Do you have the need to run MS-Windows applications on Linux?

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Carlie Fairchild - Wed, 2020-12-08 19:30.

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I certainly don't get that fe

I certainly don't get that feeling with the 1.9 beta (not that I felt that way particularly with 1.1 either).

I think OO2.0 will be good enough to change a lot of M$ users' minds.

Dave Blythin (not verified) - Wed, 2021-02-09 16:30.

Video Capture - Camtasia

Camtasia by TechSmith captures video, and makes it very easy to capture movement for a video illustration. Xvidcap captures video, but I have never gotten it to work, and it is not as elegant as Camtasia.

Mandrake User (not verified) - Tue, 2021-01-18 23:37.


There aren't any good genealogy programs in Linux and it is only that which now holds me to windows OS. Two that l use are Brothers Keeper and Family Tree Maker. Gramps is ancient compared to what's available in windows. I hope someone in the Linux community with the know how will address this shortcoming.

I have installed Brothers Keeper using Wine but l can't get it to work with regards to importing a Gedcom file or backup data and such. I'm sure it could be done but not for a person of my meager experience.


Wayne (not verified) - Tue, 2021-01-18 18:20.

genealogy under linux

I suggest you try Geneweb for genealogy under Linux, I have found it to be excellent. It's free and there is also a windows verion.

Regards, Richard.

richard (not verified) - Sat, 2021-02-05 18:29.


I downloaded Geneweb from the Debian site but it is all greek to me ... dambed if l can figure out how to use it :-)


Wayne (not verified) - M - , 2021-02-07 17:05.

take a look at gramps , very

take a look at gramps , very easy to use.

Dave Blythin (not verified) - Wed, 2021-02-09 16:36.

Gramps is primitive and ancient and

Gramps is primitive and ancient and is not up to par with other genealogy programs available.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-05-28 09:52.

Most engineering s/w is windo

Most engineering s/w is windows.

I used Win4Lin, and it worked very well.

Unfortunately a bunch of new apps refuse to start without win2k or XP. Also my work now needs direct usb support, and win4lin does not give the windows session use of the usb hardware.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2021-01-18 14:21.

I use Electronic Design Autom

I use Electronic Design Automation software (Cadence/Orcad) in Windows because my customers archived products are in that format. It pays to be compatible.

I know there are Linux EDA programs out there that will do same if not better job making circuit boards, however, finding customers to support them.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-02-02 01:48.

Engineering software

"Most engineering s/w is windows."

Funny - I've been an engineer since 1964 and I haven't used a single MS based program. I tend to use C, C++ and Fortran IV. We do use some really mundane softwares like Algol and Polyforth, but then I've only worked for small companies like Boeing Aerospace, IBM and NASA so I am probably in the minority.

And search as hard as I can I can't find a single CAD/CAM program that is from MS.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2021-01-29 20:07.

Autodesk Inventor

I use an engineering application called Inventor by Autodesk. It does not run on Linux, and the company has no plans (or reason) to switch to some other program. Unless Autodesk plans to support Linux, or some very inexpensive and file compatible application comes out, we're stuck in the MS Universe.

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Doug Nort - (not verified) - Fri, 2021-01-07 08:32.

Webcam software that works.

I have to use a dual-boot system and I would *love* to get rid of windoze once and for all but unforunately, I need a working webcam and decent voip to keep in touch with my fiance in mainland China. So far, the best I've managed to get working in Linux is for my Quickcam Pro 4000 to show my picture (to me) in Gnomemeeting (and Skype is almost useless for voice because of the noise).

Cougaram (not verified) - M - , 2021-01-03 01:02.

MS apps vs Linux apps

I just loaded MEPIS on my spare HD in my desktop and can mulitboot between WINXP and Linux. The OS and apps included are overwelming but look great.
I use the dutch speller in MS Word a lot, and do not know of any for OpenOffice
In MS Excel I use the statical functions(histogram) and the database query via ODBC (for Paradox) a lot, and do not know of any for OpenOffice Calc
so I am not sure if Linux is the way to go in 2005.
Happy 2005

R - aldLS (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-31 08:44.

