> Dear group,
> since I still need to use some Windows programs although I've started
> working mainly with Linux, I'm looking at emulation software. I'm using
> SuSE 8.0, for which, as far as I'm aware, VMWare, WINE, and Win4Lin are
> all available and should work.
> Can anyone point me to reviews and other articles on the Net that can
> teach me something about how these emulators work, what their individual
> strengths are, and whether there are any known compatibility issues?
> Merry Christmas to you all!
If what you want to run are applications like MS Office, Quickbooks,
Framemaker and thing like that then Win4Lin is the best choice. I've been
using it for several years and it works very well for basic Win9x
applications. Win4Lin gives you full Win9x networking on top of full
Linux networking (for example you can mount SAMBA and Windoze shares
directly thorugh network neighborhood, in addition you can mount any
Linux partition as a drive so NFS mounted directories are accessible to
Windoze applications). The performance of Windoze applications on Win4Lin
is as good or better than native performance and Win98 on Win4Lin is
significantly more stable than native Win98.
The limitations of Win4Lin are the following,
1) Only supports 128M of RAM, this isn't a problem for Office type
applications but it could be if you wanted to use it for some heavy duty
2) Doesn't handle serial port devices well.
3) It's Win9x only so if a program requires Win2K or better you can't run
I use Wine for command line Windoze applications and it works fine with
them however using it for real GUI based Windows apps is problematical.
Your best bet if you want to use Wine is to try Crossover Office.
I've never tried VMware, it's more expensive than Win4Lin but it does
support Win2K and WinXP.