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    We use kaleidos student website, which requires shockwave. There is no shockwave for linux so we run it under wine and it works great. Just need to create a nice icon for firefox under wine and it would be great

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    Cracked it!

    syntax for wine to run an .exe file from .desktop

    env WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

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    Virtualbox!

    Any apps that don't run under wine will more than likely run just fine (unless its a game or depends on hardware 3D accel) under Virtualbox.

    Seeing as 'wine is not an emulator' but a re-implementation of the windows libs and api, some software (esp. games) run faster under Linux/wine than than real Windows. This isn't the case under Virtualbox as it is emulating a PC within your PC so theres a speed penalty but the upshot is that it emulates all Windows bugs too and hence higher compatibility and more 'stability'.

    Running XP under Virtualbox is very fast on moderately recent PCs and seeing as it emulates USB2 too you can actually use some hardware under Linux/ Virtualbox Windows that doesn't work (properly) under plain Linux. Weird but great eh? You can also integrate Windows apps with your Linux desktop via VB, removing the need to start your VM and launch an app from the virtualised Windows desktop.

    Really though, the only area where I think Windows still beats windows re office/ school is printing. On most printers printing is faster and better quality under Windows than using cups. Of course, there is an entirely new *nix printing system in the pipeline I understand which could be the final nail in MS's coffin, if Gallium3D and DRI2 beat that.

    If you want to know the free Linux equivalents of any Windows apps, fire away! There are great open source alternatives for almost all major apps these days.

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    I'd be interested in the results for sure.

    Firefox runs natively under linux, you can also install flash-player however its restricted-non-free

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahuxham View Post
    I'd be interested in the results for sure.

    Firefox runs natively under linux, you can also install flash-player however its restricted-non-free
    Northernrob was wishing to use shockwave, which isn't available on linux yet (and it may never be, as Adobe seem to be pushing forward pretty much only with Flash and newer techs).

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    Like most, I'd be interested in seeing your results. One question though, are you using the WINE .dll's or are you using the native Windows .dll's? I understand you can get better compatibility from the Windows .dll's but this might negate the licensing benefits of using Linux/WINE over native Windows.

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    Blog! Blog! Blog!

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    Shockwave + Linux. (Ubuntu Wiki)

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Shockwave



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