Open Office Dutch Speller

""I use the dutch speller in MS Word a lot, and do not know of any for OpenOffice

If you go to you will find Aspell and Ispell for dozens of languages including Dutch. Since Mepis was created as a live CD there had to be limits to the support files loaded with it. Most full blown Linux distributions make all those languages available with the intial install.

Most folks have trouble thinking from an International box versus the Microsoft mini-box. There are thousands of programs that can obsorb virtually every Microsoft program. The problem is that we begin to confuse "need" and "comfort level." I have run 100% Open Source for almost 3 years and I'm the CIO for a National Bank who can certainly afford to buy what ever I need . I've felt more in control - more secure - and a lot more comfortable with my IT budget since we switched.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2021-01-29 19:49.

100% open source!

Thanks, we need to hear from more people like you.

skbarr (not verified) - Fri, 2021-03-11 13:13.


I suspect it is a long time coming, but decent (affordable) Optical Character Reading software for Linux does not seem to exist.

Victor (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-24 12:55.

OCR Software

You certainly didn't look very hard or far. Go to
and you'll find a dozen or so OCR programs for Linux including Kooka which ships with the KDE desktop. I convert books to audio using an HP PSC500 and LOCR or Kooka.

Folks! Do a search for LINUX OCR and you'll find a bunch of them.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2021-01-29 19:58.



Joe (not verified) - Sun, 2021-02-13 22:55.

Win and Mac apps

I need to be able to run both Mac and Win apps on Linux boxes, mostly because there are not any truely professional music notation packages available for Linux. Those music notation packages available are either stone-age text input packages AND/OR with printed output that look horrid. Unfortunately my experiences with MOL and WINE have been dismal. WINE as delivered with SuSE 9.2 doesn't even run the calculater properly let alone AppleWorks, RagTime or Finale. MOL will run in it's own window under YDL 4, but has wierd time-outs of up to 30 seconds where the MacOS freezes in mid-stride. I've not been successful in getting it to load completely in it's own virtual terminal.


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Le - ard Cecil (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-24 02:56.

Did you try Rosegarden?

I am finding the same need. Did you look into Rosegarden? I hope to check into it, but not until I upgrade to Mandrake 10.1.

What Windows app are you using? Finale?

Grant Levy (not verified) - Thu, 2020-12-30 17:16.

I like to do my own income ta

I like to do my own income taxes (U.S.) and have not found a way to do it in Linux.
I am also doing so video editing of old home movies on VCR and the few tools available are not yet up to the task. I have to use XP also for this.

jerry turba (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-22 21:06.

Go to the IRS website and use

Go to the IRS website and use the online versions available there. I run Linspire and just completed my return online.

Dave G (not verified) - Sat, 2021-02-12 14:19.

Would a spreadsheet work for your taxes?

I have done my taxes in Linux for as long as I can remember doing taxes on my computer. I use a speadsheet. Gnumeric or OpenOffice Calc will do the same work as MS Excel.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-01-06 20:26.

Would a spreadsheet work for your taxes?

Oh yes - I did that for some time. Worked very well for me

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-03-09 09:51.

Win Apps

as a genealogist I need the LDS source file viewer program. I have managed to get it to install using wine but cannot access the data CDs, This is the only application for which we still need a windows system at home. And of course there are still those websites that don't recognise a decent browser :-(

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-22 04:02.

Genealogy software

I too only use windose for genealogy. There is nothing even close to what has been written for windose. Hopefully someday someone will write something to meet our needs. Tried Ftree this week and it seems to be better then Gramps but certainly not even close to Brother's Keeper or Family Tree Maker. Geneweb l couldn't figure out at all. Over all l love using SimplyMepis as it is so easy meets most of my needs and hate to have to go over to windose for my genealogy. Have been looking at the prospect of trying Win4Lin and installing Win 98 on top of Mepis and see if l can get Brother's Keeper working that way. I did get Brother's Keeper installed using Wine but haven't figured out how to work with the data.


