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installing/running wine on linux

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sue dinym

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hello geeks --

my pc is in its last throes, and i'm switching over to a linux-based system. hoorah. the only problem is i don't know much about how linux works, and need to do a couple things.

the main piece is that i run autocad (a windows-only program) for work. and so i need to figure out how to make that happen on linux.

i'm hoping to move my autocad program itself over from the old computer, using this technique: http://community.spi...uter-to-another

...but i'm realizing that it's probably designed for going from windows-to-windows. can you look it over and see if you think there's an equivalent means of moving a program over from XP to linux?

i have windows xp discs, and so could do a dual-boot system. but i'd like to give running it on wine a shot before doing that, if it seems like it has a reasonable shot at success.

what i've done w/ wine
so. i downloaded wine from here: sourceforge.net/projects/wine/?source=dlp

and then i extracted it. and then i read the README which i kinda barely mostly didn't understand. and then i went here to get the latest ubuntu packages: http://www.winehq.org/download/ubuntu. but at the top of the page it says that ubuntu's default repository already has them.

so i really am lost! would be great to get some pointers on how to install programs on ubuntu.

the real question: should i keep moving on the wine front, or just do the dual-boot sitch? if dual-boot is the only way i can move the program over and keep all of my settings, etc., i'm totally interested in the dual-boot scenario.

deets on my computer:
DELL Latitude D830 - rebuilt by a local org called FreeGeek
It has an Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz
Processor: 2.2 GHz
2.0G of RAM

don't know what else would be helpful to know.


-- sue

Edited by sue dinym, 26 April 2013 - 02:35 PM.

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Hi sue dinym,

Autocad is currently available only for Windows and Mac unfortunately. There are couple of alternatives that you may want to look over. But these alternatives are in no way as powerful as Autocad itself.
1) http://www.linuxjour...ad-alternatives
2) http://askubuntu.com...ntu-alternative

Running Autocad under wine is a risky business! Some parts of autocad may or may not work and i would suggest you not run it under wine for work purposes!
I have seen the link you posted for transferring from one computer to another and you are correct in assuming that it applicable for windows to windows system. As such linux has no registry system, so the method of saving data is different. It maybe possible under wine, but it would require a lot tinkering which, as a beginner to linux, could be very confusing and frustrating.
Running a minimalist linux distro on a old system is a very good idea!
I use a dual boot set-up with microsoft xp and linux mint and am very happy with it. I have all my work programs like CATIA, ANSYS Fluent on the xp partition and for all my other activities like listening to music, watching videos, browsing online i use Linux mint. Linux is up and coming and like steam, we can expect major companies in the near future to start providing an option for software to be deployed on linux as well!

Linux mint is not exactly minimalist, but is a very good option for beginners! Other distros you may want to have a look at are Xubuntu and Crunchbang!
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