Will WINE do the trick?

October 27, 2010 at 02:42:44
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Core 2 Duo(1.83GHz)/2GB DDR2
I thought of changing my OS from Windows Vista into Ubuntu Desktop 10.10. As we all know, Windows have some lagginess problems in their OS. That's why I wanted to change it. But, I was wondering, if my old programs from Windows will work on Ubuntu. I have some games which I won't want to lose now. I googled about Ubuntu and found some solutions. It says that I have to use a program called WINE. Whatever that is.
The question is, will WINE help me install Windows programs into Ubuntu? And does it guarantee 100% working? Plus, how would my graphic and sound driver would be? Would I be downloading them from their manufacturer, and are there any compatible drivers for Ubuntu?

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#1
October 27, 2010 at 02:53:26
Good luck with the 'OLD WRECK', I cannot see for the life of me why you wouldn't upgrade to windows 7 which is now cadillac of the fleet. I guess old habits die hard...ho hum ;-)

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#2
October 27, 2010 at 05:52:28
WINE is a system that allows many Windows programs to run under Linux. The developers have never claimed, let alone guaranteed, 100% compatibility. Many programs do not, and probably never will, work with WINE. Compatibility with games in particular would not be good.

Don't expect the performance of an application running on the same hardware under WINE and Linux to be better than under Windows.

Driver availability with Ubuntu is not as good as Windows.


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#3
October 27, 2010 at 13:29:46
I'd install a virtual machine. Use vmplayer or other to keep your Vista and run any number of Linux's at the same time. That way you can install and play with it before you buy it.

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#4
November 2, 2010 at 01:58:26
Yeah! got to agree with u guys. Ubuntu is not the best option. But still, it's less laggy than Windows Vista though. I'd take ur advice and change/upgrade it to Windows 7 instead. Otherwise, I'll have to stick with Vista and move on. But, I'd rather be stuck with Windows XP compared to Windows Vista.

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#5
November 2, 2010 at 04:31:57
windows 7 would be the best best if the PC will upgrade. XP is on it's way out.

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#6
November 6, 2010 at 20:12:32
yeah.. thinking bout windows 7 too. XP will meet it expiration date in 2 years max! by then, nothing is compatible with XP anymore other than old programs. listen, i've 'cleaned-up' my PC accidentally. is there any way for me to retrieve my lost data? i know this is the wrong forum to ask, and a silly question too, but, please help me. thanks in advance!

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#7
November 7, 2010 at 17:13:41
Wine will run many things but generally speaking, use Ubuntu or another Linux operating system and use VMWare or equivalent Linux equivalent software to run the program 'Virtually' to test on a much more stable base operating system. It has worked for me but I am not a heavy games player, but my IT son does use this manner for his games. WINDOZE 7 is trying to follow linux but as my son says, Windos 7 has gone from BSOD to BLACK Screen Of Death.
With regards to deleting information from your hard drive, provided you are not writing over or have done a erase of the disc, then you should be able to 'Unerase' or 'Undelete' your lost programs and data.

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#8
November 7, 2010 at 22:55:47
Well.. I figured out that my data could not be saved, unless I'm a hacker of course(which I'm not). That's bad news though, I thought of buying the Windows 7 Ultimate to be my OS. So, what do you mean by the term VMWare? It's my first time of using Linux based softwares, so consider that my lack of understandings in these fields of topics. :)

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