Wayne (not verified) - Wed, 2021-02-09 16:27.

perhaps something you might like

I have found a program called Heredis a few years back,
and it is free, you can find it here
but there does not seem to be a Linux version,
perhaps you can use Wine or a different emulator.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-06-26 20:31.

Look up a piece of software c

Look up a piece of software called 'GRAMPS' - I use it, and I think it can handle LDS data. I'm not sure, but worth a look!

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-12-30 15:59.

You're in luck. Although I do

You're in luck. Although I don't need LDS, I know for a fact that Gramps can handle LDS data. Try it, you'll like it!

Cougaram (not verified) - M - , 2021-01-03 00:51.

Still Need MSAccess

Looking forward to Kexi--or similar--but until then I still need Access. (MySQL is a little too complicated for me right now--haven't figured out how to attach a GUI front end to it. Hey, maybe that could be an article?? Newbies to Linux are not necessarily newbies to computing in general.)

Mary Tee (not verified) - M - , 2020-12-20 18:45.

Well put...

Yes, Mary expresses a sentiment that I felt years back, when I wanted to move completely to Linux and still needed a fairly-easy database like MS Access.

Walter (not verified) - Tue, 2020-12-21 15:24.

MS Access

Yes, an article on MySQL geared for migrators from MS Access would be nice.

Victor (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-24 12:49.

OpenOffice is coming with a database application

You might be interested in watching They are planning on releasing a database application (I guess to compete against MS Access).

Link to OpenOffice database features

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-01-06 20:31.

Unfortunately the Linux versi

Unfortunately the Linux version doesn't give you an option to open Access databases (the win version does). So unless something changes in this from the beta, linux users will be out of luck on this point. It's a nice database app though.

Dave Blythin (not verified) - Wed, 2021-02-09 16:42.

Personal Finance

I switched pretty much everything over to Linux, with the exception of personal finance. I tried KMyMoney2 and did okay for a few months, but wanted to have more in the way of reports and OFX import. I switched to GnuCash and got the reports and OFX imports (WooHoo!!!) but ran into problems now and then - and noticed that there is no CSV or QIF export, so I'm pretty much committed to GnuCash (well, at least until KMyMoney2's GnuCash import filter is production).

I finally gave up and installed Quicken Basic under Wine. I should have done that a year ago. I just need to figure out how to get GnuCash imported to KMyMoney2 and then exported to Quicken (or just scratch the whole year's worth of data and start fresh).

BruceG (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-17 14:05.

Personal finance

Have you tried Moneydance. Itś available for Linux and itś awesome. Great functionality.

Bob W. (not verified) - Fri, 2021-02-11 06:14.

Gnucash to QIF

There is a Java app to convert GnuCash file to QIF.

Jim (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-22 10:05.

basicly i have to use IE to c

basicly i have to use IE to check what the coding looks like in IE other then that i don't really need to as i have found linux equivelents that work as good or better than their windows counterparts
I'm glad the wine project is there I'd have to dual boot if i didn't have wine

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-17 03:04.


I'd like to run Audithost_Client from Productive Access, Inc. in Linux. I need it for work.

I'd also like Macromedia MX to run on Linux...

Gio (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-15 06:12.

Windows apps

I get along fine without most MS-Windows stuff, but some of the more obscure software I want to use is not available for Linux--e.g., a beginning piano class and a Spanish language program.

akeever (not verified) - M - , 2020-12-13 17:34.

