come up when running Windows apps on Linux?"

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