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Thread: How to Run Windows Applications Natively on Linux

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    Default How to Run Windows Applications Natively on Linux

    Running Windows applications on Linux is a key to Linux desktop migration success for many users because while there is a broad range of Linux applications, many legacy Windows applications can hold back migration due to the lack a functional equivalent. That is why finding ways to leverage existing IT investment, increasing the number of available applications available on the Linux desktop, and maintaining the stability of those applications is paramount to Linux desktop success. Also, there is the added benefit of extending the useful life of software and operating systems that you have already invested in. This is a best-of-both-worlds scenario, where Linux desktop users benefit from familiar applications and legacy systems that can be phased out rather than ripped out and replaced. By having a fadeaway strategy you can start to mitigate many of the costs that may otherwise diminish the initial benefits of a Linux migration. This is an often-overlooked aspect of Windows-to-Linux migration. Often analysis of Windows over Linux and vice versa includes an assumption that the change would happen overnight or at least over a short period of time.

    There are two approaches to running Windows applications locally on Linux. The first is to try to replace the Windows API and run the Windows application natively on Linux. This is the most ambitious solution because you are trying to run Windows applications without having the intended operating system present. The other way to run Windows applications on Linux is to run a whole instance of Windows in a virtual machine.
    Last edited by sherlyk; 03-01-2014 at 04:14 PM.


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