Re windows apps

I am diabetic and use a free but not open tracking an graphing program with which I can print out reports for my Dr.; also a couple of multi volume bible commentaries and various bible translations not available on Linux yet

Lee (not verified) - Tue, 2020-12-14 20:42.

windows apps

I use Mepis and two must have medical (diabetic) software, Smith Medical Cozmanager and Abbott Labs Diabetes Co-Pilot. I have tried them with Crossover Office, QEMU, Win4Lin Pro and VMware. VMware will not install on my distro. CrossoverOffice will not let dotNET install (required for graphics), QEMU will not install either program and Win4Lin with XP Pro givea a "Catistrophic Failure" message on installation, and with 2000Pro loads but ":active x failed to load graphical program. Cannot create Database files"

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-06 20:12.

Software for classes

Most of the Windows stuff that I run is for classes that I'm taking. We have to use a Windows-only version of Smalltalk (a programming language) and a SkyChart program that is Windows/Mac only.

I also play games once in a while under the CVS version of Winex, but that hasn't been happening nearly as much lately because I haven't had time:-(

Cybertr - (not verified) - M - , 2020-12-13 17:03.

Need for Windows applications

Yes as not many Linux applications are written for Amatuer Radio Sound Card modes. gMFSK comes close but could be better. For slow scan television, have never had QSSTV to work under Fedora, Mandrake or Debian and it's off shoots, Knoppix or Mepis, program loads and installs fine, but not able to decode one picture, yes have messed with the slant correction to no avail. KPSK seems to only work under Fedora correctly, has problems running KPSK on Mandrake or Debian, author said I need to download the source and mess with it, WHY???. Linux has a long way to go to catch up with Amatuer Radio applications that work right off on Windows sad to say. I am not a programer or do not I know where to start, am a old geezer and would take to long to learn.

jrocky (not verified) - Sun, 2020-12-12 18:38.

ham apps

Greetings Jrocky:

I've used just about all the ham apps except for sat tracking. I don't have enough time to gear up for the birds just yet.

I've had very good luck using these applicates with Libranet and ALSA sound. Libranet does the ALSA setup for you, then all you have to do is select the ham applications and click INSTALL.

The only app that wouldn't work was QSSTV on my little laptop. It has some type of out of memory range error or something, yet QSSTV runs great on all the other test boxes I've tried it on.

gMFSK is probably the nicest of the applications. They guy that is hacking the application seems to have a very good clue out to programs. I've sent him a few "attaboys" for all his good work!

Anyway, hope that helps.


a_hippie (not verified) - Tue, 2020-12-14 22:07.

Desktop distribution choice

I dont use any Windows for years.
My last choice is Mepis as desktop linux distribution on a Medion laptop.

jfb (not verified) - Sun, 2020-12-12 07:37.

Do you have the need to run MS-Windows applicatons on Linux

I will need to use Adobe Pagemaker until an equal package is available for linux.

Margaret Wendall (not verified) - Sat, 2020-12-11 16:45.

Margaret, Try Scribus, it


Try Scribus, it is great!! More than equal to PageMaker and it does not complain about insufficient memory on a 2 Gb box.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-12-14 05:54.

windoze apps on linux

I have a Linux LAN at home and use WinXP at work. My wife uses a Linuxworkstation at home and Windows machines at her work. I find the intercompatability of Linux versions of StarOffice, the GIMP, and so on, works well for me. I do use spreadsheets but no other financial or database apps. I have no real desire to use Win apps at home. I can always use rdesktop and work on my office computer if it is necessary.

I did see some good reasons for wanting Win apps on Linux, though.

mudhog (not verified) - Sat, 2020-12-11 10:17.

Windows apps on Linux

I have several clients I'd like to move over to Linux on the desktop (they're already using Linux as servers) but they require either Quickbooks or Peachtree Accounting apps. Since Intuit and Peachtree don't have Linux native versions of these apps, Windows is still required at these offices.

In addition, I have an insurance brokerage as a client and they still windows for insurance apps only running on Windows and IE in order to some insurance company sites for policy applications.


Mark (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-10 11:35.