I do use CrossoverOffice (a WINE wrapper). For some things it works well:
TreePad, Quicktime, Lotus 123 (yes, I still have a few 123 spreadsheets,
and TaxAct. For other things not so well. Thus far I have found that it
won't load TurboCAD (I went with VariCAD under Linux), H&R Block TaxCut
(too bad, that was what I started using when TurboTax implemented their
spyware activation scheme), or MindManager.
I used TaxAct in Crossover Office this year for taxes, it worked, but I
was a bit more skeptical of the results than with TaxCut. Don't remember
all of the details, but there were a couple state forms that I knew I had
to complete, but TaxAct missed. I was able to force TaxAct to fill them
out, but that is not optimal.
Haven't tried the Msoft Office products under Crossover, I'm using
OpenOffice at home.
You can find what they do and don't support at www.codeweavers.com
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
I've been using vmware-server (under linux) for almost a year and you
can run most versions of windoze if you already have a license and linux
and solaris 10. No rebooting to run any win app you might need, just
boot up your virtual machine and have at it - in fact as many virtual
machines as you might need. Real memory is the key, and I've put 4GB on
several wintel machines for under $100 each. Virtual machine aren't
emulators and run at your hardware rates if not memory bound. If your
app ran on a non virtual machine, it will run on a virtual machine.
I looked into that; downside is that I would have to buy a Windows
license. My machine has Windows 2000 with no OS disk -- it's an
end-of-life machine that our company sells to employees when refreshing
desktops. The license is a legal license, but there is no recovery if the
machine has problems and also no disk that I can use to install into a
virtual machine. The price was right though and with OpenSuse Linux, a
three year old machine runs faster than most new machines with an Msoft OS.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Thanks Doug and M&J!
I might go the virtual machine route, although that would mean
reinstalling everything. Does a virtual installation of windows do its
updates too? I assume it does, as long as the hard drive is big enough.
The virtual machine is like a separate computer within the computer.
On a machine with enough RAM you can have whole virtual networks going
with virtual servers and virtual workstations running a bunch of
different operating systems, all on the same machine.
You have to install Windows on the virtual machine just like you would
on a physical machine, with each virtual machine needing its own
installation, and with XP and later its own product activation. You
install updates in the virtual machine just like you would on a
physical machine, again with each virtual machine having to be updated
separately. Note--read the license _carefully_ before you call
Microsoft if you've having a problem with activation in the virtual
machine--some versions are licensed for virtual machines, others are
not, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason to which are
and aren't--if you're trying to activate a version that's not licensed
for a virtual machine and you tell them that that's what you're doing
they probably won't give you a code.
If you have a valid product key for Windows 2000, by the way, then you
should be able to obtain media without a key inexpensively--call the
hardware manufacturer and see--price should be 20 bucks or so. If
that route fails, you can generally find images of the distribution
media on bittorrent--burn one to a CD and install with your key and
Put Linux on it. Ubuntu is a great release for Linux newbs. Your
computer will run a lot faster and you'll probably be impressed with
how it looks/works. Windows XP isn't a new OS by any means. Ubuntu
gets a new release every 6 months and it generally has major updates.
I started out with a dual boot setup, just in case I needed Windows
for something. As more time went by I dropped Windows entirely.
Ubuntu also has automatic updates and a point and click library of
thousands of apps - all for free. None of it's pirated.
My system does have a few issues, but they're not because of Vista. It's
Lenovo's fault. They didn't get power management right, and that's a
huge issue on a laptop.
User Account Control was a bit annoying during initial set up. It's easy
enough to disable, though. I reenabled it after I was done moving and
installing, and it's not popped up unless I've headed in to the control
You can only do so much with caulk, cardboard, and duct tape.
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
Speaking as one whose first computer (that I did some programming on)
was a Burroughs E101 externally programmed thing that was about the size
of a desk (and did about as much). I found that over the years that it
took about six months to become pretty much obsolete technically. I can
still talk in theoretical terms about software and data design. My
usage of hardware is pretty much constrained to communications and word
processing (don't forget Solitaire). We still replace hardware every
four or five years and it's never easy or intuitive. In short don't
believe ads or the sweet talk of a computer geek.
mahalo, (and good luck)
I see you Charlieb.
I feeeel your pain. It seems that I cannot make a change to my internet
settings or install new internet software with out my ISP also going down at
the same moment. So I try to undo or fix it on my end all the while my ISP
is going up and down on their end.
My first personal computer ran CPm.
It had Wordstar 1 on it.
I was very disturbed to go to DOS based stuff.
I got over it.
My first Windows computer was a Dutch box from AST.
It was OK.
I actually miss the 3.1 flat file.
I bought 95 when it came out ("Start Me Up").
I didn't know it then but boxes are designed to run with certain
I bought a Sony Vaio.
It ran 95 just fine.
I bought a laptop that ran 95 just fine.
It didn't like Windows 98 SE or the bogus Millenium Edition.
It was made by a monitor company that had reached too far (CTX).
I bought a no name box from MIcro Center.
Ran Win XP and backwards, just fine.
I bought another laptop that was an XP box - a Dell.
It runs fine but is four years old and one bad accident away from a
I bought a MacBook for my daughter on April 23.
It runs everything but it is a cult phenomenon.
I bought a laptop for my wife a year ago.
It runs WinVista.
I don't know what that means and I don't care.
I was happiest when I was running DOS.
Wireless Internet Check
Tilley Shorts Sherwin Williams Painter's Whites
Starbucks Fuck Starbucks
Toyota Prius 1987 Ford F150
Thank god I'm a country boy!
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