9.3:     Windows® programs under MEPIS Linux 7.0

See also 9.4: Virtual machines

Introduction

There is a certain number of applications, both open-source and commercial, that will allow Windows applications to run under MEPIS Linux 7.0. They are referred to as emulators, meaning that they duplicate the functions of Windows on a Linux platform. Many MS Office applications, games and other programs can be run using an emulator with varying degrees of success ranging from near-native speed and functionality to only basic performance.

Open-source

Wine is the primary open-source Windows emulator for MEPIS Linux 7.0. It is a kind of compatibility layer for running Windows programs, but does not require Microsoft Windows® to run the applications.


DOSBox creates a DOS-like environment intended for running MS-DOS-based programs, especially computer games.


Commercial

CrossOver Office allows you to install many popular Windows productivity applications, plugins and games in Linux, without needing a Microsoft Operating System license. Supports Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint (up to 2003) particularly well.

Cedega is designed to run DirectX and OpenGL games from the Microsoft Windows Platform under Linux. Popular games such as Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Battlefield 2142, World of WarCraft, Madden 2007 and Civilization IV can be played on MEPIS Linux 7.0 with this application.