Installing Windows Software [Apps] on Linux.
April 18, 2014 No Comments IT info [Rajesh] Johnson Dcunha
There are many windows applications free as well. But they may not be available in Linux. Similarly, just to run a few software requiring windows, one need not pay for the whole windows Operating system. Because, windows software can be run on Linux As well. Though it may not give all the advantages of Windows. Moreover, this article does not suggest anyone to get rid of Windows.  I feel everyone has the freedom of choice to choose which operating system they want/need.
Those who are the freedom fighters of IT (According to Open source movement), The freedom of open source is here to stay!
MS office can be used in Linux to attain workability requirements.  LET’s Come to the point,
There are three ways to achieve the installation of windows-software in Linux, especially in Ubuntu.
1.    Use of ‘winehq’ : This is suitable to run simple windows applications. Wine is a compatibility layer that allows Windows applications to run on Linux. It’s basically an implementation of the Windows API on Linux. Of course, Microsoft doesn’t publish all the information we need to re-implement the Windows API from scratch, so Wine has to be reverse-engineered. While it works amazingly well given how little Microsoft has given us to worth with, it’s nowhere near perfect.
To run an application in Wine, you can install Wine and use it to launch an installer’s .exe file. Before you do, you should take a look at the Wine Application Database website, which will tell you how well an application runs in Wine. Wine is frequently used for games, as games are the one type of software that can’t run in a virtual machine. While Wine can be used to run desktop applications like Photoshop and Microsoft Word, these will run flawlessly in a virtual machine. 
2.  Use of WineHQ varients:  ‘play on Linux’ bundle. (This is also built on Winhq), or The Netflix Desktop app uses a patched version of Wine to run Netflix on Linux
3.    Try CrossOver (Paid Open source software [source code free]): If Wine seems like too much of a pain, you may want to try CrossOver Linux. CrossOver is a commercial product so it will cost you money, although CodeWeavers offer a free trial. CrossOver essentially takes the Wine software and packages it so that it’s guaranteed to work properly with popular applications like Photoshop, Office, and even popular games. CodeWeavers provides commercial support for these supported programs, so you have someone to turn to if something breaks.This option isn’t for everyone – often you can run the same applications by using Wine – but if you’re just interested in running a few popular applications on your Linux desktop and paying someone else to do the tweaking for you, CrossOver may be your ticket. CrossOver also sends their patches back to the Wine project, so the money you pay helps fund open-source Wine development.
(Note: Some text about these products’ description was copied from other sources)
The option of using virtual machines and remote desktop is not discussed here, as they are creating different operating environment and/or interface.
To use any of these ways, you can use your software updater / installers. In Ubuntu, it is ‘Ubuntu Software Centre’ located in the ‘applications’ tab.
Open it and search the required software in the search field, and then add to install. Remember, that you need a working (faster is better here) internet connection to do it.
Thats all for now.
About The Author
[Rajesh] Johnson Dcunha Basically a teacher for science. Enthusiastic for ICT based facilitation and effective use of available tools for real experience. ICT admin is the admin for the hosting provisions and administration of services. Also tweaking and setting up CMS and other aspects. Some articles / writings also be posted.

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