Winows emulator

Chris G cl at isbd.net
Fri May 23 09:34:26 UTC 2008


On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 02:03:28PM -0700, NoOp wrote:
> On 05/22/2008 04:38 AM, Clayton wrote:
> >>> I wish to install a "Windows" emulator in order to run some software
> >>> written for that OS.
> >>> Can anyone suggest the best to try?
> >>>
> >>
> >> Wine? $ sudo apt-get install wine or, even better, get the last .deb
> >> from the website http://www.winhq.org (i think it is 1.0 RC 1)
> > 
> > Another option that many people use is VirtualBox..  VirtualBox allows
> > you to install Windows (or almost any other operating system) into a
> > Virtual Machine (VM), and then you can install your Windows-only
> > applications into the VM.
> > 
> > The advantage is that you have a full Windows environment without the
> > possible issues that Wine can have.  The disadvantage is that you need
> > to have a decent amount of RAM and available disk space to run the VM
> > - at least 1GB or RAM, preferably more, and at least enough disk space
> > for a full Windows install plus the application install (VirtualBox
> > defaults to 8GB of virtual disk space).
> > 
> > http://www.virtualbox.org
> > 
> > I use both WINE and VirtualBox - in some cases Wine works fine (for
> > example I can easily run PhotoShopCS2 in WINE), and in others
> > VirtualBox is the best solution.
> > 
> > C.
> > 
> 
> I highly recommend using VirtualBox; it seems like every other update to
> Wine something get broken. Further, there now seem to be issues with
> repositories for older versions of Ubuntu (Gutsy for instance), see:
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wine
> 
> If you look at:
> 
> http://www.winehq.org/site/download
>   http://www.winehq.org/site/download-deb
> 
> you'll see that the only repo there is for Hardy and Etch. The Gutsy
> packages have been moved to:
> http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/archive/index.html
> 
> Some of the latest issues (affecting me today):
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wine/+bug/114025
>   http://wiki.winehq.org/PreloaderPageZeroProblem
> 
> I've just gotten tired of finding Wine working great one day & breaking
> the next after an update (kernel in particular) and have started moving
> everything over to VirtualBox. Once done I plan to blow out Wine once
> and for all.
> 
I've been moving from VMWare to VirtualBox and I must say I'm very
impressed with VirtualBox.

However there is one issue, you need a Windows licence to run either
VMWare or VirtualBox whereas you don't need one to run Windows
programs in Wine. (At least I don't think you do!)

-- 
Chris Green




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