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Run Windows and Linux without virtualization

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on April 15, 2008 08:20 PM
There are thousands of apps used in myriad professions that don't run on Linux and have no equivalent, and also don't run well virutalized. As a primary example I give you AutoCAD, which is pretty much required if you are in various engineering, architectural, landscape design, etc. professions. This is but one example. Ever hear of NED Graphics? Probably not. It's a graphic design program for fabric design and manufacturing, which is actually a big industry. Windows only. All the heavy duty video production and editing software. Tax software for professional accountants. Patient and account tracking software for doctors and dentists. Financial and trading programs for stockbrokers. Inventory tracking systems for supermarkets and retailers, much of it custom written by ISV's. If you look at industry and the world of work OUTSIDE of computers and IT, almost every office has some program, some of them extremely elaborate and expensive, that they've come to depend on. These people have to have at least some Windows machines around.

I run Ubuntu myself, but try as I might I cannot get my wife weaned off of Photoshop and Illustrator (she's a fabric designer.)

Yes, for a 'general' computer user who just needs the typical desktop programs, Linux is fantastic and has some amazing apps in many areas. But Linux blogs seemed to be filled with people who are ignorant of the prevalence - not of Windows - but of the Windows applications. It's not Windows that FOSS needs to battle; it's the apps that only run on Windows. When Linux can run the vast majority of them or has absolute equivalents, then it will take over the world. Until then . . . well.

Basically I think that anything like coLinux that allows Linux to get a foothold onto the desktops of these people is probably a good thing. Like Wubi, it simply allows some people who otherwise wouldn't ever bother to check out Linux to do so with less hassle.


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