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Re: st: hw advice wanted

From   Neil Shephard <>
Subject   Re: st: hw advice wanted
Date   Thu, 16 Oct 2008 08:51:06 +0100

Jeph Herrin wrote:
> 3. Depends on what other applications you want to run.
>    Linux is rock solid and very fast, but it's a nusiance
>    if you want to use Excel very often. Of the Win OSes,
>    64bit XP seems to be recommended over Vista, but since
>    I have stuck with the former, I can't say for sure.
OpenOffice ( is exceptionally useful if you
still have to work with Excel files (there are also other options such
as GNUmeric ( and others).

In fact for almost any application under Windows there is an equivalent
for GNU/Linux, many are still in development and might not have every
single feature of the Windows type (e.g. GIMP is a good alternative to
Photoshop, but doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the later),
but you shouldn't struggle for functionality under GNU/Linux.  As the
Excel example deomnstrates there are often several projects that seek to
develop the same app independantly giving you as the end user the choice.

If you really need a windows app then you have two choices to run it
under GNU/Linux...

a) Use an emulator such as WINE (

b) Use a virtual machine such as VMware to run windows within GNU/Linux
(you can of course do the reverse and run GNU/Linux under VMware on


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